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... the little white bear will be getting a good review! So with this in hand, we trudged out into the rain for our walk to the train station. So early the cafe wasn't open! We had two train changes ahead of us, one of which there was only 2 minutes to do the change. This seemed a little stressful...however we needn't have worried, because as we arrived to get on the second train it was 17 minutes late. This soon turned to 37 minutes! So we missed the 2 minute ...
... around. No wonder the streets are all so narrow.
The city exudes a great ambience and it is such a delightful place to wander around even with the crowds (thanks Easy Jet and Ryanair).
We even ventured onto a open-air boat for a city canal tour and it was great and we had great food every night.
To top it off we were treated to a country tour by a couple we met on our Amazon & Carnaval Cruise last year. Carla and Paul drove in ...
Woke up this morning to our first real rain. The weather forecast said 10% chance of rain. 6 hours later it was still raining. Checked out of our flat at 11 am and caught a taxi to our boat the Amadante. Official check in time on the boat was 3 pm but you can board anytime during the day.
we spent the next few hours in the lounge where they laid on soup, sandwiches and cakes until official check in time. Mean while our luggage ...
The following day started at a more leisurely pace!! After a "real deal" continental breakfast, we arrived at the Van Gogh museum around 11am. We ignored the queue and marched straight to the front waving happily the tickets purchased at the campsite. As we watched a short movie about his short life, It became apparent that the verse from the 10CC song "Art for Art's sake; Money for God's sake" was never more apt than in Van ...
I spent an entire week in Amsterdam to telex and get ready for the last month of my trip. I spent most of the week hanging out with my Aussie travel buddy Elsie and some new friends from Holland. We went to a few museums, but mostly lounged in the city and explored the area. I also had my 26th birthday while in ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKooyk Hotel Amsterdam
Service was good with very friendly and helpful staff, breakfast was okey and location was superb. Building quite worn down and the shared toilets very small though, does not feel very modern. Windows would not lock so we were a bit worried about the luggage but the staff kindly locked our valuables in the office upon our request and it was safe. They also stored our luggage for us for the whole day after checkout free of charge. All in all a good budget stay with great value for money
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kooyk Hotel Amsterdam
If you like earwigs on your pillow and bed bug bites then this is the place for you. Good location, shame about the rooms. Sink made strange noises all night and beds were rubbish. There was only 1 toilet as the other one was out of order and wasn't fixed in the 4 days that we were there. My friend woke up the first morning to discover an earwig on her pillow which wasn't very nice. On arriving back in the UK my other friend discovered that she'd been bitten by bed bugs, she was covered in them and had to go to the Doctor. I would never stay at this hotel again.
We could deal with cramped quarters and no frills hotels, but when it comes to cleaniness should be a given at any establishment. The smell of mildew was overwhelming. The bathroom smelled of vomit and the showers were neglected. The brightside was the staff; friendly and helpful. But for even a cheap price at 70 euros, the room should at least be clean.
Excellent value for money
after reading previous reviews we were very pleasantly suprised by the facilitiess. there was plenty of very hot water for the showers and the rooms were very adequate and very clean. there were large towels provided and the cleaner came in daily to change them.
breakfast was excellent with as much as one wanted to eat with lovely coffee provided.
we would not hesitate to stay again if we went to amsterdam again.
Great Family-Run Hotel
I spent five days in Amsterdam staying at the Kooyk Hotel. GREAT location--central to just about everything. Wonderful couple run the hotel. I was traveling alone and due to some fire-regulation construction that they HAD to do the day of my arrival--they put me in a double room for a single rate. Lovely breakfast. Nice all around. Would stay there again on another visit.
I'm there at the minute. Very basic but you have a small TV and breakfast for 40 euro and the location is good.
Down side the toilet and shower are in hall but for that price
Looking for cheap place to stay..
If you're looking for a cheap place to stay right in the thick of Amsterdam, this hotel will work. Nothing too fancy, but staff was helpful....especially since we were so late getting there from flight problems. Beds were a bit mushy. Easy to get to from the main train station as well.
Great Location; Decent Room and Breakfast; Low Price
This hotel was just what I was looking for. Excellent location (walk to Leidsplein in just a few minutes). Decent place to stay, with breakfast, and low price (taxes are included). I stayed in a single room for the first 3 nights and then moved to a larger double room for the last 2 nights. I wanted the option of upgrading after comparing first hand to other nearby hotels. In the end the Kooyk was what I was looking for and it was too much time and pain to get set-up at another location. The bathrooms/showers were outside the rooms and I think shared for most rooms. They were clean, but the water temperature varied while I was showering each morning... bearable, but not ideal if you are looking for a really hot and consistent shower each morning.
The breakfast was pretty good considering it was part of the room price. All the coffee (basic kind like Maxwell House) you could drink, decent cereals, sandwich type meats/sliced cheeses, eggs, toasts, etc.
You get one small glass of OJ delivered, the rest was all you can eat, but I was always keen to leave enough room so that I could have some really great meals for lunch and dinner. The hotel staff were really nice. Supposedly no guests, but they do allow people to go up to your room to meet you. The internet pictures of rooms and such are pretty accurate. Anyway my stay was just fine. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to have a decent and low cost place to stay in a great location.
Great location, poor amenities
The best part of this hotel is the location, right near the Leidesplan and within walking distance of everything. Though our room was bigger than we expected, the furnishings were shoddy and our bed sagged in the middle. The worst part was that we could not get hot water from either shower on our floor the entire five nights we were there! The breakfast was fine--less interesting for vegetarians than for meat eaters. Also, the staff never seemed to be around, so there was no one to ask questions to. While our accommodations still beat that of a hostel and were adequate for people out and about all day, the cold shower will probably prevent me from returning.
THE COSY KOOYK
I stayed at the Kooyk Hotel last year for a long weekend. Even thought it was November Amsterdam still had a lot to offer, including the kooyk Hotel. It has a tranquil and homely ambience just what the doctor orderd for a quiet time away, the rooms were reasonably priced and evey one was friendly.
Small family run hotel, on arrival the owners were friendly, fluent in English and Dutch. Suprisingly a 10 Euro deposit was required for each room key required but on the flip side, the key can be used to gain access to the hotel anytime day or night. We were given a map of the city and some pointers on the major tourist attractions (cafes, bars, coffeeshops, red light district, van gogh museum, vondelpark, etc).The hotel has a safe for passports and other valuables, if required. Our room had a fantastic view of a wall, less than one metre from the window, blocking out virtually all light, but then again we weren't in 'Dam to stay in the room all day! Breakfast is served 8:30-10, small selection of cereals, toasts, jams, hams and cheese, edible but if you want something more satisfying head to one of the dozens of local bakeries (mmm!). The hotel is on the banks of the Singel Canal, just seconds from not one but two canal boat ticket offices, and only ten minutes walk from the Rijksmuseum or hectic Leidseplein Square. On our last night, we were awoken by a strange rustling - flicking on the light, only to discover a MOUSE munching on a left-over sandwich. We alerted the owner as we checked out the following morning but his disbelief made him quite angry! As we left the hotel, after smoking heavily in the room for 3 nights, we noticed a sign which read "ABSOLUTELY NO WEED SMOKING ALLOWED IN THIS HOTEL -- THIS IS NOT A COFFEESHOP -- THE AUTHORITIES WILL BE ALERTED AND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE"!!!