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... back home.
The trip went very smoothly and we even ran into other Americans (from Michigan and Utah) who were waiting for our same train. Although we had to carry all of our luggage with us, rather than checking it in like on a plane, it was a much nicer experience than the hassle of an airport.
By far the best part ...
... on a hot dog with the works. The Rijksmuseum was a lot better than Van Gogh. I have been before and enjoyed it then, and today was no exception. The Dutch masters have painted some of the best artworks, and even the gallery itself is a work of art. It's definitely one of my favourite art galleries in the world.
Since the day was getting late (lucky I saw Anne Frank house yesterday), I went back to the hostel and had a well deserved nap. For dinner, I went to the ...
... was up near Centraal Station, where we'd join a bus tour out of the city. We were there really early, and after jumping on a tram with no idea of tickets/cost (and no further info, so we made the executive decision that is was free in the city) we found that part of town is more touristy than the fringe we had been around. More fast food, souvenir rubbish, museums of interesting contents and more people. We couldn't be bothered meandering, so went to Maccas. That one ...
... lots of beautiful buildings. We would definitely go back in the future in the summer time to see more of the museums and the canals as I imagine they are full of hustle and bustle. I must confess I will not miss the bicycles. The people ride them thinking they are kings of the road... I have had to save Eli's life several times as they law to themselves and he had a thing for stepping into the path of the trams. Joking aside - we are having an amazing adventure so ...
Amsterdam was great! We arrived Sunday afternoon and found our way from the central station to our hostel. Amsterdam has just about as many canals as it does streets and more bikes than you can imagine. We stayed in a 12-beddorm but it was very clean and besides one man snoring all night we slept pretty well. The next day we went on a tour through the same company we had used in Brussels and got to learn quite a bit about the founding and history of the city. The tour also took ...
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Save your money!
I´m sure this hotel is a part of criminal organisations, while i stayed there at least 3 passes were stolen. People were walking in and out of the hotel all the time, may i say suspicious people at the least! Walked to the reception, got a key, went in to the hotel and came out about 5 minutes later. I was sitting for an hour or so in the reception room (yeah they got a sofa there!!) and alot of kids (local it seemed) went in and out like they had an agreement to go in and loop passports. You are safer to keep the passports on you than in this hotel!!
I am sure there are more revolting places to sleep, but I certainly don't think they cost over 100 euros a night. It smelled hideous, the carpets were toxic, sticky, and stained with god-knows-what, the "breakfast" in the overpriced hotel downstairs (which we found out was included accidentally) is just cereal and old ham and cheese, the towels were yellow and smelled of cigarettes, the bed was wobbly and the linens filthy, there are no elevators in a 4th floor walk up, no soap at all in the bathroom, the shower curtain was gooey and slimey, and 3 people of our group had their passports stolen from their rooms. There is a sign behind the front desk that says they are not responsible for any items left anywhere o othe premises, presumably so they can make a few extra euros off lifting passports. The pictures on their website are a best-case-scenario, possibly the only good thing that can be said is that the bathroom fixtures seem to have been installed in the last couple of years, and the there was tv, albeit fuzzy. The location is very convenient, but there are about a million other hotels in the area so don't bother with this one.
Just don't do it
Paid 25 Euros\person for 6 in one room. Went to top floor. 4 flights up and not even any hot water!!Paid a bit more 5 euros each then got moved to the second floor ensuite - where we found a mouse. It was in our food. Lost Â£50 worth just like that.Mgt couldn't care less when we complained. There are plenty of better places to go.
No rats in my room!
ok so its no paris ritz, but for location and price it is very good. no rats in our room, beds were clean and so was the shower. for Â£60 a night for four of us its acceptable.
Hairy bedspreads and hairy shower
Rooms were dirty and we had to change our own bedlinen when we complained. Watch out for the bloke on the desk, he'll make you pay before you stay. My friends have stayed in a nice room here last year, but if they try and lumber you with a ground floor room, just don't bother. Very central location for the money though.
ROUGHER THAN A GRANNIES GRIFTER
May i advise anyone who thinks about booking the Manofa hotel to save themself their money and health by reading the following:-You would be better off sleeping round the back of CS with the junkies than in any room in the Manofa. As previous reviews have said, this hotel clearly has a rodent problem, i stayed there in 2002 and found rats about 2cm from my sleeping wifes head! I found the staff to be rude and inconsiderate, the 'so called' manager was also rude and aggresive. DO NOT STAY HERE!
Ack. Could this be worse?
Could this place be any grosser?! I woke up to the nibble-nibble of a rodent inside my backpack eating my trail mix. The fire alarm had some horrible red schmeared stuff on it I tried very hard not to look at, chuncks of plaster where falling off the wall, the carpet was absolutely disgusting AND it was freakin' expensive! Completely horrible. DO NOT STAY HERE.
There's a rat in my bedroom what am I gonna do?
Rats in the bedroom, need I say more? Do not stay here if you care about your health. I do not know how this place is classed as 2 stars: dirty floors, dirty beds, bad smell in the room etc. Not even an apology when we informed them of the rodent problem!