NH Carlton Amsterdam
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... the top. Some lean forward daring gravity to claim them.
Yet it's the differences between Australian and Dutch culture and everyday life that is intriguing. Of course the first thing that 'very' quickly sunk in with us was "don't mess with Dutch cyclists of any description or age" if you value your life!!!!!!!!. Close calls were had on several occasions, initially glancing in the wrong direction to assess the traffic. ...
... out from the station.
Next stop - the booking office. Fortunately the man we spoke too spoke perfect English and was very helpful. The next train was at 4.30 - no problem. We would however, have to pay for new tickets. Because the old ones were semi flex, he was able to give us half our money back on them and we only had to pay the other half - which was another 70 euros each. Okay, not happy, but not a lot we could ...
... We shared some beetle-juice (only say it once!) and told stories of our ancestors. We realised that we had a great many things in common including a kindred spirit in the dislike of the skunk. Much the same as the British and American veterans know that a common bond will never be broken, not by their country's leaders nor by any shared enemy.
Well, with these thoughts in our mind, alongside those of wanting to return home to our loved ones, ...
... I would be in a much worse position that the poorest Ugandan orphan whose hope is in Jesus.
Well, back to the tour. We continued our walk and purchased an interesting vase from a little shop (and had an enjoyable conversation with the lady who owned the shop). We then visited another church, Krijtberg (which was quite different than the Westerkerk), and walked through the Bloemenmarkt, a huge, outdoor flower market. There were many unusual flowers and bulbs for ...
... d seen the girls. We stopped for a drink and EVERYTHING reeked of pot, people were rolling and smoking all over the place - very different!! Thursday we had breakfast at the hotel and then we went to cheese and clogs!!! It was amazing, cheese demo was boring but clogs were epic. The guy doing the demo was hilarious and sold clogs so well! We then tasted cheese (smoked was my fave - so yum), bought some souvenirs and played with his pet pig!! He had taken this pig to puppy ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Carlton Amsterdam
I personally enjoyed the Hotel Jolly Ccarlton! From the minute I checked in the staff was courteous and proffesinal. I found the rate on line for $92.00 U.S. dolars in July at the last minute. I had been traveling around Europe so I expeienced some very small and bad hotel rooms. When I walked into my room at the Hotel Jolly Carlton I was suprised to see a nice size room with 2 double beds , a table with 2 chairs and a nice view of the street below. The bathroom was very nice with hair dryer, marble shower, with lots of bath soaps. The hotel is perfectly located right in the middle of the city (next to the flower market) and tram stations half a block away. I did not eat in the hotel because the menus were a bit pricey, but just outside the hotel you have a selection of 20 resteraunts. The next time I am in Amsterdam this is where I want to stay. I hope this review is helpful to you.
Not what we expected
Very dissapointed. We expected 4 start delux hotel for what we paid. I would give no more that 3 stars. Very, very small room with dirty carpet and mildew in the bathroom. Breaskfast was good but I suggest to eat outside and try some different food every day, especially variety of pancakes. Front deck was helpful, but wake up calls, we requested twice, were 30 minutes earlier. I wouldn't stay here again.
OK, but some problem at the check in time
The hotel itself is OK, but overprized. Definitely not 4 stars, may be 3.5 or 3. We booked this hotel more then 2 months in advance and it was fully paid at the time of booking. On our arrival we've got the ugliest room possible: noisy (by the elevator) and the worst view ( to the concrete wall). We asked for another room and were rejected. We're told that no rooms are available. That's giving we arrived early morning and waited until 14:00 p.m. to get the room. After asking for a manager, the three more rooms were show to us. Finally we managed to get an OK room, quiet with god view, but on the smoking floor. We feel that we overpaid a lot. There are many mach nicer and hotel in Amsterdam. Advice: Do your search before booking.
We had already booked to spend 4 nights at the hotel for an Easter break when I came across the above reviews. I became rather concerned about what we might be letting ourselves in for from the 'terrible' gradings but needn't have worried at all. By chance we did arrive a bit earlier than check-in time but we had no problem being assigned a room. On walking in we were both very impressed - a good sized room, spotlessly clean, and the bathroom appeared to have been recently refurbished. The bedlinen was changed daily, towels were plentiful and soft. 'Goodnight chocolates' were left by the bedside. Best of all, the room overlooked the Floating Flower Market, and was in an ideal central location. We did not dine in either of the hotel's evening restaurants, but the breakfast buffet was superb, and despite the hotel being full and breakfast busy, staff kept everything refilled. All the staff we met were pleasant and helpful, and if we should return to Amsterdam on another occasion, this is where I would want to stay!
This Hotel has a good location - and that is about it. We stayed there in June, 2002 for 7 nights. We arrived early in the morning, and asked for an early check-in (we had been traveling for the past 20 hours). The front desk was mobbed with Italian tour groups checking out, but when we finally got to the desk, they said that they would give us the next available room. We ended up getting "bumped" from the list by noiser, more irate guests than ourselves, and finally checked in around 2:30.The room was so small that there was essentially only room for the double bed. (not really a big deal if that was the only problem). The staff was amzingly rude, almost to the point of being comical. At one point, a staff member and her trainee rolled their eyes at each other when I asked for assistance in using the telephone in the lobby (it turned out to be broken).An example of how this hotel treats its guest is the towel status assigned to various rooms. We had an internet deal (140 EU/night). Our towels were so worn and threadbare, they were not usable for anything but rags. The same towels, only less than 10 years old and still relatively plush were reserved for higher status guests. We learned to pilfer usable towels from the housekeeping store-room during the day.The beakfast was included in the price of the room, but after one breakfast, we found more attractive places to eat.In a city full of hotels, there is no reason to abuse yourself by staying at this one.
Stayed here in 2/03, Somewhat disappointed. The rooms were outdated, and small, Definately in need of cleaning carpets. Tacky in general. The hotel has internet access in the Business center - Good Luck, You need a special card/ equipment. Approx. $10.00 for 20 min.The hotel does not have a pool or fitness facilities. The only thing decent about this place is the location. 15min walk to the Red Light District. Coffee shop very close, Flower mkt. (if you're into that), and a Dirty little Irish pub directly accross the street. Tons of nice restaurants near-by also. Over-all I'd look else-where. "Amsterdam Rules"
I was not expecting much from this hotel but was still very disappointed. To put it bluntly, this place is a dump. The rooms are extremely small and the furniture has a dilapidated 70-s look. A desk in plastic finish spans the width of the whole wall and an weird triangular mirror decorates the wall. Cleanliness is an issue here. The dreary-looking bed comforters need some dry-cleaning and the carpets are full of dirty spots. The pillows felt like bags of cement. The bathroom was ok, though my bath got clogged and I was nearly scalded a couple of times by sudden temperature changes in the shower. The business center has Internet access but during my visit the hotel was out of the Internet cards you need to access it (luckily, an Internet cafe was around the corner). On the positive side, the hotel is conveniently located close to the Dam Square and Rembrandtplein. There is also a KLM shuttle bus stopping at the hotel. My daily rate was 110 EUR +tax (including breakfast and 1 dinner at the hotel's Italian restaurant). I would not recommend this hotel (other than for its location) but if you choose to stay here, expect Motel 6-type room ameninities (save for cable TV).
Excellent Hotel, spacious rooms and close enough to the city centre.
Excellent hotel which is located next to the floating flower market and is close enough to all amenities. The staff were helpful and courteous. They also have a good shuttle service from the Hotel to the Airport as all good hotels do.
Not as grand as we'd hoped
Stayed in the Jolly Carlton for 4 days this January. We were in a standard room which was very small and to be honest compared with most 3 star hotels we've stayed in. The room was in need of decoration and updating, though the 'public' areas of the hotel were very impressive. The location is fantastic and we had a brilliant view from our balcony on the 6th floor. We were a wee bit disappointed and would only stay here again if we got a good deal.
My 11 year old son and I toured 10 European countries in August 2001. This was one of our favorite hotels. We had a deluxe twin room. It was done in cherry wood with grey, tan and dark green. The bathroom was grey marble and awesome. Like most hotels in Europe, no shower curtain. There were nice extras like slippers, a bathrobe, soap, shampoo, bath salts,etc. We had a front roon so the view was nice and we could see a lot of night activity. The halls are a little dark but still pleasant. We ate in the restaurant twice and the food was very good as was the service. The location is excellent, close to the floating flower market. Our opinion....very nice hotel and great check-in service.