Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... in advance (Purchase online people!!!!!). Afterwards we decided to keep exploring the city, walked around a bit, even made our way to the famous "De Gooyer Windmill" which was a little outside the city but still a pretty site. By this point, it's getting dark and we were staying at the Holiday Inn in Hoofdoorp which was about an hour away on train outside of Amsterdam City. That being said, it was time to go to the hotel for a ...
... I've never toured a brewery before and I really want to. I love beer so I know I'll make it happen one day. Especially after this trip. I've had so much good beer, especially in Prague and Germany. Since we didn't get beer we got the second best thing...pancakes. There was this pancake restaurant across the street that was built inside an old carousel. It was really cool. The pancakes weren't the best though. I swear they don't know what baking soda is because ...
Train ride sucked. We took the night train thinking this will be great. Go to bed in Berlin, wake up in Amsterdam. Reserve a sleeper car. Perfect. Easy. Done. So. Train left at 12:30am (well it was ten minutes late). Then it took forever for people to move in the train to find the right car. So we were still standing post train departure. By the time we found our car there were three people in our car (it sleeps 6 total). They were all comfy cozy and didn't believe us ...
... all over them. The Van Gogh Museum appeared to be quite deserted as I walked all around searching for the entrance.... until I came around onto the fourth side and saw the inevitable queue stretching off down the road into the furthest distance. What possessed us to come to Europe in high season???
So I scratched that idea (I later found somewhere to buy a timed ticket for tomorrow, which will be a lot easier) and instead decided to walk to the ...
... canal. Jane and Jacob really seemed to hit it off. Not disinterestedly, he helped her set up her Apple TV, which gave us some time to talk. Then he came in and did his best to charm her with his wit and sarcasm, which went over well, I think. I hope so anyway! She seemed amused. The next day she took us for a delicious lunch the next day of savory pancakes, a Dutch specialty. I had spinach, goat cheese, and pine nuts, and both Jane ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Owl Hotel Amsterdam
Gr8 location, good price excellent staff
Stayed in The Owl hotel for 12 Days
The hotel is very very centrally located.
In 3 mins you are in Leidsplein
a minute at the Tram station and 5 mins at the Rijks Museum.A short ride in the tram and you are in Dam Square
The staff is very courteous helps you find any place in the city and of course will give you good suggestions.
The rooms are a bit small but the bathrooms are bigger in comparison
The location and staff makes up for the size of the room.And if you stay as long as I did they bear with your insistent long talks
Loved the Owl
We were displaced by our other hotel and they found us a room at the Owl Hotel. I loved this place. Our room was a bit bigger than others we had stayed in throughout our trip. The bathroom was average size. The location was great. It was near the museums and a big popular square that had some good places to grab dinner or a beer. I really liked this place.
The Owl flies high
Spent 4 days here in July 2004 and was quite impressed. Service and facilities reasonable for price. Friendly (with garden, low flying parakeets, and cat). Some temporary roadworks outside.
I recently stayed 3 nights at the Owl Hotel checking out on May 28, 2004. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of my room especially the bathroom. They both were larger than what one usually would find in a European hotel. The room was clean and serviced daily. The staff was friendly and very helpful. Tour tickets are available at the front desk. We enjoyed the free breakfast and factored it into our decision to stay at the Owl. This hotel is located close to many attractions, restaurants and Vondel Park. We took the train from the airport to Central Station, then the tram to the hotel ( which I recommend) a total of maybe 30 minutes and 5 Euros. When we got off the Tram we were approximately a 10 minute stroll from the hotel. However, it took us about an hour to find it. We asked several people on the street who tried to be helpful and point us in the right direction but The Owl could not be seem from the main street. TIP, its behind the Marriott on a side street. Even though we got lost looking for the Owl when we first arrived, it was well worth it when we finally found it. I highly recommend the Owl Hotel it is small, quaint, and really gives you the flavor of Amsterdam. Ask for room #39......you will have a great street view.
Great place to stay
I stayed at the Owl in 2001 and am returning in 2 weeks for another visit to Amsterdam and I am staying at the Owl again. Wonderful location, great view of Vondel park from our top floor room. Hair dryer in the room is a great perk.The daily breakfast is good and included in the room rate. Also having an elevator is another perk. Nice little backyard and patio. The staff is very friendly and helpful. This is a great place to stay and I would reccomend it to anyone who is looking for a quiet place near Vondelpark. Also there is a cute little black cat that lives there, he is very sweet but does not have the best sight and had mistaken my husbands finger for a piece of ham he was trying to feed him.
Great location - close to everything. Rooms and bathroom were good size (for Europe), nice breakfast in AM, friendly staff. I would definately go back. Can't say enough about the location - EXCELLENT!
I can advise the Owl.
The owl has a friendly athmosphere. As soon as you enter you feel at home! Very friendly staff and comfortable rooms. The location is simply perfect: walking distance from the museums and the leidseplein. The only disadvantage is the rather basic breakfast. But overall I can strongly recommend this hotel.
The owl hotel is the only place where I stay when I am in Amsterdam which is two or three times a year. The location is superb and the price is perfect.
So-so place, noisier than expected
I stayed at the hotel in June of 2002. The hotel is very well-located, affordable, and breakfast is good. But I had great difficulty sleeping, and I used earplugs and am not a light sleeper. The doors are very thin and the electronic keycards used to open the doors make a loud beep whenever anyone enters a nearby room. The elevator is quite loud, and virtually all the room doors are within a meter of it. Many of the rooms face a noisy hostel by the Vondelpark, which stays noisy well into the night. Consider yourself forewarned if sleep is on your agenda.
The Owl - Just Perfect
I refuse to stay anywhere but the Owl during my trips to Amsterdam. The staff are friendly, hotel is immaculate, has a "home" atmosphere and is close to all Amsterdam has to offer.