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... heritage building relocated for preservation (and tourism) and education into traditional crafts in the area. There was a collection of windmills - milling different things, such as mustard, spices, nuts, oil extraction, paint pigments - the last remaining mill to do this (they were crushing limestone that day, for chalk). And, of course, relocation of water. We saw a demonstration of cheese making - with tasting available - and finally a demo ...
The train trip from Berlin to Holland went well with the train stopping frequently, the time seemed to go very quickly. We had a quick change of train at Hilversum with 1 minute to get 5 suitcases, 1 old lady we had picked up on the way, 1 of the group that had severe flu symptoms, 1 that is a bit of a flapper + me and 2 others off the train and across the station to the next platform for the last leg into Amsterdam. Phew....but obviously ...
... and see us off! Then he hopped back onto the Canada Line and returned to Vancouver! What a positive attitude, and such a pleasant man he was.
The KLM flight was a full plane and seemed quite crowded. We got some sleep enroute but it was poor and we should have had more. We did eat some unidentifiable food and lived!! We arrived in Amsterdam with cloudy skies, muggy, 20 degrees. We have traveled half way around the planet and still no sun!! Oh well, maybe ...
... generally through the seedier parts of town. I'm not as enamored by certain areas of the city as I am by other less dirty ( as in garbage on the streets) areas that do not draw the tourists in droves. I also find it uncomfortable when walking through these areas past packs of young men. There are young women too, but it is the rowdy, aggressive & loud bands of roving young men that just are unnerving. It turns out that on our street, Singel reside a few red light apartments ...
... hom toe voor 'n winkel en dis seker so 20 minute se stap na sy woonstel toe. Ek kan inelkgeval nie natter word as wat ek reeds is nie en my bagasie wat ek heeldag nog moes saamsleep moes ek maar vlerkies aansit sodat hulle nie versuip in die strate nie.
Ek en Wouter het nadat ons nou my goed by die woonstel gelos het weer gaan stap. Na 'n Cafe wat so 30 min se stap is. Daar het ons elkeen twee heerlike espressos gedrink - swart en bitter. Dis ...
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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 recommend the Owl Hotel
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.