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... Met fellow Australians sitting beside us chatted a little & then our train was called. After making ourselves comfy logged into the free internet, brought out Danishes, hostess came out serving breakfast - choice of ham ( prochutto) with creamy white cheese, or crepes all served with choice of juice, tea or coffee , Danishes, Jam, cereal roll(whole meal ) or white roll, and creamy strawberry yogurt and fresh fruit we had to hide our ...
... for bed.
We left the hotel at 9:00. The hotel provided us with breakfast of a croissant and a baguette with either chicken or cheese. The croissant was good, but overall it was way too much bread. We had a lecture from a professor at the University of Amsterdam. Her presentation was our first exposure to politics and policies around prostitution in Amsterdam. She explained the Dutch approach, which is that they know that there will always be ...
... 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 ...
... waffle and poffertjies to keep us going, and we agreed that we could have done with triple. Both freshly made and sweet without being heavy, need to learn the secrets of both. Further up the hill, Diana told us we were at the meeting place for the next movement which was a boat trip to the island of Marken.
We had under an hour, so couldn't stuff around too much to find a place. A couple of tasty toasties (we didn't want to risk the kitchen taking too ...
... window shopping for me though. Still to much traveling to do to, to spend money on cloths. But I did find a little food market, so dinner tonight will be cheese and wine, with pear and mango. Yum, CHEESE! Go a couple of souvenirs and spent the afternoon in the cafe doing post cards and watching the world go ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Piet Hein Amsterdam
A most pleasant establishment
Just returned from a 5 day stint at the Hotel Piet Hein and I am anxious to return -- not only to Amsterdam but to the hotel itself. I enjoyed a most pleasant stay and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel's facilities, not to mention its location (across the street from Vondel park, a stone's throw from Museumplein and Leidseplein, and a short walk to Rembrandtplein). The accommodations were clean, modern, fashionable and quite comfortable, both physically and psychologically. The rooms are quintessential European (ie -- small), but such is life. They are utterly functional and come complete with all that you need. The complimentary breakfast each morning is a real treat (again, typically European but delicious!). The lobby is replete with flat screen monitors for web access, an array of white leather sofas for lounging and relaxing, a large bay window for viewing Vondel Park across the street, a bar with a most congenial bartender, Martin, a 42" flat screen monitor on the wall for watching television and plenty of reading material.
Now, while I'll admit that there are more luxurious hotels and more sensational hotels -- and I've been to both, I can't see any reason for staying at such when the likes of the Hotel Piet Hein are available. I will surely return.
Clean, friendly and well-located!!!!
My boyfriend and I enjoyed a 4 night stay at the Hotel Piet Hein and neither of us could fault anything about the hotel. The staff were all very friendly and approachable and the rooms were exceptionally clean and well maintained. There were always fresh, clean towels in the bathroom when we arrived back in the evening and housekeeping kept the room looking spotless! The size of both the room and the en-suite was surprising; both were more than adiquate for two adults with plenty of baggage.
The location of the hotel was excellent, we managed to visit plenty of tourist attractions and never had to catch any public transport (apart from the airport to Amsterdam)! The hotel looked over Vondelpark and it was really nice that the first thing you laid eyes on as you walked out of the doors was the park. Everything was so easy to find and we really could not have asked for more from our hotel. We made our choice from the reviews on here and I can say that it was totally the right one!
Small but perfectly formed
I stayed here in June 2004 as my base for a business conference and found the hotel to be more than acceptable. Whilst it was never a real quality hotel, I found it to be clean, quiet and good value for money when compared to other Amsterdam hotels.
My main gripe was about the superior single room I had. Whilst clean and comfortable, it was small and the single bed (no twin) was almost too small and I am of average build. I had to close my blinds for any privacy as my room was at floor level with an outside patio, which was always empty strangely enough. On the plus side, the bathroom facilities and aircon were good and the mini-safe in room was very useful.
Reception and bar staff were extremely helpful and welcoming and spoke near-perfect English. Foyer and bar area was nicely appointed. The breakfast was indeed average but there was enough to get you going in the morning. They could definitely improve on the coffee!
It is 5 minutes slow walk to the nearest tram stop and the MuseumPlein. 10 minutes slow walk from the garish night delights of LeidsPlein. You need the tram for the City Centre and Central Station unless you have your walking boots with you. This slightly removed location definitely adds to the hotel's advantage if you don't want to be bang in the middle of noisy nightlife.
I unfortunately only had the pleasure to stay there one night. After a long transatlantic flight, it was great to stay in a quiet hotel, in a quiet area just across the street from the park. It was very easy to find and the staff was so pleasant and eager to help. As much as I love the action of the city, it's nice to have a quiet place to place your weary head at the end of the day. I would not stay anywhere else!
My wife and I recently stayed at the Piet Hein for two nights and had an excellent time. A tram station is just a couple of blocks away making the city centre just minutes away. Many of the best museums are also just a couple of blocks away. The neighborhood seemed very safe even at night. I recommend sitting on a bench in Vondelpark (Across the street) and watching the interesting people walk by.
The rooms were rather small but average for European standards, the breakfast was average, and the room did lack a refrigerator/minibar, but was extremely clean and very modern looking. It is also on a quiet street. The front desk staff was extremely helpful with all of our questions. I would definitely stay there again. I also would avoid any hotels in the city centre, as most of it is quite shady during the night from what we could tell. This hotel is a very safe bet.
The Hotel Piet Hein, seems to have been recently redone. Fresh bathrooms, good sized, everything clean and bright. Rooms while small were what I have come to expect of European Hotels. Always be prepared that a single is indeed a single. (Twin bed)
I am 6'3 and had no problem with the extra long bed. Room was again not that big but the bright window at the end of the room made for a pleast experience.
Staff was effective, and Multilingual. In Fact spoke far better English than the hotels that I have been to in The UK. Breakfast was sufficient to get your day started with.
Close to the Major Museums.. and the Tram lines.
Americans with a Starbucks Caffiene habit be forewarned. None to be found in Amsterdam.
Hotel Piet Hein, is an excellent buy.
Very Pleased With this Hotel - Would Come Here Again!
My family and I were searching for a reasonably priced hotel in Amsterdam where all four of us could be in one room. We looked at Piet Hein's website and decided to take a gamble.
What a pleasure! Great location - across from Vondelpark, five minute walk to the museums and Leidseplein, around the corner from PC Hoofstraat, immaculate throughout, affable staff, nice hearty (free!) breakfast.
If you're looking for quiet, quality, and quaint, this is the place. We would visit here again in a heartbeat!
Definatly would make a return visit
easily accessible by tramfrom central station. Friendy, comfortable, good breakfast, definatly would return