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Amsterdam has been a city i've always wanted to visit. Finally after a rubbish year, Dan & I decided to take a break and a trip over to Holland.
We left early Monday 2nd December from Stansted, Essex.
Our flight was with easyJet and contrary to most opinions, I found them to be alright.
The flight to Amsterdam from Stansted …
... the moment I board the plane I adjust to the country if destination. That's how one avoids a severe jet-lag. So I wanted to stay awake. But why for a chocolate Christ on a pogo stick do the immediately serve a hot meal (we declined) dim the lights and pull the shades? We are not crossing the mediator. It's neither in Thailand nor The Netherlands time to sleep. I just don't get it. May be me again, I like to understand things. Things need logic, but I don't get it. Ah well, movie ...
... and went to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and died of typhus in March 1945.
We decided that with the next stop Het Scheep Vaari Museum which houses the Niew Amsterdam and old three-masted schooner which was quite far so we decided to get like the locals and take a tram to the next stop. We purchased an all-day ticket for the city trams for 7.50 Euros which was we've all ready paid for based on our current rides. ...
... restaurants. Bob chooses the popular Blauw, a 15 minute taxi ride to the Southern part of town. We order rijsttafel with fish (among three choices-meat, fish or vegetable) and are served two mid-sized dishes of rice, one plain and one fried, and many small dishes of different kinds of fish and vegetables, all of which are swimming in darks sauces that seem to contain a variation of soy sauce and tamarind. It was tasty and it was fun, and it ...
... a city bus trip and a city wander. Saw the biggest Apple store ever and was able to sort a problem with my iPad . They were very helpful and efficient and we did enjoy what we saw and experienced of Glasgow very much, lovely helpful people. We left Scotland reluctantly and took the Ferry to Ireland. Great trip even if it was a bit up and down, it was better than expected. It was a long day but when we reached Larne we headed north to the beautiful town ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPrinsen Hotel Amsterdam
Location - Located near Vondelpark, the Hard Rock Café and the Blue Boat Canal Cruise Company. In the Museum Quarter so you are also within walking distance to the Van Gough Museum, the Rijksmuseum and Heineken Brewary. We walked everywhere, although there were tram stops close by also.
The Room - Although basic, it was fine. At the end of the day it is a city break. We spent barely any time in the room. The standard double rooms are small with a desk, 2 chairs, 1 double bed, a wardrobe, safe and alarm clock. The bathroom is a walk-in shower, sink and toilet. Don't expect the Ritz. Our room was clean and serviced daily. Our linen was clean, the radiator worked and we were happy with it. The only thing that I would comment on would be the bed - personally I found it too soft and the pillows too big. This is not a fault of the hotel, it is just a personal preference issue.
Breakfast - Served daily from 7am - 10am. Consisted of cereal, bread/toaster, cold meats i.e ham, salami, cheeses, jams. Juice, milk, tea, coffee machine. Self service. Quite nice, decent quality.
For hot breakfast, take a walk down the road and you will find a little place call Pancake Corner, or various other cafes.
Staff - on a whole, friendly and attentive. We saw three different staff members throughout our stay. We were allowed to check in early - 12.30 isn although the official check in is 2pm. So it is worth finding the hotel and trying to check in if your flight lands early. Room keys are required to be handed in at the front desk each time you leave the hotel. The staff were helpful with information about the area.
* Check the hotel reception - often attritions leave leaflets or cards with money off vouchers to the attractions which will help save money.
* Pack lightly and check airline t&cs for anything you may want to being home.
* Cheese is big business in Amsterdam - there are so many cheese shops. Some cheeses are a little cheaper at the airport on departure and can be sealed in a clear bag as duty free luggage.
* Coffee shops are the ones that sell the naughty cigarettes, Cafes sell coffee and food.
*Try and do a canal cruise or bus tour on your first day to get an idea of what is around the city.
* The currency is Euro - You will need around €120 per day maybe more depending on what you want to do. (based on a couple)
* Museums are from €4-€15 p/ person entry
Room Tip: If you want a bigger room - book the deluxe. Otherwise, all standard rooms are the same and are small...
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Prinsen Hotel Amsterdam
Best of Both Worlds
I've stayed here a couple of times and plan on staying again soon. Great location, 1 block from the Leidseplein on a quite street along a beautiful park. Within walking distance to most major museums and plenty of other attractions. The hotel staff were friendly and very helpful. The hotel is a half block from airport shuttle service, which is very convient too.
Small but beautifully formed
Having been over to Amsterdam to run in the Amsterdam marathon ,I picked the hotel Prinsen off the internet .I could not have been more pleased ,the Hotel is a nice walk into the city centre and an equally nice walk to the park in the other direction,The hotel was clean, tidy,and the staff were pleasent with a range of languages that leave all other european nations in the shade,if I have to be negative about any aspect of the hotel it would have to be the cosy size of the rooms. however they were fine for one person on their own.The only other point was that I was asked to pay the evening before I left ,the impression being that I might skip in the morning, however this in no way would effect my opinion of the hotel, as I was looking a bit untidy and I would certainly stay there again.
Quiet but close
The Prinsen is a quaint little hotel with the friendliest staff, spacious rooms, delightful garden, and out of this world breakfast. It is situated in a residential neighborhood yet everything is within walking distance. We have stayed there 4 or 5 times and will always stay there when we visit Amsterdam. There is no traffic noise, but you are just a block from the hustle and bustle that is Amsterdam. Prices are very reasonable.
Near yet so far!
I had occasion to visit this interesting city on my own and selected the Hotel Prinsen from a brochure. Suffice to say I was so impressed I returned with my family a few months later.
The Prinsen is ideally situated a short distance from the lively Leidesplein. Do not be fooled though the Hotel is in an extremely quiet street. Turn left instead of right (to the Leidesplein) and you are a couple of minutes walk from the Vondepark; a pleasure to stroll through on a hot summer's night.
The Hotel is 3 star and has friendly staff with clean and comfortable rooms.
The breakfast room is particularly pleasant overlooking gardens to the rear.
If you have never visited Amsterdam you will find it has something for everyone. The tram system is excellent, frequent and clean and reasonably priced. All transportation stems from the Central rail station. It's hard to get lost once you learn where you are in relation to the main canal rings.
Clean, but really tiny rooms
OK, I know that we big Americans are used to expansive hotel rooms, but this place has really tiny rooms. The entire bathroom fit in about 30 square feet, and the hallways are like a rabbit warren. However, the hotel is clean, relatively affordable, and we were treated well. There is relatively good tram service to the Rai Center and the Central Station, and it's a long, but pleasant walk to the city center (which we did on two nights, and while rainy, it was reasonable.)
When staying in Amsterdam, I think you have to decide whether you want to be in the center of the action (Dam Square or near Central Station), or near the Rai (for shows and conventions), or in between. The Prinsen is in-between, and as a result is a tram ride to everywhere except the Museum area (which I did not visit.)
Don't stay here
This was by far the worst hotel experience of our lives (and we are very well travelled). Not only did we have items stolen from our hotel room but the hotel staff refused to accept any responsibiliy and were rude and agressive when we suggested reporting it to the police. The hotel was very average before all this happened and was expensive for what it was. I strongly reccomend you make this your last choice.
Very relaxing weekend break at the Prinsen
Four of us, (two couples), stayed at this hotel for an autumn weekend break in Amsterdam - our first visit to the city and to Holland.
The hotel is located very conveniently for the museums, canals and many varied pubs and restaurants and the beautiful and extensive Vondel Park. The central shops, etc. were a little further afield but within walking distance and travel via low cost canal boat and/or tram was easy with nearby tramstops and boat stations.
The five storey hotel was clean and comfortable with a small bar and an ample size lift to the rooms. The rooms although not large were well decorated and equipped and entirely adequate considering the price. Continental breakfast in the small dining area was a very friendly affair.
Staff were friendly and helpful going out of their way to provide information, organise taxis and assist regarding luggage storing arrangements.
In all it was a great weekend and we will definitely be returning to Amsterdam and to the Hotel Prinsen to continue our exploration of the city.
Very nice, small hotel off the beaten track.
This is a nice, small hotel in the museum district. Not on a main street, so it's less noisy than other locations might be. The staff was very accomodating. The rooms are very small, but neat, clean and newly renovated. We were very lucky to get one of the two rooms with a balcony overlooking the terrace.
Was booked at another hotel nearby, but the owners there transferred our booking without prior notification. On arrival were told price had gone up 30% even though price agreed, and receptionist unhelpful and rude. Smallest room ever and could hear all other guests. Didn't stay for second night (though had paid up front)
Clean hotel - rather unfriendly staff rooms very small long walk to city centre - however great location for leidseplien