Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
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 …
... Yesterday we did very little. We were so tired and confused about the the time of day. We just went for a liittle walk. I mainly concentrated on not going to sleep. We met some fellow travellers from good old Oz and also from the US. We had some dinner and went to our room. Strangely, it was still light at 10pm!
Today we have taken a canal ride around Amsterdam, saw some very old buildings. Then we went for a walk in the ...
... crowns on their heads, and signs and stalls are being readied for the great flea-market that Amsterdam will turn into tomorrow. The antique shop where we buy a tile from the Golden Age is empty, but the souvenir shops are packed. We have a hard time finding a T-shirt for Ollie, as the shopkeepers have emptied the shelves of the usual merchandise in order to stock the special King's Day paraphernalia. It is time for the gentle tourist to go home.
Fortunately, we don't have to ...
... paths. But I don't actually know that this is true as I haven't yet one cyclist stop when someone is waiting at one of these crossings. What makes it worse is that they seem to come at you from all angles, sometimes en-masse. My head swivels at 360 degrees before every road crossing. And what makes it doubly worse is that pavements don't seem to stop at minor road junctions so you can be happily walking along absorbed in your environment and not realise that you've ...
... of course I had expected) plus another 5 or so as we just had to troop through the door, getting our tickets scanned. And the Museum was very interesting (though still more crowded than I would have liked!) - starting on the lowest floor with van Gogh's very earliest stuff, which was really rubbish, poor man, and then showed his development as he first learned to draw and paint as he was taught by a succession of teachers (they displayed some of the ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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