Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
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We were so saddened to hear of the sudden death of a friend in our church small group on Sunday evening. Our love and prayers are going out to his family.
Got off the ship this morning at 8:45 am to cool and overcast Amsterdam. By the time we schlepped our luggage the quarter mile to Central Station, the sun broke through the clouds. We stuffed the luggage into some lockers and set off on a self-guided tour of the city (thanks Rick ...
... and surrounding events. Measuring 18 feet, 7 inches by 27 feet, it is the largest painting in the museum and it is truly awesome. Napoleon's pistols are in an adjacent display case. We are unwilling to leave the Rijksmuseum without taking another look at 'The Night Watch'; it is a good thing that we saw it two days ago, as we have no chance of getting anywhere near it today.
We are told that tulip time is Amsterdam's busiest season, and ...
... then to Fraserburgh where we visited a lighthouse museum which was more interesting than it sounds! We stayed that night at Nairn which was a wonderful surprise with its warm climate and magnificent beach and coastal scenery reminiscent of Nelson. A visit to The military base at Fort George was amazing and took us hours to explore the history. It is an operational army base so it was unusual to have tourists and army personnel all around the same areas. This ...
... thought. When we did eventually find it we were greeted by Nick, a stereotypical American hippy. Although very small, the 'museum' was very interesting and there was no mistaking Nick's passion for all things fluorescent. He talked us through several rocks and showed us them under various lights, all of which gave quite striking results. He also showed us everyday objects which contain some kinds of fluorescent, we found this part especially interesting - ...
... the head as we were passing. I apologized, but he really should have been paying attention. We were all separated around the boat, but at the next stop a bunch of people got off and we rearranged before the next group got on.
We decided it would be too exhausting to try to get off and on again, so we rode this boat all the way back to the train station. The houses were interesting and the views were beautiful. We struggled to get off ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPark Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
Stayed here two nights before heading home from our honeymoon. Friendly and courteous staff (and very helpful). Nice looking decor, ELEVATORS, clean lovely rooms. Right off of Tram 2 line on the edge of Vondelpark.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
I lovin it!!!
Perfect location and great staff!!!. I'd stayed here for three nights and I had a superb stay. The hotel is situated in the chique neighbourhood 'Oud Zuid' and you can find the famous Vondelpark on the backside of the hotel. With tram 2, you will be within 10 minutes at the 'Leidseplein'. I found a room for 69 euro at the internet and it was worth. The rooms are nice and well decorated. The best thing of the hotel is the staff. They are very friendly and speak great english. I will stay here again!!!
Could be better
Well where do I start - firstly with the positives I suppose. Hotel was nicely situated out of town but with excellent trams into town regularly (no 2).
The nearby and surrounding area's lovely and very classy and Vondelpark is on your doorstep.
Staff in the hotel were great and the bar area very cosy and comfortable.
The 2nd building on the right looked nice and we did think about upgrading but it was an extra £50 and we were only staying 3 nights so decided not to, in hindsight I wish we had.
On the negative - our rooms were an eyesore, purple walls and Orange cupboards with formica tops and the most hideous and bizarre Black leopard spotted carpets, all very dated and not at all relaxing. the bathrooms, although adequate, were also hideous Orange, I have stayed in FAR better 3 stars than this.
The worst thing of all by far was the constant smell of what I can only describe as sewerage, not in our room but in all the corridors.
We also had no iron, minibar, room service or decent hairdryer just some ancient useless thing in the bathroom that took you 3 hours to dry your hair !
All in all not terrible but is seriously let down by the older side of the building, if you want to stay in a good area out of town but on a budget maybe this is the hotel for you but be sure you don't get one of the old rooms on the left side.
Don't think we'll be back.
An Ideal Hotel for your stay in Amsterdam
Me and 12 mates booked into this hotel in February 2004 and can say we made the right choice.
The staff are really friendly and can speak great English.
It is a bit far from the town centre but the number 2 tram and taxi's r reasonably price.
The rooms are clean and spacious and the onsite bar is perfect to start your night out.
We loved it so much we r going back her on 10th Feb 2005
Absolutely wonderful, great value for money!!! Read review trust me!
Having booked a trip to Amsterdam with my friend through Thomas Cook me and my friend thought we had arranged all needed for our new years trip to Amsterdam the sex and ganga capital of the world. Well two weeks before leaving a call from Thomas Cook told us we had to change hotel and stay in the Ramada Hotel & Suites. After reading reviews about the hotel i rang them back complaining saying it was based to far from the Central Dam Square and other attractions. Well Thomas Cook couldnt do anything (apparently) so that was that.
On arrival to hotel we couldnt check in until 2 o'clock although they locked away our luggage in a safe room while we went and did some sight seeing until two. Using public transport was great and convienient with the #2 tram/strippenkart stop 100 metres away named Emmastraat. A tram day rider is a bargain at 6 euro's a piece containing 24 hours use ! This hotel is close to the Ryksmuseum (exuse spellings) and Leidsepleine being only a few stops away. This tram carries on to Dam square (close to the redlight district) the stop after the one called Spui. Trams start running early and stop late 1 am.
Anyway more about the hotel its based near the Vondelpark and once found very easy to remember where situated. Staff were wonderfully pleasent and helpful. They serve a free breakfast in the mornings from 8 am to 10 am. i cant comment on that as i wasnt up in time so the local BK and Maccy D's was a fair shout. Rooms are kept very warm and cleaned daily by Chambermaids. Kept wonderfully tidy and clean. This hotel was a pleasure to stay at with the Hoffbar (on site bar) where you can get a drink next to a open fireplace. Would reccommend very strongly this hotel to all maybe expecially couples. Absolutely delightful and lovely overview of this great value for money 3 star hotel.
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Will be back in the Summer!!
Couple of weeks ago i checked their own web and found a room for 52 Euros, so i sent a fax and e-mail from my office requesting this price for 5 nights = they never replied!!! Ten days later i check their own web again, the price was now 65 Euros!!! wow!!! I say to myself ok, still a good deal! I call the hotel and first of all I explain that I sent them a fax and an e-mail requesting info for reservation = the woman said they were experiencing problems with their fax and internet!!! wow again!!! So I tell her I want 5 nights and she tells me its 80 Euros/night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not 52 ten days ago, not 65 today according to their own web, but yes sir, 80 Euros and she confirmed to me that's the best offer they have! I thanked her and said goodbye!
These cheats are not for me, they should be ashamed, they are racists and money-lovers!
They have two buildings at the Ramada suites and we were also upgraded to the AMS Hofpark next door which is a 4 star (comfortable 3 star I would say). We arrived at about 6pm and the ramada part of the hotel was full. We were happy with that - the room was large and comfortable with big windows and the bathroom had a large bath and good shower. It is about 10mins walk from the museums but the tram (no.2) was extremely convenient. There were some nice restaurants around the hotel - ask at reception - they have a breakfast room and some snacks but no restaurant although we did see some pizzas arrive for guests.
Recommend if you want comfort, quiet and to be a bit out of the centre.
On arrival we were upgraded from an ordinary double room to a large business class room with A/C in adjacent building without asking for it and without any extra charges. Regularly it would've been an extra 25 euros. Very satisfactory!
10-15 minutes easy walking to the art museums, alternatively a few minutes by tram (stops right by the hotel). We had no problem finding parking space on the street right outside the hotel at about 10 euros a day. Strangely it costs about 18 euros a day to park in a nearby back street. The hotel breakfast is rather expensive, but with a coffee/tea making kit in the room and a catering shop just across the street, we had all we needed in the morning for just a few euros.
Very good Hotel !
We spend 4 days in Amsterdam and 3 nights at the Ramada Hotel and Suites. This hotel was very nice: the room was very cosy and clean and the location quite practical: the center was not far (10 min with tram every 10/15min), the near Vondelpark is nice for a walk and the neighbourhood is quiet and good . To sum up, an excellent place to sleep and to enjoy Amsterdam and its attractions.
I loved it
I was at this hotel over New Years. The staff was extremely nice, except for one sarcastic man that asked if I knew how to use the phone to call the front desk. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed my stay at the hotel. I was in the second building (the one without the reception area) and in what appeared to be the basement. My room was extremely contemporary and very cozy. I had a wonderful bathroom. Glassed in shower, huge tub, very spacious. I recommend that if you stay at this hotel, ask for the old Hofpark Residence side. It is much better than the original hotel itself. It was not centrally located, but it sufficed for a good nights sleep because it is very quiet. There was easy access to the number 2 tram that takes you to Leidesplein (great starting point for exploring the city). I was in Amsterdam for 5 days and enjoyed every minute of it. When I return I am definitely going to return to this hotel. A must for your visit is to go to the Dam and red light district. Great discos and wonderfully nice people.
Friendly staff but slightly out of the way
My friend and I stayed at the AMS Hofpark and Residence Hotel from 12-14 March 2004. There are actually 2 seperate buildings to this hotel - we stayed in the one on the right hand side. The hotel is situated in a residential area, so is fairly quiet and is ideal if you want to get away from the crowd. The staff on reception were polite and spoke great English - very impressed. If using public transport, you will need to catch the number 2 tram from outside Centraal train station, which is a 15-20 minute journey. We found it really useful purchasing a 24 hr ticket, which allows you to use both buses and trams. The room that we stayed in was clean and spacious. We had asked for a room with a double bed and found that we had 2 single beds that were simply pushed together. The shower in the bathroom was a little fiddly and there wasn't a shower curtain so be careful, or else the whole place could get flooded (There was a bath, but I personally don't like having baths when I stay in hotels). The trouser press was a bit of a joke as it would merely warm up the trousers as appose to press them (great if your legs were feeling cold!). When visiting Amsterdam, make sure to visit Leidesplein and Dam Square. Here you will find all you need such as coffee shops, souvenior shops, restaurants and a great nightlife.
Amsterdam is a beautiful city and since we only stayed for a weekend, found it impossible to explore more. The one thing I found hard getting used to, were the large amount of cyclists and trams. They all had a habit of creeping up on you from behind without warning - so beware!
All in all, the hotel I stayed at was ok, but I doubt I would stop here again, as would prefer to stay somewhere more centrally located, nearer to Centraal train station.