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... B was much more pleasant.We had a drink by a canal and watched the endless boats go past. Very busy all round. However, wherever we went we had to be constantly on the lookout for bicycles and trams. If I hadn't been game to ride a bike in Paris, I wasn't going to start here in cycle city! Friday 25th-Amsterdam is full of museums from the conventional art to those on tattooing and tulips. Today we went for the biggie- the Rijksmuseum. Got there at opening time after a tram ...
... you cross a road, you have to look left, right, forwards, behind you, every which way! I still haven't quite worked out the "road" rules, or who has right of way where. I think it depends who gets to the intersection first! Either way, we managed to survive without getting bowled over as we walked along the beautiful canals all around the city.
If you're not on a bike or boat, Amsterdam is another very walkable city. We walked from our Airbnb private room ...
... volume of bicycles everywhere. In fact the photograph on this blog of the bicycle park at Central Station is representative of the amount of bicycles that are owned in this city. In fact, it seems that bicycles dominate the entire city. Cycle paths are segregated from the main road to protect cyclists from car drivers. However, it would appear that this is often at the expense of pavements for pedestrians. In fact, I think Amsterdam must be one of the most dangerous cities ...
... of the wealthy as they have intricate stone detail, this is especially true of the home of Botelli a famous architect. It was nice to see people sitting outside the little charming pubs and cafés watching the world go by. After the river cruise we went to the "urban windmill" that was used for grain. Windmills are the most precious thing to people in Amsterdam as they were crucial in allowing them to get the water out of the dams so they could built. To ...
... way to get quite a few more beers ! We got tokens from all the people leaving who didn't want theirs!! Few too many beers later it was time to head out. We found a market and did a little walking around! It was starting to close down to we headed home for dinner but plan to head ...
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Bad Room with a Nice View
Where do I start? I have been to Amsterdam several times before and never had a problem with any of the hotels that I have stayed in. I booked this hotel on the strength of the other reviews (pre review from Tempe, Arizona) and the fact that my friend and I wanted a small hotel in a quiet location yet still central. First external impressions when we arrived at the hotel were good. But as we entered the hotel this impression soon changed as we were greeted by a very out dated reception, take away bar and breakfast dinning area, all of which were small enough to fit in my living room. As I signed in alarm bells started ringing as soon as the clerk requested full advance payment for the duration of my entire stay! What hotel in the world charges in advance? I protested that we had not even viewed the room yet, to which I was told that we could see the room after which I would have to pay, at the very least, for the first night. As soon as we entered the room we were instantly hit by the extremely strong smell, which was a combination of smoke and staleness! The room was grimy, out dated, with low beds with worn out mattresses and a tiny ill functioning TV. The bathroom was even worse with extremely poor lighting in an effort to hide the un-hygienic health hazard awaiting guests. Heavily stained sink, bath, floor, walls and ceiling. I stayed well away from the toilet. The best thing about the room was the view of the Singel canal, but of course this had to be seen through condensated windows within cracked frames. A different clerk then telephoned the room demanding that I now pay for the first night. I went downstairs and paid 145.95 euros for the first night as they insisted it was their policy. I then left the hotel to go searching for another hotel, but was followed out by another clerk requesting that I leave my key behind (another policy of theirs!); I advised them to back off as my friend was still in the room. An hour after checking in we were checking out. I had found a much better 3 star hotel for around the same price. "But sir your room is our best room" I was told, my response "I hate to see your worst room!", "you are lucky we are not charging you for another night!" came the reply. As we were leaving the hotel an elderly couple were complaining about their room, we could not help but feel sorry for them.
Singel Hotel- good choice- nicely situated. Walk out of Central Station -across bridge-turn right and take the next left along the Singel (takes 5mins). My family and I had a triple room on the third floor-overlooking the canal. The room was nice- quirky shape but I liked that- shower was great- really powerful and seemed to stay hot all through the day. En-suite was a bit small -but totally manageable. Towels were replaced and beds made daily. The room looked exactly as it appears on the site. Buffet breakfast consisted of choice of (3) cereals, yoghurt, 2 xfruit juices/ selection of breads, ham, cheese and fruit, coffee and tea. The staff were very friendly too.....not sure what happened the reviewer..tempe,Arizona??.
Really friendly hotel, great service
I'm writing this in complete disagreement with the site user who posted on July 26. I stayed at the Singel Hotel in July with a friend and we received excellent, friendly service from the staff.
True, the rooms are a little small but canal houses in Amsterdam are very narrow! Our room was cleaned every day and the beds were very comfortable. The only small gripe I had was that that sink in the bathroom was a bit stained. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and I would truly recommend the Singel as a good value hotel to stay in.
Worse hotel ever stayed at
This has got to be the worst hotel I have ever stayed in in the civilized world. The room was small, smelled and seemed very dirty. There were cigarette burns in the rug, on the furniture and the bathroom sink. The toilet seat was barely attached to the toilet. The service was on par with the service I have been receiving in the post-soviet union where I have been living the last 4 years, very bad. Our view was a wall about 1 meter from the window and you could hear your neighbors in the other rooms. I have stayed in better $5/night hotels in India. This was a $130 a night dump.
I just got back from a quick trip to Amsterdam over memorial Day weekend. I stayed at the Singel Hotel. The hotel is located on a quiet side street, on a main canal, very near the Central Station. This place was immaculately clean and tidy. Be forewarned, however, that some of the rooms and bathrooms can be very small! This was the case with mine, but yet it still had a tv, with international CNN and BBC, and as I mentioned before was exremely clean. The breakfast buffet was ok with a choice of meats and chesse as well as some cereals and a selection of juices. The staff was very nice as well. As a first time visitor to Amsterdam, I found the location ideal. Very near all the trams which start from Central Station, and fan out to various parts of the city... Within a ten min walk to the Anne Frank House and/or Dam Square. ... and very close to the main pick up point for various bus tours in and around Amsterdam. I would certainly stay here again.
A home away from home...
We just got back from a stay at the Singel and we couldn't have been happier with our experience. The hotel is very clean, the staff is extremely kind and hospitable, and the location is just minutes from Centraal Station and many of the attractions. Also, the quietness of the lcoation couldn't have been beat in such a busy town.
Simple, but comfortable
We stayed in Singel Hotel in October 2003. It is well located on a quiet canal near Central Station. It is a very simple, but comfortable, 3 star hotel with all the modern amenities. Bathroom was clean, but a bit rusty. The view on the canal was outstanding.
One of the best:)
I always stay there as I get top class service with a smile AND they remember me! The rooms are always comfortable and so perfectly close to all the transport you could need. Very highly recommended.
We stayed at this charming little hotel last year and were given a lovely little room which was clean and nicely decorated. Staff were friendly and it was a nice quiet location but only a five minute walk to get to the Damrak. Excellent, highly recommend!
the Singel Hotel is located on the Singel canal close enough to walk without excessivly heavy luggage from Centraal Station. It is centrally located in the touris part of Amsterdam and the place is quiet. the singel room I stayed in was rather small but the room and ensuite bathroom were clean and very acceptable. The breakfast was ok. I paid about 100USD a night Oct. 2002 and was happy with the location vs.