Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
Just to let ye all know we landed in Amsterdam after a slight delay today. Bit cloudy when we landed but good generally. Got a train to the main station in the city, and organised our train tickets for the overnight train to Berlin on Friday night. Although it's a bit of funny timing, it arrives at half four in the morning, …
... s diary was found among the litter in the annex & her father published it. The diary, which gives a moving account of wartime horrors seen through a young girl’s eyes, has sold 25 million copies & has been translated into 60 languages.
Amsterdam is a bit of an eye opener in their attitude to drugs & sex. They have coffee houses where it is legal to smoke cannabis but in saying that hard drugs ...
... but still happy to see the parade. Many cool floats, many social & political messages, and no shortage of eye candy! Such a unique experience along the canals. Loved seeing the level of joy, pride, and acceptance. A high-five to Netherlands for being the first to legalise gay marriage in 2001 and to Amsterdam for continuing to wave the rainbow flag so proudly. A two week pride festival full of art, music, cinema, open air street parties, parades, and all the ...
... these canals, by and large, were hand dug over a period of some 200 years. They (generally) are only about 3 meters deep (the cruise director suggested they were 1 metre of mud,.. 1 metre of of lost bicycles,.. and 1 metre of water in which the shallow draft cruise boats navigate around the city). There are some 2,500 ‘registered’ floating homes (houseboats),.. and many, many more un-registered. The registered ones have ...
... different stages of her hiding. The conclusion of the exhibition resonated with Otto Frank's (Anne's Father) own sad story after he returned from Auschwitz, his discovery of his daughters journal and his decision to publish the diary.
We then headed out to try one of the Netherlands most famous products at the source - Heineken Beer. The Heineken Experience takes a different approach to a brewery house and turns it into a thoroughly interactive and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sphinx Hotel Amsterdam
the sphinx hotel. the rooms seen on the internet are not the rooms you get. you get a dirty, dull, and smelly room. the showers are disgustig. the manager was so rude. at breakfast there was never enough food for everyone. these people give out false information about the hotel.i would'nt advise anyone to stay there. i would never stay there again
All the bad reviews about this hotel are true. We were stuck with it because all the decent hotels were sold out.
My friend booked this hotel over the internet, going on the misleading pictures.
This hotel should seriously be closed down. The rooms are dirty (holes in the walls, broken glass in the room, the bathroom too dirty for words and covered in limescale). Breakfast (if you can call it that) is served in a grotty room where the ' salami and cheese' is conjured up from a corner in the room with a big sofabed that the ' owners' lie on. or something. I stayed there with friends for one night (the room for 4) and we were shocked. We went downstairs for breakfast and were (after having looked for a table for 8 mins) agressively ' greeted' by a man shouting ' salamiandcheese' at us for a while. We didn't understand so we sat down after which we were commanded over to a scruffy table with three pots of jam with breadcrumbs in it, a basket with one slice of stale bread in it, and a broken coffee machine. This place is too ridiculous for words and should be take off any hotel website.
Worst Hotel Ever
This has to be the worst hotel I have ever booked. After checking in and going to our room, my friend and I decided to look for a better hotel and checked out straight away. We lost some money, as they required 48 hours canx notice, but it was worth moving. You can get cheaper and much, much cleaner hotels nearer to the city centre. Do NOT stay here.
After much searching for a room for a night in Amsterdam, I chose Hotel Sphinx. It was a good rate (Euro 65) and the photograph from the outside looked fine. The photographs of the rooms also looked fine, except we did not get one of those. Our first problem was that our cabbie had to ask someone else where the Sphinx was and still let us off about four blocks away. And I was stupid enough to tip him!
My partner and i stayed at this hotel for 6 nights over christmas 2004, the website looked good and it said there would be a tv and dvd in the room. the pictures of th room looked good. when we arrived the room was the size of a prison cell with virtually no room to move around. the room was dirty with stains and dirt on both the walls and carpet, no tv or dvd, the fire alarm bleeped contiuosly throuhout the night every night with no-one coming to reset it, there was supposed to be a member of staff on duty at night. the staff during the day were not very helpful and did not seem bothered about their guests.
Stay away from this hotel! Seriously. A friend that I was travelling with booked us a room in this hotel after visiting the hotel website. Having recently visited the website myself I can't really blame my friend for choosing this place. I appreciate that hotels will always use photos of their best rooms to advertise the hotel, but the images on their website are COMPLETELY misleading. I agree with the other reviewer who referred the rooms as jail cells.
My husband and I have travelled for over 40 years and this is the absolute worst place EVER. No service provided. Toilets shared but only one out of three work. No sheet change if you stay less than five days.
No room cleaning or towel change unless you pursue it yourself from a surly employee, provided you can find them. No trash pick up either.
Rooms were cell-like and actually a jail room might be preferable.
Depression set in immediately upon seeing the rooms. Oh yes, you must pay before you go up to room and there is a sign that says NO REFUNDS.
The stairs are treacherous. Just like the earlier reviewer says, Do Not Stay Here!!!!! Yuck!
Do not stay at this hotel
The hotel Sphinx is one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in. It is noisy, dirty and vastly overpriced for what it offers. The toilet facilities are basic, the communal shower is disgusting and the staff seem more interested in watching TV than attending to the needs of their guests. During our stay they did not change the sheets once and we had to repeatedly ask for clean towels.
They demand payment upfront and unsurprisingly have a statement by the foyer stating that they offer no refunds.
I cannot emphasise enough how bad this hotel is. After three nights we moved to a youth hostel which was cheaper, cleaner, and more customer friendly. It was also quiet enough for us to get decent nights sleep.