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One last coffee and croissant at Miss Manon before packing our things and waiting for Maud to come and do the handover. At the designated time, the cleaner, Maud and the next guests all turned up together! While the two guests fell in a heap on the stairs outside the flat after their long flight, we thought we should tell Maud about the pungent …
... The Netherlands are very, very flat (Netherlands means "low lands") and very windy. It's no wonder that they were able to perfect the art of windmills. After Zaanse Schans, we went to the fishing village of Voldendam, where we toured a cheese factory. From there, we took a boat to the island of Marken, and went to a clog factory. It was neat seeing how they make clogs – the ceiling was lined with fresh clogs hanging to dry. They dry for ...
... It was very relaxed, and eating, drinking and smoking was allowed (encouraged even), so we sipped on beers, and others smoked joints as we sailed along the canals. Much better than the glassed in tourist boat cruises with audio commentary over a loud speaker. He took us along the canal where you can see the arched seven bridges all in a row, and the Magere Brug narrowest bridge (the original of which was supposedly built by 2 wealthy sisters living on opposite sides ...
... get a large mini-van capable of about 16 people + luggage so we made it to the airport for 35Euros pp – all good – we caught the flight and made it here to the houseboat in record time – one hour flight and about a half hour on the train & cab to our accommodations here on the canal. We’ve got Wi-Fi, two-bedrooms sorta and a sunken living room (not under water though but below the ...
... that 4 would be unlikely as hed have to make his way from the airport to the train and so on...so we went to the station at 5:30, Sussed out which platform, which is hard when there is no 'arrivals' sign. We sat at the station and watched 3 trains come in. It hit 7.20 and there was a train due any second, at this point Cait had logged into the wifi at the station and received a message, from Ty. He was at a hostel using the computer and Face ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSwissotel Amsterdam
The location and entrance give you the idea that you would enter a rundown hotel, maybe this will change soon as they were busy renovating the hallways. But once we opened the door of our (upgraded) suite (407) the picture changed. Worth a visit, very very comfortable.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Swissotel Amsterdam
Great Location, Great Hotel
We stayed at the Hotel between 9-12th January 2004, it is a comfortable, clean hotel, and in good condition. Staff were always knowledgeable and twice when we required service, they were always prompt to help.
We had a standard room, although it was a bit small in size, the location in the heart of Amsterdam, and the upkeeping made up for it.
The maid would always tidy our room and replace complimentary tolietries everyday, even though we They had payable TV, internet access if you have laptop, minibar and complimentary coffee and tea, we also had bathrobes and plenty of guides in the room. left our room really late in the afternoon! Excellent power shower.
I loved this hotel and I would definitely book here again.
Good Value, Fantastic location
Good winter value, clean hotel, spacious modern room, with a very comfortable bed. Fabulously located right in Dam Square. Couldn't beat it.
We stayed in a standard room which overlooked the air-conditioning system at the rear of the building which meant that the room was permanently dark - however the noise of the air-conditioning system was kept out by the efficient double glazing. The room was small but well laid out with twin beds, a desk and a table and chairs. The bathroom was on the small side but the shower was more than powerful and there was always sufficient hot water - there were 2 phones altogether in the bedroom and even one in the bathroom. The staff were all extremely helpful especially room service and housekeeping who kept us well supplied with teabags and coffee as there is no coffee machine in the standard rooms. The hotel is within easy reach of all the usual tourist sights and definitely lives up to its reputation. We booked the room through an internet offer and paid £180 for two nights not including breakfast which is the price we have previously paid for some 3 star hotels! We will stay again next time we are in Amsterdam.
Swissotel- worth returning
Swissotel Amsterdam is a wonderful property.Walking distance from Central Station. 800 metersdown Damrak. Beautiful room with mixed wood decor-beamed ceilings- modern TV-internet access-coffee and expresso machine in room. ProfessionalStaff and location can not be beat.Will stay there again.Bob K.
Best All Around
Stayed here on my 10th and 11th trip to Amsterdam and probably will never stay anywhere else. The staff was great, the room was perfect. 4 telephones including a handheld with 2 different lines, they even give your room a direct phone number for people to call you, a walkin shower and a separate tub with shower. Twice a day maid service, best location in the city, great security, clean marble bathroom, expresso machine in the room, and lots more. I've stayed at nearly every 5 star hotel in Amsterdam and I can't believe this is not 5 star, as it is definitely better than most of the 5 stars.
Swissotel great pick
Just spent three nights at the Swissotel and was very pleased. Had a great room that overlooked Dam square. A little shabby but very clean and good sized. Pillows and bed was comfortable and staff amiable.
Location is great. Near many sights and trolley out front if you need it. Take a tram from Central station if you have taken the train from the airport.
Enjoyed the modern, clean room
This hotel is in a convenient location for the tram (right outside the door), Centraal Station (no more than a 10 minute walk) and several places to change travelers checks. The room was small but very clean, well furnished with modern amenities, and quiet. Overall, it is a nice hotel, but very close to the red light district. I booked a superior room and paid extra for it, but I overheard the desk clerk giving someone a "free upgrade" to a superior room. I suspect I paid extra for what is given to others for free, which is my only reason for not giving the hotel an Excellent rating.
We stayed for 17 days and everything was perfect. We got a free upgrade tp superior and the room was small, but spacious enough and extremely clean.. there was turn down service every night and the bathroom far exceeded our expectations.
The staff were very friendly and polite, and the location was excellent. It is a smaller hotel, and the only downside was that we were on the non-smoking floor.
On the upside, this is the nicest hotel I have stayed in in Europe and the room was immaculate and the bed and pillows were clean and soft. Oh and the bathroom is all marble and has a full size bath.
All in all I would definately recomend this hotel.
Noisy area, good location
Nice hotel in busy area. We had a room facing the street and had too much noise 50% of the nights we stayed. The room was big and the staff (especially Luigi) was fabulous. If you plan to stay here do not have a car. 32 euros a night just to park about a block away! You are better using the train from the airport and walk the block as you will have to do it anyway. All things considered a nice place.
A luxurious stay
This is a superb hotel with excellent facilities and a very central location. The rooms are fabulous and the staff are very friendly.