Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... ran across the street and explained to us that while this is indeed a place the tram will come by, its not actually a tram stop but rather a bus stop and not the bus line we had purchased tickets for! Doh! So with tails tucked firmly between our legs and an entire cafe watching us lug our copious amounts of gear, we crept across a busy intersection to another tram stop and waited for our tram. When one finally did arrive, Erika ran up and spoke to the driver. He waved her onto ...
... and we've heard from too many. After that, we had free time to roam the city. We were going to go to the Van Gogh museum, however it was a 30 minute wait just to get in, and our break was only 3 hours so by the time we got in we wouldn't have time to spend time enjoying the museum. Instead we wandered around the city and found fresh stroofvafel! Stroopvafel is a traditional Dutch dessert, it is two very thin waffles with hot carmel between them, it is delicious! We ...
... I assure you they weren't! The day after the visit to Powys Castle in Welshpool, we happened to get a ride on a canal barge in the canal which was so unexpected and unplanned. It was something I had wanted to do so I was thrilled when it happened. Rodger had to open the locks which was a new experience. Another highlight. We continued on skipping through the beautiful countryside of Shropshire on our way south to Cardiff for a few nights. It ...
... I am sure they have a residence somewhere else. It is big and very old and quite plain.
Amsterdam in this part of the city is old and quite frankly dirty. Even at 6 am in the morning as we boarded our bus to go to the flower market, the street is littered with rubbish and cigarette butts. Further out we have discovered there are lots of apartments all about 5 story high and street after street of them. ...
... Oh yeah! Keith Urban was in Amsterdam too! I didn't see him but someone in my hostel did.
Our last day we got our tickets to go to the tulip fields, but we found out that their was no transportation there because of a festival. I was pretty bummed because those flower fields looked pretty cool. Even though it was freezing, the sun was out for the most part. Definitely one of my favorite ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Toren Amsterdam
We recently stayed at the hotel and had booked two double rooms - one a luxury room with jacuzzi looking over the canal at the front of the hotel and the other a double with shower which was in the attic overlooking the courtyard garden. The attic room was of average size but seemed small once it contained a travel cot - the jacuzzi room was quite big by amsterdam standards and had a lovely view of the canal which is quite quiet both day and night. the staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable and were more than willing to accommodate any request especially as we had a toddler with us - the only downsides to the trip were that there are a few steps up to the hotel and also steps up to the lift and to some of the rooms - this is not mentioned in the website - and this did cause a few problems as one member of our party had mobility problems and we had to manoeuver a pram. The hotel serves breakfast and snacks in the afternoon and evening, so you have to eat out for dinner. The facilities in the rooms were quite different - the jacuzzi room was quite well decorated and had air conditioning as well as the usual tea,coffee,hairdryer,toiletries,radio and alarm etc. the attic room however did not appear to have been given so much attention and did not have air con and the bathroom was minute. the minibar is quite cheap by hotel standards but did not have wines or spirits, and the pay per view channels are already turned on when you arrive and you have to request to have them turned off - they are good value at 4 channels for only 8.85euro from 11am to 11am. the hotel does have internet access and it is also possible to hire dvd players and video players - something we wish we had known in advance. The hotel classes itself as a business hotel but we found it to be quite an intimate family-friendly hotel which can boast a back garden in which the children can play and the adults can enjoy a drink from the bar.
Great stay in Amsterdam
We stayed at The Hotel Toren in April 2004. The hotel was beautifully quiet, clean and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel is well situated for a visit to the city. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone visiting Amsterdam
Snuggly bed, peaceful and convenient location
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Toren for one night on March 22.
The hotel is in an excellent location -- away from the busy, central street, yet in walking distance to the Anne Frank Musuem, Central Station, Red Light District and the Flower Market. We stayed in room 421, located a few doors down from the main building. The room was clean, of decent size and had a charming canal view. The bed was one of the most comfortable I've slept in. The linens were crisp and white and the comforter/blankets were so snuggly! Additionally, the Hotel was recently added to the Airport Connexxion shuttle stop list, so it was convenient and inexpensive to transfer to/from the airport (10.50 Euro). The rates are decent and the staff friendly. Television-watchers beware, pay-per-view (including adult content) needs to be turned off by request or you risk being charged an additional 8 or 8.50 Euro per day.
Poor value for money
ToreN Hotel, AmsterdamMy wife and I spent 4 nights there Thurs 25th March to Mon 29th March 2004. We were allocated room 223 which was up in the attic. My complaint is purely to do with the room. Everything else about the hotel is fine.Room 223 is tiny. Far too small for 2 people. One tiny wardrobe and no other storage racks. No space between the twin beds. If not careful one might bang one's head off slanted ceiling and wooden beams. Bathroom was tiny. Shower was very powerful but the controls were broken so it was necessary to hold the shower in one hand while washing, otherwise the whole bathroom area got destroyed with water as happened on the first occasion I used the shower. Not very satisfactory and it meant I didn't bother to shower on 2 of the days. While sitting on the toilet one's head is over the sink. Again not very satisfactory.On a less important note the TV remote control didn't work properly and the manual controls had to be used.To summarise, I feel I didn't get value for the Euro 140 per night.
We had just had the best stay possible in Amsterdam - this hotel is a gem! You couldn't find a nicer hotel with staff to match. The rooms are a bit on the small size, but you could eat your food off the floor! The bedlinen is as white as snow and starched to perfection. They have a lovely little bar and breakfast room and the actual location is spot on. It is by one of the canals (naturally) and only 5-10 minutes walk away from the hustle and bustle of all the bars and the redlight district! We can't recommend it enough - go and experience it for yourselves...
Toren Hotel is great!
We just returned from Amsterdam where we spent 10 days at the Toren.
The July weather was very warm this year and a good feature of the hotel was that it is air conditioned. Our stay was very enjoyable: Staff friendly and helpful; upgraded rooms pleasant and comfortable (new bathroom). We had a canal view and it really added to the entire feeling of our trip. We feel that the history of the hotel should be shared more widely (used to be the home of a "patrician" family then the library to the old university: built in 1733). Many of the architectural features remain from those days.
We splurged on a room with a view of the canal, and were very happy with it. The room was large, decorated in red and gold (very pretty- see their website for pictures) and well-maintained, with lots of natural light. The view was beautiful- we left the windows open all night. The bathroom was somewhat small, with a jacuzzi tub and new-looking fixtures; good water pressure in the shower, not much shelf space. Staff was friendly and helpful. The location is perfect- quiet and beautiful, but within walking distance of everything. Negatives: expensive if you want the canal view! But you probably already knew that.
Nice Hotel - Great Location
I stayed at Hotel toren for three nights early in April of 2003. Most of the staff were nice, although one or two of the people at the front desk had something of a teutonic chilliness about them. The room was not terribly large, but it had a pleasant view onto the back garden (the Canal view rooms were way too expensive for me - starting at twice the price of the back rooms!). The pluses: Room was quiet, furniture was nice, location can't be beat, the common areas of the hotel are nice. Minuses: bathroom was a little too small, especially the shower, and although I was supposedly on a 'non-smoking' floor, the corridor outside my room stank of cigarette smoke. Also, the breakfast was a little too expensive, at 12 Euros per day.But it was wonderful to be so centrally located, and to have my nice quiet room with the pleasant garden view as a refuge. All in all, despite a few minuses, I rate this above average.
Great location - can walk to everything. Near the Anne Frank House. Friendly staff and nice rooms.
Gem of a hotel
Stayed in Toren late Nov/early Dec this year.
Recently uograded to 4 star.
Lovely hotel can"t fault it.