Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... and packed up my remaining items, then making my way to the nearby U Bahn. Today was actually raining (first time so far on this trip), so I managed to wear my big winter jacket which had been sitting in my suitcase untouched until today.
I walked down to the U Bahn and waited for a train that was due to arrive in four minutes. After twenty minutes passed without a train, I became suspicious. I asked one of my fellow commuters what was happening and he explained that ...
... being presented with a surprise bus due to engineering works on one of the lines. Thank you nice train lady.
Train tickets sorted we boarded a canal boat to enjoy a cruise around the canals of Amsterdam. Floating through the beautiful city was a very peaceful way of seeing the sights and resulted in many photos of buildings from a very low angle. Mmmm buildings from low angles. Yes.
Clambering out of ...
... not have my iPad. We must have left it on the cart. With all of our extra bags and carrying our sweatshirts, we did not realize that we were missing something. Bill went back and I anxiously waited beyond security. We were both certain it was gone. Who would not be tempted to keep it? It was not on the cart, so Bill raced back to the information desk (10 min walk away) and it was there! Our Patron Saint of Travel, St Christopher, has once again been looking out for us!
... is about his dissent in Abrams v. United States, a WW I case, where his dissent became the basis for a profound re-invigoration of the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech. As much as I admire Justice Holmes, and think he may even be fundamentally correct, his views are nonetheless troubling as he postulates that the majority has the right to impose its will on the minority which, in the case of speech, meant allowing the Government to ...
... the outside. The hover ferry we took to get there was also really good. Overall, just seeing Amsterdam itself was cool, hopefully one day we will come back. Oh and the cafes were quite funny with all the weed being freely smoked as its legal isn't it? And the magic mushroom truffles, it was hilarious but weird at the same ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Vijaya Amsterdam
Lads Holiday Hotel
Simple and affordable... but not for the traveller seeking luxary! Its ideal for the lads looking for somewhere at the centre of everything. Staff were friendly too.
Dont make the simple mistake that we did and assume that the money you pay before arriving is for the whole stay... its just a deposit/guarentee!
I have travelled to the 'dam numerous times on a budget and have stayed at other 2 star hotels and would say the Vijaya is above the average, if not more so for it's classification. First time was in March (4 nights), this time in June (2 nights) and can't find too many problems worth mentioning considering the price I paid.
Complete doss house
Stayed at the Hotel Vijaya for 3 nights in june 2004 our double room was meant to have been a single i had to climb over my husband to get into bed.
Had one school desk, one chair, and one single collapsing wardrobe behind the entrance door because there was no room in the actual room.
had graffitti on the radiator that was dated 2002??
it did not help that they was trying to carpet the stairs during breakfast.
the noise outside our room did not stop to about 5 in the morning then started again about 9. really grotty place wont stay again, the only bonus was that you did have to walk far to anything it was all on the doorstep.
Stayed at the Hotel Vijaya for 4 nights during April 2004. Excellent location. Close to all amenities. Hotel room was cleaned daily. Friendly staff. Great value for money. Can't tell you what the breakfast was like as we didn't surface till lunch time! Our room overlooked a canal which could get quite noisy (not so much the people but the pigeons and church bells!). Only down side was there wasn't any tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, though you could get them from reception (if you could be bothered climbing the steep winding stairs that is!) We didn't want to leave. Would definitely stay here again.
Dirty, pokey and over-priced.We had to cut short our stay! People who run it are pleasant, but the"hotel" is shabby and uncomfortable.We paid 95 euros for one night!! Moved to Ibis...this doss house is barely worthy of 20 euros per night. Do not make the same mistake as us I beg you!!
The worst i ever been
terrible room, too expensive, filthy sheets!!!! horrible, a nigmare to be short.
3 on a scale of 1 to 5
the continental breakfast was fresh n tasty. the staff were very friendly and acomidating,the security was great. the room was to small.the beds mattress was to soft/ the cleanliness of the room was questionable.the area was a slum. knowing the area now,i'd stay in a different area
A nice little two star hotel. Room and en suite were cleaned every day.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. Great location - if you don't mind being in the red light district - and great price. Nothing too fancy but adequate for our needs. Would definitely stay there again.
Stayed at the Hotel Vijaya this March. Went with 9 guys for a bacholer party. Stayed in their 5 person room, ROOM 8, which is really a 4 person room that they shoved another bed into. Had a private bathroom which was a must for my buddies. There were three large windows opened up to over look the canal the hotel is on. That was really nice! The owners were very nice and didn't even mind us being a little loud at times. The other 4 guys stayed in a 4 person room, it was okay.The place is really centrally located within the Red Light District. If you are going to Amsterdam to party, it's really a good hotel to stay at. The rooms are a bit cramped but how much time are you going to be in them? Met some nice English girls who were staying there and ventured onto the roof at night (don't tell management). Sure, there are drug dealers on the small bridge on the canal the hotel is on, but they didn't bother me. They are there to sell their wares, not get in your face. It's really central to the Sex Shows and a lot of great coffeeshops/bars. Not much else I can say. Not up to American hotel standards, but really not much is over there.Got to say, I had a blast in Amsterdam and I'd stay at Hotel Vagina...er I mean Vijaya, again.Peace!
Red light district haven
A basic 2 star hotel, right in heart of red light district. Bit plain, but clean, comfortable and affordable. Canal side rooms on request. Staff really friendly and helpful, and we got 3 course indian meal at partnering restaurant upon booking ( although we never quite made it due to amsterdamage!) Come and go 24 hrs. Noisy location, but this is RLD....if you want quiet, don't stay here! Would recommend and def staying there next time