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... on the Manchester flight was in complete contrast to the previous flight. She recognised that we were both tired and immediately went and got us pillows and a cup of tea.
Great flight over the North Sea on a beautifully clear night.
Arrived in Manchester on- time
... and of course it's left hand drive. We set off bound for The Netherlands, and notice the difference in the landscape. It's so flat. Dotted around are church steeples, the only high point around. You can now understand why they were strategically important places to command during the fighting.
We drive for an hour or so through France and then an EU sign for Belgium, and we're across the border. No fuss, we just keep on ...
... paddle boats and hired one for 2 hours. However once on the paddle boat it started to pour with rain and we were now stuck in the middle of the canal, so we quickly found shelter under one of the many bridges where we waited till the rain stopped...which it didnt...so we quickly paddled through the rain, got sopping wet but eventually made it to the end and handed the üpaddle boat back. Then it stopped to rain...just our luck...so we went for a döner, did a little bit of ...
... with the canal weaving its way through the city and beautifully kept buildings which ooze history. It was 4pm in the afternoon by the time I found the Anne Frank Huis. The line snaked its way down and around the street. At least a 1 hour wait. I was not in the mood to stand around and was ready to take some snaps around the outside and move on. However, I figured what else am I going to do today and joined ...
... 8.30 in the morning it was just beginning to get light. Sadly, the snow didn't stay long as the temperature rose over 0 degrees. By the end of the day it had already begun to melt away. Over the last few days we have more chances to catch up with friends and family. We have also seen some of the typical sights of holland such as windmills and eaten typical Dutch food such as patat met mayonaise ( chips with ...
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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