Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... She also gave us a short tour of the red light district.
Later that afternoon, we met at a conference room for another NGO. This one was P&G292 who provided health screenings, STI testing, and counselors for the prostitutes. Although they are an NGO, they still receive significant governmental funding.
Later this evening my group had the Red Light Tour while the other group went to the Red Light Secrets museum. Our tour guide was Mark and he was also ...
... I just wandered around and enjoyed my last day in amsterdam . As per recommend by a few I checked out feebo.. A dutch fast food restaurant where you put coins in similar to a vending machine. I tired a croquette and was very unimpressed lol, I like the flavour but the inside was the texture and color of a baby's diaper if you know what I mean. Hope all is well in Canada ...
... ourselves as we didn't get a photo.
When the rain fell hard enough to keep us inside, we found plenty of activities to stay occupied. Taya revisited her culinary skills and I had plenty of time to enjoy them. She scoured the markets in order to find all of the ingredients - just like home - in addition to the local substitutes. Who needs sharp cheddar when you have Gouda? The leftover ingredients for her infamous chicken pot pie later evolved ...
We had a light lunch at the Museum and then returned to the dock to continue our Canal trip. We rode the Green line and the Blue line which gave us a nice tour of Amsterdam.
All of us agree that we are "toured out" and ready to head home.
We ordered a taxi from our hotel to the airport and must leave at 530am. It will be a long day!
Thanks for following us on our trip. We had a ball!
... they decided it was better for them to give us a ride then for us to take the train. One of them told us his name was Peter and he went to grab his car. On route to the dentist we found out that Peter is a pilot for KLM which is a Dutch airline. We thanked them both multiple times for the ride and told them they could come stay with us in Canada anytime.
The dentist appointment went ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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!
Above the average for the 'Dam.
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.
But here are the only negative things I can think of. The stairs are a bitch and sadly the hotel has no lift. The room I used was a single which had a bathroom that was pretty narrow, but your only using the room to sleep in so there size shouldn't be an issue if you're on a budget. Also because of the hotels location, there is a certain amount of noise from the street, but hell, your in the 'dam to chill out and soak up the atmosphere, not hide away in your room.
Now for the positives. The Vijaya is less than 5 mins walk from Centraal Station, so no worries about a long hike to get to it, but as mentioned before watch out for the stairs if you have a lot of luggage but the staff are very helpful if your on you're own and help you with them up the stairs. Rooms have cable TV (CNN, Euronews, MTV, The Box are the only english channels), decent bed and the view (Oza V) is very good. Bathroom has a sink, toilet and shower. They have a decent breakfast (tea, coffee, boiled eggs cold meats, etc) included in the price, the staff are very friendly and security wise, it is very good, camera at the entrance and front door has electronic lock so front desk have control over who gets in. As for the surrounding area, everything is within walking distance, practically when you step out, it's all there. Coffee shops, restaurants, bars, oh and the the RLD :-) are all foot steps away.
Would recommend the Vijaya if you are on a tight budget and only need a hotel for a centrally located base and are not too concerned about your usual creature comforts of home. If your a single traveller, the hotel is ideal. Have already re-booked at the hotel.
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.
Red Light District Hotel - let's party!!!
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