West Side Inn Hotel
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... to tell them how to navigate the bus system and they were well on their way.
Having done my good deed, specially for my fellow chilangos, we arrived at our hotel. We had planned to start using the bikes provided by our tour operator to go to Marken, however the forecast was now calling for rain (according to a tourist from Arizona we met on the tram). The sky had been clear until then but I could see the sky getting ...
... I knew there
would be shopping. HEMA is the store there. Kind like our Target, but with an IKEA spin. I was looking for the Sint cookies I bought
last time but it was too early for the Christmas stuff. Grabbed some more groceries at Marks &
Spencer and headed back to the apartment.
Oh yeah, it’s raining. Every day
with short spurts of sun. But who cares? I haven’t seen rain since May ...
... flooding of the rivers. Seems it took out a bridge on the normal route, and even on the alternate route I could see the result of the rivers rising. Many people have lost homes and livelihoods. So sad… Putting things into that context kept me calm and I just went with the flow (no pun intended) of everything that happened, no complaints here.
Until, that is… I got to Amsterdam and made the mistake of taking a Taxi because I was exhausted. I was ...
... look grumpy and have the same expressions the rest of us have on Monday morning. My feet are sore from walking for hours on uneven cobblestone, but you briefly forget when you get a whiff of the herbal flare in the air. Sometimes it is so strong you can taste it, and you can't help but smile at the stoney-balognies leaving in a stumble. This has by far been the most entertaining moment, but you can be mindful in any situation, no matter the environment :)
... and not as much frontage.
Along the walking tour I also saw a not-so-private public urinal, and the Homomonument, a memorial to the homosexual men persecuted by the Nazis during WWII. I’d actually seen a picture of it at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, so it felt a little surreal seeing it in person. But it was actually really cool. It consisted of three pink triangles (the sign the gay men had to wear in the concentration camps). One triangle was a dock in the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWest Side Inn Hotel Amsterdam
We stayed at the HEM hotel as we got it on an Expedia special rate. Rated on Expedia as a 3* it was more like a 2*. Outdated décor with a very strange outdoor indoor bit (we never did spot Yogie the Bear) but it was okay. It is a little out of town about 20 minutes from Central Station but only a short walk from the tram which runs to just after midnight, after which there is an hourly night bus.
The room wasn't filled with all the mod cons but was clean and warm. Nothing to write home about but adequate for a quiet night's sleep away from the action.
Value for money it was an excellent choice but don't expect too much
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews West Side Inn Hotel Amsterdam
Stayed for 2 days in May 2003 in an economic twin room. The rooms were comfortable, of adequate size and spotlessly clean. Although the hotel is a little out of the way from the town centre, there is a tram stop 5 mins walk away. At night a taxi costs around 20 euros from the Leidesplein. All in all a decent hotel for the price. The only down side is that a lot of the main attractions aren't really within walking distance.