West Side Inn Hotel
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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 Outdated décor with a very strange outdoor indoor bit (we never did spot Yogie the Bear) but it was okay.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
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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.
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Well, our adventures are coming to an end.
We had an amazing visit to this wonderful city, a city with a river, Amstel, where the name of the city, Amsteldam........or....Amsterdam....... 100 km of canals, 1750 bridges along with as many bicycles as there are people!!!! Yes, that is right.....bicycles GALORE!!!!
Just slightly outside ...
... with a wide variety of "artefacts", ranging from 18th century cigarette card photos of scantily-clad ladies, to porcelain models of lady bits, and some rather scary bondage-wear and modern art on the 3rd and 4th floors. We stopped for a rest on the 4th floor - Mr H choosing a giant cock and balls to sit on, whilst I posed behind the wooden boards with face cut outs, rather like you find at the seaside, only more risque. The photos say it all really.
After passing an hour ...
... our two free beers and to collect our free gift in the gift shop. In the store I bought an adorable new green Heineken hat. When we went to get our free bottle opener we found out that they had run out, OH NO. They were very sorry but we would have to take their free canal boat tour to their other location which was right next to our hotel...OH YES! The canal tour was amazing. We learned that there are more than 50,000 bikes that fall into ...
Today we rented bikes in Amsterdam. Its a great way to see the city. They have bike paths on every street. Its as much a part of their infrastructure as the roads for cars.
The city is (again) truly beautiful. There is an alternative vibe here, a mix of artists and money, that makes me think it would be very fun to live here; but also very financially demanding.
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