Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
Melissa and I were married on Feb 29, 2004, so we only get to celebrate a true anniversary every 4 years. This was our year, and we wanted to do something special. With the US dollar tanking against the Euro, airlines seemed to be reducing fares somewhat in an effort to lure tourists to Europe. We were able to get a couple of tickets on United/ …
Leaving the boys of Sunday afternoon, reluctantly after such a wonderful stay....we travelled through Sweden, Denmark, Germany to The Netherlands in a 24hour period!!!! Quite a drive but both excited by the thought of a day in Amsterdam and also seeing everyone at home! Another sunny day took us from our suburban campsite into the city on the tram for a brilliant day of wandering, eating, ...
... time. The amount of vendors who stood there on their mobile was remarkable! Needless to say that they wouldnt get a job at flight centre with that work ethic!!!
The next morning we went downstairs for our included continental breakfast, we were the first there and were pleasantly surprised by the decor and quality of the food. We then went on a 1.5 hr canal cruise with 'Lovers' which was beautiful, another perfect sunny day. We then had lunch ...
... 6 bags & carryon was a pain . Never the less we survived. When the taxi pulled up to the hotel, I thought oh no. I booked from Frommers and trip advisor reviews . There is no front to any on the buildings on canals. Plus there was no doorman to help me carry ALL the bags up the stairs into hotel. Once inside I was at ease. It is a very nice boutique hotel. It has lots of charm and character and the staff is nice.
We were starving. The street behind our hotel ...
... the most amazing ravioli (mushroom and parmesan) and antipasti (carpaccio w cheese, procietto and melon, eggplant and olives) and opted to come in to pay our bill. Alexandro then gave Lindsey a big piece of tiramisu and all of us another glass of wine on the house! So Lindsey has a new best friend:-) After cocktails we wondered back toward the hotel and the party was full on. However politics are everywhere...and right in the middle of the Royal ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Zandbergen Amsterdam
So good we just have to go back!
Hotel Zandbergen is a lovely hotel a street away from the Vondel Park, Amsterdam's most beautiful park by far! Within walking distance of 3 museums and the Leidseplein you couldn't ask for more for a weekend getaway. The hotel is run by husband and wife Robert and Margaret Vonk who were very helpful in answering our questions about the city. The room was clean and overlooked a little garden at the rear. And the coffee was to die for! We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent in this lovely hotel and have already made reservartions to return in the Summer.
A 'must stay there again' place to stay
Having read the review entitled "Stay At A Nice Bed & Breakfast Instead", I felt I really should put the record straight. We found Hotel Zanbergen to be a charming hotel only a short tram ride away from the city centre. Our room and bathroom were spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The proprietors, a husband and wife team, spent time with us giving advice on where to eat, what to do and helping with tour bookings. The breakfasts, supplied in ample quantities, were great consisting of a selection of cereals, meat, cheese, eggs, bread and delicious coffee. Check in and check out were both handled quickly and professionally. Great value for money - I would definitely stay there again and would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to spend time in Amsterdam.
If you're looking for warm and fuzzy in Amsterdam, don't stay at the Hotel Zandbergen. The owners run a tight ship with army-like percision. That means it is very clean, neat and orderly, but it has no personality. Breakfast is sparse (cereal, a boiled egg, ham and cheese). One day they ran out of bread. I asked the owner to make a reservation for a tour for me. He told me I could use the phone in my room and do it myself. When I called the message was in Dutch and I missed the tour. Another caveat. Although the website for the hotel says "Cash Payment At Reception Desk 10% Off", the owners refused to honor this and would not give us a 10% discount when we asked to pay cash. With all the lovely bed and breakfasts in Amsterdam that are less expensive, I wouldn't stay here again. I think you pay too much for too little.
Very happy with the Zandbergen
We stayed at the Zandbergen from March 19-21, 2004. The rooms were very clean and the hosts very accommodating. The hotel is situated in a good location. You can take tram #2 from the train station and be at the Zandbergen in 10 minutes. You can also pick up the tram and be at the Rijks or the Van Gough museum in 5 minutes. The hotel is owned and operated by a husband and wife. They were very helpful in letting us check in early and paid attention to all our questions even making reservations at a restaurant that they suggested and that was very good. They also serve a very nice breakfast. I would recommend the Zandbergen to anyone wanting to stay in Amsterdam.
Great Location and Breakfast
This hotel was only a Â 25 cab ride from the airport. It is also possible to take the train to the central station, then take tram #2 to Emmastraat. Either way, it is convenient as route #2 goes by the museums, the Hard Rock Cafe and a large area of various other restaurants, Dam Square and ends at the central station. The rooms were large enough, as were the bathrooms, and very clean. The stairs were very steep, but this is the case for every hotel in Amsterdam it seems. The breakfast was wonderful, with a variety of breads, meat, cheese and cereal. I would definitely stay here again.
Charming Hotel Zanbergen
Hotel Zandbergen was very clean, convenient and lovely. The beds were very comfortable, the bathrooms surprisingly spacious and the service was top-notch. Breakfast was delicious, esp. the coffee. The proprietor's did everything to ensure we were pleased. I will definitely stay there on my next trip to Amsterdam.
Ideally situated in the mainly residential area. It is a 10 minute tram ride to the city centre and on the tram route of many of the major attractions. The hotel is clean and comfortable with friendly helpful staff. I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting a moderately priced hotel.