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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/ …
... buy a coffee.
We also visited Anne Frank’s house. I am sure most people know the story of Anne Frank, she was a jewish girl who hid out in a house with a secret attic in Amsterdam with her family to avoid the German Nazis. We actually got to go into the hideout and see the living conditions for Anne and her family. It was a difficult place to be for me, just because of how the place felt. Sadly they were given up by someone (no one knows who it was) and they were all ...
... camp-fires. Barns are big & smell fresh & stinky &, more importantly, there's a lot of people you won't find in a barn.
“Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” ~ Winston Churchill
There's a cranking Cajun Band who play after us, rocking nice and loud and I bring out two bottles of JD, one for tonight and one for tomorrow night, but I accidentally drink both and can't remember going home. I seem to ...
Nicole and I were extraordinarily lucky to have a "home" overseas. Aunt Caroline and Uncle Paul, a flight attendant for KLM and a pilot for Delta, graciously hosted us in their Amsterdam flat. After quite the exhausting stint in Paris, it was lovely to stumble off of the bus into their welcoming arms. (Well, we actually had to tram back to their house from the bus...but, unlike the first-go-around, we now knew how to navigate a big city).
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Amsterdam Day 4
Our last day in Amsterdam was open to more attractions. Because our train to Prague is an overnight train, we have time to play before travel days (first time). We had packed everything last night and were required to check out. We did have access to paid lockers, where we stored our luggage until the end of the day to collect and head to Amsterdam Central Station. It was a nice and worth it service for 10 Euro.
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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.