Thursday May 19 - Friday May 20
As our flight to Ohrid was not until Friday morning, we stayed at the IBIS AMSTERDAM AIRPORT overnight. When we arrived at Schiphol and after getting our luggage, we went outside to where the hotel shuttles were and got the free shuttle to the IBIS. We were early, but the kind young man at the desk gave us a room (#3502). Thank goodness, as we were very tired.
We booked the IBIS through booking.com and paid 89 Euros plus 6% city tax - for a total of 94.04 Euros.
Breakfast was not included and is extra at 15 Euros per person per day.
Tuesday May 31 to Thursday June 2, 2011
As our flight to Toronto was not until Thursday morning, we stayed two nights again at the IBIS. We again booked through booking.com and paid 178 Euros plus 6% city tax - for a total of 184.68 Euros, but this time we received two free buffet breakfasts as we were staying two nights. (Special - room must be prepaid with no cancellation allowed).
FREE SHUTTLE BUS - takes guests to and from Schiphol between 4:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Follow the "Hotel shuttles" signs to exit D. At bus stop A9 you will find the IBIS shuttle bus. A schedule is posted at the bus stop and at the IBIS near the entrance to the hotel.
Our room was simple with Queen bed, TV, computer desk ( free internet for an hour at a time - get a password from the front desk). safe (free to use), mini-fridge ( not all rooms have a fridge), bath/shower, bath soap provided & hair dryer.
First Floor - Red Baron Bar & Vending Area
Second Floor - Star Class Cafe' - Lunch dinner, snacks and drinks - ate here once - Chicken wings and fries.
Fourth Floor - Pizza and Pasta - Italian - take away available
Restaurant L'Estaminet - French Cuisine Restaurant
Breakfast Room - Early Bird 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. - Breakfast Buffet 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. = Cost 15 Euros per person per day.
Friends of mine, a couple from Ontario, Canada, stayed at this B&B during their stay in The Netherlands in September 2010. They enjoyed their stay very much.
Best to check the website (full English, French and German versions available) for the latest prices.
You can explore the typical coastal towns and villages, beaches less then 30 mins away by car or by bicycle. You can rent bikes at the B&B for 7 euro per day.
You're less than 30 minutes from Amsterdam by train.
Fred & Kelly Snel
Mobile phone: 0031(0)6-30231121
Definitely typical Noord-Holland architecture and atmosphere. Very near Zaanse Schans with the famous windmill scenery and near Amsterdam.
I had stayed in one other houseboat before, and it was not available, so tried www.houseboathotel.nl and ended up at Irene's (ih-ree-na) place near the Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht canal. I cannot tell you how cool it is to sit on the back deck in the sun, waving to the cruising boats going by, who probably think you are a native! One bedroom with a split king bed, a nice shower, a gas stove, small fridge and microwave, table and chairs, a small loveseat and chair in the living area and a small nice deck with 2 chairs and a small table. Swans and other waterbirds come right up to you hoping for bread---pretty much a residential area, but a really nice pancake place and a Dutch restaurant less than a block away. The Jordaan is right across the canal with tons of cool walks among the shops and galleries. Guess you can tell I love Amsterdam, huh? The website has much more to offer if you want a different area, but this is the only boat I have stayed on and would recommend it highly---about the same as a nice hotel room, but so much more to offer. Irene lives across the street if needed.
Bottle of Prosecco upon arrival, lovely canal living, lots of restaurants close by
The hotel is located in the center of the city. 5 min walk to museum plein. the tram stop is 2 min walk. The hotel is very modern, the staff is very helpful. The breakfast is great. The room had a park view with the balcony. (n:120) I highly recommend it.
I connected my netbook with free wifi in our room. Also there was a safety box i kept the laptop and the valuables.
Also they are very prompt for answering e-mails. email@example.com
Basic hostel-type accomodation. Clean, good breakfasts. Seemed a good choice until a dress of mine went missing from the room. It must have been taken by the housekeeping staff and numerous attempts to speak with them got nowhere as the staff at front desk kept telling me they weren't there. Have tried following up with them by email after check-out to but have got no response. Beware of your property if staying here.
Location is pretty good, excellent for the museums.
The place is located in a previously reclaimed part of a huge lake so the views are wonderful here! It is also part of an Events Centre- Claus Hotels & Event centre with Bowling, Bistro, Diner 50's Style, Events Centre, Beachhouse, Gym, etc.
If you like to stay in something more peaceful with plenty of greenery to escape the chaos that is in the city of Amsterdam, this place is highly recommended. just as long as you are not too fussy with your dining options as we experienced!
The room service wasn't up to the five star standard as classified for this place. Whenever we tried ordering room service, the restaurant was close (even on a Saturday night!) so we were just allowed to order snacks like pizzas and burgers. The food is good though so no complaints about them! We wished there were more dishes on offer so we could have enjoyed ourselves more!
Near to transport, airport, park and lake, walking tracks, biking trails, etc. Nice facilities- modern, clean and always seem to be quiet! the only time we see people are during the buffet brekky. Otherwise we seldom hear any noise , as if the place is deserrted!
I was looking for a nice not expansive holiday apartment in Amsterdam for a few days and I found a great women (Talia) that help us to find a great place near the Dam square in Amsterdam. You can visit the web site to view some of the options to rent but after you contact Talia she will really going to help you to find the best apartment for your vacation in amsterdam.
The bathroom has a shower bathtub, toilet, Iron, hairdryer ,Television, CD player,Wireless
Bed and Net is a 3/4 floor guesthouse with independent apartments.. It costs about 90-100 euro a night. The place is a short walk from Keizersgracht tram stop which is about 5-10 minutes from Central Station on tram 4(among others). The place faces a canal and has good views on a sunny day. We were at the basement apartment which was ok but smelled funny due to the two pets in the house.. one fatty cat and one meek small puppy.
The cat unfortunately liked to rest in our bathroom which made us a bit uncomfortable specially my wife who is not too fond of pets and specially dislikes cats.
anyway, the apartment also had a small kitchenette.. the apartment had two large sofas which opened to small beds besides a large low floor wooden table with moving bearings at the bottom.. the apartment also had pc with net connection.
the bath was decent(barring the smell of Pedigree pet food)..
Plus the blinds of the basement apartment did not totally shut out someone if ever there was a peeping tom on the small street right outside. Considering that we were not getting any place in last week booking in Amsterdam for two ppl with private ensuite(most hostels and budget hotels required atleast 3-4 days booking at a stretch and we had two nights in Amsterdam) so it was a relief and I think decent value of money. The place was a bit far from the place of action but still not like too far.
Reaching was an issue as number plates in Amsterdam is a bit confusing with a system of odd and even numbers on different sides of the street. It took us around half an hour with our 45 kg of backpack to get to the place
Children stay free Ibis Hotel at Schiphol if they share the room with their parents. A cot is provides free of charge, they also get breakfast at a 50% discount.
No frills hotel near the Schiphol Airport.
Free shuttle bus
Bad news for the clients of Amsterdam hotels.
It has been found that 20% of the hotels have bedbugs.
This information originates from Rentokil, a company active in the destruction of vermin, and was reported in the Dutch newspapers Het Parool and De Telegraaf of 4/07/2009.
We stayed at the Ibis, cause our flight left quite early in the morning and they have a shuttle bus that runs to the airport approximately every 20 minutes. We got to the hotel a bit early, but that was no problem to the friendly staff there, they booked us in and gave us our room key. The room had everything that we needed, and we did not spend a lot of time there so not much was needed. I just found that it was a bit noisy.
The friendly staff.
More of an apartment than bed & breakfast. Had a great stay in the apartment on Prinsengracht. There are a lot of step, skinny stairs so I wouldn't bring tons of luggage. Kitchen and living room are on one level and bedroom and bathroom are upstairs. It really was a great central location. Train station is only a short tram ride away. Highly recommend.
Great view of the Prinsengracht if you love to people watch.
Esther's Place is a self catering flat/apartment, comfortable for up to 6 people. It's located in the Jordaan area, very close to Anne Franks House and Westerkerk - you can actually hear the melodies of the clock at full and half hours during the day, and the tower can be seen from the roof terrace.
The flat's main level, (living room, bedroom, bathroom, office and kitchen) are all accessible for a pram, a stroller or a wheelchair. The basement room (and laundry-room), and the roof terrace, can only be accessed by stairs.
Staying at Esther’s place was a wonderful setting for our lovely weekend in Amsterdam!
It is a beautiful place – it has everything you need, and the location is absolutely perfect! So central and close to everything, and at the same time in a safe and quiet canal street.
We really enjoyed having the beautiful canal on our doorstep, and we spent quite a few evening hours just sitting there, sipping a glass of wine, enjoying the tranquillity of the water, watching the boats go by, and just taking in the ambience of the pleasant summers evenings. So cosy and home-like, with only the typical Dutch buildings and many, many bicycles reminding us, that we were actually in the old, lovely city of Amsterdam.
We had a 9 year-old with us, so we appreciated that all the sights, shopping, museums, great restaurants and cosy cafés are just a short walk away. Amsterdam does have fantastic public transport (clean, safe and plentiful), but why scramble onboard a full tram, and rattle down a busy street, when you can stroll along a canal, and get there just as fast.
We were just in town for a 4-day weekend, so we really appreciated having access to a swift computer and a fast wireless internet connection for our laptops! It made it very easy for us to find all the information we needed about what was on in Amsterdam, when we were there.
We literally only spent a few minutes booking and printing our tickets for Anne Franks House, the 2 museums we wanted to see, and the sightseeing boats – saving us both money and time. When you only have a few days somewhere, it feels great when you to the busy sights, to just walk past the long lines, and straight in the door – and on top of that: sometimes with a cheaper ticket!
Esther’s Place itself has everything! I can’t think of one single cooking tool, appliance or utensil I missed – and I’m a cook, so I am used to “needing” tools, normal people would think completely superfluous .. I brought my chef’s knives, but that was a waste of suitcase-space.
The owner, Esther, has a wonderful taste and rare talent in interior design! Both me and my friend like decorating, so we absolutely loved the place, and enjoyed finding new, exciting design details all the time. We literally felt like we stayed in an upscale interior design magazine, and that in it self was a wonderful experience! I am glad we got to stay at the flat, before Esther realizes how rare and wonderful it really is .. and raises the price!
Esther herself is very kind and helpful! We felt safe and in good hands from we arrived and until we left, having the extensive information book in the flat, with all the facts we ever needed and then some, and with Esther just a phone call away, just in case.
The central location, the unique and chique interior designs, and the lovely view over the canal are some of the best points of the flat.
For a group of 5 people, like us, it's a very good price!
For 2 people, the price is more like a 4-star hotel, and it's a quiet, private and highly reccomendable alternative to a hotel, for a couple looking for a special, romantic weekend in Amsterdam - a honeymoon perhaps? ;)
why dont you check out this website for accommodation? worth a try.
bedandbreakfast.nl. location of rental can be accessed which is handy
As you scroll down the list prices are easy to locate, and some are very reasonable.
Bookings.com is another good site for hotels. Gives special offers some of which are a very good deal.
You really have to stay in this hotel to believe it. Located on a quiet street but yet just a stone's throw away from where all the action is, the Black Tulip is one of those hotels that you will want to visit again and again.
On arriving, we were greeted in person by Onno who offered us a cool beer before taking us through the checking in process most thoroughly. Watch out for the "three quirky rules for a quirky hotel", they certainly put a smile on my and my partner's face. Onno then took us up to our room (no 33) and presented the room very comprehensively. The bathroom was lovely and the room itself very clean and full of toys that you'll want to play with as soon as you can.
Breakfast was amazing. It is served in the communal area and is exactly what you need after a heavy night of partying and fun. Served by the owners, the scrambled eggs were freshly cooked and delicious. The coffee was fab and the belgian waffles too. We ate so much that we didn't need to eat until late into the evening.
The rate includes your breakfast so there are no hidden extras. Plus, I have never seen such a well-stocked mini bar before. Oh, and there are certain things you can "rent" as well as a whole array of DVDs which will certainly get you in the mood!
As we wrote down in the guestbook, the Black Tulip is the "Queen" of hotels in Amsterdam. It is a fantastic hotel!
Go visit it, you will not be disappointed!!!
To sum up, rooms spotless, food excellent, lovely relaxed atmosphere and the hosts Onno & Jürrich were genuinely welcoming and very friendly. (Perhaps some of the bigger hotels should send their staff here to show them how it should be done.) I look forward to returning.
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