The Amsterdam Inn chain of motels has recently been formed in New Brunswick, with three of them presently operating in Sussex, Fredericton and Moncton. They are clean and modern establishments well suited to providing their customers with a comfortable stay at a reasonable price.
The chain is owned by Mr. John deWinter, a Sussex-area entrepreneur of Dutch heritage. Mr deWinter used to own and operate the Glendale Mobile Homes plant in Sussex where 'trailer park' homes of up to 65-feet were built. That was good news for me, because, starting in the late 1960s, I spent the better part of five summers working a 49-hour week there, at a pay rate of $1/hour and working my way up to $1.25 !! It was good hard labour of pounding nails, using hand operated tin snips to cut metal siding sheets, stuffing fibreglass insulation and slapping waterproof tar on joints. That money paid for a good part of my five years of university studies in electrical engineering, so I owe a thanks to John for that steady work.
The Amsterdam Inns feature a deluxe continental breakfast, morning newspaper as well as free parking and local calls. Rooms come equipped with TVs and a VCR (with over 100 movies to chose from), high-speed internet, hair dryers and an iron/ironing board. There is, however, a no Pets policy.
The second photo shows what was once the 'Sussex Hotel', located close to the train station on Broad Street. I think it now rents out rooms, but it has been a long time since it ever operated as a hotel. Just goes to show how the designs have changed over the years!
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