Amsterdam Journals

Amazing Amsterdam

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A travel journal to Amsterdam by eilidhcatriona

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Quote: Some attractions and accommodation from recent trips to the capital of the Netherlands

Best Western Blue Tower Hotel

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Hotel | "Blue in Amsterdam"

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On my first visit to Amsterdam in March 2010, my partner and I stayed in the Best Western Blue Tower Hotel. This hotel was chosen through a rigorous process – well, it had a decent price on Expedia but wasn’t one of the cheapest. The cost was around £250 for 4 nights, plus local tax to be paid at the hotel.The Blue Tower is situated in the Bos en Lommer area of the city, to the west of the city centre. It is not far from Sloterdijk station, where you can catch trains to Schipol airport, and there are a choice of local trams and buses nearby which go into the city centre, or to Sloterdijk station. We took a taxi to the hotel on arrival, but after than happily rattled around in public transp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2011

Best Western Blue Tower Hotel
Leeuwendalersweg 21
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1055
+31(20)5800360

Van Gogh Museum

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Attraction | "Visiting Vincent"

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The Van Gogh Museum is one of major tourist attractions in Amsterdam. With a large permanent collection of the artists work and letters, it is a destination for art aficionados as well as the casual tourist.Vincent Van Gogh is a name most of us are familiar with. Born in 1853 in the Netherlands, he studied with many of the great painters of the day in Brussels and France, such as Gauguin, Pisarro and Toulouse-Lautrec, until his death by suicide aged only 37 in 1890. He is known for his paintings, which gained acclaim after his death, as well as for allegedly cutting off his own ear (in actual fact, a piece of his ear).During our recent visit to Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2011

Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 CX
+31 (20) 570 52 00

Hotel Casa 400

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Hotel | "A Casa Away from Home"

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My partner and I recently returned to Amsterdam, a city we love, for a week long summer holiday. We spent some time on various websites comparing hotel prices and locations, trying to find one in a good spot which suited our budget. We found the Hotel Casa 400 quite suddenly on booking.com, and decided to go ahead and book straight away. The price for seven nights was around £580 – the website claimed that at full price this should be £1600, so it seemed like a great bargain. We also had to pay a small amount of local tax at the hotel, which was under €30.The Casa 400 is located close to Amstelstation. We had looked at maps before travelling, but it is clearly signposted from the station, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2011

Hotel Casa 400
James Wattstraat 75
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1097
866-539-8117

Reederij P. Kooij Canal Tours

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Attraction | "Calmly Cruising the Canals"

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There were many things we wanted to see and do during our recent trip to Amsterdam, and going on a canal boat cruise was one of them. Amsterdam is a city of canals – the city centre is ringed by them, and you can’t go far without coming across a canal. They are very peaceful, ideal for an evening stroll.We looked at a few different cruise operators, but weren’t too bothered which we chose. In the end we picked one which we passed on the way somewhere else, deciding we would come back to it later that day. The company was Reederij P. Kooij, and we embarked at their jetty on Rokin, at a cost of €9 each for a one hour tour of the canals and harbour. I didn’t notice any access suitable for dis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

Reederij P. Kooij Canal Tours

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Artis Zoo

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Attraction | "Adoring Artis"

Artis Zoo Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Before our recent holiday in Amsterdam, we discussed what we wanted to go and see while we were there, and there was one place which was an absolute must-visit for us: Artis Royal Zoo. The zoo was founded in 1838, and is located in the city centre of Amsterdam, only a short tram ride from Centraal Station.Admission to the zoo was €18.95 each, which is comparable to London Zoo. We visited on a weekday at the end of July, arriving late morning, and there was quite a queue already. We went to a cafe across the road for some lunch, and realised that the queue was moving quite quickly.Armed with a map, we set off into the zoo. The layout of Artis is quite relaxed, with meandering pa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2011

Artis Zoo
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1018 CZ
0900-2784796