Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
September 17, 2002
The rooms are not huge, but then this is Amsterdam so you shouldn't be spending too much time inside your hotel anyway. Clean and bright, my centrally heated triple room contained a small bathroom, two beds (one double, one single), a wardrobe and a bedside table. A small wall mounted TV had a number of channels including BBC1 from across the North Sea. There are no locker facilities available, though Centraal Station provides a convenient, affordable option if you wish to have a last, luggage free look around the city on your final day.
Breakfast, which is served between 7.30 and 9am, is served in a small room adjacent to the reception. The views over Damrak offer slightly more sustenance than the combination of bread, cake, cold meat and cheese, though the lack of culinary quality is reflected in the price of the accommodation, and Amsterdam has more than its fair share of superb restaurants when lunchtime comes along.
The hotel is open 24 hours and is located a short distance from the Easy Everything Internet Cafe. This place definitely attracts a younger clientele, which is probably just as well as the steep, winding steps leading up from ground level should be attempted with no little degree of trepidation in the early hours.
Full details and reservations are available on http://www.hotelcontinental.nl/rooms.html
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