Amsterdam the place to visit
by Jctravel1983 on December 14, 2010
The first time I used the Bastion Group, was when I was booking a hotel in Amsterdam. I have made the reservation by telephone. Nowadays I book my hotels through their website. But phone was fine. I got a friendly lady on the phone and they arranged it all just fine for me within the hour I received a fax confirming my reservation. LocationLocated on the west side of Amsterdam next to the motorway. The lady sent me a fax with directions and it was actually quite easy to find. According to the information you were close to the center of Amsterdam. But my experience is that this rather disappointing. You have to walk to the tram and then you have several stops by tram to reach the center of Amsterdam. And after 12.00 hours in the evening there is no tram back. Then you rely on taxis. ArrivalThe hotel has a guarded parking for hotel guests (6 euro’s). If you had told me, this is the prison in Amsterdam, I would have believed that. With a large fence and cameras, parking is protected. It gives me a mixed feeling as feeling safe but also you wonder if it’s really necessary. You enter the hotel through a security door. You come at the reception. It looks nice. There is an elevator in the building and it has disabled facilitiesReceptionFriendly staff in a light blue shirt with the logo embroidered Bastion. You fill in your details and you will receive the key to your room. There are a total of 68 rooms on different floors.The roomThere are 68 rooms in this hotel. There are smoking and non smoking rooms. The concept of the rooms in all hotels Bastion where I've been are the same. A reasonable room with a bed for two persons. (Two single beds) a worksheet as a small desk, a television. Spacious shower and toilet facilities. Very tidy. Free coffee / tea making facilities on the worktable. I think that’s always good for watching TV with a cup of coffee.The barAround the bar are the wooden bar stools with a blue coating. My experience is that there is very friendly staff who deal well with their guests. When we arrived at night in the hotel, the bar had just closed. The prices are reasonable at this bar when we went the next day.RestaurantIn the spacious restaurant section, the tables and chairs are arranged for 2 or 4 persons. There is also a round reading table for 6 people. The tables are nicely decorated with a light and salt / pepper set and a bottle of wine. You get here the morning breakfast buffet with cheese, meat, and sweets and a variety of egg rolls and breads. This is well cared for 12 euro’s. For bed and breakfast, you pay 108 euro’s. For Amsterdam standards, I think this a reasonable price.But you can also have lunch and dinner. The Bastion menu, a three course menu or daily specials. On the menu you'll find lunch and a la carte dishes. All at reasonable pricesI can not tell about these dishes, because I only have breakfast. But that was good and well maintained.ConclusionFor Amsterdam standards, this is a good hotel for a very reasonable price. You're just not as close to the center. You can get there by tram. Very enjoyable I find the parking place.
Last year I spent a week at this hotel.LocationThe Tulip Inn City West, the name says it all, is located in Amsterdam-West and that's not the best location as a tourist. To the center of Amsterdam, you have to walk first 5-10 minutes to the tram 17 and then it takes about 30 minutes to get to the city center. In addition, the Osdorp district, where the Tulip Inn City West is located, has not the best reputation. Personally, we have seen nothing which was annoying, but it doesn’t feels quite safe there either.Hotel roomWe were allocated a room on the sixth floor. It was very quiet there. In the room were several facilities, including a TV, a kettle with a few tea bags / instant coffee, a safe and adequate ambient lighting. The bathroom was okay. During our stay the room was cleaned. Only on the first day there was a little sticky patch in the carpet, but we do not suffer from it so we didn’t report it or anything. One time we wanted the sign 'Please clean up my room' hang on the door by mistake and we hung it in reverse "Please do not disturb". That there was not cleaned, was our own fault. They did hang up clean towels, shampoos and soaps at the door. A small defect was that it wasn’t completely silent when you close the windows, you always heard noise of traffic and stuff. This is due to poorly insulated windows and single-glazed windows. You heard the tram every 10 minutes and it felt like he was right next to us. BreakfastWe had no breakfast at the internet but I can tell it was 12,50 euro’s per person. Instead we went to the supermarket around the corner and bought some breakfast and ate it in the hotel room. It was not ideal, but we have a lot of money saved.GymThis hotel has a well equipped fitness room with several exercise bikes and stuff. Even though I'd rather have a pool, a gym is better than nothing.ConclusionWhen going to Amsterdam and looking for a cheap hotel this might be the solution so keep in mind that you will need to spend money on public transport. The hotel is good enough. All in all I think Tulip Inn City West reliable and reasonable.
At the hotel, you see at your right the Restaurant De Roode Leeuw. The doormat in the lounge also has a lion from the Dutch arms. Well found, I say. I had the information describing the hotel and that it had a special restaurant. I must say it looked classy. This restaurant is also breakfast in the morning.ReceptionWhen we arrived at the reception there was nobody around. But just a ring with the bell and a friendly word to us. The staff I met was very hospitable. The lounge itself is really quite small. There is a bench and a table in a corner and that's it! In the window you will find some information about nearby attractions.The hotelI will immediately tell the heart of the hotel. It's a maze. I think this hotel was created by linking together several old buildings. To get to my room I had to get up and down stairs and different turns. Well I can at least say that the building is not accessible for disabled people. Behind the reception is a small elevator. The hotel has 79 rooms spread over three floors. At least I thought three, but I'm not entirely sure. I had my room somewhere on the second floor.The roomWith just a regular key (not a electronically one) you open the door. The first thing that strikes me is how close the bed is to the door. I think they thought of, a customer does not need to walk, just to sleep. The bed looks as usual in a hotel. At the door on the wall is a plasma screen TV. You can also surf the Internet, but require you to pay separately (10 euro’s).On the wall is a work table, not too big with a chair. The chair is almost at the end of the bed.On the desk you will find usual information about tourist attractions in the area. And in Amsterdam there are of course plenty of opportunities. Of course you can use the laundry / dry cleaning. There are coffee and tea making facilities in room. All rooms have a smoking ban. Apart from a few rooms, but they are separate for smokers.The bathroomI must say, unfortunately here I cannot praise. Like the room, everything is small. It looks clean, but it’s the small dark room. Well I know we are in a historic building, but a hotel that has a prime location that is not really good. There is a shower, sink and toilet. But otherwise I can not complain. The shower worked fine. The present hair dryer worked well.BreakfastThe breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant and costs 13 euros per person. We didn’t had breakfast. The restaurant itself is a good level. The dinner I've had it, was perfectly in style and delicious. The prices were reasonable. The restaurant alone, I can really recommend.PriceI paid for the room without breakfast 134 euro’s. This is excluding 5% city tax. I think the price / quality ratio for this hotel is not good. It claims it is a 3 star hotel, but in my opinion it is really not.I have paid my credit card. They accept American Express, Visa and Mastercard. You can also pay with debit card and of course cash.Facts-It is one of the oldest hotels in Amsterdam-Do not drive, because the hotel has no parking.-It is one of the few hotels that they are "smoking" rooms.-Check out is 11.00 am.ConclusionI had thought it would be a great hotel in the middle of bustling Amsterdam. If you are satisfied with only a bed, this hotel is fine. But for a high price. Personally, this hotel will not be among my favorite destinations. I can not really recommend it. What I can recommend is the restaurant that belongs to the hotel. That's in style with good food.
Address: Spaarndammerdijk 302, 1013 XZ AmsterdamTel: 020-4109670Westcord / Art belongs to the Golden Tulip hotel groupThe modern hotel has 190 rooms, including 130 three-star and 60 four-star. The difference of the rooms you see on the door. 4 stars = L (arge) and XL, that sign is on the outer door of the room. At my door the L. In the hotel are also meeting facilities. But I have not used these. The parkingThe hotel has an underground parking garage, with plenty of places. At least I had no trouble getting a spot. The cost for one day are 22.50 euros. Not cheap, but parking is expensive in Amsterdam. For the hotel have parking along the street, but then you always have to add money in parking meters.EntryWith the car I drove straight into the garage. But then? There is an elevator, but the door to the hall of the elevators is locked. There you need a room key card for that. But we have not checked in yet. What now? Fortunately, there was just another hotel guest, who opened the door for us with his room key. (Not so safe!) Take the elevator to the ground floor and WOW, we are in a large modern reception area. A black marble floor and red objects. Two red armchairs in the form of a hand with fingers. Green glass stairs. A Nespresso coffee machine, where you can make your own coffee for 2 euro. And a marble counter where no one sits. There is no bell to be found. What now? Suddenly a servant ran up the stairs, he saw us and stopped. "How may I help you?" Now we find the reception. Oh the reception is at the other hotel. We walked with him through a glass gallery as a whole connection between the two hotels. Because he told us that it had two hotels, namely the hotel and the Art Westcord hotel. But they formed a whole, with a reception. Well, that will not be clear for every guest.RoomWell I have in my life has seen many hotel rooms, but this room is great. Delicious fresh, modern color combinations. The hotel room is equipped with all comforts. A mini bar, coffee or tea, a safe, a vanity mirror in the bathroom, a shower and bathtub, hairdryer, desk, wireless internet, TV with movie choices, a nice sitting area where you can sit indeed easy and pleasant. The sleeping area is simply amazing, a great bed with a duvet and comfortable pillows.BreakfastThe buffet breakfast in the restaurant and out on the terrace between 7 and 10 hours.It is a very wide range, with various breads, different fillings including, ham, cheese, scrambled eggs with bacon, grilled sausages, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, yogurt, fruit and for the price of 17 euros.ReceptionRemarkable is the friendliness of the personnel at the reception showed. Professional and helpful. It seemed nothing was too much to them. And also in various languages. Because many international guests visiting the hotel.SettingWell, this I'm quick. You're in Amsterdam !!!!! So there is plenty to do. The bus stops at the entrance of the hotel and 5 minutes later you are at Central Station. (Line 48)ConclusionA nice, exceptional hotel near the center of Amsterdam. The staff is very friendly and attentive. One can always ask and nothing is too much. It's a place where you can relax in luxury. Daytime visit or meeting and enjoy Amsterdam night enjoy cozy. Prices for these luxury reasonable. I personally enjoyed this hotel and I can recommend with confidence.
by Jctravel1983 on October 27, 2012
In the immediate vicinity of the Hermitage Amsterdam is paid parking (limited) possible. The nearest parking lots are those of the Music Theatre, Parking Waterlooplein in Valkenburgerstraat and Markenhoven in Anne Street, near the entrance of the IJ tunnel.Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch artist who was born and raised in the Netherlands. Many people are familiar with the fact that he has cut off his earlobe. Van Gogh had a peculiar way of painting and was a complex person. He didn’t only cut off his ear but also treatened to murder his friend and was locked up in a psychiatric ward for treatment. There are sometimes stories circulated that Vincent in his whole life had sold only one painting. Vincent van Gogh killed himself in France by shooting himself with a gun.You enter the main entrance and buy a ticket when after that you are freely to wonder around the museum and enjoy paintings of van Gogh and other artists. There are over three floors and on the ground floor that the most famous works of the artist. Further in the museum are paintings of him of the later years. For people with walking difficulties there are elevators to move around. At every painting there is a description of who painted the picture, when and what it is about. The staff is very pleasant from the beginning at the ticket booth, troughout the museum and in the restaurant. If you have any questions they are more then happy to help you. The guards can be sometimes a little strict if you get too close to a painting but I can imagine why.At the museum is also a shop were you can buy several souvenirs. In the museum are several toilets. The toilets that I visited were clean.When you are in Amsterdam the National museum is really something you have to visit. The works of the artist van Gogh are truly beautiful. I enjoyed the layout of the museum and the museum wasn’t too busy to really enjoy the paintings.
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