If you're a seasoned traveller, you probably want centrally-located, hotel-style accommodation - no way would you stay in a hostel - in Amsterdam that won’t see you selling off your family members' body parts in some canal-filled back street.
The solution? Hotel Amstelzicht. Picture large, open windows with an uninterrupted view over the Amstel canal and coffee shops, bars, restaurants and attractions at your fingertips.
The only catch is that, being built in 1659, the stairs are very steep. But as one of the guys who works there says, it’s traditional and his grandmother of 89 has done it this way since …well, forever.
The Seven Bridges Hotel in Amsterdam (31-20-6231329) is superb, with individually-styled rooms and an interesting reservation policy.
Breakfast is served in your room, so make sure you are suitably robed in the morning.
Staying in Amsterdam and want a cheap and interesting hotel? Then try the Hotel Arena. It is a former orphanage. The rooms have Ikea-type furnishings and the buffet breakfast suits all tastes from muesli to fry-ups! The hotel is on the tram route directly to the centre.
In 2003 I stayed in the Canal House Hotel in Amsterdam, a quaint small hotel in a central location with fantastic, quirky features throughout.
I was there for an exhibition at the Rai Conference Centre and after four days of exhibiting my feet were aching - though not too badly, as I have a pair of 'exhibition' shoes that I have used for years. On my return to England I found I had left my shoes behind and emailed the hotel to see if they had found them.
I got a fantastic reply back with a parcel containing my shoes and a note saying 'Confortable shoes are so hard to find and we are happy to return them to you. Please enjoy many more years use and come back to us if you are ever in Amsterdam again'. With such warmth and courtesy, I surely will.
The Ambassade is the best kept secret in Europe: Amsterdam's best hotel, it has a perfect canal setting, beautiful rooms and it's not expensive. It is loved by writers, who are encouraged to leave signed copies of their books in the exquisite library.
A great place to stay is The Hotel Estheréa, which is ideally located on one of the most beautiful and quiet canals in the centre of the city, just 300 metres from the Dam Square and the Royal Palace.
Central Station, the main shopping district, museums and theatres are all within walking distance. Hidden behind an elegant 17th-century facade is a stylish and charming four-star hotel with 71 recently renovated rooms. The excellent facilities include a beautifully decorated lounge, library and bar, all offering a warm and intimate ambience. The elevator reaches all five floors. Hotel Estheréa has been a family owned hotel for more than 60 years.
At the excellent Hotel Fita (Jan Luykenstraat 37), comfort, a warm welcome and a scrumptious breakfast await.
The hotel is near the Van Gogh Musuem - handy if you arrive on a Friday evening, as it is open until 10pm and there are no queues, so you can explore and then enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Buy a strip of tram tickets when you arrive at Central station - you'll save money and hassle, and can hop on and off trams as you wish.
Whether you're in Amsterdam for business or pleasure, I can highly recommend the brand new Qbic Hotel (so new, nobody knew where it was when we went).
It's situated inside the World Trade Centre (Tram line #5) and just round the corner from the delightful Beatrix Park. The rooms are funky and the staff are incredibly friendly.
Just one thing - make sure you are with somebody you know well - the rooms are open-plan and there are only 3 sides to the bathroom!
Famous old hotel in Kangaroo Point with a fantastic view across the river of the CBD. Good tucker in three different bars or in the adjoining steak house (Deery's Restaurant). Annual cockroach racing on Australia Day.
Story Bridge Hotel
200 Main Street
Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
Queensland 4169 Australia
Small hotel at Agrigento Sicily with private car park 2km from the beach 4km from the vally of the temples, comfortable and peacefull,all you need for a stay with local culture,hospitality and tradition.
Double rooms from 45 euro.
A family run place.
Perfectly understated and calmly organised, The Samling remains intimate even on its busiest days. Where larger luxury hotels are loudly decked with people, The Samling seems to swallow its guests into every nook and cranny of a carefully managed estate.
Once in its grasp, this estate holds you close and loses you to subtly changing views and timeless simplicity. There you can sit frozen, forgetting what it was drove you through The Samling's gates until eventually you stir and shift towards the dining room and where the best food is served by the best people.
The hotel also has some tenuous link to Wordsworth but frankly, who cares?
Just off the road to Waterhead and Ambleside.
I stayed in one of the apartments of this company and found it to be pretty good value. The apartment was inexpensive and on an attractive street in the city centre.
Overall my experience with them was throughly enjoyable and I had a good laugh with the staff at their office when I went to pay, who were friendly and courteous.
The boss of the company is an English guy who I think is doing a good job of trying to establish Western standards and good value for money. Highly recommended
0048 12 633 2647
My friend and I recently visited the 4 star Hotel Lungomare, Cesenatico to take part in the Nove Colli Annual cycling event which takes place in May each year. Opting for the shorter 130km route (as opposed to the gruelling 200km route!) we decided not to take our own bikes as we had already experienced the loss of one through an airline several years ago, the hotel immediately put us in touch with their professional hire company, Neri, in Cesena who supplied us with bikes that rivalled those of our own. The hotel provides a great package for all its cyclists - a secure workshop with all the equipment you need for minor repairs/calibrations as well as offering a very impressive pre-event hot meal (at 4am!) and a very friendly welcome back after our long long day with a post event buffet all freshly prepared. The hotel is right on the beach with a huge pool and great spa/health facilities - everything was done in true Italian style and always with a smile! We have already booked to go back in September to explore the area more - some great hill climbs and some wonderful nature reserves to visit and we also plan to watch the Giro Della Romagna professional event which takes place on 9th September. Cesenatico is the home town of the late great Marco Pantani so cycling is taken pretty seriously here!
It is also a great hotel for families - plenty going on in town all the time, kids club, shops and bars just a stone's throw from the hotel - one not to be missed!
The hotel 4* accommodation HB basic but drinks are not expensive, family atmosphere, staff helpful, rooms are air conditioned, tv, minibar, fan machine, sea view, quiet and clean. Big botanic garden, tennis, mini football, basketball, big swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna is free of charge.
Lovely hotel overlooking the canals in the quieter part of Bruges. The inclusive breakfast is a huge and varied spread served in front of an open fire in the dining room. Rooms have modern and comfortable furnishings, yet it retains a historic feel and individual personality. There are free bikes to borrow and the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. It's a 5-10 minute stroll into the main square.
Sint-Annarei 26, Bruges
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