We recently booked four nights at the Hotel Fita that unexpectedly resulted in becoming ten nights due to the explosion of volcano Eyjafjallajokull on Thursday April 14th two days before our departure. Hans and Loes, along with the entire staff of the Hotel Fita treated us and the other "stranded" guests kindly. Everyone was able to extend their stay. The free Internet and Wi-Fi, along with the free telephone (local and long distance) helped keep everyone connected. The hotel is in an excellent location for the museums, trams and restaurants. The rooms are clean, comfortable and well maintained. We had room number six the least expensive and it was perfectly adequate--comfortable bed, good size bathroom (great water pressure), TV and a couple of chairs. The room has a wardrobe cabinet. My wife and I have been traveling to Europe for fifteen years, we pack light and are prepared to wash clothes out in the sink and hang them to dry. So, having the free laundry was really nice. We placed our clothes in the laundry basket gave them to Hans, and when we stopped back after lunch the clothes were in the room. The breakfast was very enjoyable. We ate in a comfortable room, were served coffee or tea, fresh squeezed juice and pancakes every morning. The buffet included eggs, meat, cheese, fresh fruit, breads, Hans' homemade jam, granola, yogurt and cereal. During breakfast Hans was always available to answer questions, give advice or just chat. It was also an opportunity to talk with the other guest and share suggestions about things to do or restaurants to go to. It is a family run business whose owners make their guests feel like family. If your only reason for travel is to check things off your list then maybe it doesn't matter where you stay. But, if you travel in order to meet new people and experience other cultures, then where you stay is part of your visit. The people at the Hotel Fita made our stay in Amsterdam a visit. They are wonderful hosts who sincerely care about their guests.
Note about Eyjafjallajokull: The time during the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull was stressful. Planes were grounded across Europe and no one knew when the eruption was going to end and when we could get back home. In spite of the inconvenience and anxiety that accompanied this event, two blessings came out of it. First, though over a million people were affected no one was hurt. Second, we had the good fortune to spend those days at the Hotel Fita with Hans and Loes, the hotel staff and the other guests whom we met. I'm thankful everyone returned home safe and maybe in five years we'll have a reunion.
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