7 Days, 6 Nights at the Golden Tulip Amsterdam West. Other than a few very minor gliches...like no mat on the shower floor--which they took care of immediately, and the expensive dining--other than these, we had a ball. Oh one other thing...6 nights of draw space in the room didn't quite stretch...so part of that stayed in the suitcase...which really wasn't a major problem. Boy, did the heated bathroom floor made you forget a lot of those little things---about 90 degrees all the time--WOW. We booked via Expedia---who forgot to remind the hotel that we'd paid for the room in-advance. It only took the front desk about 5 minutes to verify. In fact, because we paid for the hotel at the time we paid for the flight, by some strange means, at checkout, we actually got back about 30 Euro. Make note: I believe the main reason we enjoyed this hotel, location, etc., we because we did so much homework---before we left home, that by the time we arrived, we only had to ask minimum directions. LANGUAGE: 90% of the time most things we read were written in 3 languages: German, Spanish and English...Most everyone we talked too spoke English. We arrived in Amsterdam about 6:45 a.m. giving us a relaxed time to eat breakfast in the Airport, Understand the difference between the Trains and TRAMS portion of the airport...where the ticket-windows were, and etc. Oh, we did buy some Euros before we left the States. We departed out of Newark, NJ, but came back stateside via DC. Before we departed Amsterdam we checked to see if we could cash in our Euro in DC. Guess what...they had no office in DC, so we cashed in at the Airport before departing Amsterdam. By taking the Train (7,5 Euro for 2), and then taking TRAM #12 (3,8 Euro), it took about 45 minutes altogether...most of that riding...leaving the Airport about 8:15a and reaching the hotel about 9:00. (Expect to walk about 2 blocks between changing from Train to TRAM to reach the hotel). The hotel was very nice about locking up our suitcases until our room was ready (Maids don't come to work until 9 a.m.. So, we bought a 2-day TRAM/BUS Pass and we took off on a #12 TRAM ride again. Walked out the front door of the hotel, turning to right and walked 1 block to the next corner. Cross the street, and the TRAMS stop is about 50 feet from that intersection. After riding about 6-7 stops, we got off and switched to a #13 or #14 (at the same stop where we got off), and took it further into town..in fact all the way to City Central Station. All TRAMS run about every 7-15 minutes--from 6 a.m. to Midnight. On the TRAMS, you always swipe your pass getting on, and getting off---every time. Along this same route, we saw, stopped and tried so many little restaurants, sights, museums, bakeries, souvenir shops, grocery stores...not to mention SUBWAYS, MCDONALDS, BURGER KING, AND KFC (walking sometimes 3-4 blocks from the TRAM stop. Sometimes when we weren't sure where to switch TRAMS, we'd asked the conducts and they readily helped us. PLENTY OF GOOD (FREE) COMPUTERS IN THIS HOTEL...and many Laptop connects in the lounge as well. TV was truly INTERNATIONAL..in languages as well. There were no Refrige or Microwave, but the bars and restaurant downstairs gave me all the ice I wanted, sometimes twice a day. We found the Tangerines in most stores were unforgettably--SWEET, and seedless too. WARNING: At least 4-5 days before you depart the states, notify your bank or credit union that you may use your card where you're overseas (Its part of your protection) I tested my CU...used my debit card in a grocery store..about 8-9 Euros...got back stateside and found a charge from that grocery store of about $12...which was an excellent rate of exchange.ONE BIG NEGATIVE: Couldn't afford the hotel's 19,5 Euro per person Breakfast...nor the 29,5 per person Buffet Dinner. Many of the restaurants we saw allowed us to eat nicely at about anywhere from 6,5 to 10 Euro for a very good meal...I was able to rediscover my love for Chicken Schnitzel (German). We found a Street-side Open Market that stretched about 8 blocks..where you could actually do a little bargaining. Even there, the food was good...all kinds of meats, sandwiches, pastries, and Belgium Waffles. Be sure and plan to do the 6-hr WINDMILL tour to the north of Amsterdam...most educational. Those Windmills put the Netherlands a 1/2 century ahead of most of Europe in production of so many things...ship-building being just one of them...and how they used Levies is amazing.
All-in-All...EVERY STAFF MEMBER was out-of-there-way friendly and helpful...Oh, one other thing. You can buy all your tour-tickets, TRAMS/BUS passes, etc at the front desk. And when you buy your tour tickets there, it includes the tour company picking you up at the hotel. HOWEVER, you do have to find your own way back to the hotel after the tour brings you back downtown...hence, REMEMBER YOUR TRAM #.Should you run low on euros, the front desk will give you euros for your dollars. Also, we took over 300 photos between the two of us. We also did the 1-day tour to Brussels...which included about 6-8 blocks of walking to the town center and being on-your-own for about 4-5 hours.
Oh, when you enter your room, you immediately place your room-key in a little slot on the wall by the door. This affords you use of all your electrical things in the room---INCLUDING YOUR TV. (smile). My wife was watching TV when I decided to go get some ice. Without thinking, I open the door--grabbed my door-key out of the slot-- and the entire room went INSTANTLY DARK, and my wife screamed. Needless to say, I only did that once!
Boy, I sure miss that Bathroom (heated) floor. NICE! And by the way, In Amsterdam, zero "0" is the ground/lobby floor, not the 1st floor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Golden Tulip Amsterdam West has all the facilities you can expect of a 4 star hotel. It has a restaurant with more than 300 seats that is open for breakfast and dinner, a nice bar for lunch, bites and drinks, a lounge and business centre, three meeting rooms and a parking garage underneath the hotel. Situated just of exit 103 of the A10 ring way, Sloterdijk train station is just around the corner (5 min walk), and the city is only a tram ride away (15 min). Whether you come to our city for business or pleasure, by car or public transport, we are the ideal start of your trip. ... more less
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