I arrived in Amsterdam by train at the Central Station. It was easy to find the ticket office to purchase a multi-day tram/bus ticket from the ticket seller in the station. It was great to have this service because I was also able to ask about where to catch the tram I needed to take to get to the hotel.
The hotel offers directions from the station which are pretty simple. You leave the station and the trams are situated right outside. You take the number 4 to the appropriate stop, and the hotel is just a short walk from there.
Riding buses and trams in Amsterdam requires that you “swipe” your bus ticket or pass in front of the machine provided in the entrance and exit of the bus/tram. You are constantly reminded to “check out” - because not doing so may invalidate your pass. So, do some research about using public transport in Amsterdam.
The hotel is situated about half a long city block from the tram stop (going and coming). It was easy to identify and find. It is also situated right in front of a very large park which is nice if you want to spend some time in a green space.
I arrived early, so I left my luggage and went out to explore Amsterdam. Museums are located within walking distance from the hotel. I walked everywhere in Amsterdam, but if you are not in shape or if this is a problem, there are plenty of trams, buses, etc., to get you where you need to go.
The room was very small by most standards. There was a full bathroom with toilet, shower, and sink. I was in room #30 and the shower was situated in what appeared to be a very small sit-in tub. There was a slope in the tub which made it very awkward taking a shower, but the shower is the removable type which would allow you to sit and spray as you like. By the way, the hot water ran very very hot - all the time, so be careful about testing the water before you bathe, shower, or wash.
There was a small bed, a closet, and a desk - all were sufficient for my needs as a solo traveler. A TV, clock, and telephone were also in the room. There was an outlet if you unplugged the TV/Clock and another one in the bathroom (bring your own adapters) - all sufficient for all of my gadgets.
My room had a window that faced the park and a major road. Road noises were evident during the day and night if you leave the window open. There is also foot and bike traffic in the area, so voices can also be heard if the window is open. With the window closed, there is less noise, but there is still some noise, so be prepared if this is an issue for you.
Wi-fi was free and available the whole time with never a problem. Breakfast is extra for each morning you are there, and you can purchase a voucher when you check in. I found it to be ample and sufficient for my needs. There is a nice dining area where you can eat or you can eat in a small garden connected to the dining area.
I like to walk, so I walked all over Amsterdam. I also took the canal cruise, and I used the tram to get between my hotel and farther to reach areas. Walking was a plus because there is so much to see and experience within Amsterdam. The tram you take to get to the hotel also stops at some of the major squares and many of the squares lead to the sights most people want to visit or see.
Restaurants, markets, stores, ATMs, etc., are all situated close to the hotel or within a short walking distance with quite a variety to choose from. There is a very nice restaurant right outside the hotel to the right and across the street (Cafe Sarphaat) that serves delicious meals reasonably priced, but there are plenty if you decide to take a walk and look around all over Amsterdam.
The hotel staff changes but they are all very helpful and pleasant to deal with.
While I was in Amsterdam, I took a side trip to Delft which I would recommend for a Saturday or Sunday. Nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam and a quaint little city. You can do a flex pas at the train station that allows you to come and go at your convenience during whatever day you choose. There are stops at the Hague and Haarlem too if you want to get on and get off, but be aware of which trains run in which directions, some will actually bypass Haarlem or catch it on the way back.
Overall, the hotel was more than adequate for my needs, and I enjoyed a very pleasant stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aalborg Hotel Amsterdam, a three star hotel with 36 newly renovated rooms, is located in the middle of Amsterdam. Providing accommodation for business and leisure travelers.Welcome to the newly renovated 3-star Aalborg Hotel Amsterdam. The Hotel has 36 rooms; all renovated in the last 2 years, combine a vintage fashion with a modern look. We offer a business center. The reception can provide guests with tickets for museums and city transportation, as well as offer any assistance or recommendations in booking any of the attractions or dining that Amsterdam has to offer. ... more less
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