i guess we all want a bit of luxury sometimes , there is no doubt that the amstel is a luxurious place to stay.
i didnt eat ther e because frankly i couldnt afford to...and to be honest even if i could afford to , id rather give my money to oxfam or some deserving cause and eat down the road where prices are more reasonable.
my main reason for writing this review is to warn drivers , in particular disabled drivers...that there is no free parking for the disabled , this amazed me in a country like holland.i had just driven back from poland where every place i stayed did have free disabled parking.
whatever youe views may be about whether disable drivers should have free parking..and its a matter that should be debated...even if you decide to stump up the 100 usd , 66 euros , 60 gbp for overnight parking DRIVE VERY VERY CAREFULLY.
in some effort , i suppose to stop those unwilling to pay to park at the side of the hotel , basically on the street....no obvious parking signs , nothing to indicate that you are parking up in a concierge contolled environment ..whatever that may mean.
the management have deemed it wise , and no doubt profitable to erct metal barriers approximately one foot high , which are a bit like the nothern lights....now you see em ...now you dont...now unlike the nothern star , which all joni maitchell fans know is constant...these barriers are able to be erected and dismantled by the staff of the concierge controlled environment...so basically what was not ther 10 mins ago may be there 10 minutes later when you have finished checking in , and in many cases decide d to find somewhere less exorbitantly expensive to park up for the night.
i afraid that this happened to me , when i parked my car for 10 mins to check inthere was no barrier to my left ...when i came back i dint notice the one foot high metall barrier to my left....according to the laws of physics , if you think about it , right hand drive car et al..i would have needed to have a car at leat 20 feet in height to see the one foot tall barrier that wasnt there when i checked in.
well you know the next bit...to reverse out was s very tight manouevre but i managed it without hitting anything invisible , it was when i tried to drive off , forwards that is that i hit the thing i couldnt see that wasnt ther 10 minutes earlier.
this caused massive damage to my car...did the hotel workers in the concierge controlled environment came to help me pick up the pieces ,literally of my car....a big no
did anyone try to assist me , again a big no.
it has to be said that after i had written the management alettr to the effect that i thought it a bad idea to erct invisible barriers and i was thinking of suing , their technical team reassembled some bits of my car so that i could continue my journey to england , but they would take no responsibility or acknowledge the fact that these tiny barriers are dangerous.
tips and guidelines from myself are..........if you really have to park there , stop on the street and tell the concierge people that you want to park and pay 60 pounds for the privilege , the dont touch your car until it is facing in a straight line again...because if you drive it and out of the so called car park you run a high risk of running into something that you cannot see and whose existence is known of only by those powerful concierge people
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