Arrived at the Hem hotel on Saturday the 14th January 2012. Paid £200.00 for the hotel and flights for two people.
Arrived at the airport and never really looked in to how to get to the hotel, which is really unlike me, ended up gettng a cab!!..... Got well and truly KNOCKED!!... my own fault i know but 42 Euro's for not even a 15 minute drive was shocking!!.
I thought i would expect this in London!!.
Arrived at the hotel which looked like it was in the middle of a council estate. The staff were friendly and we had arrived early and was unable to check in to our room, but we were able to leave our luggage in the luggage room which was locked!.
The Tram is literally a 10 minute walk from the hotel which takes you right in to the town centre you are able to get a tram ticket which last's an hour which was 2.60 euro.
you are also available to get a 24 hour pass for which was seven euro.
The trams come literally every ten minute's and takes about 18 minute's to get to the central station.
We stayed in room 152 which was freezing cold.... the shower was really hot which was a huge bonus. Could have moved and moaned but literally only slept there.
The room was basic with two single beds and was in the first floor had a bar area which i never used but did get hotchocolate at 3 am one morning and the staff were really friendly and helpful.
The bathroom was cold and old but the shower was really hot..... which was lovely coz the room was so cold, the telly worked not that i watched it and the lights worked!!.
The hotel corridor's were dirty and stunk of weed, it was a non smoking hotel but stunk of weed.
on the saturday walked around the city centre and was making myself aware of the city centre and having been my first time in Amsterdam i was SHOCKED at the Red Light District and i thought i actually aint a prude!!... 12pm lunch time and they are in the booths waiting for punters, by the third day of being in the city it felt "Normal" to see the girls in the window and not looking as sleazy as i had thought!!.... Majority of the girls had breast implants and hair extensions so they must be earning a bit lol.
I actually felt quite sorry for the girls as some looked young and in there early twenty's especially when u see the amount of men that think they come out and throw thier hands up in victory!!..... Sad Sad Men!!......
Amsterdam was truly amazing from the canals to the coffee shops to the shopping and it is a truly beautiful city that i cant wait to return to in the summer it was freezing there.
The staurday night got the Tram and went to The Supper Club which is a wicked experience YOU have to do this... after reading the people's reviews i was thinking hmm have i made the right choice!!, my friends had been previously and said i have to go!!.
The trip was for my husbands 32nd birthday, and we went as a couple i think if you have an open mind and are able to enjoy it and hvave fun you are able to fuly experience Amsterdam at its best.
Arrived at the club which is on Joeng Rostenburg not sure if thats the right spelling and it literally is a door which looks like a flat, we arrived inside and met by the host who was friendly and told us to goto the barwhich was downstairs, we put our coats in the cloakroom and then got drinks from the bar and went and sat on a double bed which was in a black padded leather room which had television's above the beds, here we waited to be called in to the restaurant.
Once in the restaurant and showed to the huge sofa beds which had a small silver tray... this place was very chic and had an amazing experience.
Our waitress Felic looked like Lady Gaga at the begining of thenight by the end of the night she had done several strip teas acts and looked like she was on a brazillian beach by the end of the night.
The dinner per person is 70 eiro's each and that gives you entry to the club, we stayed here till 2am and was tired and very full after.
Was given five courses and they were all cooked well and was hot. Really enjoyed the food but u go there for the experience it was truly amazing and strange but in a good way!... one to see i thought!
got the night bus home which was 4.20 euro each and was right on the bridge at central station.
Visited the Prix coffe shop which is a lot nicer than the other's that are about, leather sofas and seperate smoking rooms upstairs.
Le place is great for lunch and was 12 euro's for two large rolls and real freshly squeezed juices..... excellent food and loads to choose from alot of locals were using this place to!
Anne Frank's house was a really good experience and gave you an insight on how she must have felt is much better if you read the book as you can remember quotes from the book that are in the museum. 9 euro each.
The bag museum i thought was good looking at the bags was more interesting than the actual information but was worth a visit.
The flower market is beautiful and was really pretty to see.
A visit to Casa Rosso a live sex show is a must it was not as bad as i thought very strange watching people have sex dont get me wrong but a funny night!... they do get people up from the audience it lasts an hour and a half and then just rotates back around.
Get your tickets from the ticket and tour shop near the main square and the robabank and the rolex shop 47 euro per ticket which included four drinks.
My whloe experience was truly amazing and i loved ebery minute of it.... i thought it was an amazing place and really funny people walking around stoned an thinking its normal with huge joints lol...... well funny to watch, everyone was happy there was no trouble in the town centre and had an amazing experience.
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