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Travel destinations: Amsterdam

Clinging bicycle bells welcomed us as we stepped out of Amsterdam’s Centraal Station into the cool late night air. The streets were buzzing with mingling tourists, smart cars and blue and white trams that roll down the centre of the main streets. An intimate network of small streets can be walked from one side to the other in 30 minutes. Carefully, of course, as there are 600,000 bicycles to contend with along the way. Webbed with weathered bridges and houseboat-lined canals, Amsterdam is a quaintly exotic oasis of culture. It is not only a city, but a way of life.

After a quick stop in St. Christopher’s Inn The Winston on Warmoestraat, our hostel and home for the weekend, we set out to explore our surroundings in the Red Light District. I felt a bit sad for the women dancing under the glow of seductive lights in large windows, on main streets and in alleyways, but maybe that’s just the feminist in me because they seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Fat City, now a pool hall and pub, was our first stop. My parents met there long ago before it changed from a club and youth hostel where my dad was a DJ and my mom was a backpacker. Being in Amsterdam where coffeeshops dot every street, we stepped into a smoky den and then made our way past whispering drug dealers back to The Winston, where we spent the rest of the night dancing in the club run by the same management as the hostel.

The next morning, our first full day, we started with a hostel breakfast followed by tea at a caf called Bagels and Beans (coffee beans, that is) then the obligatory canal tour that starts outside the Heineken Experience. From there, we walked along the canal, up through the grassy space near the Van Gogh museum and got distracted with hot waffles, cherries, ice cream and Chocomels to wash it all down.

Eventually, we made it to Vondelpark, a welcoming green space with joggers, Frisbee players and more bikes. Back on the other side of town, we dined at a pancake house and walked through the Bloemenmarkt flower market before heading out for an unforgettable night at The Paradiso, a huge club converted from an old church.

In one room, we caught a show called The New Young Ones, which featured six hot new Dutch rock bands. In another room, the sold out Willy DeVille, bluesy rock that was around back when my mom saw him in Buffalo in the 70s under the band name Mink DeVille. A new crowd filed in for a techno dance hall and DJs till 5am, complete with an acrobat woman who

Five Best Hotels in Amsterdam

Located in the west of the country, Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. Accommodating around 750000 citizens makes it the largest city in the country. Having a wealth of historic sites and lots of museums and art galleries, Amsterdam attracts 4.5 million tourists each year roughly 6 times its population.

If you are planning on a trip to Amsterdam keep in mind that it is a very expensive city, in fact it is the fourteenth expensive city in the world right after Vienna and Stockholm, but this does not mean that one should either refrain himself or spend a lot. Listed here is a list of 5 carefully selected luxury hotels which not only bring comfort but are within a reasonable price range.

NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

Within walking distance of Dam and Palace square, this hotel is a good place to stay and visit the central part of Amsterdam. It has 468 rooms and has been rated 4.1 out of 5 by its guests. It is near to most of attractions of the city such as National Monuments, Amsterdams Historisch Museum, Madame Tussauds and Red Light District. The hotel also has its own dock for boats.

Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam

Surrounded by two canals Sofitel The Grand provides the best place to enjoy and appreciate the famous waterways of Amsterdam. This 5-star hotel has been rated 4.3 out of 5 by its guests and although a bit expensive but is worth the expense by far. Although relatively a new hotel, it was actually built in 1926 to be a first degree marriage chamber. Some of its features are the Turkish bath and its famous Cafe Roux restaurant. The hotel has 182 rooms, a heated swimming pool and sauna.

NH Barbizon Palace

Another 5-star hotel located on Prins Hendrikkaden right across from Amsterdam’s central railway station prides itself on award-winning Vermeer restaurant and its prime location. NH Barbizon Palace is part of the NH chain which provides accommodation across 20 countries with excellent service and customer satisfaction. The Royal Palace is just a few minutes from the hotel among with many popular shops. Being near the financial centre of Amsterdam, it is the perfect place for business travellers with a high taste of comfort.

The Dylan Amsterdam

Housed in a 17 century building, the hotel opened to the public in 1999. It has 41 rooms and has been granted a 5-star rating. It has been nominated Europe’s Leading Boutique Hotel for year 2008 by the World Travel Awards. Located in the very heart of Amsterdam it gives an extraordinary view of Keizersgracht, Amsterdam’s most famous canal.

Radisson SAS Hotel Amsterdam Airport

The last but not the least, Radisson SAS Hotel Amsterdam has been impressively rated 5 out of 5 by its guests. It’s a 5-star hotel with 279 rooms located in the Business Park Schiphol-Rijk. The hotel has a top of the line fitness center equipped with sauna, Turkish/steam bath and physiotherapy treatments. If you decide to spend some time in this hotel remember not to miss the excellent Talavera restaurant and Rodolpho’s bar.

Hostel Movie, A View To The Frightening Dark Side Of Human Ultimate Search For Excitation.

I had seen a poster referring to the latest, frightening movie around. It showed a drill entering the mouth of a poor guy sitting in some kind of torture chamber. Just by seeing the scene on the poster it looked really scary and hard to contemplate, would I dare to watch the movie?… The answer was “yes”. Lately, for some reason, I’ve been in the mood of watching scary, bloody, movies. Maybe it’s because lately Hollywood has been in the mood also, just count how many scary movies have been around for the last three years and you will realize they have been more than a few, they have been… a lot.

But coming back to Hostel movie; I decided to go and see how scary this “new scary” movie really was. The theater was not totally full, but there was much more people than I thought, somehow the movie trailers had attracted a good deal of audience. After a scene that seemed taken from a deep hell’s dungeon with a dirty man cleaning the gray floors of the tortures room, the beginning of the movie showed us a group of guys, two American students and a man from Island inside some kind of club in Amsterdam, doing what most tourists do in that famous European port. After a couple of scenes in those clubs, including the leaving behind of the sensual services of a gorgeous blond by one of the American guys, they arrive to their hostel only to realize the door is locked and they would have to wait outside until down to regain access to their room. But after an incident with the neighbors they find help and a roof for their heads that night thanks to the good manners of a strange guy that invites them to his room. Again the scenes of drugs and sex are present all around, I wonder if everything in Amsterdam is really sex and drugs, sincerely I doubt it.

This strange guy has a secret he wants to share with his new friends. If they want to spend a really good time with all the pleasure and excitation women can give they are in the wrong place, they should go East. There is a town in Eastern Europe where beautiful women abound and they are willing to spend their time and senses with you. Obviously he arises the curiosity of these young men and they eagerly ask for directions. He carelessly gives them the address of a very special hostel, the place where they will find all those amenities. Once morning arrives they are on the road, let’s better say, on the rails.

They travel by train as most Europeans do and everything goes fine except for an incident that introduces us to one of the main characters of the film. He is a business man that travels in the same cabin and that happens to be heading to the same location they are going. He is a man that seems to be in his sixties and he shows to the world with a peaceful appearance; though there is something that makes the audience doubt about his intentions. Specially after a shameful incident that forces him to leave the cabin.

Some time afterwards our three adventurous guys have arrived to their destination. It is a typical Eastern Europe small town full of charming old houses and brick streets. As they approach the address they were given by that strange guy back in Amsterdam the expectation of the fun ahead lets them have the best of moods. Now they are inside the Hostel, they are asked for their passports and then they are assigned to their room.

They find the first surprise of the trip once they have entered their room, they gladly realize they will be sharing the room with two beautiful ladies that seem to be perfectly alright standing nude in their presence. All seems to be according their expectations of the so highly recommended town. They spend the night at one of the clubs, go home with the ladies but suddenly, as an army of dark clouds in the sky, everything that seemed so perfect starts to reconfigure into the form of a nightmare.

Oli, the guy from Island, has disappeared without a trace after leaving with one woman they met at the club. Paxton and Josh prefer to think that he left without notice than thinking about something bad happening to him. They try to return to the good times at the club with their girlfriends but things go wrong again. Josh starts feeling sick and leaves the club. He barely makes it to the Hostel where they are waiting for him. Scene by scene we start to realize there something very wrong happening in that town. Specially when the head of Oli appears on screen has a scene coming from a hell dungeon.

Now is Josh’s turn, he will meet with his friend from the train again, Jan Vlasák. But now it won’t be at the club surrounded by pretty ladies. Now he will be his merciless torturer in one of the chambers of that horror land. The movie shows how Vlasák satisfies his instincts and frustrated vocation as a surgeon by cutting Josh’s body at will with the movements and calm of the most sadistic butcher.

Now there is only Paxton left; there was something in the drink he took and he has fallen asleep inside the restroom at the club saving his life for the moment. Everything is confusing, everyone has left; even their girlfriends are gone and no one knows about Josh. He goes to the police but they just take the case nominally, later we would learn they are also a slab in the horror chain of this salvage town.

Walking one of the streets Paxton passes by his ex-girlfriend that looks nothing like the nights before, she is changed and there are no more kisses. He asks her about his friends and after some thought she accedes to take him where they are. They take a taxi and follow a road that takes them to an old factory building that seems to be only ruins. But there is something more than ruins inside, the building is also a home of human misery.

There are men all around, some entering others leaving, always protected by escorts. It is a multimillionaire gathering for the most cruel of the games. Human hunting and torturing as a way of excitation and relax for the powerful. Paxton passes by the chambers where the most despicable acts are being performed; and suddenly he realizes he has fallen in the trap. They have paid $50 grand for him, the price of an American male ready to be hunted.

After losing three fingers and being tortured by a sinister short and bald man. Paxton manages to escape thanks to the inexperience of his torturer. But he would still need to evade all the guards surrounding the installation before he can be free….there are still many horrors ahead for Paxton… I won’t tell you the end…you go and watch it your self….

Things You Didn’t Know About Youth Hostels

Many of the things that surround us and that we make use of regularly were either invented as a result of the need for improvement, or discovered by accident. The youth hostel is a little bit of both. The existence of youth hostels dates back to the beginning of the twentieth century. The concept of “youth hostel” was the creation of a German teacher, who spent one cold and stormy night in a farmer’s barn together with his students, and realized the need for affordable yet clean and comfortable lodgings for young people.

It didn’t take long before the idea was embraced by many other countries, as everywhere around the world there are young people whose favorite activities include traveling, but who can’t afford to stay at hotels. Moreover, the concept of “youth hostel” also encompasses sharing with other persons of the same age, which is something young people are most likely to do.

The history of the youth hostel became even richer with the creation of the International Youth Hostel Foundation in Amsterdam in 1932. Nowadays, over sixty countries are members of this foundation, and as a result, there are thousands of youth hostels all over the world where young people can find not only affordability and safety but also a cozy and warm atmosphere.

Although it was initially designated as an inexpensive and safe accommodation for young people, the youth hostel does not address students alone. Those who travel on a budget will find that a youth hostel is the ideal solution for their accommodation problems. Convenience is the main reason why so many people make youth hostels their number one choice. But staying at a youth hostel is not all about saving money. It is also about staying in a welcoming and friendly place, meeting people and making friends from other countries. You will probably find that sharing the dorm with other travelers is a unique experience, one that you will learn a lot from. And if the idea of sharing the bedroom with eight other people does not appeal to you, you can opt for a bed in a double room, which is a little more expensive than a bed in a dorm, but still a lot cheaper than a hotel room. And don’t imagine that you’ll have to make compromises as far as cleanness or facilities go. Staying at a youth hostel may be a lot cheaper than staying at a hotel, but most youth hostels provide their guests with excellent conditions and facilities.

And speaking of Amsterdam, there are many youth hostels to choose from, if you want to spend some time in the city without having to worry about taking too much money out of your pocket for accommodation. However, in order to ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay, you should base your choice of youth hostel in Amsterdam on the following criteria: affordability, location/proximity to the city center or other places of interest, quality of services, facilities, friendly staff and a laid back atmosphere. And you will certainly find at least one youth hostel in Amsterdam that meets these criteria.

For more information about Youth hostel or even about youth hostel in Amsterdam please follow this link http://www.hostelcosmos.com

Unforgettable Days In A Budget Hotel Amsterdam

If you are an explorer and research lover, this is your opportunity. Visit Amsterdam with all your friends. It would be an excellent choice. Amsterdam is an interesting place to enjoy in every moment. Before you arrive to the Netherlands, dont forget to check your book in a Budget hotel Amsterdam to avoid problems. The hotels in Amsterdam have high demand during all the year. After that, it is time to know the town.

In the first place, you should try to get a travel guide. Then, you can explore the city without troubles. Holland is famous around the world for its liberal drug policies and many tourists love visiting the Dutch coffee shops. The nights here are completely different than others countries. Dutch are so liberals.

About the transportation, you can choose between some alternatives such as: the train service, rent a car, hire a bicycle or simply walk. But you need a Budget hotel Amsterdam to be connected with the downtown. The majority of hotels have an excellent service for everybody. Here there is an important tip. It is necessary to speak English if you dont know the natives language.

Amsterdam is a small city, but it has a big history. One of the best ways to explore the city and get an idea how it became the Amsterdam we know today is a visit to one of Amsterdam’s many museums. Whether you want to see the great Dutch painters at the Rijksmuseum, or visit with the past at the Anne Frank House Museum, we have all the information you need on Amsterdam Museums. You can ask for extra information in a travel agency too, dont forget that.

Amsterdam is a very international city, with many people from all over the world living, working, and visiting the city. You shouldnt lose this opportunity to know an interesting country. If you visit Amsterdam for the first time you will come back again in little time. Thats for sure.

There are lots of great places to stay in Amsterdam, but Budget hotel Amsterdam is what you really need. The capital is a beautiful city full of picturesque streets, parks and canals. There is something sure, youll never get bored here.

Amsterdam Hotels, Helping You Make the Most of Your Visit

Amsterdam, being the capital of Holland, is a popular European location for all walks of life.  Obviously Amsterdam is famous for its “relaxed” atmosphere but with many art galleries and the tulips there’s plenty more to the country and the city than the “coffee bars”.

Amsterdam is built around a network of canals and has plenty of boat tours which traverse the city at a leisurely pace, but if you’re feeling a bit sportier then there are plenty of locations with bicycles for hire throughout the city, which is one of the main forms of transport in this city.  

A lot of the main attractions of Amsterdam are within walking or cycling distance and so you won’t have to ride too far to get to where you want to be but there is also the picturesque countryside that would be perfect at this time of year with the tulip fields and windmills providing an amazing backdrop for your bike ride.

Many of these rental stands are located close to hotels sometimes even run by hotels so you won’t have any trouble finding means of transportation and of course it works out cheaper than hiring a car but also much more kinder to the environment.  

When it comes to the hotels themselves they are grandiose buildings that befit the city’s architecture but still offer all the comforts that you expect when on holiday.  There are many modern hotels with interesting designs such as single rooms that have a shower head in one corner and a drain all within your main room, minimalist designs have obviously spilled over from the many art museums in Amsterdam and have made hotels in Amsterdam as interesting as the art and design of the city itself.  

Of course if you have a more traditional taste you can still get the old world hotel rooms with large wooden beams to give you a nostalgic feeling when staying in Amsterdam.

There’s so much more to Amsterdam than the features made famous in movies and hearsay, despite it being a fun and vibrant city there is still a rich culture and artistic element to the city that can appeal to many types of traveller.  cheap hotels in European cities such as Amsterdam are very popular at the moment and highly recommended if you want something more than lounging on a beach this summer or would rather take your holidays in autumn or Winter.

View the Majesty of Amsterdam

by Roy Witman

Anyone who has been to Amsterdam will quickly tell you there are three major attractions: museums, canals and tulips. All three offer their own unique range of beauty that continues to draw flocks of tourists from around the world. Before booking your next trip to Amsterdam, take a closer look at the wonders this ancient city has to offer.

Museums in Amsterdam

While most people with even a vague familiarity with Amsterdam will recognize the names Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, this regal city has many others from which to choose.

Located at the center of Dam Square, the Amsterdam Historical Museum was once the city’s orphanage. Focusing on what those native to Amsterdam call its Golden Age (in the 17th century), this museum highlights more prosperous times when Amsterdam was the richest city in the world.

There is even a museum for kids. The NEMO museum focuses on science and technology and offers children four floors of experiments and exhibitions to explore. This giant, green, boat-shaped building is easy to spot.

Canals

No trip to Amsterdam is complete without a tour of the canals. Bearing a striking similarity to Venice, Amsterdam has a landscape swirled with waterways. The four main city center canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel; however, smaller versions are found throughout Amsterdam.

Because the canals take you right up to much of the city’s stunning architecture, they are the perfect way to tour the sites. This is why many cruise lines, including Holland America, offer canal excursions. With towering church steeples, majestic buildings and apartments built with strict space-saving engineering, Amsterdam is truly home to the brownstones found so commonly in New York City. Called Canal Houses, you’ll see these remarkable structures dotted all over Amsterdam.

One site you’ll certainly want to view is the Centraal Station. Easily mistaken for a palace by tourists, the twin clock towers (one is actually a chronometer) are just part of its magnificence. Made of red stone, the Centraal Station is adorned with architectural adornments including carvings and spires. It is truly amazing!

Tulips in Full Bloom

According to some accounts, tulips made their way from their native Russia to Holland in 1562. The original color of the tulip is red. However, through pre-engineering and a few accidents, the Dutch crossbred an entire rainbow of colors including yellow, orange, purple, pink and white plus variegated and other varieties.

After many years of bulb development, tulips finally became a prosperous trade for Holland. In fact, tulips became so quickly acclimated to the atmosphere and thrived so gloriously that Holland (especially Amsterdam) is now known as the tulip capital of the world.

From lavish gardens filled with tulips and other blooms to the Artis Zoo to splendid buildings, Amsterdam offers both education and entertainment for the entire family.

Amsterdam Hotels for Sale

Amsterdam is indisputably one of the small but greatest of all cities in the world. The city is not surprisingly one of the most digressed and romantic of all cities in Europe. Amsterdam is known as much for the beautiful canals and historical sites as it is made for the world famous museums! The distances are short and the infrastructural amazingly well developed – be it the roads or the world class hotels. This then makes Amsterdam one of the most viable and lucrative of options for those seeking an Amsterdam hotel for sale.

Small or Big

Amsterdam with a modest population cohort of 735000 – located in Holland has all the attributes of a small city ably complemented by quaint roads with little traffic – more due to sharing of traffic with the canals than any other cause!

The world class museums of the likes of Van Gough Museum to the picturesque coffee shops – which also sell regulated amounts of cannabis – legally! The city then has all the ingredients of a one stop tourist destination which has few equals in the world!

This coupled with well over three hundred hotels in the city make it a viable option for most if not all travelers – be it one time vacationers or compulsive travelers.

Assimilating

The process of buying a hotel in Amsterdam could well be viable and lucrative investment however it would need to be addressed with finesse after extensive research and extensive benchmarking. This could well be achieved primarily based on the classification of the hotels.

The hotels in Amsterdam could well be classified by:

? Rating based on stars

? Classified by district

? Booking Price

Star Rating

The Amsterdam hotels could well range from one star hotel to five star hotels. The pricing would evidently be linked to the star of the hotel and higher the star higher will be costing be. The budget having been defined the potential buyer would now endeavor to find the perfect match of the facilities perceived as a need against the star rating which would deliver the needed services – all this and more at a competitive pricing that the potential buyer finds within the planned budget!

Classified by District

The Amsterdam hotels could alternatively by classified by district:

- City Center

- Near City Center

- Outside City Center

- Suburbs

- Airport

Booking Price

Amsterdam hotels have been alternatively classified by the price of stay:

- Cheap Hotels

- Budget Hotels

- Comfort

- Luxury

The potential customer seeking Amsterdam hotels for sale would typically seek hotels which would address the target customer base which is envisioned to give appropriate returns and revenue enhancement against the budgeted capital invested per se!

The concept of seeking Amsterdam Hotels for sale then is simpler than anticipated – all it needs is extensive researching and informed decision making!

Travel destinations: Amsterdam – Part 1

Whenever I arrive in Amsterdam I truly become Alice in Wonderland. It is the greatest feeling in the world.

I first stumbled upon my Wonderland aged 20. It was the summer of 2002 and I decided to travel to Denmark to pick strawberries on a farm. It seemed like a good idea at the time but after nearly a week of having conversations in my head (no one spoke a word of English) and eating virtually nothing but strawberries, I packed up camp and headed cross-country, back to Copenhagen with no idea what to do. I knew I couldn’t very well go back to England since I had told everyone I’d be gone for a few months I would of felt like a failure to arrive back after a week.

Somehow I found myself buying a one way ticket to The Dam. I had just enough money for the flight and a little to keep me going for a few days, but after that I had no idea what would happen. I had no plan B. All I did know was that I had heard that a girl who had been a few years above me at school was living there and working in one of the most famous bars/coffeeshops, The Grasshopper. I had never spoken to her but I seem to remember that I had no doubt that I would find her. Like I said, I had no plan B therefore I had no expectation of any kind of failure.

I will never forget the moment when I emerged from Centraal Station on that warm June evening. After living in silence, in a tent surrounded by horny Spaniards in Denmark, the noise, the smells, the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam was a gift from God. Always trust your instincts anywhere you go.

So, after finding a cheap hostel I ventured through the beautiful city to find The Grasshopper. Somehow in Amsterdam, things often just work out. Good things will happen to you if you have courage in your convictions. I walked into the Grasshopper and immediately recognised the girl behind the bar as my old school associate, and she recognised me, which made things even better.

Within a couple of days I had managed to find a waitressing job in an Argentinian steak house. It is easy to find casual work in Amsterdam if you arrive early in the summer season. It helps if you have a SoFi number (a social identification number which any EU national can obtain very easily, all you need is your passport. If you do not belong to an EU country don’t panic, you can very easily find work such as cleaning hostel dorms where you will usually work 4-5 hours a day in return for your bed. Then all you need is food and entertainment money!

Where To Stay In Amsterdam

If you have been planning a holiday for a long time then the most important thing to agree on, aside from where you are going to go on holiday, is where you are going to stay for the time that you are there. The best way to see what a city has on offer in terms of accommodation is to scour the Internet for holiday accommodation sites. These websites specialize in specific cities so you can be rest assured that wherever you stay will be a place you will be happy with.

You do not want to arrive at your hotel in Amsterdam to find that it is not what you intended. Most travel websites carry pictures of the accommodation on offer you will be able to see exactly what you are getting yourself into.

You should also keep in mind the type of holiday you want when booking accommodation. Amsterdam is a city that is filled with so many different facets that you will have to choose your accommodation wisely.

If you are looking for a holiday that is filled with as much night life as possible then it would be in your best interests to find a hotel which is situated in close walking distance to the hub of the city. By hub, we mean the area that is renowned for the best restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Although Amsterdam is blessed with abundant nightlife, there are some areas that are more renowned for this than others.

On the other hand, if you are more into touristy things like museums and flower parks then you may wish to find yourself a hotel. Most hotels will arrange day tours to see the different historical areas of the city so you do not have to worry too much about where you stay in relation to everything else. The area you cover will be quite vast, but you will be in the company of a tour guide or a coach driver.

Having a candle lit dinner on the canals at sunset is a must no matter who you are. Even if you plan on partying up a storm in Amsterdam, you have to experience at least this. The cruises will not take up too much of your precious time so you will not miss too much of the famous Amsterdam nightlife.

When booking your accommodation, you can choose between hotels, backpackers or self-catering holiday rentals. It all depends on your budget and how much privacy and freedom you wish to have while you are there. The best place to visit in terms of nightlife is Nomads. This is the current toast of the town and will lead you to party places you have never experienced before. Just make sure you know where you are staying before trying to return home at 4am.