ARRIVING IN AMSTERDAM

With Dublin as just a stopover, it was onto Amsterdam. The city of sin is a place both of us have wanted to go and so Ash booked it as a last minute surprise before we head back to work. With RyanAir flights so cheap and such a short flight time, it’s silly we didn’t book it before.

We arrived on the Tuesday evening, jumping in an Uber and arriving at New West Inn for our two night stay. For the £38 per night room, the hotel was great. Modern rooms, Queen sized bed, tea & coffee facilities, a free to use safe, toiletries, bottles of water, free tv and air con… it was a dream. I’ve worked in 5* hotels that don’t even offer these facilities for free never mind a 3* £38pn hotel. The hotel also had a gym, a pay to use sunbed and a garden. I would definitely recommend this hotel, it’s an absolute steal. We had a few issues with the air con and trying to get it to blow hot instead of cold but we eventually figured it out. The bathroom is also a wet room which can get a bit annoying after a shower but it was nothing I wasn’t used to having one in halls at uni. Overall, this hotel was fantastic and an absolute bargain.

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We set out to find some food, originally with the mission of finding the tram which was a 10 minute walk away and heading into the city centre. However, we got lost and ended up wandering aimlessly around the neighbourhood. We quickly realised we could easily live in Amsterdam because it is so aesthetically pleasing and everyone is so friendly. After wandering round for a long time and stumbling across a posh neighbourhood with some beautiful houses, we eventually found the tram stop but by that point, it was getting late so we decided to head back to the hotel for food instead. We Google Mapped our way home so we didn’t get lost again and it turns out, the tram is only a ten minute walk… we just walked in all the wrong directions.

To get back to the hotel we had to walk through a park and halfway through, Ash noticed something moving in the dark. It was a rabbit just hopping around the park! That’s something you would never see back at home, it’s rare to see a wild rabbit so we watched it for a while before continuing on. The further we walked, the more we saw and soon there was loads of them hopping around in the darkness. It was surreal to see but really cool. Everyone else was walking through the park not batting an eyelid and we were mesmorised. When we Googled it later, it turns out Amstersdam is plagued by wild rabbits. So cute.

Back at the hotel, we decided to eat in the hotel restaurant, Ash going for his usual lasagne and myself opting for the Dutch steak with mushroom sauce. It’s very rare I eat steak in a restaurant. I’m too much of a cheapskate to order it and often find it isn’t cooked to my liking. I decided to treat myself as we were away and I am so glad I did. It was the most incredible steak I have ever had, so juicy and tasty with the mushroom sauce complimenting it perfectly. It was a meal to die for.

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The hotel was incredible, such great value for money with fantastic customer service, brilliant facilities and an amazing restaurant. It is an absolute deal and I would highly recommend it. It is not in the city centre but you can’t complain for what you get and it is located in a great neighbourhood. Our first night in Amsterdam was a success and we couldn’t wait to explore the city the next day so with early tickets to the Anne Frank House, we had an early night…

Stay tuned for the rest of the adventure coming Friday!


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