Hotel Allure Amsterdam Netherlands

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#WalkwithChaMikeinAmsterdam




It was that time of the year when it was difficult to book a cheap accommodation in Amsterdam. A really big challenge to look for a place in Amsterdam because 1, we started looking a little late (less than a month) and 2, it was peak season (spring) to visit Amsterdam. So even if we wanted to book an Airbnb for a cheaper option, the available listings were very few and very expensive. So we settled for a hotel we saw on booking.com. It wasn't cheap at all but it was the best option we had during that time. 
Hotel Allure is a non-smoking 3-star hotel in modern decorated rooms. The hotel is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in the Centre of Amsterdam. 

Taxi from Amsterdam Airport Schipol to Hotel
We took a taxi from the airport to our hotel with a fee of € 70 one way and after 35 minutes we were at the hotel. You can actually use a public transportation (bus, tram or train) but because of our big luggages we settled for comfort over cost (it's our 11th city so we were dead tired by this time)

Welcome to Amsterdam Airport Schipol!
Inside the huge airport

Amsterdam taxi
Lobby
We were greeted by nice and helpful receptionists and after a few minutes of verifying our documents we were able to check in. They do have an elevator so it was not difficult to carry our luggages going to our room.  

Hotel Allure facade
Hotel Allure
Lobby
Travel brochures
Double Room | $ 184 /P 9,489 per night
Yes it was that expensive when we booked it! But I guess the rate changes depending on the date of your visit because upon checking as of this writing the rate of the Double Room is around P6,500 per night only. 

The double room is equipped with 1 full bed, private bathroom, working desk, mini ref, coffee and tea making facility, flat screen, a balcony and free WiFi.


Our Double Room
Spacious room but the price is not worth the room
Working desk with telephone, coffee and tea making facility and mini refrigerator
Closet with safe
Room at night
Bathroom
The bathroom is clean and tiny, it has a shower, clean towels and hairdryer. 


Toilet, lavatory, hairdryer, towels and tissue
Shower
Balcony
The spacious balcony has a view of the neighboring residences. It was cold during that time but it was a good space to drink coffee or breathe fresh air.

Balcony
View from our balcony
Love the peaceful neighborhood



Very cold outside
Good morning, Amsterdam! Wearing my bridal robe
Breakfast
Breakfast is served at the ground floor with a fee of P605 but we didn't avail of it.


Breakfast area
Toilet at the lobby beside the breakfast area
Bike for Rent
Good thing about this hotel is that they offer bicycle rentals which we can avail for at least 3 hours or even days. 

Rental Fee
1st Day | € 15
First 3 hours | € 9
2nd Day | + € 12.5 
3rd Day or more | + € 10 

*Includes insurance, hand brakes and gears

Because of time constraints, we only availed of the 3 hour rental on our last day. 

Rent a bike
Happy that this boy enjoys biking as much as I do!
Biking in Amsterdam is a MUST!
Canals and Amsterdam houses make a great biking backdrop
Plus tulips on both sides
New Amsterdam shirt bought at a souvenir shop
Bike for almost 3 hours
Nearby Establishments 
This quiet neighborhood is just a three-minute walk from the tram stop and metro stop. The busiest shopping street in Amsterdam, Dam square, Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House and all other famous attractions are only a few tram stops away.


Quiet neighborhood
Lovely street to walk around
Weesperplein Tram & Metro Stop
The tram and metro are just a 3-minute walk from the hotel. We used it when going to Amsterdam's famous landmarks.


Weesperplein Tram Stop
Very modern and smooth tram ride
Love riding trams
Metro Station Ticket
Their Metro station is clean and spacious
Tapping the ticket
Waiting for our metro
Here comes our ride
Clean metro

Look how spacious their metro is!
On our way to the canal cruise
Albert Heijin Grocery
In less than 30 seconds, you will encounter a large grocery where you can buy almost everything you need. Here we bought a local magazine and stroop waffles for us to take home.


Albert Heijin Grocery
Buying stoopwaffel
Cantarell Restaurant
Located near our hotel in Weesperplein, Cantarell serves traditional and non- traditional cuisine. We ordered burgers, spareribs and nasi goreng

Cantarell Restaurant is around 4 minute walk from our hotel
Albert Cuypmarkt
Just a walking distance from our hotel is the Albert Cuypmarkt. Named after the dutch artist, Albert Cuypmarkt. This is the largest street market in Netherlands and has over 300 stalls.

Exploring the Albert Cuypmarkt
Fries for Mike
We had a pleasant stay at Hotel Allure Amsterdam. They have comfortable rooms, helpful receptionist, close to public transportation and other landmarks and because the rate is quite expensive I might try another accommodation if I'll go back to Amsterdam. 

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