First Trip to the Netherlands

This trip took place in July 2014. On our first trip to the Netherlands, we flew in from Germany after having spent some time in Berlin. When we emerged into Amsterdam Schipol it was a bustling modern airport in comparison to Berlin Schönefeld Airport which we had flown out of. We got a train to our hotel The Student Hotel which we have a review of.

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Hotel Review – Hotel Casa 400 – Amsterdam

Shaneka and myself visited this hotel on our second trip to Amsterdam which I speak about in my Article – ‘6 Travelling Lessons Learned- Winter in Amsterdam’.

Super Nice for a Good Price 

After our experiences with the Student Hotel in Amsterdam we were apprehensive about what the cheap price of £123pp for 3 nights booking would get us, another seemingly clean and glossy hotel that ended up smelling like a farm – or would our research pay off?

First impressions were good! It was only  a short walk from Amstel Station Beneden – which is great in the cold when you have luggage! We had a tiny struggle to find the entrance but one we were in it was lovely. The staff were warm and personable and finding the room was not too difficult as there was a code for floor and area of the hotel because it is quite huge.

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6 Travelling Lessons Learned- Winter in Amsterdam


After having travelled for the first time to Amsterdam in the summer of 2014 (during Shaneka and my adventure dubbed “The Euro Tour 2K14” ) we fell absolutely in love with this city – the atmosphere, the beauty and the friendly people we met. It was decided unanimously that we had to return again but with busy University schedules we waited until our Christmas break and set off.

(Apologies for the poor picture quality in this article guys this was 3 years ago raw and unscripted!!)

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Hotel Review: The Student Hotel, Amsterdam.


When Laurie and I arrived in Amsterdam flying in from Berlin we instantly just wanted to drop off our bags and go and explore this beautiful city. We attempted to walk to our hotel (it wasn’t supposed to be far away) but when this proved too difficult we just jumped on the Metro. When we walked in it seemed that the buildings were well positioned with the reception/restaurants located in the centre. We initially had issues with the receptionist but eventually, this was sorted and we were left to find out room.

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