Amsterdam Tourist Trap Tips by AuTourDuMonde32
Amsterdam Tourist Traps: 197 reviews and 122 photos
Be careful around the red light and areas immediately east of the Damrak late at night...
The smaller streets (or alleyways as one may call them) are reminiscent of the place where Batmans parents were killed...
The area is archtechually beautiful and there are some great businesses,
but just stick to the more well lit and populated streets at night..
And DON'T get a room in this area, especially any of the hostels or places such as psycho-wards, quarentines , rehabs, flop houses or animal cages disguised as hotels or hostels in the area.. Warmoestraat particularly..
Unique Suggestions: Honestly, carry a weapon and be agressive to your agressors..
Keep your eyes to yourself and keep your perifial vision and your ears open.. ie: don't wear a hood..
Fun Alternatives: Get a room outside of the Oudzijd/ Red Light
Given 4 stars by the Benelux Travel Bureau, which is graded on a curve...
This hotel is more of a 2 star exepericence, with the obnoxious staff as the ONLY thing reminiscent of a 4 star hotel..
They don't even let you hold on to you key! Tell me ONE 4 star hotel that carries this policy...!?
Some of the rooms which I passed as they were being cleaned were of a 2 star status...
I paid for a room which turned out to be on the top floor/ attic that was originally built as a maids quaters..
The window was so small that it was eclisped by the 13inch television hanging from the wall!
It was more of a closet than a room, I honestly, honestly could'nt figure out how they even got the mattress inside of it..
When I complained, 3 minutes after check in, they were enfuriatingly rude and bluntly told me "too late" with a smirk..
Further-more, they charged my credit card for drinks which I did not take WITHOUT my signature or consent what so ever...
I did'nt even stay in the room~!
I took my bags and my pride and told them to go 'uck themselves...
I did'nt even know that my card was charged for the drinks until my next statement!
and by the way,
I researched this place via Hotels.com
which is a sham in itself..
As long as everyone gets out safely,
I hope this place burns to the ground...
Unique Suggestions: There are plenty of other options in the area~
and ones which are FAR better priced much less far better accomodating..
Fun Alternatives: Hotel d'Amsterdam
Leftovers from my Cannabis Cup held in my hotel.
Quite possibly the biggest famous rip off I have ever known.
You pay €200 for a crappy tShirt (that you can get for free with a little talking), access to the "smoke and chill" area (which there are plenty of already allover the city),access to the crappy concerts and a ballot sheet with the shoppes,their entries and their addresses.
You will not be at a table with spotlights on you tasting bud and shish like your some kind of wine connesieur,with people anxiously looking up at you for your response to be scrawled quickly into their notes...they give you this list and you be on your way to the coffeeshoppes to dish out MORE of your own money and wait in line like everyone else who doe'snt even know it's Cannabis Cup time.
I'd rather wipe my ass with that €200 than pay for something that is free.
Go on HighTimes.com and look for Cannabis Cup Journal #8 every year...it gives the entries and winners of the last cup.Write them down and you can go have your own cannabis cup anytime...
Smoke a nice one for me with the money I just saved you.
Unique Suggestions: *Dampkring* / De Tweede Kamer
Are some of the shoppes with annual entries,the first 3 being the best.
Kadinskys is perhaps the most refined shoppe with a "classy" interior and a chill vibe,and their bud and shish is really good too.
I know if I did'nt know better and had gotten suckered out of that much money I'd be furious.
The only way I would suggest the cup to anyone is if you(they) are growing.There are seminars and displays that may prove worth your time.
You may also go on a one day pass (€50) and see what you'd like and be out.
The actual event is not as much of a "Cup" or contest as it is a convention or seminar/workshop week.
Fun Alternatives: The Cannabis Cup is a ploy to get American pothead tourists off of their lazy asses and have an excuse (if they ever needed one) to make it out to the Oudezijd of Amsterdam and spend money on the industry.
Put that €200 towards your next trip,because not many people are satisfied with only going once.
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