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Amsterdam is so much more than tulips, bicycles and the Red Light District, though it does have those things in abundance. This city built on canals has diverse neighbourhoods, sated in culture and history.
Whether you’re in search of the bohemian, free-thinking Amsterdam or a perfect destination for book-lovers, you’ll find a district here to suit you. The compact centre is easy to navigate, whether by bike, on foot or on the water – and each area has a good range of budget accommodation to choose from.
The main tourist destination, the central area of Amsterdam attracts tourists to its main squares – Dam and Nieuwmarkt. Dam has the best of the historic buildings, whilst Nieuwmarkt offers Holland’s take on Chinatown. The Old Centre is also where the Red Light District can be found, but the bars, cafes and restaurants of the area nowadays attract a wider range of visitors than the traditional stag party gangs. The so-called ‘New Side’ of Amsterdam’s centre is relative to the ancient history of this place – it is still full of buildings dating back to the medieval times. However, it provides a quieter and more intellectual pace of life compared to the Old Side and is a book-lover’s paradise. It’s home to the Amsterdam Museum and Spui Square, which boasts three large bookstores. Plenty of budget accommodation can be found here.
Once a traditional, working-class neighbourhood, Jordaan has been completely regenerated and is now a very popular district with young, trendy things. It still retains a bohemian spirit, attracting artists of all types and keeping up a long tradition of folk music. It is the perfect place to explore art galleries, boutique restaurants and quirky markets - and it is just a five-minute walk to the main sights of the Old Centre. Hostel and budget accommodation can be found here, as well as mid-range hotels.
This upmarket area surrounding the Old Centre boasts some impressive architecture and is also home to the Anne Frank Museum, so it’s the perfect neighbourhood for those seeking to soak up the history of Amsterdam. The Negen Straatjes – nine streets sandwiched between two canals – provide an alternative shopping destination with plenty of independent fashion boutiques to choose from. By night, this is a main clubbing area, and with plenty of well-priced hotels, you won’t have far to stumble back to in the wee hours of the morning.
Why not make the most of Amsterdam’s canals and choose a houseboat stay? Providing easy access to just about any district you choose, houseboats offer competitive prices compared with mid-range and budget hotels – as well as a unique experience. Some houseboats are on a B&B basis, suitable for solo travellers or couples, whilst others are available as self-catering ‘apartment’ boats, good for larger groups.
Best place to stay in Amsterdam...The owners are amazing and they will do anything to help. The room is so clean. Breakfast is provided daily and is more then you can eat. Plus they stock the fridge with more food and drink then you need. I told all my friends it was like staying with family that mind there own business. I will be back as it was the best hotel I have stayed in while visiting Europe.
My husband and I treated ourselves to a short break in Amsterdam to celebrate our wedding anniversary and chose Dianne's B&B because it had such good reviews. We were not disappointed. The accommodation is delightful - much more spacious than it appeared from the photographs, and beautifully presented. Dianne is a lovely, warm, friendly lady, who made us feel really welcome when we arrived, asking us what we would like her to buy for our breakfasts, showing us places to visit and recommending some fantastic restaurants - she was even kind enough to book a table for us. (And do go the Ko Chong Thai, its fabulous, and the cafe Dianne recommended for the best apple cake is also not to be missed!!) The apartment is about a 15-20 minute walk from Central Station and easy to find. The Jordaan is a residential area, so free from riotous crowds and very pretty; it is near enough to most places of interest to be able to walk there, but there is public transport nearby if you prefer. We actually walked everywhere, it is such a beautiful city we didn't want to miss anything! It was lovely to come back in the evening and be able to sit on the veranda surrounded by gorgious plants and gardens and relax with a chilled glass of wine. Wonderful!! I cannot recommend this apartment highly enough, and we will definitely return. And Dianne - the Delpht has pride of place on our shelf - thankyou!
We had a really lovely stay in Amsterdam made even better by Easy Nuh Man being a real home from home. The whole place was really clean and fresh. The room itself was very spacious with high ceilings and the bed soooo comfortable I struggled to get out of it! Big airy kitchen with everything you might need if you want to cook or just prepare some breakfast. Nice big windows everywhere too. Great shower and use of washing machine. Location is perfect - lots very nearby but not noisy at all. Really good street for shopping and 2 mins from the museums and Vondelpark. Nice restaurants nearby if you don't want to go into the centre but trams on the doorstep if you do which are very quick and easy to use. Really nice touches like fresh flowers in the room and weather forecast for our stay! Nick was a great host and made us feel very welcome. Will definitely stay here again!
Eerste Helmersstraat 34 1054 DHOutstanding 97%
our stay on antonia houseboat was amazing from start to end! we were looked after really well- the woman who owned the boat even had homemade mushroom soup and fresh bread waiting for us when we arrived! the fridge was stocked up with loads of food everyday which was great. the boat was very cozy, comfortable and relaxing! i would highly recommend this place to anyone and look forward to staying there again. they really bent over backwards to make sure we had the best stay.
Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 88-IIExcellent 94%
The best thing about this property is the location!!!!! The owner is very friendly and nice. The apartment is smth. like 10 square meters, so in case you are a bit bigger dont go there, you can hardly sit on the tolilet. But this is all manageble and u get used to it. The appartment should be dusted as whatever we touched was coverd with dust like it was there from the last winter. Also, you can hear people burping on the street as teh windows are old and not double galzing. :) All in all stay there to save the money, and you will be located in the walking distance from everything in amsterdam.
An extremely nice BB with nice friendly staff in a perfect location to see Amsterdam. The staff made us feel at home and welcome and were helpful if we needed directions or advice etc. Great bedroom with good facilitys. Cheers Atila
Our stay at The Crooked House was ideal. It's near public transport and downtown. It's comfortable and clean. We recommended. Martin made us feel like at home.
A very nice B&B located close to the Jordaan area. Room is clean and comfortable and most of all, the area is peacefull without the typical noise coming from the streets of the center of the city. 15 minutes walk from Amsterrdam Central Station.
An experience to repeat the situation of the ideal boat for relaxing, clean, well maintained, near of the central station. Joanna is lovely and will provide bicycles, essential in Amsterdam.
this hostel is about 15 km from centre of Amsterdam but this was not a problem as they have an hourly shuttle which takes you to local station and then it is about 15 min on metro to central station and about 30 min to airport. staff are very friendly and have good knowledge of many languages and on how to find a large number of interesting places to visit, site and facilities are very clean and well laid out and very good value for the money, they have on-site computers and wire less connection if you have your own laptop. also they have a very well equipped kitchen with free coffee and tea if you wish overall I would strongly recommend and would use again. so enjoy with regards Peter Hallett
Great location and fantastic value for money. Staff extremely accommodating. Breakfast was exceptional (not cooked). Facilities basic and rooms tiny. If over 6ft tall it would be problematical but in truth it is a ship so hardly surprising. All in all it couldn't be better for the money.
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