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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.
x The average starting price for a place to stay in Amsterdam is BZ$256 per night.
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matthew_do I booked the Hotelboot Angeline for a group on a long weekend, looking for a good central location, at a good price with flexibility on access. The hotel certainly exceeded expectations, moored next to the Nemo centre, location is perfect a short ten minute walk to the Central Station and the night time 'attractions'. The hotel itself given its a boat is pretty comfortable, very clean with a friendly atmosphere. Breakfast in the morning is adequate with planty of choice of cereal, cold meets and cheeses and freshly brewed coffee. I would thoroughly recommend the Hotelboot Angeline for those of you looking for a short visit or a group weekend away with a central location. Thanks!
roisindoherty We have just returned home after a great stay in your beautiful city. TThe Studio was perfect for our stay in every way. When we return to Amsterdam we would definitely stay in this studio again. Thank you.
colettecra 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!
plt1963 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.
nidvia The location is far from the center of Amsterdam but a few minutes by tram. With facilities around, including supermarkets. The proper cleaning. You can enjoy privacy. The bathroom a bit small. The best for us was the view from the room at the Rembrandt Park.
Tim.Moran This is dead set the best hostel i have ever stayed in. I have been traveling for the past two years and this hostel is my favorite. The staff are FANTASTIC and hospitable with great knowledge of the area. Beds are extremely comfortable and rooms are warm as :) would recommend anyone to stay here 10/10 place :) thanks cocomama for the wonderful experience
riana.dekl The apartment is situated in the heart of Amsterdam, but just outside the hussle and bussle of the main tourist spots (and red light district). It is also close to Centraal Station, so walking to the apartment with your baggage in not an issue. We were greated by Angela, a very friendly lady. The kitchen is stocked, with a few things, including hams, cheese, bacon, juice and milk for breakfast...we thought that was great. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend this place to everyone. If climbing stairs is an issue, I would not recommend this apartment...it has three sets of stairs that can be rather daunting at first. Rent a Vespa(scooter) when in Amsterdam. It beats walking and riding a bicycle and it will make it possible to see the "real" amsterdam further away from the city centre. Overall we had a great stay at Jacob's home!
stephanie- The cabins were a little bit hot during night time given the hot weather...but otherwise it was nice, clean and had a very friendly staff with a great breakfast buffet...I would go back again...
superduper The St Christopher's seem to be very interesting hotels and hostels. Lookig forward to know the other ones around the world...!
Pete_Rando You've got a friggin bar downstairs and an extra room to smoke weed. The croom and the abraxas are really good coffee shops and are right around the corner. It's also really close to the main sights like the waxfigure museum, the harbor (nemo, amsterdam). Oh and breakfast is just great ;)
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