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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 963 DKK per night.
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.
brian-milg The noise from the street may annoy someone who stays here but everything else is just right. The stairs are steep as well but that is an Amsterdam thing. I have stayed in many Amsterdam hotels and this was my best experience. I travel on business and often go to Amsterdam and I certainly will try here first when I go to Amsterdam again.
kaenguruh5 Mrs. Benjamin is a very sympathatic person and a friendly and kind host. The appartement is verry well cleaned and cosy and her service and her tourist-informations were perfect! We can recommend the flat for all people who want a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Karin & Benedikt
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.
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!
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!
Hendrikje Stoffelsstraat 1 Navigation: Nachtwachtlaan 11Excellent 90%
asanter very compact, but that's what you'd expect for a room on a barge; service was very friendly and helpful; great location close to station and city centre.
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...
deborahvai Hi David, I really felt like at home in your boat. The wee captain's suite sent me straight back into the seventies while the Talking Heads tape made my ears wide open again, or was it the mushrooms? Anyway, I'll never forget the conversation I had with a heron that patrols the canal at night. She told me from all flowers, she prefers the ones that grow in the dirt. Good luck!
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