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1. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

In order for my husband to get his euro visa, I need to supply a paid reservation for our hotel in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, we learned this only after putting our application in this morning, so I'm under a major time constraint, 24 hrs, to find and book this part of our trip to get the application back on track. We'll be there between xmas and new years. Any recommendations out there for hotels that won't break the bank? What is a good location/neighborhood to stay in? Any must see things we should put on our list for the trip? Thanks so much in advance for your advice!

2. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

everywhere is going to be somewhat expensive.. but my recommendation is that you totally skip the hotels, and get a private room in a hostel, as theyre pretty similar to what youre going to get in a hotel and theyre cheaper. this is amsterdam, everything is small... somewhere like the bulldog which is in the red light district, ive heard decent things about it... check out

www.hostelz.com
www.hostelworld.com

and the accom section of this website, tho hostelz.com doesnt charge a booking fee, the others do!

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting jaxstar84

everywhere is going to be somewhat expensive.. but my recommendation is that you totally skip the hotels, and get a private room in a hostel, as theyre pretty similar to what youre going to get in a hotel and theyre cheaper. this is amsterdam, everything is small... somewhere like the bulldog which is in the red light district, ive heard decent things about it... check out

www.hostelz.com
www.hostelworld.com

and the accom section of this website, tho hostelz.com doesnt charge a booking fee, the others do!

It actually depends on which property at hostelz.com if they do/don't charge a booking fee (usually 2 USD in the other cases). Personally I'd be somewhat hesitant to stay in the red light district. The Flying Pig hostels (both listed here) always get the best scores in Amsterdam and they might have some private rooms (if that's important). Otherwise try out one of the budget hotels. All those properties are instant in terms of reservations, so you'd have the booking confirmation within about 5 minutes on email (and immediately on screen :)).

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

ps. the Flying Pig downtown has one of the best possible locations if you ask me. It's about 5 minutes walk from Central station, right off of the Dam square and 5 minutes walk to the Red Light district as well. Then again, the Vondelpark area is a much 'nicer' (as in upmarket) location. Like already mentioned, Amsterdam is generally small though with the city center easily being explorable by tram, no matter where you stay in the center. If you're in doubt about anything, let me know. I studied there for 3 years....

5. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

yeah well, you know where the bulkldog is right? its not in the HEART of the hookers area or something... but ive heard good things which is why i recommend it... but youre right, the vondelpark area is much nicer! also areas around the leidseplein are good because theyre so close to the museums and youre never short of a place to go n eat!! but to be honest, alot of places are overpriced here i think... for such small rooms, you pay the same as you would in a larger room somewhere else, but space in central a'dam is at a big phat premium! the hostels in the RLD are mostly kinda scungy, safe but a bit dodgy looking! I stayed at hans brinker budget hostel once and it looks shitty, but in the dorm rooms you get your own bathroom which was nice! and the beds were comfy, and there were lockers in everyroom for each bed... so that was nice! but budget hotels are ok too i forgot about them :D

i actually have just dicsovered the nieuwmarkt... its like a little chinatown in the streets coming off it, and the bars/restaurnts are good value!

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting jaxstar84

yeah well, you know where the bulkldog is right? its not in the HEART of the hookers area or something... but ive heard good things which is why i recommend it...

I wasn't a 100% sure but I just looked it up and it's indeed not too bad. Gets the same rating roughly as Flying Pig downtown. The Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark also seems quite nice.

The nieuwmarkt area is very nice too! I need to go back to Amsterdam some time soon

7. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

the flying pig is a good recomendation in theory.. but its always full!! and for a hostel, its quite expensive... im sure it rocks... which is why its hard to get in there. but the location is def a good one!! i only saw it yesterday actually...

8. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

For pvt rooms the best hotel/hostels i have found are winstons (www.winstons.nl) and the Bulldog (www.bulldog.nl), both in the Red Light District and both incredibly safe, clean etc etc. Dont worry about being in the RLD, it is fine it really is. The prostitutes here are doing a legal job, it is not dirty or sleezy at all. You will see groups having tours around the area as well as families, tourists etc etc. Remember it is also one of the most beautiful areas in Amsterdam and expensive to live there, so it cant be that bad!!! Its also very central with lots of bars and restaurants, especially around China town (which is in the RLD).

9. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

Thanks guys. I remember the bulldog from my first visit to Amsterdam back when I was 19 and don't remember the area being too seedy. I'm about to start the hotel/hostel search now. I have a question about time frame. Unfortunately, what was intended to be a flexible trip now has to be planned to the minute courtesy of the schengen visa. (I can't help grumbling about the last of spontaneity.) We're coming up from Germany and can visit any time between the 26th-31st. We just need to be in London for New Year's Eve. I wasn't sure if the city significantly shut down b/c of xmas as I read somewhere that xmas is celebrated in the netherlands on the 25th/26st? Any ideas there?

10. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 8y

Seeing that you're a graphic designer, you may be interested in the artsy Winston hotel or the St. Christopher's Inn at the Winston.