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Amsterdam (really tricky question!)

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

I travel to Amsterdam a lot for both business and pleasure and I think I know it pretty well, but, I always have the same problem and I am hoping someone with inside out knowledge of amsterdam can help. I travel there a lot with my friend who is in a wheelchair and the only hostels that are wheelchair friendly are the Bulldog, Winstons and the youth hostel at Vondelpark. we have booked to go on 6th november for 3 nights and there will be 4 of us going (only 1 in a wheelchair) however the bulldog and winstons are now booked up for a 4 bed room and i was wondering if on the off chance there is any other hostel that is wheelchair friendly? we cant afford a hotel so it has to be a cheap place. A couple of stairs is ok but we dont really want to be carrying him up a whole flight everyday. It is a shame Amsterdam doesn't really take this situation very seriously because it means so many people have to miss out. Everyone always helps us while we are there and I know all the buildings are old and tall etc but I just wish at least a few places would think about wheelchairs while they are planning their new hostel.

2. Posted by agrkanu (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

hi ,, i do not have any answer for you but need some help from you ,, as you said you are frequent traveller ,, i am from denmark aarhus and planing to amesterdum for the first time ,, we are 4 ppl and planing for a weekend there ,,

We need information about ams like

1. Accomodationn ( cheap youth hostel address with price)

2 PLace must to see and activitied that we can do there

3. how to be there so i can save my day time ,, i want to travel during night time,, well connect city from which i can take buses / train to aarhus

It would be great if you can help me in any of these

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

I've only been to Amsterdam once, but I know that there is a camping site that offers cabins. While not 100 % wheelchair friendly, staying at one of the 4-person cabins could be an option for you. Contact them and ask.

The camping site has wheelchair toilets and the cabins are on the ground, if your "rolling friend" has help getting into the cabin and sleeps in one of the lower bunks it should be manageable.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 18, 2008, at 2:15 PM by t_maia ]

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

I have been doing a LOT of research on the internet now and I have found a few hotels with elevators that are even cheaper than hostels!!!! That was quite a surprise. I suppose hostel owners put their prices right up because travellers always look to hostels first for cheap accomodation, but hostels in Amsterdam are now very expensive. So here is a tip to anyone visiting Amsterdam; Try looking at hotels instead of hostels and stop the ridiculous rise in prices of hostels in Amsterdam especially the ones which are basically just hovels dressed up as a place to stay. It really got me thinking that these hostel owners are really ripping off the travellers in Amsterdam. It was only a couple of years ago that you could get a hostel for 15 euros in Amsterdam, nowadays you are looking at prices of about 40 euros for a room at the weekend. With greed and overspending so much in the news at the moment, it really does show just how greedy the world has become.