I'm planning to be in the Netherlands for roughly 3 weeks this fall and intend to base out of Amsterdam while traveling around and doing research
Are there any less-expensive long-term stay options? Rather than just renting 21 nights in a hostel or hotel?
afaik, not really. A regular hostel might be interested in giving you a discount if you pay everything in advance, but even in that department I think your chances are slim.
In October 2 weeks are autumn holidays, so try to keep out of the period from about October 14.
Perhaps the floating hotel offers a cheap stay? http://www.intersail.nl/2009drijvendhotelEng.php
Or Stayokay: http://www.stayokay.com/index.php?pageID=3207&hostelID=356017&language=en
http://www.couchsurfing.org/ perhaps is the most efficient place )
Lots of succes!
I come from Holland and my family lives in Amsterdam.
But I have to say that I don´t think there are so many other options than hostel or hotels.
If I were you I would book your accommodation a while before you actually go, on the internet you can compare the prices very well.
Another tip: don´t stay in the center of Amsterdam, in the center it is more expensive.
So look for a area in Amsterdam that is cheaper, maybe in Amsterdam North or close to Amstel.
And I think a hostel is cheaper than a hotel, but just check the internet and compare the prices.
Have a nice stay in Amsterdam!
There are some excellent campsites in and around Amsterdam. Have you considered that option? I camped at a site close to one of Schiphol's runways last year, for a week. It was a tremendously good deal. With the bus into the city and back each day - plus my food cooked at the site on a gas stove, I did the whole lot for under €150.
I camped at a site close to one of Schiphol's runways last year, for a week. It was a tremendously good deal.
Redpaddy, can you pretty please jog your memory and try to remember the name of the place? My brother wants to go to A'dam but as usual he is completely broke. Can you also remember whether the campsite was easily accessible by bicycle? (Not always a given around airports, even in the Netherlands.)
Trailpirat, October can be quite chilly at night. (Think Seattle or Boston temperatures arond that time.) So if you plan on camping bring a sleeping bag that can handle temps around 30-40 F or around 0-5 C.
If you plan on doing the Rhine Cycling Trail on the cheap you'll need camping gear anyway, so Redpaddy's idea is very good.
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jul-2009, at 03:55 by t_maia ]
I am pretty sure that this is the place Redpaddy refers to:
They are pretty hard to reach by phone, but respond well to e-mail. I had to ditch a couple of guests in one of their cabins a few months ago because I had to leave home very suddenly, and heard nothing but positive stories about the place.
Quoting bentivogli's last post.... They could be right. I've no idea of the name of it. I found it purely by chance when I was driving out to Amsterdam for a few mad nights last year, from Hook-of-Holland. The name of the campsite escapes me totally - but I can give you an insight into the place and it's location.
As you're aware, Schiphol has a zillion (well nearly) runways and there's one that is just miles from the terminal building, right out across the fields. That's the one my campsite was close to. As you drive towards Amsterdam on the motorway, you go under the bridge which is that runway out in the middle of nowhere. Now, if you're going towards the city - the campsite is just before the runway bridge, on the right side. And yes, although it's on a motorway, there is a cycle path running parallel with it on both sides, the other side of a small drainage system. By cycle, it takes about 45 minutes to get into the city. It's always open from April to October, there is a code on the gate and a button. You press the button and a voice gives you the code to open the gate (yep - they're that trusting in Holland - just beautiful people). Nobody on site until the morning. I arrived at about 3am, put up my tent, fell asleep and later a guy was going round collecting the pitch costs. There was a shower block with toilets and a little brick hut where he sat for an hour or so - then off he went. Nice guy, in (I'm guessing) his late 40's, perfect English and extremely helpful. Told me where the free parking was in the city (what a bonus) and had a coffee with me. He didn't even charge me for the 1st night because I didn't get there till the morning.
That's about the best I can give you. Except to say that it's close to the runway out in the sticks and as far as I remember, is on the main motorway from hook to Amsterdam. Oh - and it's signposted two or three times in countdown sections, for a couple of kms or so.
I'm not the best navigator in the world, but hope that helps.
PS.... Quoting bentivogli further.... I don't remember any cabins there. There might have been though. I was in a tent and by the time I got back to it - and the state I was in I wouldn't have noticed if they'd built the Eiffel Tower in the middle of the site!!
Hm, sounds like a different place then, but I have no idea where yours could be. To my knowledge, highway A4 is the only one that passes underneath one of Schiphol's runways, but no campsites there afaik.