Where to stay in Amsterdam? Every time we go in the city, we never sleep in the same hotel to appreciate different neighborhoods, to experience their restaurants and bars and for having a better awareness of the best areas.
Hotel V Frederiksplein 3-star
Hotel V Frederiksplein (Weteringschans 136): This hotel is located along the outer ring of the concentric canal network, near the Heineken Experience (half an hour walk from the Central Station). The structure is modern but, if you choose the classic rooms, you will have to deal with really small size ones. Ours was small but bright (being in the corner of the building, it had two windows!). Breakfast is often included in the price but is not served before 7.30 (and for those who leave early, for example, it may be a problem) and cappuccino or espresso must be paid separately (while milk with coffe and coffee are included). Just in front of the hotel, there is a small park and all major city attractions are easily reachable on foot. It is also well served by public transport. We recommend it if you find a really good offer or if you are not at your first time in Amsterdam because you risk losing a lot of time traveling.
Room Mate Aitana 4-star
Room Mate Aitana (IJdok 6): FANTASTIC! It is a brand new 4 stars hotel located behind the central station on the artificial IJ river island. Completed in 2013, it is a design hotel, modern, bright and panoramic thanks to the all-glass façade that offers views of the river or the city. The rooms are large and comfortable and have free wifi. In summer, we recommend you to have dinner on the wooden dock for a romantic evening or in the restaurant (even if the prices are not really affordable, you eat very well and often you can watch typically Dutch dj set performances!). We recommend this hotel because it has practically all the features required: nice, central and clean. Fingers crossed so you can also find a good offer!
Apollo Museumhotel Amsterdam (Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat 2): we stayed there for New Year’s Eve 2013. The hotel is located in the museum district. It is nice, modern and clean. The room was small and on the ground floor, right next to the elevator. Fortunately, being December 31, we didn’t go to sleep early and we were very tired but in normal conditions the engine noise is very annoying. If possible, make sure you don’t get close to the elevator! Breakfast is charged separately but we preferred to do it in a bakery just twe steps away (Simon Meyssen, in Nieuwe Vijzelstraat 5) as it has really amazing croissants! Bar prices are accessible and we took advantage of it for a hot chocolate before going to sleep. We recommend it if your holiday is cultural: just a few steps there are all the most popular city museums!
Dikker & Thijs 4-star
Dikker & Thijs (Prinsengracht 444): it’s a nice design hotel, clean and comfortable. We booked at an unbeatable price a canal view room with a balcony: almost a rarity in the city! It is centrally located on the Prinsengracht, the canal that will take you directly to the Anne Frank House (without missing out, in short)! Breakfast is charged separately and therefore we have opted for cheaper solutions, in nearby bars.
Eden hotel Amsterdam 4-star
Eden Hotel Amsterdam (Amstelstraat 17): in Rembrandt Square, two steps away from the Flower Market. In addition to the central location, this hotel is also recommended for frequent promotions including breakfast (and for breakfast included, I mean a true triumph of taste)! It’s buffet style and really spoiled for choice, sweet to savory, light dishes and decidedly more caloric dishes! Also the restaurant is very good (medium-high prices). Free Wi-fi but only in the common areas.
NH Collection Amsterdam Flower Market (Vijzelstraat 4): right on the Flower Market! If you can book a room on the upper floors, you can enjoy, even here, a nice view and the comfort of a small balcony. We RECOMMENDED it for the location and for the view of the rooms at the top!!!
Park Plaza Victoria (Damrak 1-5): central location, right in front of the station! The hotel is clean, quiet and comfortable. The rooms are large and some even have a nice view of Damrak. Breakfast is charged separately and we preferred to take it out. The only negative note, very frequent in hotels in the city: they will ask you, at check in, a credit card to guarantee the extras. In our case, they were charged immediately, and then reversed, 75 euros.
Swissotel Amsterdam 4-star
Swissotel Amsterdam (Damrak 96): central location, right on Damrak (the main street leading from the station to the most famous square in Amsterdam). Clean hotel, quiet and equipped with all the comforts of a 4-star hotel. Even here they charged €100 on arrival from the card: useless to complain, it is the policy of large hotel chains! On the positive side there is, besides the excellent position, the possibility with the room key to access 24h for free at the internet center and to buy, as if it was a credit card, many products (non-alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, chocolate, chips, condoms ) from a vending machine located on each floor of the hotel. At the end of the holiday the amount will be withheld from the initial 100 euros. We have bought everything out because the costs are definitely 4-star (but the same is true for the other hotels where we stayed: the water from the mini-bar costs up to 6 euros per bottle … a madness, especially if you think that often, at two meters, there are markets where to choose size and brand at 0.50 cents!).
Hotel Luxer 3-star
Hotel Luxer (Warmoesstraat 11): very close to the station (with the back to the station, on the left), in Red Light Discrict, in a way of passage, therefore not very quiet. The rooms are small, there is no shower (at least not in ours), so the risk “flooding” is quite concrete and, to avoid unpleasant surprises, I didn’t remove the flip-flops! We didn’t have a lot of conversation with the staff because the hotel was very crowded so it was difficult to make contact. We didn’t choose the B & B formula because the breakfast was 10 euros per person (not too much, for the Amsterdam rates) and we preferred to take it out. If you aren’t at the first visit of the city, it can be acceptable because it becomes a foothold only for sleeping. It can also be acceptable for groups of singles, less interested in comfort and aesthetics; for romantic women and romantic couples, instead, I suggest to choose another.
Nicolaas Witsen 3-star
Nicolaas Witsen (Nicolaas Witsenstraat 4): very close to the Rijksmuseum, the Heineken Brewery, the Albert Cuyp open-air market and the Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein squares. Even this was small (but it is difficult to find large, unless you opt for the big hotel chains), quiet, with friendly staff and breakfast served at the table but not buffet style. The waitress came with a tray full of bread, biscuits, jams, fruit juice and, to be chosen, coffee or tea, no cappuccino. The milk was served separately.
Singel Hotel 3-star
Singel Hotel (Singel 13): along the Singel canal, twe steps away from the station (with the back to the station, on the right) and from the central Dam square. Small but clean, quiet, very kind staff and good breakfast.
Where to stay in Amsterdam: our booking tips
1) the tourist tax 2019 in Amsterdam (the “toeristenbelasting”) is set at 7% so when you book, check if it is already included in the price or you have to increase the total amount of 7%. In wasn’t contemplated in night rate shown on many sites; on booking instead now you find it already included, as the VAT (9%). The tourist tax is NOT calculated on breakfast. If, for some reason, you book a non-refundable rate and then you have to give up, check you are only charged the room amount and not the amount of the tourist tax (it seems obvious, but it is not at all)!
2) Try to find an offer that also includes breakfast because in the hotel it costs a lot (on average, from € 15 upwards per person) and in the bakery you will not spend much less (a cappuccino costs on average € 2.50 and a croissant or a muffin 2.00 €). The ideal is to have breakfast in the HEMA chain (a variety store present everywhere in the city where you can find everything) where they constantly bake bread and croissants and also prepare cappuccinos and coffee (in addition to selling dozens of fruit juices to the counter). The older ones also have tables with stools where you can have your breakfast (there is no service!). Good prices.
3) The hotels in Amsterdam, unless you stay in new buildings, have very small spaces because the typical buildings are developed in depth, towards inner courtyards rather than in large facades so it is quite normal that the size of the rooms are lower than other cities. So, if you find in the description for example “small room”, know that it will be smaller than you expect! Many hotels don’t even have an elevator, so if you have mobility problems or children, check that the structure meets your actual needs.
4) When choosing the hotel, consider the distance from the places you have decided to see during your stay. The ideal would be within the network of channels because you can move on foot: saving on hotel costs and then be forced to move – because of the distance – only by public transport would not be a bargain (in this case, at least, make sure you buy the GVB pass: it costs €17 for 24h, €22,50 for h48, €28 for h72).
5) Consult the biggest booking portals to compare prices but also take a look at the website of the hotel you are interested in because very good offers are often launched (and, in the case of chains, get a free club card because you will accumulate points that you can later convert into free nights or spend in the hotel for various reductions).
original article on www.turistadimestiere.com | translation by Gigilatrottola