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Amsterdam - Hotel advice needed

Hi,

I am travelling for the first time to Amsterdam in April 2011 for 3 days and 2 nights with my wife and 6 year old.

Looking for suggestions for good places to stay which are convenient for city travel esp. the Keukenhof Gardens and city. Many folks have suggested staying in the airport area. Little confused on the decisions.

[Related thread: tulip gardens in the Netherlands
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Re: Amsterdam - Hotel advice needed

Silly question - have you googled?
I wouldn't think it necessary to be out by the airport - about 20mins, train ride, if I remember correctly - there should be plenty of other hotels in and around the city to choose from.

The area around Leidseplein is good, but may well be reflected in the price - it depends on your budget. Near to Vondelpark and museums (and Heineken brewery) too.

http://maps.google.ch/maps?f=q&sourc...30298&t=h&z=15

Here's also a link to one of the many hotel search sites (with reviews) - tripadvisor - it gives 337 alternatives, but you can refine the search criteria.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/HACSearch...=true&adults=2

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Re: Amsterdam - Hotel advice needed

Hi TiMow,

You are right in todays times it is a silly question. We have seen the various websites www.tripadvisor.com and others like www.hotels.com etc.

However we have observed that specific guidance from senior members like yourself who regularly support in this forum provide invaluable experience and tips that are not found on the sites above.

Thanks for your other tips as well.

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Re: Amsterdam - Hotel advice needed

I've stayed here...
http://www.greshammemphishotel.com/

It's a small hotel, basic, simple breakfast, and there's usually someone friendly on the front desk. It's not too far to walk to the tram, and as long as you can cope with public transport, quite easy to get from there back into the centre of town on the trams.

The room we had was newly furbished and small but properly equipped for a short stay...

The trams are usually fairly crowded, but with a 6 year old I would expect you don't use a pram, so the tram/bus will be the best option for getting around and not having to walk too much...

I would recommend staying in town rather than the airport, if it's the city centre that you want to enjoy - transiting through the main train station from the airport was fairly hectic, whereas the local transport further out from the centre wasn't so busy...
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I love the Museum hotel they have the best beds and are close to the station and even closer to the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum, I recommend it and it is not too expensive. To go to "de Keukenhof" (AKA the tulip gardens) but at the VVV (tourist information office) right outside of central station, a ticket that includes train and bus. You need to take a train to Leiden and then take the special Keukenhof Bus that departs right outside "Leiden Centraal"...have fun!
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Re: Amsterdam - Hotel advice needed

Hi Swisspea and Angela,

Thank you so much.

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Good one. I didn't like this part of the city for living there but for a holiday, it is a very good suggestion. Is the street busy/noisy or were the window protection excellent against outside noise? It is not a small street.

Amsterdam without being in the city is just a shame. Go for city anytime, and anything up to 100 Euro a night is normal price per person. I know it's a lot, but it's Amsterdam. The best hotel in town is IMHO Krasnapolski, but expensive, it be you catch a special offer like I did last time... look up and keep fingers crossed.

Keukenhof flower park: I wouldn't go too early in the year, not before may. But check their website to keep updated about blooming season.

Tram tickets in Amsterdam: since the introduction of the new system, it is a pain for visitors. You have to go first to the little white house in front of the main station and ask for the right magnetic card for your needs. Long waiting line. But I have not found any way around it. The old strippenkaart system was far user friendlier, but it's over.
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Krasnapolski is great if you can get a deal. We also like the hotel Estheria on the Singel canal and the hotel Roemer near the vondelpark.

Totally agree about the new tram tickets. Complete pain. A'dam isn't so big that you can't walk, although with a 6yr old, that could be a challenge. We usually end up taking a taxi once or twice.

Keukenhof can be lovely, perhaps crowded. Hope you have good weather.
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Re: Amsterdam - Hotel advice needed

Hi Faltrad,

I checked the Gresham Memphis and it does not have any rooms available.

The gardens are open upto 20 May and we would be going in the last week of April.

I have like a few hotels in the city centre like Moevenpick, there do not seem to be any offers though. My only concern was that our flight back is early morning at 08.00 and was wondering if staying near the airport was convenient.

Thanks for the advise on the tram tickets.

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My only concern was that our flight back is early morning at 08.00 and was wondering if staying near the airport was convenient.
You could always just book the last night at an airport hotel, and move there on the penultimate day - to reduce the stress.

If I recall there are a couple or so Best Western Hotels in Amsterdam. One I believe in the Leidseplein/Vondelpark area.

EDIT: I've just re-read your OP - you're only there for 2 nights, so the above suggestion is probably not relevant (I had it mind you were going for a week, for some reason). The early departure flight does now make staying near the airport a convenient option, to consider.

Train from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station is about 15 mins, with the majority of trams leaving from the front of the station.

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Hi,

I am travelling for the first time to Amsterdam in April 2011 for 3 days and 2 nights with my wife and 6 year old.

Looking for suggestions for good places to stay which are convenient for city travel esp. the Keukenhof Gardens and city. Many folks have suggested staying in the airport area. Little confused on the decisions.

[Related thread: tulip gardens in the Netherlands
Thanks for your help and guidance

Regards,

Nishith
Living in Leiden for the last two years I would suggest staying there, easy train into Amsterdam and direct bus to Keukenhof. Plus it's a nice town to wonder around. Don't stay in the tulip in the centre of town, perhaps try a B+B?
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Living in Leiden for the last two years I would suggest staying there, easy train into Amsterdam and direct bus to Keukenhof. Plus it's a nice town to wonder around. Don't stay in the tulip in the centre of town, perhaps try a B+B?
There is no lifetime in Leiden especially during the weekend, I lived in NL for 6 years and Leiden is too quiet and Amsterdam has more attractions definitely!
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There is no lifetime in Leiden especially during the weekend, I lived in NL for 6 years and Leiden is too quiet and Amsterdam has more attractions definitely!
Don't forget, we're only talking a short visit - 2 nights - with an 08:00 return flight, after the 2nd night. Doesn't really give too much flexibility.
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Re: Amsterdam - Hotel advice needed

Dont have to stay near the airport. Amsterdam is only about 20 minutes by train from Schipol airport and there are train services even early mornings if you need to get to the airport for your 8am flight.

Try looking at hotels near Amsterdam Centraal (or even jordan?) so that you wont have the extra hassle of trying to get a tram or taxi there. The Amsterdam sights (rijsk, van gogh etc) are all easily accessible by trams.

This is the Dutch equivalent of the SBB where you can check train times and connections:

http://www.ns.nl/
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Re: Amsterdam - Hotel advice needed

Hello everybody!

Can't make a new post for some reasons, so sorry I have to "tag" my message to this thread? I'm a Zurich-based freelance journalist who is going to be in Amsterdam in April to do travel stories about their unique floating homes/houseboats.
Anybody who happens to know contacts of owner(s) of some nice Amsterdam's boathouses?

Any info is so very much thanked in advance, please pm me, thank youuu!
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