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Old Mar 26th, 2007, 03:24 AM
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Amsterdam in September - Hotel recommendations

Hi there,
we will be staying in Amsterdam for 3 nights before a cruise.
We would like to stay in a clean, modern hotel which is central to the main attractions.
What hotel would you recommend?
Thanks in advance
Donna
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Old Mar 26th, 2007, 04:00 AM
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Old Mar 26th, 2007, 04:46 AM
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The Canal House. Its wonderful.

http://www.canalhouse.nl/
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Old Mar 26th, 2007, 07:04 AM
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What are your dates? There is an annual convention mid-Sept that pretty much wipes out all availability.
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Old Mar 26th, 2007, 07:25 AM
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It would be useful to know your budget. Amsterdam hotels are relatively expensive. There are some charming small hotels, but they book up fast. I've stayed in a few dreary larger ones, too.

I recently stayed at the NH Amsterdam City Centre hotel at a rate of about 145 euros per night. The room was relatively small (and a slightly odd shape) but very nicely decorated in a clean, modern style. Good bathroom, very nice toiletries, friendly reception, relatively central location. It certainly would be my hotel of choice in this price range if I go to Amsterdam again.

A few years ago, I stayed in a quirky hotel, about a 15 minute tram ride from the centre of the city (but close to the large park, the museums and the concert hall). It was called De Filosoof. Each room is decorated according to some kind of philosophical theme. It's owned by a pair of amateur philosophers. There's a great library/breakfast room. And it's easy to get around - there's a tram stop about 5 minutes away on foot. Quite affordable (about 100 euros at the time).

If money is no object, then stay at the The Grand Hotel (part of the Sofitel chain). I was there recently for a conference, and the hotel is gorgeous (quite plain on the outside but lovely on the inside).
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Old Mar 26th, 2007, 07:37 AM
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We really liked the Hotel Residence le Coin in central Amsterdam. It's made of six or seven row houses, so isn't modern on the outside, but the inside is relatively new. Here's trip report, along with the hotel review and some restaurant recommendations:

"Final stop: Amsterdam. Five nights’ stay, first visit for all of us.

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Amsterdam! You always hear of the Red Light district and the coffee shops and the laissez-faire attitude, but you don’t hear how open and friendly the people are, how lovely the canals and side streets, how wonderfully trendy the restaurants and cafes, how people are out strolling at all hours of the night and you feel safe everywhere. I think I’d expected it to be quaint and charming (which it is), but in a dark wood-paneled cliché way, not in the young and contemporary way it is.

The standard reply we were given in Amsterdam, when we asked for anything, was always “Of course!” How refreshing.

We stayed in a fabulous location, at The Hotel Residence le Coin, which was directly across a small street from the Hotel de l’Europe, down the street from the Hotel Doelan, on Nieuwe Doelenstraat (sp?). A great neighborhood in the heart of old Amsterdam.

The hotel has a lift and A/C, also free use of the hotel’s washing machine and clothes dryer in the basement (which was welcome as we’d been traveling over a week when we arrived there). Each room has a little kitchenette, a nice-sized bath, large rooms with wooden floors and a sitting area. It’s fairly new, so everything sparkles. Very friendly front desk, too.

Two cafes on the same block as the hotel were wonderful: Café Katoen for a university atmosphere, and Café le Jarden, for great table seating on the canal.

Amazing dinners at two restaurants in particular:
“Stout!”, at Haarlemmerstraat 73 (www.restaurantstout.nl). Fabulous ‘foamy asparagus’ soup with shrimp, chateaubriande, fresh fish, dessert course, wine list. Very trendy lighting. Great service. We’d gone to the neighborhood in search of a restaurant called “Lof” which we’d seen written up. We didn’t like its atmosphere, but were lucky that Stout! was just across the street.

Also at “Restaurant Dining Eleven” we had a great dinner. It’s at Reestraat 11. Also trendy and contempory, well-presented and beautifully-served meal.

Another nice dinner at “frenzi”, at Swanenburgwal 232. Very simple and contemporary. We arrived shortly after 10:00p.m., when most restaurants close in Amsterdam, and persuaded the owner to sell us any left-overs they had in the kitchen! They put together a nice Caesar salad with cooked-in-the-shell shrimp and mango. Very nice.

Also a good brunch at a place across the street from frenzi—called “Puccini”. Creative salads and sandwiches. Very nice also.

We took a canal cruise one evening. Toured the Anne Frank Huis and the Van Gogh Museum. Visited the Nieuwe Kerk (sp?) Our teens went to a concert at the Paradiso and loved it.

One afternoon we did the 2:30 “Best of Holland” excursion to Volendam and Marken, with a stop to see wooden clogs made, Gouda cheese created, and to visit windmills. It was by bus, with a boat from Volendam to Marken. A lot of fun. Even our two teens liked it.

Our teens also liked shopping at one street in particular, between our hotel and the museum district. Also a Zara shop there, and many others like it. They thought the selection and prices were better in Amsterdam than what they’d seen in London and Paris even.

A detail about Amsterdam if you go there-- carry enough Euros in cash, because many places won't accept a credit card for a 'small' purchase (i.e. under 25 EU).
The only unpleasantness we encountered in Amsterdam related to cab rides and inconsistent pricing. Especially when our two teens were grossly overcharged cabbing to the hotel from the concert. They were well aware of the route, having walked it already twice, but we'd wanted them to cab home late at night. They knew the cabbie took a very round-about way back in order to over-charge. Also, when we arrived at the taxi sand at Central Station, I was literally swarmed by rather aggressive cabbies and felt uncomfortably jostled by them all."
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Old Mar 27th, 2007, 03:23 AM
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Hi everyone,
thanks for your great suggestions.
We will be in Amsterdam early September.
We are from Australia and can spend up to 300 dollars a night. This is about 180 euros I think.
Thanks Maureen for your detailed information.
Kate. I hope that with a budget you can give me some more ideas.
Thanks again
Donna
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Hey I found these two very cool apartments have a look at the pics, they're both in central Amsterdam:
http://www.way2stay.com/Amsterdam-ap...-en-67-817.htm

http://www.way2stay.com/Amsterdam-ap...-en-67-725.htm

Good Luck!
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