Amsterdam - where to stay??

Jan 15th, 2008, 10:17 AM
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Amsterdam - where to stay??

Hi everyone:

Okay, we're heading to Amsterdam and I'm trying to find the best area to get a hotel room. Is Dam Square the best? We want to be near restaurants, cafes, and generally in a lively and safe neighborhood. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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Jan 15th, 2008, 10:19 AM
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Anything city-center is o.k., since all is rather close together and often just walking distance.
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Jan 15th, 2008, 10:27 AM
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We like being near Rembrandtplein.

Dam Square is okay. I find it just a bit grotty or something, though. I sat down on the steps there, and the guy next to me opened a packet and looked at his magic mushrooms. Between Dam Square and Centraal Station can be just a little depressing.
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Jan 15th, 2008, 10:55 AM
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Jan 15th, 2008, 10:56 AM
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I agree that Dam Square/Central Station area is too hectic for a pleasant stay.

We really liked the Hotel Residence le Coin, which has large suite-type rooms with kitchenettes. It's about seven row houses converted into a hotel, rather newish interiors. Very clean and well-managed and well-priced. Free washing machine and dryer to use in the hotel's basement.

The hotel is on a nice side street, directly across from the Hotel de l'Europe, and near two nice cafes. It's a great location.

I wrote a detailed trip report about it, which you can find if you click on my name above.
Jan 15th, 2008, 11:09 AM
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I enjoy staying in the canal ring - have stayed several times at Canal House. A bit out of the major activity areas but still within walking distance of Dam Square, Leidenspleain etc. Lots of restuarants and canal side cafes, very charming /safe part of town.
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Jan 15th, 2008, 12:36 PM
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I prefer it out around the canal rings, Leidseplein and Vondelpark. To me the central area closest to the train station, RLD, Dam, felt less comfortable, more crowded, and was not as beautiful (just my impression).
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Jan 17th, 2008, 11:05 AM
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Try the Jordaan area - still in the canal ring, only 10 min walk to Dam Square but a much prettier, quieter place to stay.

Have a lovely trip

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Jan 17th, 2008, 11:18 AM
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Don't kow what you plan on paying for hotel...but our favorite on a few visits to Am'dam is The Seven Bridges..used to be a bargain, not now, I suppose. It's in a lovely area on Regulier Canal...walk everywhere.

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Jan 17th, 2008, 02:33 PM
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You need to specify what you are willing to pay if you want meaningful advice on hotels.

For my money I would stay at the Ambassade again. Great location and a unique hotel for sure.
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Jan 22nd, 2008, 02:51 PM
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We stayed at the Hotel Pulitzer this past Sept. and loved it! Great shopping and restaurants and a taxi boat station right in front. Though we walked almost everywhere. We were about 2 blocks from the Anne Frank House which is a must see!
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We also stayed at the Pulitzer a few weeks ago and found it's location to be excellent in the canal ring and next to the Jordaan.
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