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Help Narrowing Down Neighborhoods in Amsterdam--HELP???

Old Jun 18th, 2012, 06:52 AM
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Help Narrowing Down Neighborhoods in Amsterdam--HELP???

Hello,

My husband, 2 sons (15 and 10) are planning a trip to Europe with 4 days in Amsterdam in the end of July/beginning of August.

I have now done some research and probably found 20-25 apartments/houseboats that would work for us. I really would appreciate some help knowing about locations/neighborhoods.

We like to shop (quirky or unique, not chains, not expensive designers), eat, and do the typical tourist things. We don't want to stay in the red light district (I don't exactly know where that is because I am in the preliminary planning stages) or any place where there would be wild parties all night log/a NYC Times Square type area. Obviously, safety would be our number one priority. Access to public transportation would help as well.

Once I have more ideas of neighborhoods, I will post some specific apartments and seek input.

Thank you.

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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 07:07 AM
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For starters, the red light district, or Walletjes, is in and around Oudezijdsvoorburgwal, from there west to Damrak and east to Zeedijk.

Other party areas are around Leidseplein, which is a main interchange for trams, and has a lot of cinemas around; and around Rembrandtplein.

"Quirky shopping" suggests you might like Jordaan (west of Prinsengracht/Singel).

Other, perhaps more sedate, areas might be around the Museumplein/Vondelpark or Spiegelgracht (a lot of more upmarket antique shops here).

In any of those areas you're not far from public transport either, though you'd be surprised how much you'll get around by just strolling. See:
http://en.gvb.nl/reisinformatie/plat...nnetkaart.aspx

(PS: I see they're looking for tram drivers, and even advertising it on their English language pages!)
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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 07:27 AM
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I would suggest the canal area It has residences, shops, cafes but is not crowds or offices like "downtown" or dam square area. Also, it is very safe.

Basically anywhere withing the borders of Prinsengracht canal the Singel canal, the Brouwersgracht canal all the way down to the Amstel river.

You'll be able to walk to most tourist sites from the canal zone outlined above. Activity level varies greatly block by block but nothing will be as loud and intense as the Dam Square, the Red Light District (which is mid-way between the train station and Dam Squre) or most of the Centrum.

However, if you want to be close to public transit too, the following streets cross the canal at 90 deg. and have tram stops: Westermarkt, Liedsestraat, Vijzelstraat.

Public transit is basically the extensive tram system for Amsterdam. The Metro serves commuters from the outer suburbs - not where you want to stay.

Looking forward to your apartment list...
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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 07:44 AM
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Just back from four days staying in an apartment on Bloemgracht, a quiet beautiful and very convenient location. I would recommend the area called the Jordaan, which is full of quirky shops, bars and places to eat, and very neighbourhood-y, not touristy feeling. It starts just west of the Prinsengracht and it takes no time to get into the central area where most attractions/museums are. Studio Bloemgracht only slept two people, or I would suggest it for you.
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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 09:28 AM
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We stayed in/near the Jordaan area with our kids (12 & 9) and really enjoyed it. Apartment linked in report.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-with-kids.cfm
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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 09:46 AM
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I apologize, but I am feeling very overwhelmed by the number of choices. I am going to list quite a few below (I tried to narrow the list and cut about 2/3 of the original list). I also am having a hard time figuring out the areas and how they correspond to the recommended areas. (I am not used to all of these really long street names.) I think we would prefer being in Jordaan, but have listed some others that we like that appear to be in other areas.

Claim Jordaan/close to shopping
#1 http://www.apartments-unlimited.com/...daan-apartment claim in Jordaan

#2 http://www.holiday-velvet.com/amster...able&utm_term= claim in Jordaan, backs up to abandoned building (not a plus)

#3 http://www.apartments-unlimited.com/...raat-apartment claim close to shopping

#4 http://www.apartments-unlimited.com/...daan-apartment drawback is only 1 bedroom
#5 http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/reviews/p365393
#6 http://www.perfectvisit.nl/?subID=326&hid=2667 expensive





Really like but don’t know about neighborhood
#7 http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p225701
#8 http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p177183
#9 http://www.apartments-unlimited.com/...enzo-apartment
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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 10:59 AM
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#2 was where we stayed -- true view out the back (2nd bedroom) is nothing to write home about, but we found it well located and functional

check the blog for more info and photos: http://ukfrey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04...amsterdam.html

I would say it is just outside (south) of the Jordaan proper (but what do I know). Those other 2 (#1, #3) are closer to the main drag and would not be my choice.

The neat shopping is likely referring to "Nine Streets" which is in the grid of streets south of the Anne Frank house.

We wouldn't have any issues with staying in the apartment again.
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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 11:19 AM
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Are there any over by Hortus botanicus south of Waterlloplein? Quiet residential area.
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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 11:27 AM
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#2 is outside the Jordaan proper, but that isn't a problem.
#1 is also not really in the Jordaan either, but both are in a good area.
The Voetboogstraat can get noisy at night - it is popular with students I believe. I'd probably give that one a miss, even though it is very central.
#4 only allows 3 guests so that is out. You really aren't allowed to stretch that to 4.
#5 may or may not be in the Jordaan, no address given that I can see.
#6 impressive, Jordaan expensive.
#7 and 8 probably too close to the RLD for you
#9 is in a good area.

Since Indy_dad has stayed in one of them and recommends it I'd go with that one.
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I think #9 is a perfect location. Quiet yet close to what you want (shopping/cafes, tourists sites, etc.). Close to a tram stop. Charming as all get out. Apt. itself looks nice too.
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Hello again. Thank you for all of the good info. #5 does not have an address, but on the map on the website it shows that it is at the intersection of Karthuiezsstraat and Tichelstraat. I would appreciate your thoughts on that location as that is one of the "finalists" Someone on another website implied that it may not be the best location without explanation as to why. I am waiting on clarification as to what about the location would be questionable, but I would love additional opinions. Than you.
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Old Jun 19th, 2012, 10:33 AM
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#2 is in a good location, some of the others, including #5, are a bit far out considering you will be on your feet all day. I would not want to be on the Kalverstraat, it's like Oxford Street in London.
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