Holiday Inn Amsterdam

Mar 8th, 2007, 05:23 AM
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Holiday Inn Amsterdam

I got this on Priceline ($85/night) and could use some reassurance that it's ok. We're going to be in Amsterdam April 12-16. We didn't want to spend over $100/night for a hotel. I tried and tried Priceline and other searches to find a hotel in City Centre. I couldn't find anything and was starting to get panicky. So I hit City Centre South and got this property.

Has anyone stayed here? The reviews on Trip Advisor looked good. I'm worried about difficulty of getting around to things we want to see.

The trams, are they like buses? Also there's a train station nearby. Is it like a subway that goes all over? Or is it just the trams?

It sounds like this in a business district too. At night, will we be able to find a place to eat nearby?
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Mar 8th, 2007, 05:30 AM
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Do you have an address for the Holiday Inn? Peace, Robyn >-
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Mar 8th, 2007, 05:43 AM
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De Boelelaan 2

Robyn,
Do you know if the Amsterdam card will let us ride the trams free?

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Mar 8th, 2007, 06:05 AM
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Hello BoniseA,

Yes, the Amsterdam card covers the trams, buses and metro. You can check out all the benefits at their website -
http://www.amsterdam.info/pass/

I think the card would be well worth your money since your hotel is a good distance from the city Center and you will need to use public transport to get you to where the sites are.

I found De Boelelaan on my map, and since the hotel is located at #9, it's either near Amstel Park, or at the other end of the road, south of the Olympic Stadium area (which is south west of Vondelpark).

You're going to need a good map of Amsterdam that covers more than the Centrum area. I use a Falk Plan map, which is folded in a book and opens to about 9" x 9" maximum. It lists all the streets, and the tram, bus and metro stops.

Peace, Robyn >-

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Mar 8th, 2007, 06:10 AM
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Bonise: are you speaking of the Holiday Inn located very near the Damrak and Centraal Station (sounds is if you may be) or the other one?

If it is the former you won;t have ANY trouble getting just about anywhere by tram since Centraal Station is where many of the lines start out.

Yes, it is a somewhat busy and noisy area; no, it isn't near where a lot of other people like to stay...you probably got a very good deal and i am certain it will be fine.

There are some of us here who actually like staying in that area.
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Mar 8th, 2007, 06:22 AM
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I think BoniseA is at the other one - they said they hit City Centre South, which is where De Boelelaan is located, in the Buitenveldert area (I'm looking at my map). The Zuid train station is located nearby. I'm not at all familiar with this area.
Robyn >-
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Mar 8th, 2007, 06:33 AM
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I've spent weeks in this area at the now closed Ijsclub Campground by the Olympic Stadium and often return to walk around.

A modern clean ultra safe area of offices and apartment buildings. Very pleasant if not the Amsterdam of your dreams perhaps.

A snap to get to town - it's actually not more than a few miles from the Leidesplein and heart of Amsterdam. Trams go constantly.

If coming from Schiphol Airport then take train from there directly to Amsterdam-Zuid-WTC (World Trade Centre, which is by the station) - note this is a different train line than the one the goes from Schiphol into Centraal Station.

Personally i enjoy being out of the at times sleazy town centre and in a more normal area like this. Others may find it boring.

When i investigate the Amsterdam Pass or card it rarely stacks up with what you will really use it for. I'd buy a strip kaard for tram rides and a museum pass (at museums) if going to the three famous museums and Rembrandthuis and you'll come out cheaper perhaps.
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Mar 8th, 2007, 06:37 AM
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Yes, we're staying at the other Holiday Inn. Their website says they are very close to the Amsterdam RAI station.

That should be ok because we're using the train to arrive and leave.

I'm looking at the Amsterdam card and it looks like we should purchase the 72 hour passes the day after we get there. We'll have to go to Centraal Station to buy it. But it sounds like a great deal.

Robyn, you're why we're going to Amsterdam. When we were initially trying to decide where to go, you mentioned tulips and that sealed the deal for us. I'm going to order that map you mentioned too.
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Mar 8th, 2007, 06:46 AM
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BoniseA - Because of the address you gave me, I think this is the Holiday Inn which is in the southern part of the city, closer to Schiphol.

I did a search on www.ns.nl for Amsterdam Centraal to Amsterdam Zuid, the station located near De Boelelaan. By train it will take about a 1/2 hour to get to the center of Amsterdam, with a change at Schiphol. (AMS Centraal to Schiphol, 14 min & Schiphol to AMS Zuid, 7 minutes). The cost would be Euro 4.30 round trip. That's not included in the Amsterdam Card.

You could take the trams into the Centrum, which would be covered by the Amsterdam Card. But they might take you longer and involve more changes.

Peace, Robyn >-

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Mar 8th, 2007, 07:03 AM
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I don't think a train sounds right... surely the trams would work, and what about the subway system?
www.gvb.nl has the system maps
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Mar 8th, 2007, 07:16 AM
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Subway Line 51 (Central Station <->Westwijk) has a stop at de Boelelaan.

Tram line 5 has a stop, same as above, and passes by Vondelpark, Spui and Dam to Central Station.

http://www.gvb.nl/english/travellers...ombinomap.html

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Mar 8th, 2007, 07:25 AM
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Studying my map a little more, it looks like bus line #171 & #172 run from De Boelelaan to the Leidesplein.

Or you can take the bus to the Olympic Stadium area (not far from the hotel area) then take tram #6 to the Leidesplein (bus & tram run on the same roads) or on to the "museums".

We usually use a strippenkaart to get around Amsterdam, but the last time we were there we used the Amsterdam Card and found that we did more exploring than we normally would have.

With the strippenkaart, you have to determine which zones you are travelling in. With the card you don't have to worry about going outside of the zone that you stamped your strippenkaart for, and maybe getting hassled by the tram police.

And since I love to plan, I had our daily route to the different museums figured out ahead of time (thanks to my FalkPlan map), so we got maximum usage out of the card. We did a lot of the smaller museums that are offered as well as 2 of the Big 3.

I'll be looking forward to hearing how the hotel was and how accessible to transport, etc. We're planning a trip to Germany in October and keep tossing around spending a few days in Amsterdam. We've always stayed in the Centrum, where it is more expensive (especially now with the value of the dollar/euro). If we could stay for $85 USD, then Amsterdam becomes closer to a reality on our itinerary.

BoniseA, I'm honored that you chose one of my favorite places as your destination. I'm sure you're going to enjoy your time exploring Amsterdam and the tulips. You're going to the Keukenhof, I hope? When you stop in Leiden, visit the Molen de Valk (windmill museum). It's a few minutes walk from the train station.

Peace, Robyn >-
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Mar 8th, 2007, 07:27 AM
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There is also a metro that serves RAI station - apart from tram 51. this is the ring metro that ends up at Centraal Station.
From Centraal station i'd take the tram to this hotel and the cheapest and probably fastest way right to your hotel itself.
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Mar 8th, 2007, 07:37 AM
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I apologize for my earlier misunderstanding of the hotel location.

Yes, we once mistakenly took the train from schiphol to the RAI station (instead of to Centraal) and as I recall there was a tram stop right there.
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Mar 8th, 2007, 07:49 AM
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yes a tram right there that takes you to the inner city in about 15 minutes tops. station RAI "Rye" as it's pornounced - trains every 15 mins to Schiphol take about 20 minutes - also stop of Zuid-WTC station just before station RAI.
As for restaurants in the area - yes many and non-touristy - there is a local shopping street very close to RAI station (I stayed in a B&B there once for several days) and has the usual cozy Dutch restaurants, cafes, bakeries, etc.
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