In Amsterdam in July

May 28th, 2006, 12:58 PM
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In Amsterdam in July

would someone know of a good, clean and reasonable hotel in the City Centre?
Also, does anyone know of any Jazz clubs in Amsterdam? My partner is a Jazz singer and would like to contact the Jazz clubs there.
Also, would appreciate any good tips for Amsterdam in general.
Thank you
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May 28th, 2006, 08:40 PM
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The dates of your stay make a big difference as to cost. What do you consider a reasonable price, and what dates will you be there?

I liked the Best Western Eden. It has mixed reviews, and I have to admit my room overlooked a club that was sporadically noisy. Nonetheless, the location was perfect, the rooms fine, the breakfast fairly good, and the price for my special deal was very cheap.
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May 28th, 2006, 10:14 PM
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Check:http://www.vvvamsterdam.nl/ for all info about amsterdam.
In this board many hotels were mentioned already, the choice is very wide in Amsterdam.
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May 28th, 2006, 10:23 PM
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I found a very good site was http://www.bookings.nl .
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May 29th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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www.amsterdamhotspots.nl

I stayed at Hotel Kap, a budget 3-star breakfast included.
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May 29th, 2006, 07:56 AM
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Here's my trip report, with a recommendaton for our hotel and some great restaurants and cafes. Have fun!

"We 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 de Jaren, 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."

 
Jun 3rd, 2006, 02:38 PM
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Thank you all for your input, particularly WillTravel,Ida01,Travelnut, and suze for your suggested Websites and for MaureenB for her wonderful and detailed report. Thank you so much. You all have been a great help.
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