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Need to narrow down from a list of hotels

Mar 26th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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Need to narrow down from a list of hotels

My husband and I both in our late 30's are going to Amsterdam for 3 days. We will be there for New Years eve and considering how cold it will be(we are from California so anything under 50 degrees will be freezing I wanted to pick a central hotel that would be close to most activities and sites. Here is a small list.


Is it better to be near the Dam? I welcome additional suggestions.
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Mar 26th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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Well I prefer to be near the Jordaan because of the many canal-side bars and cafes - but I don't think you'll be doing outdoor dining for New Years Eve! In the summer, the Dam is way too busy for me - I think even in the winter I'd prefer the Jordaan area, it has alot more charm. We have stayed at the Canal House several times - sort of inbetween the Dam and the Jordaan, not too far from Central Station.
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Mar 27th, 2010, 02:59 PM
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personally I didn't care for the central area around the train station and the dam. I really much preferred out around Leidseplein, Vondelpark, Jordaan... so much prettier neighborhoods. Around the Dam felt too busy and a bit 'edgy'. Leidseplein was great, easy walking everywhere, and good area for hotels, restaurants, shops.
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Mar 28th, 2010, 03:19 AM
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The main celebrations on New years Eve now take place at the Museumplein. That means lots of crowds and music and fun. Leidseplein will also be very busy and noisy. The Dam is also a gathering place, but the celebrations take place every where as everyone pours out onto the streets and lets of fireworks.
I would perhaps choose somewhere a little quieter, such as the Jordaan area, for your hotel, to retreat to when (if )you've had enough.
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Mar 28th, 2010, 07:45 PM
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Thank you for your suggestions.
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Mar 28th, 2010, 09:11 PM
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I found and booked a place called Hotel Estherea...looks great and has wonderful reviews.
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Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:20 PM
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UPDATE...Hotel Estherea was fantastic. Great central location to everything( but quiet). Directly on the Single canal with wonderful service and ambiance. The rooms were very nicely done and extremely clean. I will definitely stay here again.
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