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horatio Jul 30th, 2011 11:23 AM

No room for 2 in Amsterdam!!
Trying hard to get a reasonable clean room for the 2 of us before we board a river cruise boat...23, 24th of September...almost impossible unless I want to pay $600+ a night at a Marriott, etc. which I don't. Do I want to choose a dumpier 2 star near the station, if I can find one, or do I want to simply choose a hotel in, say, Zaandam, beside the train station(Inntel?) that appears nicer? We have never been so have no bearings..

ira Jul 30th, 2011 11:34 AM

Hi H,

Have you searched the forums for suggestions for <Amsterdam hotel>?


wanderfrau Jul 30th, 2011 11:50 AM

88 options on

MyriamC Jul 30th, 2011 01:15 PM

Check Hotel Casa 400 on - They do have availabilities. It's a brandnew design hotel 5 min. walk from Amsterdam Amstel train/metro and bus station. Very good service.

JoanneH Jul 30th, 2011 03:02 PM

Try here, right on one of the old canals in the heart of Amsterdam, its quriky, the floors slope etc. But its very clean, central, priced right and offers a great breakfast. Block from the trams, walking distance to central station and major shopping area, several sidewalk cafe's when warm enough. Street behind it has tons of shops. It is a 1600's old canal house converted into hotel rooms run appx. 65-90e per night, has lift.

kismetchimera Jul 30th, 2011 03:30 PM

My Grandaughter and I stayed there for 4 days..THe room was large, basic, clean bathroom, excellent reading lights,no tv,Canal view.

Good breakfast,friendly people at the desk.

Without doubt I would go back there again..

Suspaul Jul 30th, 2011 04:04 PM

You could always try Priceline or Hotwire.
Enjoy your river cruise.

horatio Jul 30th, 2011 05:45 PM

Thanks is just that the only rooms left are in the poorer quality places or $800 for a Hilton room a night. There appears to be something going on that weekend..more than usual. Will try your suggestions.

horatio Jul 30th, 2011 06:11 PM I tried all your ideas...awaiting a response from The Collector and hotel brouwer but nothing else empty. What in the world is going on in Amsterdam that they would ask $700 for a room at the Marriott...not that I even need a room here. Forget Amsterdam and head to another city from the airport?

charnees Jul 30th, 2011 07:18 PM

Look at a map of "greater" Amsterdam, and pick out a nearby town. Everything is so close in Holland, you can get something only minutes away by train.

ParisAmsterdam Jul 30th, 2011 07:56 PM

Go to I just checked your 2 nights in September and it seems rooms are available for about 200 euros a night.

I have stayed there and it's a lovely hotel. Right at the cruise dock too. And contrary to what some will tell you only a 10 minute walk to Damrak so not out of the way.

Don't wait as in Sept I believe there are large conventions and as you've found rooms become scarce...


Suspaul Jul 30th, 2011 08:40 PM

horatio, I too put in a request for your dates, 2 nights 9.23 & 9.24 with Priceline, the room rates are outrageous, you're right, however quite a few came up in the $200 USD range, granted probably not prime location, many were near Schiphol but but with public transportation that wouldn't be too much of a problem. good luck and I hope you find "room at the inn".

bilboburgler Jul 31st, 2011 05:08 AM

i checked from the UK English site this am, yes there are conferences but a good number of nice places at Euro 150

bilboburgler Jul 31st, 2011 05:27 AM

and brouwer is very nice if they have availability

annhig Jul 31st, 2011 06:26 AM

what about Haarlem?

a lovely little town not far from amsterdam or the airport.

horatio Jul 31st, 2011 06:57 AM

Brouwer is N/A...Thank you my next question exactly...why don't I just spend 2 days in, say, Haarlem? I will try moevenpick right now.

horatio Jul 31st, 2011 06:58 AM

And I would rather stay in , say Haarlem, at a nicer place than in Amsterdam in a not so nice place. Casa 400 is N/A

horatio Jul 31st, 2011 07:03 AM

Movenpick is N/A all days except for 4 in September they have room

ParisAmsterdam Jul 31st, 2011 07:32 AM

Things change quickly... your dates were all green and available
when I checked yesterday. What about checking with the cruise line you're using? They may have some hotels they deal with...

horatio Jul 31st, 2011 08:02 AM

Our cruise line has a 2 day extension using a NH hotel but just said the other day that they can't even get rooms there that weekend...

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