Saturday, May 24, 2014

Where to stay in Amsterdam

There are so many hotels in Amsterdam, I research the web and found the best values for you.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam ( 5 stars)

The Waldorf decor is inspired by Dutch history and designs, yet you will find thoroughly modern features such as large bathrooms, wireless networks, and satellite TV.  It's rooms share beautiful views, facing the canal or the courtyard. Be sure to specify your preference when you reserve.

In addition to the top tier rooms you see on the right, the Waldorf has a reputation for "Culinary level" dishes and an exquisite wine cellar in its restaurant, De Librije (Michelin 3 stars). You may also enjoy the refined atmosphere in the Vault Bar and Peacock Alley. Or if you are yearning for a relaxing vacation, you are sure to enjoy the luxurious "Guerlain" spa, where you will have access to the indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness center and three treatment rooms for relaxing and massages.

As for sites to visit, you will find the Hermitage Museum, only a 1/3 of a mile (600 meters) from the hotel, while the Museum Quarter is less than a mile (1.5 KM) away. Within a short 15 minute walk, you will find the shopping area "P.C. Hooftstraat", and the famous "Flower Market."

Address: Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam City Center, 1017 CG Amsterdam
Phone: 31-20-7106090
Price starts at $475 dollars per night 



Ambassade Hotel (4 stars) 

Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, the Ambassade Hotel has been expanded to include the facades of 10 original 17th-century canal-side mansions along the Herengracht and Singel, in a quiet part of the Amsterdam Canal Belt. A lovely sight at night.

The decor is in French, Louis XV style. Each room provides  free WI-Fi, air-conditioning, satellite TV, a sitting area and a work desk. For relaxing, guests receive a discount on the " Koan Float" flotation tank and the massages that are offered at Ambassade Hotel. 

For your enjoyment, you will also find two lovely lounges, a cozy bar and a large breakfast room overlooking the canal. An extensive breakfast buffet including pastries, scrambled or fried eggs, and smoked salmon is available for an additional charge. The hotel features a collection of artworks including works from the famous CoBrA movement. When it is time to relax, nothing beats sitting down with a good book and the Ambassade is the place to find one that interests you. They have a library with more than 3000 books, all signed by authors during their stay at Ambassade Hotel.

If you are ready to do some sightseeing, you will find the English Reformed Church, Begijnhof, and Amsterdam Museum within walking distance and the "Flower Market" close by. Dam Square, featuring the Royal Palace, is less than half a mile (.80 KM) from the hotel. The Kalverstraat shopping area is a 5 minute walk and the Anne Frank House is a 10-minute walk away.

Address: Herengracht 341 Amsterdam, 1016 AZ, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 555 0222
Price starts at $229 per night


Eden Hotel Amsterdam (3 stars)

The comfortable three-star Eden Hotel Amsterdam is located in the bustling center of the capital of the Netherlands, right next to the famous Rembrandt Square and all major tourist attractions. It is only a 10 minute walk from the central station. The renovated hotel offers 218 rooms, with individual air-conditioning, a safe, flat screen TVs with (for an additional charge) movies on demand and a high speed Internet connection. All rooms are non-smoking accommodations.

Eden Hotel Amsterdam offers a complete and varied breakfast buffet every morning at €19,50 ($27) per person. The bar has a range of options for a quick lunch and during the evening you are welcome for dinner in Brasserie Flo. Trip Adviser shows an average rating of 4 stars, with a few complaints such as, the restaurant wasn't open on time or the service was bad. Be sure to check ahead of time to avoid staffing problems which could impact your meal. 

Address: Amstel 144 Amsterdam 1017 AE Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 530 7878
Price stars at $144 per night


Reasonable accommodations

Quentin England Hotel 

Located in the famous "United Europe" buildings, the Quentin England creates a unique experience for the budget traveler. The "United Europe" facility is a collection of seven houses where every house is an example of a typical building style from seven European countries (England, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Italy and Holland). The rooms are simple, and well equipped with modern facilities to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible.

It is in a great location, lovely old street and walking distance to great selection of restaurants and pubs. However, it is a little further out from the center of town.
Because it is a little closer to the Schiphol Airport the taxi ride is a little less pricey (15 minutes @ $60). You can also get there with a bus/walk combination (38 min @ $3).

Address: Roemer Visscherstraat 30, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1054 EZ
Phone: + 31 20 689 2323
Price stars at $67 per night



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