This is our first time here so any input would be great. Would like it to be convenient to getting to the airport too. Thanks
Let us know your price range for hotels. Those of us who post have a wide range of definitions of "reasonably priced."
Amsterdam has a city bus that goes to the airport. When we were there several years ago it was an easy trip. I don't remember what it cost, but it was way cheaper than a taxi.
And you might get more responses if you move this to the Destination Q & A section of the Forum.
We also took the city bus from Amsterdam to the airport. The bus stopped about 2 blocks from our hotel.
I can highly recommend the Hotel Wiechmann in Amsterdam. We are always on a budget. It is a family run Inn, located at the very edge of the Jordaan neighborhood or actually in it. I can not remember exactly.. We certainly walked all over the historical city as this as our base.
We have been to Amsterdam several times and also loved the Wiechmannn...but with that said it has a lot of stairs...a lot of stairs! If you want something with an elevator the Hotel Fita is nice, also. It has a great breakfast and is in a good location , but is in a different area than the Wiechmannn.
We stayed at the Alexander when we were in Amsterdam a few years ago. It was fine - small rooms, but that's normal for Europe. The staff was friendly and helpful. I just checked their website, and a double is about €130. The bus stop for the airport is close, and, if I recall correctly, so is the Van Gogh museum.
I stayed at The Hotel De Looier in December. It's reasonably priced and a short walk to the airport express bus which was only €5 and a very convenient way to arrive at the airport.
We arrived by train and took a tram from Centraal to within 3 blocks of the hotel.
It was on a quiet side street near The Anne Frank House. I would stay there again- clean, comfortable and a good breakfast too.
We stayed at the Amadeus hotel in Haarlem last April. We loved it. It was very reasonable and included breakfast. It is right on the Grote Markt. There is a bus that goes directly from the airport to Haarlem. According to Google, it is a 4 minute walk from the bus stop to the hotel. It's a 10 minute walk to the train station. We were there to go to Keukenhof and there is a bus from Haarlem to Keukenhof. It's about a 15 minute train ride to Amsterdam. I loved staying in Haarlem. It seemed like a smaller, cozier Amsterdam.
Here's a great primer on things to know before booking Amsterdam hotels. Although the website is called EuroCheapo, the tips are applicable to more than just the "cheap" rooms in Amsterdam: http://www.eurocheapo.com/blog/amsterdam-hotel-advice.html
I found hotels in Amsterdam to be not great value for money. Demand outstrips supply, so be prepared to either spend more or settle for less, or both, than you may have wanted at first. And if you're going at a busy time (like spring - tulip season), book as soon as possible.
If you're staying at least three nights check out airbnb.com. We stayed on a houseboat on Keizersgracht. It was great, we had the whole boat with bedroom, living room, kitchen, shower and wifi. Completely unique experience. Amsterdam has great public transportation so I wouldn't focus so much on a specific location. My bf broke his ankle right before our trip so he had crutches and we had no issues getting around the entire city. If you plan on checking out a lot of museums and using public transportation I suggest getting the I am Amsterdam card, it's worth it.
We stayed at the Hotel Vondel for $100 night by bidding for a 4 star hotel in the Museum district on Priceline. One block from express bus to and from the airport as well as several tram lines. Grocery store nearby as well as many restaurants. 10 minutes to Central station by tram. Lovely hotel with good service.
thank you everyone for the advice. Greatly appreciate it all. Cheri
I just wanted to give you an additional tip for staying in Amsterdam. I have visited many times before I came to live in Amsterdam, and from all of my stays there is one experience that tops all: Staying on a houseboat. By staying on a houseboat, you get the chance to stay on a typical dutch houseboat, somewhere in the city centre for a reasonable price. The following link is from a website that provides houseboats for rent in Amsterdam: https://www.bookahouseboat.com/rentals/amsterdam.
It really gives you that Dutch experience ! Hope this helps.