We are planning to travel to Amsterdam for three nights in October after a RS tour in Prague and Budapest. We are looking for a hotel in the $200 price range and enjoy quieter, more residential part of cities. Also enjoy family-run small to mid-size hotels. Any recommendations would be appreciated!
Have a look at the Owl Hotel. It fits your criteria.
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We stayed at Hotel Fita a few yrs ago. Centrally located, owned by a wonderful family, breakfast included.
We stayed at Conscious Hotel Museum Square and were very pleased. There is a tram stop 2 blocks from the hotel that goes to Central Amsterdam as well as a supermarket across the street and Museumplein right there, but it is in an upscale residential area, so it was very quiet.
Amsterdam has a quite busy hotel market, especially on weekends. We used to stay in bed and breakfasts out by Amsterdam Sud, and it was a 10 minute tram ride into the center city. Unfortunately, many of the B&B's have cashed out and they were sold as condos.
When I'm looking for properties to stay in, I often will go to Google Maps and magnify the map hitting control and + at the same time two or three times. The map will magnify and often icons looking like a bed will pop up. You can also put hotels in the description and they'll pop up--sometimes as a blue square with a price of the hotel. Then click on the block or icon for property descriptions and often their direct website.
Use Priceline.com and put in 4 star hotel in the museum district.
Would you consider Haarlem? We like the Hotel Amadeus on the Grote Markt. It is much quieter and relaxing after the busyness of Amsterdam. Great people watching square, nice restaurants, great fries, and ice cream under the church. And closer to $100.
We also liked the Amadeus. Great breakfast, and the staff was wonderfully helpful when we had a problem.
Two possible negatives: The stairs are steep and narrow, and the elevator is not available all the time (it's in the restaurant on the ground floor, so it's only available when the restaurant is open.)
Second, when they say check out time is 11:00 (or whatever it was) they mean it! Your electronic key will not work after that exact time. In fact, mine shut me out a minute or so before that time.
But we enjoyed the hotel and the staff. The location is great, and the price unbeatable.
Jane, that is true of most electronic keys even in the US. Especially important if lost . We were recently in a hotel in Ft Lauderdale and decided at 10 am that we wanted to check out at noon instead of 11 am. They had to issue two new keys for the extra hour.
Thanks, Frank, I didn't know that. We had to get the manager to allow the housekeeper to let us in our room to pick up our bags. It makes a funny story now, but at the time I was simply bewildered. I thought DH was asleep in the room and couldn't hear me knocking; he however had gone to the cafe in front of the hotel to wait for me to come back from church. We didn't see each other, and I didn't know what to do with his bags - which he had not finished packing before he left - once I was finally allowed into the room. He sauntered in about 30 minutes later, to find me frantically stuffing his bags, tossing our bags out into the hallway, and wondering where he was.
Why don't you stay in Haarlem a short train ride from Amsterdam like 30 minutes. The hotels there will be cheaper and the town is very pretty.
The train ride is closer to 10 minutes.