Any recommendations for mid-September? 4 nights. Looking to spend ~$175/night. Don't know which areas/neighborhoods are best.
Several years ago when we were in Amsterdam, we stayed outside of the city in a town called Haarlem and stayed at a Bed/Breakfast. It was a great B&B and host was very helpful/friendly. I wrote a trip advisor review
It was called Bot Bed & Breakfast--Hanna and Egbert are the hosts. I would highly recommend.
Here is the review I wrote on Trip Advisor:We traveled throughout Europein September-October 2011 and stayed at different B&B's...The Bot Bed & Breakfast was our first stop and we were not disappointed. Staying in Haarlem outside of Amsterdam was great (only about a 15 minute or so train ride into Amsterdam) and was a beautiful place. On a canal and a short distance to the main part of Haarlem. The Bot's made sure to make you feel right at home! We stayed on the third floor and the facilities were on the 2nd floor but it really wasn't an issue. Only ran into another house guest one other time and we actually had breakfast with them.
Our room was right off the top floor breakfast area and overlooked the canal. They had wifi as well which was nice.
I highly recommend reviewing the video that shows how to get to them. I watched it and thought I had memorized how to get there--well with all the travel, etc I forgot and we ended up walking a long way (our own fault!) and of course the papers I printed out didn't have the address on it. Ended up at a realtor who looked it up for us and gave us great direction--again all of this was our fault but we finally made it to them.
I would recommend staying with Hannah and Egbert again!
Haarlem is a great town.
On our recent trip we stayed in Zandaam about 15 minutes from Centraal Station in Amsterdam.
We used VRBO to secure our accommodations and were very pleased.
You should find plenty of options to suit your needs in your price range.
Might even want to consider a houseboat rental on one of the canals...
I just had a pleasant 5-day stay in Amsterdam in the area known as De Pijp, south of Centrum and near the Amstel River. We booked an apartment through Booking.com that worked well for us. But I wanted to alert you that the day we planned to visit Haarlem, Saturday June 30, the trains were on strike so no train to Haarlem! We (3 of us) took Uber to Haarlem and then caught the bus back after seeing our sights. I don’t know how often strikes are a problem but I sure was glad we weren’t staying in Haarlem and planning to ride the trains back and forth every day.