We'll have 4 full days in Amsterdam (myself, husband & two kids - 12 & 11 yo). Thinking of doing either AirBnB or HomeAway type home. Would you pick the Jordaan or De Pijp as a home base?
The Jordaan has Old World ambience.
I have the same question as well but would prefer an area that is not too touristy, with restaurants and stores. I was looking in De Pijp but not sure anymore. Have you found more on Jordaan or another neighborhood?
Jessica - we stayed in the De Pijp area and found it quite nice. We were a minute walk from a tram stop, which was about 3 stops from the Rijksmuseum. Tons of restaurants (we really enjoyed Pasta Pasta - ate there twice. Not to mention all the bakeries - half the mornings I'd head out for some pastries to bring back for breakfast).
At that time, we were about a 15 min walk to the first of the canals (and Heinekin Brewery) and 8 min or so to the Albert Cupymarkt. They were working on a tram line that would take you right to the first of the canals and were just finishing (but not open) when we left. So I imagine now you wouldn't even have to do the 15 min walk. Of course this greatly depends on where you are staying in the area - we had a nice airbnb in a great location (Lutmastraat). Sarphatipark was a few blocks away. Grocery store right on the corner.
Now, we haven't stayed in other areas of Ams, but this one seemed less crowded/touristy...we'd see the kids in the morning heading off to school.
Are there any B & B's that can be contacted directly? I've had so many issues while going through 3rd parties; no notice of administrative fees; claiming no fees but added to credit card; someone else given the room when I never cancelled. Not to mention all the negative reviews that are out there. I just can't afford to get ripped off as this is my mother's 85th birthday bucket list birthday present. There will be 4 of us arriving in Rotterdam/Amsterdam next March 2020. Any advice? (I love this site!!)
Last year we used vrbo to rent a house in Zandaam.
We were directly in contact with the owner all the way through the process and had no issues.
Stayed in THE PIJP area . Close to just about everything , public transport ( No. 24 tram which goes to Central Station ) , close to the great Albert Cuyp market where you can watch the man who makes Stroop Waffles right in front of you , or the man who makes Poffertje . Lots of fresh food , , flowers , clothing , jewelry ,cheap carry-on's ( 15 euro ) . Souvenir T-shirts to bring back to the home front . They have just about anything . The market begins at Ferdinand Bol straat and ends at Sarphati park .Pijp is also close to other stores (HEMA) in the Ferdinand Bolstraat , a bit like a small department store with clothing , toiletries , toys , food etc.. Hema's indoor ATM is close to the exit next to the check-out counter and charges less than other ATM's .