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Amsterdam Short-Term Apartment Rentals?

Hi! We're a family of four (2 adults, 2 older teens) who will be traveling in Eurpoe next June/July. I've been researching Amsterdam hotels and B&B's, but since most of them only have single or double rooms, that would mean booking two rooms to accommodate all four of us. It looks like renting a small studio or one-bedroom apartment that sleeps four would be the best value for us, and I've located several online through booking.com and amsterdamapartmentrental.com. There are soooo many options in our price range, though!

So, I was wondering if any of you have stayed in Amsterdam apartments and could recommend specific ones? Or even a particular area to look at? We don't mind being a bit away from the city center, as long as public transportation is nearby. Thanks!

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We rented a 1-bedroom through VRBO in the lovely Jordaan neighbourhood. Easy 20 minute walk to the train, bus to the airport up the street, lots of shops & restaurants. Airbnb & homeaway.co.uk are good websites as well.

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Marika is right. Suggest focusing your search in the Jordaan area - very family friendly yet close to the city center.

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The Jordaan is nice, as is the area around The Nine Streets, but The Jordaan is not the only decent area to stay in the city. Helmersbuurt and De Pijp are both good neighborhood areas full of locals, decent selection of shops (including several grocery stores and also outdoor food markets like Albert Cuyp), restaurants and easy access to transit, yet still a quick walk to many major sightseeing venues. You may actually score a larger apartment rental in these neighborhoods than you would in the Jordaan which is extremely popular with tourists - something to consider as you are traveling with older teens and not small children - so 4 people in a small studio can feel a bit tight.

If you have a healthy budget and don't mind being in small spaces, another option might be to look into houseboat rentals - some of them are amazing and have fantastic outdoor space on the deck of the boats which is great if you score decent weather during your visit.

Google Street View can give you an idea of your surroundings - you should check it before you book a place just to see what's nearby. And pack light if the apartment building has no elevator. Staircases in Amsterdam can often be very steep and if a rental says it's on the 1st Floor, that's really the 2nd Floor in U.S. terms.

If you decide that you do want the amenities of a hotel stay, The Times Hotel has one canal view suite that encompasses two levels and accommodates a family of 4. Fantastic neighborhood - right in between The Nine Streets and the Jordaan and within walking distance to Centraal and multiple tram line stops within a block or two of the hotel.

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Check out Prinx Studio Apartments. Our first time with an apartment and it worked perfectly. We stayed on Harlemmerdykestraat and friends later stayed near the museums. The owners were very nice to work with and the apartments were excellent. I'm not sure whether the units will accommodate four.

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Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions of areas, websites, etc. I've jotted them all down to research. Never thought of using Google Street View to check out the area before booking - great idea! We're not concerned about climbing stairs or dragging around luggage - we only carry what we can fit in our backpacks - and we're very used to cramming into tight spaces! :)

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We just got back and stayed here

http://www.vrbo.com/378585

It was great! Big comfy king bed in bedroom, and there were two pull out couches in the living room that the kids each slept in. The owners were so nice and I felt like part of their family. My kids were so sad to leave!

Also, if they are in town, Rob can take you out on a private canal boat tour on his boat, which was a true highlight!

In the Jordaan, right on Prinsengracht canal. Awesome!!!!!

We just walked everywhere.

Kim