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Hotel and Places of Interest in Amsterdam for an Amputee

My husband and I are taking a Viking Cruise next September that begins in Amsterdam. We have decided to go a few days ahead to get a feel for the city and people. But of course we need to find a hotel. Our travel agent suggested the Movenpick Hotel, which looks OK from reviews. Anyone have some other suggestions? We want to be closer to sights worth visiting (I am an amputee and walk well, but I am not a long distance walker). Being close to transportation is always helpful to me. What are some of the most interesting things to see or do in Amsterdam (other than a walking tour) ? Thanks in advance.

Also, anyone who has stayed at the Movenpick, does it have an elevator and are there any problems one might foresee for an above knee amputee?

Posted by
2081 posts

Terry,

Im not an amputee so take what i say with a grain of salt.

But when i was in Amsterdam, i found that most of the museums and the things i choose to do/see were close to a tram line. I did take a bus, but that was to the Airport. But i think it went by the Museumplein area along with a couple of the Trams.

You may say what you are interested in seeing/doing since others may have more info as to the logistics on whats ahead.

happy trials.

Posted by
63 posts

What do you and your husband enjoy? If you prefer fine arts, stay near the Rijksmuseum. There, you'll have access to it, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Concertgebouw, all within a stone's throw of each other.

Really, Amsterdam isn't terribly large, so if you just stay centrally you'll be fine. You can also check hotels you're interested in against the metro map, which is here.

Posted by
8293 posts

Contact the Movenpick, or ask your travel agent to do so, to know if there is an elevator. I am thinking it would have to be a really bad travel agent who would book an amputee client into a hotel with no elevator.

Posted by
1005 posts

The Movenpick is right next to the cruise port terminal. It is a modern, business-class hotel and has an elevator. However, it is far away from the sights worth visiting such as Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Anne Frank House. A closer possibility is the Ibis Amsterdam Centre, which is a huge modern hotel right next to Amsterdam Centraal Train Station. Most of the trams stop in front of the station, so it is quite convenient for getting around with limited mobility. I'd stay away from older hotels on canals, which usually don't have elevators and have very steep stairs. Also, if you want to visit Anne Frank without waiting in line, try to reserve entry in advance as soon as you can on their website.

Posted by
166 posts

Terry,

I would suggest you consider the RHO HOTEL adjacent to Dam Square.

http://www.rhohotel.com/

I have stayed there twice. Once in 2012 and then again this past July. They have elevators, close to Tram and Centraal Station, included buffet breakfast and very nice staff.

Also, the location cannot be beat.

Have a great time !

Orv