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Hotel Recommendations - Amsterdam

We are taking a river cruise in April 2019, ending in Amsterdam. Would like to stay 2-3 nights. Would like to see the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Red Light District. Recommendations for hotels?

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The last few trips in Amsterdam, I have stayed at The RHO Hotel, adjacent to DAM Square. About a 10 minute walk from Centraal Train Station. Terrific location, breakfast buffet included in room rate, and has elevators, although very slow. I normally use the stairs to save time and do a little exercise. Also, right down the street is a fabulous place to grab a pastry. Renes Croissants.
Or , if you have a taste for yummy Chinese cuisine, try Golden Chopsticks, about 5 minute walk from Rene's. Tasty food at a reasonable price. You are also seconds away from trams, that will take you anywhere in the centre you wish to go. Have fun!

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We took a river cruise this past Apriland came in 3 days early and.
rented a house in Zandaam through VRBO, which is a short train ride from Centraal Station.
Worked very well and it was a very pleasant, typical Dutch suburb and much more relaxed and less busy than Amsterdam.
Would recommend one of the hour-long guided tours at the Rijks - well worth the money.
You don't mention where you are cruising.
Our river cruise was in the Netherlands only and one of the included excursions was the Kroller-Muller Museum which houses a good representation of Van Gogh. we chose that option rather than the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Also highly recommend Martine's Table for dinner in Amsterdam, just off the Red Light District and a 10 minute walk from the Centraal Station. It was a very enjoyable dinner and evening.

We also stayed after the cruise for a couple of days and took in Bruges and Ghent.
We were gone a total of two weeks.
Have fun!

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You don't mention what your budget is for lodging. I've had good experiences at these:

Times Hotel - if packing light, it's within a 10-15 minute walk of Centraal. Close to 9 Streets and Jordaan areas. Easy and quick walk to several tram lines. Has an elevator. Canal facing rooms are pretty small, but if you can skip the view from your room, the rooms facing the back or on the interior are pretty large. It is right next door to a coffeeshop, but it's a quiet one that doesn't draw the loud frat boy types like the ones in the Red Light District. Walkable to Anne Frank and Red Light District.

Hotel d'Amsterdam - good if on a budget. Small, family run hotel just a few minutes walking to Leidseplein and many trams. Easy access to bus stop to airport. Has elevator and rooms have mini fridges. Lot of good restaurants nearby and less than 15 minutes walking to get to Museumplein (Rijks/VanGogh), Vondelpark or Foodhallen.

Conscious Hotels - they have several locations around Amsterdam. I stayed at the one closest to Museumplein. Modern hotel, elevator, huge rooms, guests can rent good quality bikes direct from front desk staff. Only a block to multiple trams, the airport bus, large grocery store and the Concert Hall. Roughly 2 blocks to get to Van Gogh and Rijks.

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We stayed at the Conscious Hotel Museum Square as well and loved it. Not only were there plenty of restaurants in the area, but there was a supermarket under ground at Museum Square as well. The #16 tram goes right by the hotel (quietly) and the stop is about 2 blocks from the hotel. We spent 3 days in Amsterdam before our cruise, flew to Budapest to start the cruise and then ended in Amsterdam. Many of the cruising guests were surprised at how far from central Amsterdam the boat docked- not walking distance. People that booked hotels close to Central Station and Dam Square still had to taxi to hotels.

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We stayed at the Wiechmann Hotel in Amsterdam this past July. It was in walking distance to all you need. It did have stairs, then more stairs-just a warning. It was very clean, the staff was super friendly, and the breakfast was simple but sufficient.

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hey sporter50
been to amsterdam twice. first time we used and found the 4 of is an apartment on one of the canals, prinsengracht. the second time we used you can also check really look at the pictures, some have steep stairs to climb with luggage, we preferred ground floor with a deck/terrace on a canal to sit and watch boats go by, ducks come swimming by for their bread, sit and have a glass of wine, not sharing the apartment/hotel with just a guestroom, cancellation fees and deposits, if find something book early. we like staying in the ring and not far out. we also went to albert cuyp street market, pedestrian only blocks and blocks of everything, sitting at rembrandt plaza to people watch. maybe do a tour with, for a tuk tuk tour, a canal cruise, look at, or, martine'
get your reservations for anne frank house early, they sell out fast. wear comfortable shoes, lots of walking. enjoy your time, let us know. it's a very crowded and expensive city, beware of bikes bikes bikes.

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I highly recommend a b&b called Bij Tijn Op de Gracht. Located on the Prinsengracht canal, it is centrally located within walking distance to everything you mentioned. The b&b consists of two suites, each comprising one floor of a canal house. There's also one floor for the breakfast room.

Absolutely stunning. Completely renovated. French balconies overlooking the Prinsengracht. We had fabulous cooked-to-order breakfasts included, although I understand there's a charge now.

It is a canal house, so there are narrow staircases and no elevator, so if you travel with large heavy suitcases you may want to look elsewhere. There are only two suites, so you must book well in advance. If you are lucky enough to stay there, I guarantee an unforgettable experience.