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Hotels in Amesterdan


Me and my Husband (50 years old) will be in AMS for 3 nights in May for the first time. I would appreciate suggestions of hotels close to public transportation and also some tips about what to see there in this time frame.

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419 posts

Go to to find your hotel and then get a guide book so that you can choose what you want to see, not what others might suggest.
Doing your own planning is a great part of the enjoyment of your trip.

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12665 posts

I am happy to tell you what I enjoyed in Amsterdam! It may be of interest to you, it may not be.

If you have any interest in WWII, I highly recommend the Dutch Resistance Museum. If you plan to do the Anne Frank Huis I found that having done the Dutch Resistance Museum first really helped get my mind in the right place for it. The Anne Frank Huis is very crowded so there is not a lot of time to absorb what you are seeing.

I also very much enjoyed the Rijksmuseum. I did not have time for the Van Gogh Museum which is right nearby, but it is on my list of things to see next time. I also enjoyed a walking tour (was on a Rick Steves tour) thru town.

I have also been to the Marine Museum (that is not the actual name but I can't come up with it!) which I did not particularly enjoy. I thought it was overpriced for what you get. However, there are several frequent posters on here who did find it very interesting.

There are so many things to do in Amsterdam you will have to pick and choose with 3 days.

No hotel recommendations, sorry. I stayed in Haarlem as that was where the tour started and previously used frequent flyer points for one of the large hotels near the train station. I didn't really like that neighborhood. I would get Rick's guide book which includes Amsterdam and check out his recommendations along with looking at the Trip Advisor reviews. I use both of those tools when I am looking for places to stay.

Posted by
8293 posts

We stayed at the Owl Hotel last time. Walkable distances to museums, etc, and public transport. Have a look.

Posted by
1825 posts

Usually I would suggest to start with Rick's recomendations but many will be full by now. If you do have the book don't rely on the online booking and email the hotels directly to check for availability. Do you have the guidebook ?

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11294 posts

General questions such as yours are better answered by a guidebook than a travel forum. Rick's Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels book has lots of great Amsterdam ideas as well as plenty of day trips, if you find you don't like Amsterdam itself.

For hotels, get cracking. Amsterdam is perennially popular, and demand exceeds supply; this means prices are high for what you get. Be prepared to spend more than you initially wanted, or to settle for something less nice than you wanted.

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848 posts

Boogaards B&B over a hotel. Check them out on TripAdvisor. Great location, the owner is SO helpful with maps, directions, recommendations, restaurants, and he is a fantastic cook... some of the best breakfasts we've ever had, plus desserts at night. You get such a personal touch with a B&B, plus, you are staying in the heart of the city in one of those amazing tight buildings w/the famous Dutch staircases.
The Anne Frank House is something I will never forget. Get your tickets online before you go to avoid lines. They give you a great brochure to read as you go thru each room - very emotional.