We are a party of three and am looking for recommendations for nice moderate price hotel in Amsterdam May 9-14 within walking distance to main sights but not on a noisy street. Any suggestions?
Not sure if you are open to renting a flat, but we stayed here last summer, and Cido and Rob were amazing hosts! The bedroom had a king bed, and there were 2 sofabeds in the living room. The flat is on the Prinsengracht canal, just down the street from the Anne Frank house. It was a truly memorable experience, I loved them so much. If Rob is in town, he can give you a tour on his boat, probably the highlight of our whole 3 week trip.
Hotel d'Amsterdam has triple rooms, as well as plenty of doubles and some singles. It is located on Tweede Helmerstraat and is within easy walking distance to Leidseplein, the Rijks, Van Gogh and a number of other sights. Plenty of public transit options nearby, including the private coach service and city bus line that runs to/from the airport if you want something that will drop you within walking distance of your hotel instead of going through Centraal.
If you would rather stay somewhere that is closer to Centraal, The Times Hotel is on the Herengracht Canal and is very close to the Jordaan neighborhood and a short walk to the Anne Frank House. There are multiple tram stops near the hotel that can get you to just about anywhere.
The Quentin Arrive Hotel is close to Centraal Station, where all the trams stop, and has triple rooms. The hotel is on Haarlemmerstraat, a busy street, but some rooms look out on a quiet side street that leads to a canal and the street noise is much reduced. Find out if there are any triple rooms on this side street before you book.
Amsterdam is generally walkable but to maximize your time, you may want to take trams to certain places that are relatively far from where you're staying. You could walk to the Rijksmuseum from near Centraal Station but it would take you perhaps an hour.
When we can't get our favorite houseboat, we stay at the Hotel Orlando a tiny hotel convenient to the Tram on a quiet canal street not far from where the Prinzengracht flows into the river. It is run by a couple of ex pats and has 5 or 6 large eclectically decorate rooms and provides a decent enough breakfast. We have stayed there several times and always been very happy with it; we are not fans of big plastic hotels.
Amsterdam is one town that if you are fans of big commercial hotels, priceline is likely to give you a good deal.
I booked a place for three on Airbnb. We've had great experiences with them, and based on the reviews, are looking forward to the same again. Price was right at a shade under $100 US per night on the Amstel Canal, about a 28 minute walk from the Anne Frank House, which for us, is fine.