Travel to Amsterdam
SHIPPING QUARTER, CANAL RING WEST, AND THE JORDAAN
Hotel Clemens, Raadhuisstr. 39 (624 60 89; www.clemenshotel.nl). A gem with renovated, elegant suites. Internet and safe in all rooms. Breakfast ‚7. Key deposit ‚20. Book well in advance. Min. stay 3 nights on weekends. Singles ‚55; doubles ‚70-75, deluxe ‚110; triples ‚125150. Cash only for budget rooms. AmExMCV.
Wiechmann Hotel, Prinsengr. 328-332 (626 33 21; www.hotelwiechmann.nl). Three restored canal houses with spacious rooms. Breakfast included. Singles ‚70-90; doubles with bath ‚125-135; triples and quads ‚170-230. MCV.
Ramenas Hotel, Haarlemmerdijk 61 (624 60 30; www.amsterdamhotels.com). Rame-nas’s rooms are ascetic, but they get the job done. Breakfast included. Reservations via website. Doubles ‚64-80; triples ‚96-120; quints ‚160-200. MCV.
The Shelter Jordan, Bloemstr. 179 (624 47 17; www.shelter.nl). Religious, but not proselytizing, this companionable Christian hostel is a treasure. No smoking or alcohol. Age limit 35, Breakfast included. Lockers ‚5; free storage for larger bags. Internet ‚0.50 per 20min. Curfew 2am. Dorms ‚16.50-18. MCV.
Hotel van Onna, Bloemgr. 104 (626 58 01; www.vanonna.nl). Get a peaceful night’s rest in a restored historic building, situated on the prettiest canal in the Jordaan. Small but very comfortable rooms. Breakfast included. Reception 8am-llpm. Singles ‚40; doubles ‚80; triples ‚120; quads ‚160. Cash only.
Westertoren Hotel, Raadhuisstr. 35b (624 46 39; www.hotelwestertoren.nl). Clean, plain surroundings and a friendly staff. Tea and coffee in room. Breakfast included. 3-night min. weekend stay (Su included). Singles ‚55; doubles ‚80-90; triples ‚110-125; family room (4-6 people) ‚140-205. AmExMCV.
Hotel Belga, Hartenstr. 8 (624 90 80; www.hotelnet.nl). Rooms are large and sunny if bland, all with phone and safe. Most rooms with shower and toilet. Breakfast included. Weekend stays include Sa and Su during summer. Singles ‚41-57; doubles ‚62-84, with bath ‚78-118; triples ‚95-141; quads ‚134-189. AmExMCV.
LEIDSEPLEIN AND MUSEUMPLEIN
StayOkay Amsterdam Vondelpark, Zandpad 5 (589 89 96; www.stayokay.comvon-delpark). A palatial, slightly corporate, hostel with many amenities. Breakfast and sheets included. Lockers ‚2.50. Internet ‚0.50 per min. Reception 7:30am-midnight. Reserve well in advance. Dorms ‚21-25; quads ‚26-28. ‚2.50 HI discount. MCV.
Quentin Hotel, Leidsekade 89 (626 21 87). You don’t have to sacrifice style to get budget accommodations. Each room bears a distinctive motif. Continental breakfast ‚7. Reception 24hr. Singles ‚40, with facilities ‚65; smaller economy doubles with facilities ‚80, regular doubles ‚100; triples ‚133. AmExMCV with 5% surcharge.
Hotel Bema, Concertgebouw 19b (679 13 96; www.bemahotei.com). Charming 7-room hotel with skylights, a friendly staff, and funky neo-hippie style. Breakfast included. Reception 8am-midnight. Singles ‚50-65; doubles ‚68-85; triples ‚85-120; quads ‚105-160. AmExMCV with 5% surcharge.
Flying Pig Palace, Vossiusstr. 46-47 (400 41 87; www.fiyingpig.nl). Laid-back, friendly attitude with views of the park. Ages 18-35 only. Sheets included. Free Internet. Reception 8am-9pm. Dorms ‚20-38; doubles ‚63-66. AmExMCV.
Hans Brinker Hotel, Kerkstr. 136 (622 06 87; www.hans-brinker.com). Really a massive hostel, with spartan, clean rooms. Guest-only bar. No visitors. Breakfast included. Free Internet. Key deposit ‚5. Reception 24hr. Dorms ‚29-35; singles ‚52; doubles ‚58-75; triples ‚90; quads ‚96. AmExMCV.
Hotel de Lantaerne, Leidsekade 111 (623 22 21; www.hotellantaerne.com). Lovely accommodations in 2 converted houses along the Leidsegrt. Breakfast included. Singles ‚55-75; doubles ‚85-115; triples ‚115-150. AmExMCV with 5% surcharge.
Hotel Bellington, P.C Hoftstr. 78-80 (671 64 78; www.hotel-bellington.com). From Schiphol Airport, take bus #197 to Hobbemasstr.; from Centraal Station, take tram #2 or 5. A well-groomed hotel on the city’s ritziest street. Breakfast included. Reception 8am-llpm. Doubles ‚60-95; triples ‚105-115; quads ‚128. AmExMCV.
Hotel de la Haye, Leidsegr. 114 (624 40 44; www.hoteldelahaye.com). Combines the convenience of Leidsepl. proximity and a serene canal view. Breakfast included. Reception 8am-10pm. Singles ‚57-64; basic doubles ‚87-95; regular doubles ‚95-105; triples ‚105-120; quads ‚135-175. AmExMCV with 5% surcharge.
CENTRAL CANAL RING AND REMBRANDTPLEIN
Hemp Hotel, Frederikspl. 15 (625 44 25; www.hemp-hotel.com). Only 5 rooms, but each is lovingly done up to celebrate one of the world’s major hemp-producing regions: Afghanistan, the Caribbean, India, Morocco, and Tibet. Everything is made of hemp-bedclothes, curtains, and even soap. Single ‚50; doubles ‚65-70.
Euphemia Budget Hotel, Fokke Simonszstr. 1-9 (622 90 45; www.euphemiaho-tel.com). Welcoming, quiet, and bright budget digs in a former monastery. Gay friendly. Continental breakfast ‚5. Internet ‚1 per 15min. Reception 8am-llpm. Dorms ‚23; doubles ‚46; triples ‚69. AmExMCV with 5% surcharge.
The Golden Bear, Kerkstr. 37 (624 47 85; www.goldenbear.nl). Opened in 1948, The Golden Bear may be the oldest openly gay hotel in the world. Mainly male couples frequent the hotel, though lesbians are welcome as well. Breakfast included. Singles ‚57-99; double ‚78-112. AmExMCV.
City Hotel, Utrechtsestr. 2 (627 23 23; www.city-hotel.nl). Classy, spacious accommodations above a pub right on the Rembrandtpl. Rooms immaculately kept. Breakfast included. Reception 24hr. Doubles ‚80-90, doubles with facilities ‚90-100; triples ‚105-135; quads ‚140-180. AmExDCMCV.
Hotel Kap, Den Texstr. 5b (624 59 08; www.kaphotel.nl). Very personable staff rents clean, comfortable rooms on a quiet, residential street. Breakfast included. Reception 8am-10:30pm. Check-out 11am. Depending on space and facilities, singles ‚57; doubles ‚86-109; triples ‚109-118; quads ‚136. AmExMCV with 5% surcharge.
Hotel Asterisk, Den Texstr. 16 (626 23 96; www.asteriskhotel.nl). Orderly, quiet hotel with clean, bright rooms. All rooms with phone, and safe. Free breakfast if you pay in cash (‚8 with credit cards). Singles ‚44-84; doubles ‚65-125; triples ‚130-136; quads ‚150. MCV with 4% surcharge.
Radion Inn Youth Hostel, Utrechtsedwarsstr. 79 (a 625 03 45; www.radioinn.nl). Lots of character at this cheerfully idiosyncratic hostel-somewhere between a 70s garage sale and a budget hotel. Housed in an old radio store, the homey lobby is filled with defunct gadgets and 2 cats. Kitchen available 24hr. Free laundry. Dorms ‚25. Cash only.
Hotel Monopole, Amstel 60 (624 62 71; www.monopole.demon.nl). Lovely setting right by the Amstel. Simple but charming rooms with flowered bedspreads and pastel walls. Breakfast included. Some rooms with bath. Singles ‚85; doubles ‚95, with facilities ‚125; triples ‚160; quads ‚200; quints ‚260. MCV with a 5% surcharge.
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