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Where To Stay In AMS?

Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:19 pm

This coming summer I am planning a vacation to Europe with my parents. I am taking them to Throton Le Dale, England for a week. I am staying at a Pub that is next to a friend's house, where I have stayed before. After our week in England my mom and dad would like to visit Amsterdam for a few days. I have transited through AMS six times and have even spent the night at the "Yotel" inside the airport. We would like to stay in the old part of the city. Where would you recommend we stay? We don't want to spend and arm and leg, but we aren't looking for super budget price either, and would like to stay in something neat and old. No hostels please!
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RE: Where To Stay In AMS?

Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:30 pm

Another thing... What are some good things to do? Mom, dad, and I enjoy drinking, so we plan to visit the Heineken Experience and the House of Bols. We would like to do a boat tour the city and hit an art museum too. I have always heard the flowers in Holland are beautiful. Are they any places in Amsterdam to seen beautiful tulips?
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RE: Where To Stay In AMS?

Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:30 pm

The Heineken brewery tour is definitely a must!
Boat tours leave from the canal in front of the main station, as far as I remember there is little difference between them.
I've only stayed in the "Amstel Botel", a ship moored near the station, I'm not sure if this would be suitable though - there were plenty of groups of young visitors there.
On a previous stopover, we visited the Van Gogh museum, a tram ride from the centre (or a longish walk) - well worth the visit.
Sorry I can't be of any more help!

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RE: Where To Stay In AMS?

Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:17 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
On a previous stopover, we visited the Van Gogh museum

That seemed like a good museum for us to go to. The map I have shows the House of Bols is across the street.

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
there were plenty of groups of young visitors there.

As long as they aren't the backbacking hippy type I think we would be ok. I do like ships so that might be cool.
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:33 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
I've only stayed in the "Amstel Botel", a ship moored near the station, I'm not sure if this would be suitable though - there were plenty of groups of young visitors there.

I showed their website to my mom and she looked up pictures on Google. She thinks it looks like a fun place to stay. My dad likes the look of it too.

I see there is a Submarine and sailing ship nearby, are they open for tours?
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:12 pm

You mentioned you want to visit an art museum. I'm not sure what your interests are but the Van Gogh museum is paintings only. If you are really interested in paintings or Van Gogh than I recommend going there. If not I would recommend the Rijksmuseum. It has a much larger variety of pieces (including Rembrandt's Nachtwacht) displaying the Dutch history.

If you're interested in the Dutch seafaring traditions then I would recommend the newly renovated Scheepvaartmuseum.
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RE: Where To Stay In AMS?

Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:06 pm

Quoting FlyingHollander (Reply 5):
If you're interested in the Dutch seafaring traditions then I would recommend the newly renovated Scheepvaartmuseum

That looks like something we would enjoy. My parents and I are interested in ships and the history of the people who worked on them.
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:11 pm

At the western end of Amsterdam's Central Station there is an IBIS hotel.
Nothing fancy, but can be worth a check of rates when comparing to hotels across the street.
It also will mean that you are within most easy walking distance to the hotel when taking the train from the airport.

Across from the station is Hotel Victoria of Park Plaza chain. It is build into a number of old buildings. Corridors go up and down a few steps ever so often - and sometimes you need to go down 3 steps into your room.
Most unique room I had had there (travelling for business), was streched over 2 floors: Bathrooms and a small living/dressing room on entry level and a bedroom up one floor.
Surely a nice hotel, but also a costly one. And there always were problems with getting proper business adresses onto the bill, so I discontinued using it for business (and also because I later used to drive by car to the Amsterdam area when being on assignment for a whole week or longer).
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RE: Where To Stay In AMS?

Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:45 am

"Banks Mansion" is my favorite... Small hotel with friendly helpful staff. Free/Open bar with snacks 24/7. Great lobby for lounging and reading piles of newspapers there. Free internet on lobby computers. Rooms are on the small side for American standards. Request a canal side room.. street side can be loud. Its on a tram line and canal so easy to remember and not get lost. Around the corner from Rembrandt Square and half way between Central Station and Rijksmuseum. Rooms have been priced pretty good but I've stayed always in the off-season. Questions.. email the hotel directly and they get back to you quickly and have negotiated when booked directly... so they don't pay commission to online booker. Pictures on their website are true. Good breakfast with made to order hot stuff and usual European stuff.

And take the Chunnel between England and Amsterdam, changing in Brussels. 300 kph at ground level is fun.

If you want wi-fi in the room or Airport or locations in the city...sign up for BOINGO Europe Plus before you go and cancel it when you get home. Cheaper to sign up here than there.

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RE: Where To Stay In AMS?

Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:15 am

Quoting airport1970 (Reply 8):
And take the Chunnel between England and Amsterdam, changing in Brussels. 300 kph at ground level is fun.

I just looked up where you are staying in the UK... taking the Channel tunnel train may not be the best as you would have to get to London. I have no experience but instead of flying over to Amsterdam look into a ferry ride... like the Chunnel, its not something us Americans are used to!
 
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Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:20 am

I'd ignore the Botel thing. It's now in a far away location on the 'wrong' side of the north sea canal, even while free ferries go all night it's not really cozy.
I'd look at a hotel booking websites like booking.com and check the map where the available hotels are; ignore the hotels around Damrak and the Wallen streets closest to the station as these can be a bit tacky. But go 500 meters further, the hotels around the 4 main canals Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, Prinsengracht are classy, and also the area around Anne Frank house. The area between the canals south to the museums and Vondelpark or eastwards around the Artis Zoo is also more classy.
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RE: Where To Stay In AMS?

Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:48 pm

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 10):
I'd ignore the Botel thing. It's now in a far away location on the 'wrong' side of the north sea canal, even while free ferries go all night it's not really cozy


After doing some more research I discovered the place lacks air conditioning, or so say some reviews. I also looked at the place on a map and it isn't as close as they make it sound.

Quoting airport1970 (Reply 9):
I have no experience but instead of flying over to Amsterdam look into a ferry ride


That would be cool, but oddly it is cheaper if we add the MAN-AMS flight than it would be if we flew DTW-AMS-MAN and then AMS-DTW. By adding the extra flight it makes it cheaper, go figure!

Quoting airport1970 (Reply 9):
I just looked up where you are staying in the UK... taking the Channel tunnel train may not be the best as you would have to get to London


Out in the country isn't it? A nice place to visit, very relaxing.

Quoting HT (Reply 7):
IBIS hotel.
Nothing fancy, but can be worth a check of rates when comparing to hotels across the street


I have stayed in IBIS hotels before and I find them to be just fine.
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RE: Where To Stay In AMS?

Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:01 pm

Quoting airport1970 (Reply 9):
I just looked up where you are staying in the UK... taking the Channel tunnel train may not be the best as you would have to get to London. I have no experience but instead of flying over to Amsterdam look into a ferry ride... like the Chunnel, its not something us Americans are used to!

Eurostar offer through ticket connections from other major UK cities, so aside from the travel time on the east coast mainline to Kings Cross St Pancras which is where the main eurostar hub is, it's not too bad a journey.

In terms of sea travel there's a ferry from Harwich, which is off the coast in the south east, so you'd have to travel to London to connect to another train out to the coast. Alternatively, there's a ferry from Hull (closer to Thornton Dale / Throton Le Dale) to Rotterdam, but that'll be a longer sea crossing...something like 6-ish hours from Harwich vs. 10 hours from Hull according to the Stena Line site.
 
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RE: Where To Stay In AMS?

Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:44 pm

For lodging, you might want to consider the Amrath if you get a decent price. It's within walking distance of Centraal Station and it's definitely not the usual chain hotel experience. Eating, drinking, shopping are all close by. I quite enjoyed it the one time I stayed there.
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