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Amsterdam—the name inspires
thoughts of impressionists and culture. Rembrandt and Vermeer in Rijksmuseum
and the disturbing paintings of Van Gogh. The historic downtown, the culture
and the canals are one reason to visit this great capital. Of course, for
others it’s the spirit of “tolerance” for things like soft drugs(pot smoking)
and legal red light district which make it an interesting destination.
As an observer at least. While Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands,
the government is based out of the Hague. Fewer paper pushers per square
mile, as a rule of thumb is proportional to the joie de vive of a city,
and distinguishes Amsterdam from many other European capitals. Amsterdam
has been able to maintain it’s compactness and old world charm through
a conscious effort rather than a stroke of fortune.
|There is another side to
Amsterdam as well— its history as a mercantile power of the 17th century.
The “Golden Age” of Amsterdam shows in its buildings, and the multicultural
residents of Amsterdam are to some extent a result of the Dutch colonial
history. Most people are introduced to Amsterdam through the Schiphol airport.
If you are unlucky enough to be stuck there due to a flight delay, you
will notice that the gates don’t have bathrooms and have only eight seats
for each planeload of passengers. While this Spartan introduction is unfortunate
as well as uncomfortable (and not representative of the charm of Amsterdam),
it gives an insight into the thought process of the Amsterdammers.
The Schiphol has a shopping
area with the casino, and the airport authorities want you to spend most
of your time there. Their hope is that you spend the time shopping and
gambling, instead of taking up space in a comfortable lounge. Airlines
love the arrangement too, given the cut rates offered by Schiphol as opposed
to the more “full service” airports in Europe. This unabashed capitalism
goes hand in hand with the tolerant culture, making Amsterdam an enigma
and a place to visit. For it’s beautiful tulips, as well as the memories
of its famed Tulipmania, where the Dutch were trading tulip buds like .dotcom
The transportation system
of Amsterdam is excellent, with the frequent tram service probably the
best choice for traveling within the city. Renting a car therefore is usually
a “very” bad idea, especially when compared to the ease of trams within
this compact city. The less said the better about the parking situation
in the city. A canal boat tour of the city, may also give you a look at
the city from a different angle. Anne Frank house, one of the most famous
landmarks of Amsterdam, encompasses some of the painful history of this
country. While the house is not remarkable, it is a monument to some terrible
events. It’s worth a visit, especially if you have read the book. Rijksmuseum,
with its superb collection of paintings is reminiscent of the Central Station
from the outside. That is, because they have the same architect! The main
attractions are Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Steen, but there are more than
5000 paintings. The Van Gogh museum is right next door.
The Red Light District of
Amsterdam is billed as a tourist attraction in most guide books. It’s actually
quite safe to go there, if you keep your wits around you. The obvious things
to remember is, to ignore the drug pushers or answer with a firm “NAY”
and keep the camera in your hotel—taking pictures here is inviting trouble.
An occasional pick pocket aside, you get to see fat women in windows and
giggly tourists trying to soak in the scene.
does not have much in the way of Pensions or Bed/Breakfast. Therefore,
we have a collection
of hotels in Amsterdam to give you the information that you need to
make an informed decision.
Featured Hotels / Top
in Amsterdam - The Flower city
Established in 12th century
as a fishing village, today Amsterdam is the largest and most popular city
of Netherlands. Although Amsterdam is fairly small, the city is packed
with hundreds of treasures for travelers.
Here are a few of Amsterdam's
most popular attractions and sightseeing activities listed to make your
travel experience the best possible.
When touring Amsterdam, it
is worth visiting its variety of museums famous for their historical and
antique collections. Some of the major museums of Amsterdam are Rijksmuseum
(know for its 17th century Dutch collected works), Steldelejk museum, Kroller-Muller
(named on the daughter of a rich and eminent German industrialist) and
Van Gogh museum (known for its collection of paintings by Van Gogh and
other eminent artists from 19th century).
With more than 50 museums
each boosting amazing collections, it would be a sad thing to miss the
experience of museum tour when holidaying in Amsterdam.
The Dam square
The Dam square is known for
its historical value and is often an important part of many Amsterdam tours.
The beauty and the historical background of this Dam make it a part of
every tourist's visit, when touring Amsterdam. The various fascinating
things about the Dam are also documented in the historical museum of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Holiday in Amsterdam can
never be complete without the Amsterdam Canal Cruise, through its magnificent
and incredible canals. Cruising through canals is the best way to cherish
Amsterdam tour, as you get to see marvelous 17th century houses and mansions,
as well as startling architecture.
Surrounded with small houses,
Oude Kerk is a very old and beautiful church, adored by many visitors both
locals and foreigners. The church has a building designed in Gothic-renaissance
style and has an octagonal bell tower. Located at the centre of red light
district, the church has become quite popular among visitors on Amsterdam
Hortus Botanicus - (the
With more than 6000 plants,
Hortus Botanicus is quite an old and unique botanical garden. It dates
back to the year 1632 and has some plants almost 2000 years old. Situated
within the walking distance of other major tourist attractions like Amsterdam
zoo and resistance as well as historical museum, the garden is remarkable
place to enjoy your holiday in Amsterdam.
Albert Cuyp market
With more than 300 stalls,
Albert Cuyp market is one of the most busiest and popular tourist attractions.
This remarkable outdoor market has a variety of products and is situated
in Pijp district.
Surrounded with numerous
shops and cafes, the market gets to see huge amount of visitors, local
and foreigners, everyday.
Best time to visit or
holiday in Amsterdam
With its tourist attractions
and friendly local people, touring Amsterdam at anytime of the year proves
to be good. But the best time or the peak season for holidaying
in Amsterdam is in the pleasant months of July and August. Even off-season
Amsterdam tours are quite popular.
Featured Hotels / top
for hotels in Amsterdam
FEATURED HOTELS - THE NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)
Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
This hotel is located in
the centre of Amsterdam, close to the Rembrandtsplein, the main shopping
area and tourist attractions. The bedrooms are in very good condition
and have a blue / green color scheme and pale wood furniture. They vary
in size from medium to large and all bedrooms have attractive paintings
that add color to the rooms. The curtains are blue, red and green giving
it a cozy feel and all the rooms vary in shape. The bathrooms are also
in very good condition and are of a good size with a pale yellow and grey
decor. Due to its location, the hotel has only a breakfast room.
This is located on the lower ground floor but has skylights making the
room bright and airy. This property is in an excellent location and as
it is brand new, is without doubt the nicest hotel of its class in town.
An excellent property in
the centre of Amsterdam, Avenue Hotel makes you to stay in a comfortable
room and enjoy all facilities as well as services, offered to you. This
property is situated in the historical city centre, on the Nieuwezijds
Voorburgwal. All the well-known Amsterdam attractions are nearby such as
the Palace on the Dam, Begijnhof, Magna Plaza Shopping Centre and the Anne
Frank House. The hotel offers 79 bedrooms that are decorated in modern
style and offers all the comforts. Guests can start the day with
a delicious breakfast, served at the breakfast room. Each day of the week,
you are welcomed in the cosy St. Jacobs Street Cafe, located in the hotel,
for a bite and a chat, a refreshing pint of Heineken draught or some other
Deluxe Hotel Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam
The Bastion Hotel Amsterdam
Amstel is ideal for guests who prefer a personal atmosphere, hospitality,
comfort, good facilities at competitive rates. The Bastion Deluxe
Hotel Amsterdam Amstel is situated on the ring road of Amsterdam exit S111.
The hotel is situated near the Rai and the Arena, while the city centre
is 15 minutes away by subway. The hotel has 152 guest rooms that
are facilitated with a host of modern comforts to ensure you a pleasant
and memorable stay. Healthy appetites are superbly catered at the
onsite grill restaurant with an extensive a la carte menu. The bar serving
drinks is a right place to be when you wish to relax, either on your own
or with friends.
Western Delphi Hotel Amsterdam
Best Western Delphi Hotel
is located in Amsterdam, close to Concertgebouw, Stedelijk Museum, and
Van Gogh Museum. Nearby points of interest also include Vondelpark and
Rijksmuseum. For a surcharge, shuttle services include an airport shuttle
and a cruise ship terminal shuttle. Guest parking is available for a surcharge.
Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Best
Western Delphi Hotel features a bar/lounge, multilingual staff, and tour/ticket
assistance. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary
buffet breakfast is served daily. Concierge services and tour assistance
are available.This is a smoke-free property.
400 Hotel Amsterdam
The ambience, location
and friendly atmosphere of Casa 400 Hotel will make your stay in Amsterdam
a very pleasant one. The Casa 400 Hotel is conveniently located,
close to the city, near the Amstel station with speedy connections to the
city centre and the A10 freeway. It is also nearby to all the tourist attractions.
The Frankendael Park and Middenweg shopping area are within walking distance
of the hotel. The hotel has 400 rooms that are comfortable, well
furnished and equipped with standard amenities. The hotel features
an a la carte restaurant, cosy bar, coffee corner, lobby and a sunny terrace,
which can be enjoyed after a pleasant day, spent in Amsterdam.
Citadel Hotel Amsterdam
is situated in the city centre, near central station and the Royal Palace,
on Dam Square. The hotel boasts 38 comfortably furnished, stylish
bedrooms with a varying size and modern features. The hotel boasts
a cosy bar or lounge and Dutch buffet breakfast that guarantee a pleasant
stay. Citadel also provides safe deposit boxes that are available
at the reception desk, for your convenience.
Plaza Amsterdam City Centre
This property provides you
all the modern facilities and conveniences that is needed for a wonderful
and an enjoyable vacation. Situated in the city centre of Amsterdam,
the Crowne Plaza is near the Central Station and Dam Square. Surrounded
by shops, museums and restaurants, the hotel is just a 20-minute drive
from Schiphol International Airport. Decorated in a modern style,
the 270 guestrooms are spacious, warm, inviting and equipped with all the
modern facilities for a comfortable stay. Guests can dine at the
onsite restaurant that serves American buffet breakfast, traditional Dutch
cuisine as well as international specialities.
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Port Van Cleve Hotel Amsterdam
Die Port van Cleve, a 4-star
hotel welcomes you to its pleasant ambience, where a combination of history
and hospitality are matched with style and modern comfort. Located
in the centre of Amsterdam, next to the Magna Plaza shopping centre, this
hotel is perfectly located to see all the main tourist attractions of Amsterdam
and is within walking distance from the central station. The property
features comfortable guestrooms that are well furnished and equipped with
necessary in room amenities. Specially adapted rooms are also available
for disabled guests. Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant that
serves traditional Dutch and international cuisine. You are also welcome
to the bar that serves usual drinks and light meals.
Amsterdam aan de Amstel
This hotel is located along
the A2 Utrecht-Amsterdam motorway and the A10 ring road. It is close to
the Rai conference centre, the World Trade Centre and is between Schiphol
airport and the heart of Amsterdam. All the medium sized bedrooms
are double glazed and air conditioned. They are decorated in modern style
with pastel colours and wooden furniture and are in good condition. The
bathrooms are of an equally good standard, but quite small. As well
as the cafe/ bar situated in the lobby area, the hotel has a large, modern
restaurant on the same floor which offers an a La Carte menu.
Whether you come to Amsterdam
for business or pleasure, this hotel offers a friendly atmosphere and makes
your stay a pleasant one. Located on the outskirts of Amsterdam,
Mercure Hotel Airport is easily accessible from the A4, A9 and A10 highways.
This property is close to the Schiphol Airport, Nieuwe Meer, RAI Congress
Centre, WTC and the Amsterdam City Centre. The on-site restaurant
serves delicious cuisine for you to feast on. You can also unwind at the
cosy bar with an exotic drink after a busy day. During leisure, guests
can visit the nearby attractions such as the Artis Zoo, botanical gardens
as well as the Keukenhof Lisse Amusement Park.
Offering comfortable accommodation
and convenient facilities, Novotel Hotel is an ideal place to reside while
in Amsterdam. Conveniently located in the immediate vicinity of the
RAI congress centre, the World Trade Centre, Amstel Business Park and the
Arena, Novotel Hotel Amsterdam is placed less then 5 minutes walking distance
from the RAI railway, metro and tram stations. Guests can dine at
the onsite restaurant that serves a wide variety of delicacies. You can
also relax at the cafe with light snacks and beverages and also sip various
cocktails at the cosy bar.
Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel Amsterdam
The hotel is located on
the tree-lined Prinsengracht, one of Amsterdam's most picturesque canals.
The Royal Palace on the Dam Square, the main shopping districts and many
Museums are all an easy stroll away. The restaurant is divided
into two parts, one with wooden flooring and neutral furnishings and the
other with marble floor and bright red, black and white furnishings. There
is also a bar which is very swish with dark blue and black decor but very
comfortable and inviting and it also boasts a very "trendy" cigar room
and is extremely popular with the locals and along with the restaurant,
is not typical of a hotel bar.
Amsterdam The Grand Amsterdam
Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand
is located in Amsterdam, close to National Monument, Dam Square, and Royal
Palace. Nearby points of interest also include Amsterdam Historical Museum
and Nieuwe Kerk. Dining options at Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand include
a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a sauna,
a fitness facility, and a steam room. Spa amenities include spa services,
massage/treatment rooms, facials, and body treatments. The property
offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Limo/town car service, tour/ticket
assistance, and translation services are available.