Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Amsterdam is a great place for sightseeing, including museums and canals. Excitement comes not only from the attractions themselves but from the wide range of hotels you can choose during your trip. If you’re looking for more than just a typical stay, the following hotels are worth a look.

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Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre

Located in the heart of the city, the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre hotel earns extra points compared with other hotels in Amsterdam. This hotel provides rooms with luxurious bedding and trendy furnishings in soft colors. To enrich your stay, be sure to sample the signature Dutch dishes at the New Dorrius restaurant, which previously served breakfast only but now serves all meals. Another advantage is that the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and other key attractions are in the surrounding neighborhood and are easily reachable with a five-minute bus ride.


Hotel Okura Amsterdam

If budget is not a concern, try the first-class experience of this hotel, featuring 294 luxurious rooms and six themed suites. Leisure facilities such as indoor pool, health club, spa, and massage treatment also are available to make your stay as pleasant as possible. To tempt your palate, this hotel has four Michelin restaurants and two bars with their exceptional Japanese cuisine and wine list. Staying at Hotel Okura Amsterdam means you will be a few steps away from Albert Cuyp Market and Heineken Experience, or a 10-minute tram ride to reach the city center.


Tulip Inn Amsterdam Centre

Renovated in 2010, this hotel still offers you the atmosphere of old Amsterdam with its monumental architecture. The Tulip Inn Amsterdam Centre comes with 111 nonsmoking, comfortable rooms ranging from twin to family rooms and located in the historic area with plenty of restaurants and bars. Within just a five- to 10-minute walk, you can reach the Central Station or the prominent Dam Square. In addition to great value for your money, this hotel provides bicycle rentals and tour packages upon request.


Best Western Blue Tower Hotel

This iconic blue-glass hotel is a perfect choice if you’d like to stay at the edge of the city. Built in 2007, The Best Western Blue Tower Hotel has 188 spacious and modern-decor rooms. Don’t miss out on tasting the authentic French and Chinese cuisine at The Coffee Bar & Restaurant Saffron on the second floor, or shop at the vibrant market nearby. To reach the city center, you will have direct access from this hotel to the nearest tram station.


Getting Around Amsterdam on a Budget

In Amsterdam, cycling is the preferred way to get anywhere within the city. With only around $6 USD a day, you can rent a bike and enjoy this economical and fun way to explore the city. If you’d like to use public transportation, Amsterdam has an efficient tram, metro and bus system with reasonable fares. Where you stay is not an issue, since Amsterdam is a small city. A quick 20-minute tram ride gets you from suburban areas to the city center.

**Thanks to Hipmunk for sponsoring my article via their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

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