Known for its crazy pace and wild lifestyles, contrasting architecture and romantic canals, Amsterdam guarantees you an amazing vacation. In the Dutch capital you may find accommodation in the most unexpected paces such as former schools and canal houses, renovated old buildings or amazing creations of futuristic design.
Amsterdam hotels are generally more expensive than the hotels in other European capitals, so either be prepared to pay a lot for an enjoyable stay or look for discounted options online. If you plan to travel to Amsterdam by car, think about parking ahead of time. Most hotels won't offer you more than a street parking permit or directions to closest city garage which costs up to Euro 40 per day. Luxury hotels in Amsterdam have their own parking.
The hotels of Amsterdam are rated according to the Benelux Hotel Classification with one two five stars, but their number indicates certain comforts and amenities rather than the level of service. The places without a single star are not hotels but guesthouses or Bed & Breakfasts, usually with the minimum of amenities. However B&B's with one to four rooms on average are favored by some guests due to personalized attitude and home feel. Among the budget offers special place is taken by party and stoner hotels which cater to guests who specially enjoy the crazy nightlife atmosphere of Amsterdam and allow smoking in the rooms, which most of Amsterdam hotels forbid.
Mid-range hotels are quite small, often with no lift, but with decent service and comforts. Top-end hotels offer far more luxury and great service, have lifts, in-room internet and breakfast included in the rates. The main difference of deluxe hotels from top-end is such extra amenities as air-conditioning, fitness centres, conference rooms and business facilities, though breakfast is usually not included.
The city centre of Amsterdam combines all types of accommodation - from hostels to luxury hotels with magnificent views of the river. Red Light District is known for luxury hotels and party hotels, as well as simpler places. Western Canal Belt offers a pleasant stay in old-style buildings facing beautiful canals, in close proximity to Jordaan district with its cozy cafes. Southern Canal Belt is home to the most luxury hotels, but accommodations of different levels are also found there.
Old South quarter with its ancient boulevards and museums features the most mid-range hotels. Vondelpark and the area that surrounds it offer a string of surprisingly unpretentious mid-range hotels. If you don't mind having to travel to the city center and enjoy greenery and modern architecture look in Plantage, Eastern Islands and Eastern Docklands.
Amsterdam hotel rates drop during low season which lasts from October till April, with the exception of Christmas, New Year and Easter. However even in the height of season you should enquire about special discounted rates. Luxury hotels may offer lower rates in summer or on weekends. Some hotels offer discount to families. Most of the room rates include a 5 percent tax, which is added to the bill separately at the luxury Amsterdam hotels.
Paying by credit card may also add an extra 5 percent to your bill. An average price for a double room without tax would be less than Euro 80 for budget offers, from Euro 80 to 160 for mid-range accommodation, Euro 160-270 for top-end hotels and more still for deluxe hotels in Amsterdam. When booking, note that some hotels may require a money deposit (cheque or money order)
Booking for hotels online is a great way to save time and money and plan your trip in the comfort of your own home. An impressive hotel database combined with a convenient booking system allows you to make the best choice with the minimum of your time and without having to pay any extra fees. When booking, note that some hotels may require a money deposit (cheque or money order) in advance.