Esperanza Guest House

Nieuwebrugsteeg, 18-20, Amsterdam, 1012 AH, The Netherlands
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Nice Hotel location

by lifesaver888

Hi everyone! Would like to ask suggestion/s as to what's a nice hotel to stay with moderate price range and is in a good location in Amsterdam? As a tourist,i'd like to lessen my transpo(few tram rides etc) budget in going around the city's tourist attractions sites..

Re: Nice Hotel location

by pieter_jan_v

On this website you can set your preference.

Here's our list from cheap to more expensive with a map showing the locations:

BTW Any down town hotel on average is within half a hour walking from the main attractions.


Re: Nice Hotel location

by xymmot

If you are a student and need to budget, stay at them many hostels around town. they are clean and friendly. When I was younger i stayed at the famous Bulldog Hostel. Often times people will see you with luggage and ask if you need a room. I find that they are good too and the money in my budget. just follow them to the place and check out the room. Most includes breakfast also, If you go the safe route you can book a room on the web, try SAS raddison
clean, near the central station, but big bucks. Good Luck, cheers Tommy x

Re: Nice Hotel location

by leics

I stayed at the Singel Hotel earlier this year and was very pleased indeed. I did not need to use any transport. It's only about 5 minutes walk from the station, where you will arrive from the airport, but quiet. I have a review on my Amsterdam page.

I booked it through, which is a reliable site with honest guest reviews (you can't pots a review unless you have completed a stay booked through the site) used by many VT-ers (including me on a regular basis). I suggest you look there to see what is available for your dates.

If you prefer to stay in hostels, look at and

Re: Nice Hotel location

by DueSer

When I was in Amsterdam, I stayed at Hotel Aspen. The owner is a really nice guy and the rooms are simple but clean and very reasonably priced. It's also just a couple minutes' walk from the Anne Frank House and some other sites, and only about a 10 minute walk to Centraal Station.

Re: Nice Hotel location

by Oregonguy

I hightly suggest Swissotel.

It is on Damrak street, right next to the Palace Square. 5 minute walk to Centraal station, the RLD, nightclubs in Rembrandtplein. Very centrally located.

The hotel is nice, modern, and clean....and budget friendly.

Re: Nice Hotel location

by mybruce0520

Hi VT's

Just want to share our experience in Amsterdam. We spend 4 days at Hotel BEURSSTRAAT (Beursstraat 7, Amsterdam 1012 JT, The Netherlands). We were happy to see the facade but when we went to our room it's the opposite of the facade which is like a dilapidated building. I will not call the place a hotel. Not so good smell and the white bed sheets are greyish. The place is good to sleep after a tiring day of touring around Amsterdam.

We paid less and we got what we paid. Hope this help

Travel Tips for Amsterdam

Beware of Blockbuster Art Exhibitions!

by hquittner

When we were there in May 2006, the Rijksmuseum and van Gogh were holding a joint show in the Exhibition Area in the lower back part of the vanGogh entitled "Rembrandt-Caravaggio". A combined ticket for all 3 was available and you had to enter the van Gogh to see the Exhibit (each advancing the cost). An audio guide was provided free (various languages). This was part of a year-long series of events to "celebrate" the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth. Blockbuster Art Shows are a way for museums to make money,achieve curatorial notoriety and cement picture swapping ("loans") opportunities for more Blockbusters. They are intended to expand the viewing opportunities for the interested local suporters of the museum (most of whom are world travellers). 90% of the people who attend are barely interested in art and cling to their audioguides while ignoring the pictures and blocking your view.There was no crowd control. In other cities (eg the Grand Palais in Paris) you buy your ticket at a Ticketron for a controlled specific time of entry which lessens the crowd. The conceit of comparing the 2 great contemporary masters of chiaroscuro (who were unaware of each other and of different social environments) was "clever". It provided an opportunity to view over 15 examples of each (only a few of the Rembrandts were from the Rijks.). But it was not informative like a similar Exhibition elsewhere comparing Picasso and Matisse. Of course an expensive publication was available for those who could not see enough because of the crowd! Photography is almost never permitted at Blockbusters (and is not permitted anywhere in the van Gogh Museum). Thus museums have preserved the covetous stance toward collecting art established by their royal and aristocratic ancestors. 17C Dutch Art and Architecture

Handy print-out guides to Amsterdam FREE !


Check Steven Pemberton's FREE online Guide
for handy links and info when visiting Amsterdam.
And this is another FREE guide, a PDF file from Boom Chicago Amsterdam. A printed version of this guide can be picked up at Boom Chicago and various locations around town. It includes a map of the city center too.

Centraal Station - 1889

by yooperprof

The Central rail station is currently undergoing a mammoth renovation and improvement project which will dramatically modernize this vitally important transportation hub. The work being done is especially challenging for several reasons: because the station was constructed on infill land; is a valuable historic landmark in its own right; and because it is imperative to keep the station open and operating during the whole restoration process. I think I read somewhere that the project will not be completed until 2012.

In the meantime, the Central Station can seem like a harried, cluttered place - and one that is hard to get to! But the exterior is certainly a monument to a certain period of Dutch pride and glory. This neo-Renaissance, red-brick "Dutch gothic" style was the rage in the late 1800s, and can be seen in many places across Amsterdam. The architect for the station was a 19th century genius, PJH Cuypers (1827-1921) - who also designed the Riiksmuseum in a similar style on the other side of town.

Spend at least a day just...

by bonio

Spend at least a day just wandering in any direction!
Amsterdam is not a huge city and it's easy to walk around without getting too lost.
Sooner or later you will see most of the famous sights! Sampling far too much of the local beer and getting asked to star in a porn movie, they must be DESPERATE!

Bibliotheek - (Public Library) - 2007

by yooperprof

Amsterdam has a wonderful new public library located just to the east of the Centraal Station on Oosterdokskade. There are fascinating contemporary art displays alongside state-of-the-art information technology, and a public cafeteria with wholesome food on one of the upper levels. Comfortable furniture and excellent views of the city make this library a must-see for all those interested in libraries, books, and contemporary architecture!

You might also like to check out my Travelogue for the library - more photos located there.


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