I highly reccomend Hotel La Bohame. I was there for a few days over Thanksgiving and I have no complaints. The best aspects of the hotel are the people who work there. They are glad to help you with any questions. In fact they seem to welcome it. In additon the rooms are spotless, and the matress was sooooooooo comfortable. Even the guy who cleans the bathrooms was friendly. If you have never been to Amsterdam, you must understand that all moderatly priced hotel rooms are pretty small, so don't expect a huge room, but it is more than ample. The people who run the hotel seem to take great pride in their work. Lastly it is in a great area. Nearly everything is a 10 minute walk away, and the main party area is around the block, but don't worry you don't hear any noise late at night.
Unique Quality: very clean, wireless internet, great mattress, and friendly, helpfull staff. And it couldn't be in a better area
Directions: Leidisplan(I am sure I spelled it wrong)
We stayed here for a long weekend in May 2003. The hotel was clean, but with the usual steep stairs - so if you have a thing about heights, be warned!
The hotel is just around the corner from the LeidsPlein area, not far from the museums and on the main tram-routes.
The breakfast which was served in the bar area was good., and they also have a lovely cat, that will come and join you for breakfast if you are lucky!
They will only take bookings of 3 or more days, though, so weekend breaks are out of the question.
We had a triple room. It wasn't very much money, and it was reasonably close to the centrum (must have bike). If all you lazies out there want to half-ass it and go out at night, think again! You'd better procure a bike. This hotel, overall, is a good place to sleep, pre-drink, and watch dutch re-runs of "saved by the bell."
Directions: At the south end of Marnix. Actually very close to Melkweg. Near the Leidseplein for all you cute guys.
La Boheme is located in Leidseplein, a great central location in Amsterdam. The area is very safe and always busy with people.
My room at La Boheme was basic but clean, and worth the price of cleanliness, location, and the friendliness of the hotel staff (not to mention the included breakfast).
I got a single room with shared facilities (a clean enough toilet and shower were shared between 3 rooms). Initially, I was worried about safety because it is on the ground floor (or basement, depending on how you look at it), but the window (which I always kept locked and closed) faced a small courtyard, so it was quiet
The room had a single bed, a sink, and while the room was a bit dim with all the lights on, it was fine. It also had a desk with a tv with a bundle of channels. They also have a closet in which there's a safe. They also supplied clean sheets and towels.
Even though the reception is only open from 9 to 11 on the weekends, telling them of my late arrival (11:20 pm), someone was there to check me in. They would like the payment upon check-in with a 20euro key deposit which is returned upon check out. Breakfast is served on the weekends from 9-11, which is sometimes inconvenient when you want to hit the popular sites.
Check-in is at 2pm and check-out at 11am. you can leave luggage there during the day.
They offer maps and information which is quite helpful. They also have a little cat which runs around the reception/breakfast area just for morning exercise!
I stayed at the hotel for 2 nights, and while most websites require a 3 night stay, I booked the hotel using a VERY useful website where an operator will chat with you online and answer any questions that you might have - tries to work within your price range. http://www.hotel-bookings.nl/
It is very close to the tram stop. When coming from Centraal Station, look to the right, past the square, for Marnixstraat (on this corner, there's an events/information office)
(using lines 1,2,5; stop leidseplein).
Just a quick tip to let you know what a great weekend we had in Amsterdam.
Our accommodation was really comfortable clean and the beds were something else, if we could have brought those mattresses home we would have done.
Staff friendly and helpful only name we can remember is Albert but all were great.
We would definitely recommend you not just for the service we received but the location was excellent.
Directions: 50 meters from the Leidseplein
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