At very short notice I was looking for accommodation in Amsterdam and the Lilly Houseboat came up on a search. After several previous visits staying in hotels, I had always wanted to stay on a houseboat and I booked this fantastic accommodation through Lovingamsterdam. It was excellent value for money with central heating, two bedrooms (a double and a twin bunk), Kitchen (inc microwave, dishwasher etc etc) and living room area with TV, CD player etc etc, and of course a shower room with a lovely hot power shower!!. Everything is spotlessly clean, modern and well maintained and there are dozens of other things included, plug adaptors, hairdrier, towels, - the list is endless.. you will find all kinds of things available, including some food stuffs too! Just remember to leave it exactly as you found it (otherwise your credit card will be charged!).
The boat is situated on a quiet residential canalside with good access to nearby public transport (you can see and hear the trams on the opposite side of the canal) There is a lovely outside deck area where you can watch canal life (mostly in duck form!!) while sitting with your morning coffee :))
It's a houseboat! It ROCKS! (when you least expect it!!!) That dizziness isn't the after effects of the night before - it's a boat on water and sometimes the motion is much stronger than you expect. They look completely stable from the water's edge - but sometimes the light swings and your drinks ripple!
The boat was ideal for our short stay as it afforded privacy and independence. The guests have the option of cooking for themselves or going out - the city centre is just a short walking distance away. We had arranged with the boat "Greeter" to have milk, tea/coffee provided on our arrival as we flew in late and had no time for grocery shopping. Everything was as we had asked, and had exceeded our expectations! She met us at the boat by prior arrangement and explained how everything worked, where the buses, trams, shops etc are and left an emergency number - (in case of nautical disasters I guess!). All this is written down in a book left on the kitchen table in case one should forget some vital piece of info like... how does one turn the TV on? Well!! it was COMPLICATED!!! ;-)
It's a WOONBOOT! You can come and go as you please, at any time, and when it's time to go just leave the keys (you get two sets!) on the table on your way out!
Ohhhh about the photo - unfortunately the boat doesn't come equipped with its own cabin boy - in this case it is best to bring a helpful friend who cleans up after herself (and you if you are lucky! :))
Decent prized hotels in Amsterdam which have good reviews tend to be rare or so we found out. We don't usually like to stay in chain hotels but in the Ibis Amsterdam City West we found a good priced room for October 2012 for Euro 75.00 for a double, no breakfast included. For this deal we booked directly with them up to 21 days in advance.
The room had a comfortable bed (somewhat on the soft side), a flatscreen TV, hair dryer, free wifi, 6 coat hangers, soap/shampoo dispensers in the bathroom, 2 towels each. We had room no. 301 which was unfortunately just opposite the service room which was quite loud early in the morning. Although it was right by the lift, we didn't hear it. The shower cabins are quite large and the shower was very good.
Check in and out was swift and friendly. There is a lobby bar with snacks available 24 hours. On the first floor there is a restaurant. In the same building the is also a Burger King. There are some computers in the lobby and a printer.
From the Central Railway station or the Sloterdijk Railway station take bus no. 48 to the stop Kabelweg and then it's a very short walk.
When I was first looking for accomodations in Amsterdam, I was surprised that hotels are quite expensive in Amsterdam, so I started looking for a Bed & Breakfast. There are not that many B & B in Amsterdam and certainly not in the centre. After a while I found B & B Wildervanck, still more expensive than what I am used of a B & B but it was well located and close to the major attractions.
This B & B is located in a nice 17th century house along the canal, only a few steps away from a tram stop. They have two rooms, one in the basement with a separate entrance for 100 EUR and one on the groundfloor for 115 EUR. Breakfast is included and served in a lovely red dining room between 8-9.30 am (weekends between 8.30-10 am).
They prefer cash payment. If you'd like to pay with creditcard, 8% is added to the price.
Check-out: 11.30 am
We had the room in the basement because the other one was not free. At first, I had my doubts but afterwards I was very satisfied. Okay, you won't have the beautiful view of the canal, the room has a small window at sidewalk level, but we didn't mind as we were away all day.
The room was very nice with 2 beds, TV, small table with 2 chairs, a bookshelf with travel guides and maps of Amsterdam (very handy), a coffeemaker and drop (local candy), and even fresh flowers and an umbrella. The separate bathroom had a shower, towels and a hairdryer.
I had the feeling that I was staying in a hotel room, so afterwards I didn't mind paying the 100 EUR.
Amsterdam B&B-general info
Individual Bed & Breakfasts:
Here are some hostel and hotel addresses:
Our recommended Amsterdam hotels listed from cheap to expensive
STAYOKAY (STADSDOELEN, VONDELPARK & ZEEBURG)
HANS BRINKERS HOTEL
FLYING PIG (2 Amsterdam locations and a beach location at the village of Noordwijk)
CHRISTIAN YOUTH HOSTELS in the Jordaan & RLD
International Budget Hostel
Airbnb Bread & Breakfast addresses - wimdu Bread & Breakfast addresses
Hostelle, a hostel for women only
Multiple Amsterdam hostel links
EASY TO BOOK HOTELS
Amsterdam Hotel service
HOTELS AROUND THE SCHIPHOL AIRPORT
Cheap hotel near the RAI exhibition center: Hotel V (a hip budget hotel)
Downtown map with available hotels
Amsterdam slaapt (Amsterdam sleeps), A website by Vincent van Dijk, who in 2010 was sleeping each night in a different Amsterdam hotel.
Here are some links to Amsterdam Apartment websites:
Expat rentals. Short- and long stays
Amsterdam Sublets (Craig's list)
Vacation home rentals
Houseboats and Appartments
Canal Appartments (indiviual):
555 at the Prinsengracht
Live like a local
Sleeping in a church
L01491 is a wonderful, traditional Dutch barge moored near the River Amstel, on the Prinsengracht. Before I arrived I had only seen a few small photographs of it. However, it turned out to be far better than expected.
The owners had lived on L01491 when they were students many years ago. It is beautifully looked after. There is a large lounge, double-bedroom, kitchen, shower room and a double 'bed' in the bow of the boat. All with super curved-timber ceilings, port-holes and windows overlooking the busy canal.
It was a nice surprise to find cable TV and a modern music centre in the lounge. So we could watch some Wimbledon tennis, the "Live 8" concert and had an excuse to discover "Concerto", the brilliant local CD shop, to purchase some music :-)
It may be possible to contact the owners directly, I have not asked yet, so will not put their telephone number here. The barge is currently available through City Mundo, the online Amsterdam accommodation agency. Prices worked out at under 50 euros per person per night, for 4 people sharing.
The barge is remarkable, a real history lesson. It is over 100-years old. It will definitely save you the bother of visiting the 'Houseboat Museum', further along Prinsengracht :-)
This hotel is located 5 minutes walk from the train station, on the edge of the Red Light District.
Our room was tiny and noisy but clean.
You get what you pay for!
Room had a bathroom.
Hotel has five floors without elevator.
This flat was perfect! Ground floor, but may not be suitable for people with mobility problems; 8 steps up to the ground floor and a very high door sill to step over to enter the flat itself.
Very quiet, large, planted inner garden that you wouldn't suspect from the outside.
Large room, good bed (single), small sofa suitable perhaps for a 5-10 year old child.
TV and video player - he even leaves some videos in the room for your use.
Excellent neighbourhood, 5 minutes walk to Leidseplein.
Internet shop 1 street away, but unpleasant people run it. Good supermarket and launderette (self-service or with same-day service) and lots of little shops including health food stores within 3 minutes walk.
Good hot water and plenty of it. The bathroom is large, the shower stall tiny and slippery. All is totally clean.
There is a full kitchen within the room, all dishes, silverware and pots provided. He provides free coffee, tea and sugar. All linens supplied with extras in the closet if you need them. One night only was a bit cool and he turned on the heating for a couple of hours.
The owner, Paul, is a nice person, no problems, very considerate and kind. He provides complete privacy but with availability at all times if you need him.
The mini-flat is part of his own personal flat, so he doesn't give out the address. One needs to write to him from his site - he has a number of flats available. This one is the smallest and the least expensive. I paid 40 Euro a night + 100 Euro deposit which he returned on the day that I left.
In summertime campgrounds could be an idea. The “camping” in The Netherlands are belonging to the best (and worst) in the world. Some farmhouses offer campground with only a few places (we call it “kamperen op de boer”) and this can be a very nice surprise in combination with the city itself. Again, one can go easy to the centre by public transport and some campgrounds or farm stays offer a rental bicycle to get around.
Thursday May 19 - Friday May 20
As our flight to Ohrid was not until Friday morning, we stayed at the IBIS AMSTERDAM AIRPORT overnight. When we arrived at Schiphol and after getting our luggage, we went outside to where the hotel shuttles were and got the free shuttle to the IBIS. We were early, but the kind young man at the desk gave us a room (#3502). Thank goodness, as we were very tired.
We booked the IBIS through booking.com and paid 89 Euros plus 6% city tax - for a total of 94.04 Euros.
Breakfast was not included and is extra at 15 Euros per person per day.
Tuesday May 31 to Thursday June 2, 2011
As our flight to Toronto was not until Thursday morning, we stayed two nights again at the IBIS. We again booked through booking.com and paid 178 Euros plus 6% city tax - for a total of 184.68 Euros, but this time we received two free buffet breakfasts as we were staying two nights. (Special - room must be prepaid with no cancellation allowed).
FREE SHUTTLE BUS - takes guests to and from Schiphol between 4:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Follow the "Hotel shuttles" signs to exit D. At bus stop A9 you will find the IBIS shuttle bus. A schedule is posted at the bus stop and at the IBIS near the entrance to the hotel.
Our room was simple with Queen bed, TV, computer desk ( free internet for an hour at a time - get a password from the front desk). safe (free to use), mini-fridge ( not all rooms have a fridge), bath/shower, bath soap provided & hair dryer.
First Floor - Red Baron Bar & Vending Area
Second Floor - Star Class Cafe' - Lunch dinner, snacks and drinks - ate here once - Chicken wings and fries.
Fourth Floor - Pizza and Pasta - Italian - take away available
Restaurant L'Estaminet - French Cuisine Restaurant
Breakfast Room - Early Bird 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. - Breakfast Buffet 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. = Cost 15 Euros per person per day.
Never stayed here, but walked along it many times with even noticing this old landmark.
It's a small hotel with 16 double rooms and 4 single rooms.
If you want to know more contact VT-member geoffboxer; it's one of his favorite hotels.
Great lacation, bar downstairs. Restaurant Oud Holland nearby. At the heart of Amsterdam.
The Concert Inn (part of the AMS chain of Amsterdam hotels) is a small and simple place in a wonderful location. It's a two minute walk to the Concert Hall and about 5 to the Museumplein. The 16 tram was at our door and it's only a 30 minute drive from Schipol. The rooms were clean and the staff professional and helpful. The reception desk was next door at their sister hotel .. Ramada Museum Hotel.
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