Where to stay

Amsterdam has a wide range of hotel accommodation from top-end luxury to trendy boutique hotels and cheap hostels. Cheap hotels in Amsterdam can be harder to find because demand is so high.

Groups and families might prefer self-catering apartments or bed and breakfast to hotel rooms, while younger visitors usually opt for cheap hotels, hostels and camp sites.

It's always best to book in advance, and particularly so for weekend visits and for Amsterdam festival events. Perhaps because Amsterdam has a small geographical spread, there never seem to be enough hotel rooms in the best tourist locations. Due to this problem, tiny 'cubis' rooms - little more than a bed - are now being offered at a number of hotels.

Amsterdam self catering

Amsterdam self-catering apartments are plentiful and normally have a private entrance and fully equipped kitchen. They range from the very simple to luxurious canal apartments to be found in Amsterdam city centre. Check out Amsterdam Apartments Unlimited for some of the best Amsterdam self-catering deals.

Amsterdam hostels

If you can't find cheap hotels in Amsterdam then hostels are the cheapest option and are popular with students and backpackers happy to share a room or dormitory.

Most youth hostels are in the city centre. There are a couple of 'youth' camp sites worth considering plus a family site which is better for touring caravans and mobile homes.

Budget hotels also offer friendly and cheap accommodation in Amsterdam as do coffee shops and pubs. The hostel-type accommodation often comes with private room, with many right in the heart of Amsterdam. Hostel-style studios and apartments range from the cheap and basic to the luxurious and stylish.

Amsterdam bed and breakfast

English-style bed and breakfast is catching on in Amsterdam. Some agencies rent apartment houses for bed and breakfast but with Amsterdam full of cafes and breakfast bars, many of the so-called Amsterdam B&Bs don't actually serve breakfast; it's provided at the local cafe.

If you'd like to steer clear of the city bustle city yet stay in easy reach of the Amsterdam sights check out this affordable studio and b&b accommodation in Amsterdam. Apartments are nicely central, near the RAI exhibition centre.

Hotel location

Parents might prefer to avoid the tourist crowds and the Red Light District. The Vondelpark area, with entertainment for children in the park, is ideal. Some of the houseboats in Amsterdam also make good family accommodation. Some were actually built as floating apartments, others have been converted from vessels and are now moored permanently on the Amsterdam city canals.

Amsterdam apartments

Self-catering business apartments are available in Amsterdam centre and are normally equipped with a desk, internet access and telephone. Business apartments in Amsterdam can be rented for longer stays. For larger groups of 10 or more, it's worth contacting a specialist travel agent. We highly recommend visiting Amsterdam Apartments Unlimited for the best Amsterdam apartments deals.

Amsterdam conference hotels

Most of the conferences in Amsterdam are at RAI Amsterdam to the south of the centre, accessible by metro. It's easy to stop in the city centre and use public transport to get to the conference complex.

For overnight stays, there are many hotels around Schiphol Airport. For larger groups of 10 or more, it's worth contacting a specialist travel agent. Group reservations are also ideal for sport teams and stag parties.

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