Hotels booking in Amsterdam, one of the most enchanting cities in Europe, consider splurging on a five-star hotel. Why? Veteran Amsterdam-ers might say the top-drawer hotels give you the best views and most convenient access to the magnificent waterways and city centre, and that, at night, there’s no more mesmerizing way to catch a glimpse of old Amsterdam’s beautifully lit structures. After all, there’s nothing like unwinding after a long day of travel and sight-seeing, in a hotel that knows how to pamper its guests. Now…if you could get all that value for a mere pittance (well, almost a mere pittance), wouldn’t you think it was a worthy find?
Let’s examine a few world-class hotels in Amsterdam that are reasonably priced
1. Top Secret Five-Star Hotel – What’s crucial to all hotels, of course, is top-notch customer service and state-of-the art amenities, and Top Secret has both of these qualities in spades. Unbiased reviewers have stated that this was “the best hotel experience in Holland”. And what’s the sign of a truly cared for hotel? That it be impeccably clean, from top to bottom, and rave reviews from guests would indicate this is so.
Now let’s get on to what you can see from Top Secret if you request a room with a view. The staff will provide one with a stunning view, on the top floor, without a hassle. The price for two persons, standard, is $185.94 (slashed, in mid-summer, 2010, from the usual rate of $498.) Deluxe selection is $212.50 (down from $564.45).
Both levels include free entrance to the hotel wellness centre and free wireless internet connection. Top Secret has 165 spacious rooms and is located in the City Centre.
Interesting asides: this hotel is not designed as your typical hotel, but more like a museum. It is a bit of a labyrinth, with winding passages. Top Secret is situated near the railway station and yet is generally very quiet.
2. Hotel Okura Amsterdam – located on one of the most famous canals of the city centre, this hotel has been touted as “unlike any other hotel,” due to its plush and luxurious furnishings and vibrant colors. The Okura is known for pampering its guests. There’s even a protocol for jet-lag sufferers. The health centre has an 18-metre (59 feet) indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and Turkish bath.
It has 301 rooms. The prices start at $233.08 for a standard room and $351.95 for a deluxe accommodation. It’s located a little ways from the centre hub at Ferdinand Bolstraat 333,1072 LH Amsterdam.
Side notes: The nearby city centre is accessible by bus. This hotel has an excellent Japanese restaurant on the premises with a wonderful Sushi bar. Although the restaurant and breakfast spread might be deemed expensive, the hotel itself is a good value. Skip the in-hotel meals if you’re on a budget.
3. NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace, Burgwallen-Oude Zijde, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Prins Hendrikkade 59-72,1012 AD Amsterdam. This hotel is located directly opposite Central Station. The Dam Square is only a five minute walk away, and Anne Frank’s historic house is a ten minutes drive from the Barbizon. Now let’s get to the particulars: what’s the hotel like? It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The term avante garde comes to mind. The lobby has huge pillars and the floor is tiled in black and white. There’s a modern red reclinter in the center.
Using a water taxi? The Barbizon has its own landing moor. There is a fitness sauna on-site. The standard price for a single room is $223 per night (for up to two people) and for almost the same price, you can book an “organizer” for two people, for $223.80.
Interesting side notes: The hotel is actually composed of nineteen 17th century houses and a 15th century chapel.
4. The Dylan Hotel Amsterdam – This is called a “boutique” hotel. It’s located on a 17th century landmark: a well-known water canal. It’s designed to “respect the past and embrace the future”. The chef’s dishes are creatively French, one of which is “Ceviche of sea bass with croquettes of pumpkin and king crab and a vinaigrette of orange”. Guests claim that, despite its lavish ambience, its staff—front desk person to concierge—take time to answer questions of folks just popping in to to see the grand old building. A nice touch! A tad expensive at $390.19 for a two-person standard room. A luxury double room goes for $410.03.
Interesting side note: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms or anywhere in the hotel other than in the garden or designated smoking area.
5. NH Krasnapolsky Apartments, Burgwallen-Oude Zijde, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Dam 9,1012 JS Amsterdam. These are apartments very near the Royal Palace, the Kerk Church and the Museum. As such, they are considered to be located in an “exclusive” area of Amsterdam. Each apartment has its own private entrance and consists of a bedroom, living room, kitchenette and a private bathroom. These apartments only book for a minimum of seven days and nights.
The fitness center offers massges, and breakfasts are served in The Winter Garen. Prices range from $183 per night (or $1286.95 for the seven days), for a “Junior Apartment” for two people, to $1564.71 for a “Business Apartment” (or $223.53 per night) for two people.
Interesting side note: the rooms are modern-chicand the décor is very cutting edge, with touches of black, soft grey and red used throughout.