I am going to Amsterdam and I am looking for hotel suggestions, I want: a 2 or 3 star hotel, en suite facilities, 1 person, 4 nights (early May), close to the “centraal” rail station, under $135.00 a night (USD), I have been told that hotels in Amsterdam are famous for “over describing” themselves and I am trying to be careful.
I am also interested in “Amsterdam stories” both good and bad.
Can’t recommend a decent hotel but I can tell you to arrive a bit eartlier than early May. On 30 April the country celebrates the Queen’s birthday. (But not the current Queen, as I understand it since her birthday is in the middle of the winter, they celebrate on a former Queen’s birthday. Don’t want to dance in the cold ya know.) The Dutch know how to throw a hell of a party with lots of dancing in the streets, marching, singing, eating, drinking, and other, er, cultural activities if you’re into that sort of thing. If you can, it’s worth changing your flight.
Big recommendation: the three-star Ibis Stopera. Smallish but immaculately clean rooms, all ensuite, room safe, TV, very reasonable prices, and within walking distance of pretty much everything. It also has a nice café and a bar.
I stayed at the NH Barbizon Palace back in Oct. As eenerms said it is right across the street from Centraal station. I had a great room facing the IJ. I booked it on Expedia and it costs right around $120 per night. That price didn’t include breakfast ($19 a pop!) but the hotel (the one where Chet Baker died, I forget the name) kitty corner from the Barbizon Palace has a decent breakfast for $7.