a VirtualTourist member from Liverpool
I have booked a flight into Amsterdam next week for 3 days but
the hotels either look to expensive or are reviewed very badly.
The hotels in Utrecht look a lot better at more resonable rates.
I have been to The Dam a couple of times and know what is all about
but everything, meals, drinks seem to have taken a major hike since it went euro.
Is Utrecht a good alternative and does it offer the same sort of attractions but on a smaller scale and at more reasonable prices.
Can any recommend any good 4* hotels that they have had good deals at, that is close to the centre/station.
Personally, I prefer Utrecht to Amsterdam. I found Utrecht to be a smaller, less touristy version of Amsterdam. There are lots of bars and restaurants by the canals - and Amsterdam is only a short train ride away should you run out of things to do in Utrecht.
I'd strongly recommend Utrecht, especially as you've been to Amsterdam a few times already.
I got a very good deal on the 5* Grand Hotel Karel V when I stayed there a couple of years back. I booked it via:
It is a superb hotel and is located just a couple of minutes walk from Hoog Catharijne shopping mall, to which the central train station is attached.
Enjoy your trip,
Utrecht is a good alternative to Amsterdam.
The Schiphol Airport now has a direct train connection to Utrecht Centraal; travel time half a hour.
From Utrecht you easily can travel by travel to many other Dutch cities; you really should explore some of them.
Hotels should not be a problem; see:
(including the previous mentioned Karel V hotel at just 700 meters from the station)