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Central location. Amsterdam hotel

We will be in Amsterdam for 3 nights in June and are looking for a 3. Or 4 star hotel which is centrally situated. We love being in trendy vibey areas. Such as walking street. (If there is such a thing). We have never visited Amsterdam before. Is it a good idea to stay on the canal areas. ??? Thanks for any info. ....

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answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I'm not sure what you mean by 'the canal areas'? If you look at e.g. googlemaps you'll see that central Amsterdam is bounded by a series of concentric canals, with smaller canals joining them up. So you'll be in a 'canal area' wherever you stay in central Amsterdam.

There's no disadvantage to being right beside a canal, if that is what you meant?

Quite a lot of central Amsterdam is pedestrianised ('walking streets').

I stayed at the Singel Hotel, about 5 minutes walk from Centraal station, on the edge of the RDL (red light district) and right by the Singel Canal. I'm not sure if it will suit your purposes, nor whether the area is 'trendy'....but it is a very nice hotel. My review here:

[original VT link]

Also look at and Both are reliable sites used by many VT-ers and both have extensive listings.

I'm sure Dutch VT-ers will soon be along with advice about the trendy areas of Amsterdam! :-)

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

As Leics said, you can consider all of central Amsterdam as a "canal area".

Not sure this fits your bill either but we enjoyed this hotel:

[original VT link]

It was easy walking distance from all sorts off attractions and "lively" areas (Rembrandtplein was only a couple blocks away), and location on the corner of the Amstel and a canal was really nice.
Those lively areas can be really noisy at night so being just a couple of blocks removed made for better sleeping. :O)

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Frankfurt am Main

After a lot of clicking around I booked the Rho Hotel, which was very central and even had a certain flair, since the reception and lobby were originally a theater, built in 1908 in Art-Deco style and later used by a gold trading company:
[original VT link]

My experience is that hotels in Amsterdam are more expensive than in Paris, for example, but I decided not to let that bother me.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Decatur

Here is one more suggestion for your consideration: the Hotel Estheria. It is a 4 star on the Single and is easy walking distance a lot and near a tram line. Here is a link to my review:
[original VT link]

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hengelo

The old city center is very walkable. You have the main shopping streets Nieuwendijk and Kalverstraat; both pedestrian areas. Besides that the main road from the station the Damrak is wide enough (but mind the bicycles on their own cycle path!) and leads to the Dam square. From there you can take the Damstraat to the Red Light District and Litthe China or go in the opposite direction and explore the Nine Little Streets, back and forth over the 3 main canals.
Flowermarkt and Rembrandtplein square (and maybe Waterlooplein square) are other walkable options. Or go into the Leidsestraat to the Leidseplein (many bars and restaurants in that area).

In the center you will meet a lot of other tourists. For a trendy walk visit the local tourist office. There's a branch in the Centraal Station at track 2 and another one opposite the main entrance. Ask for the walk over the Java island ([original VT link]. You could opt for rental bicycles or join a guided tour of for instance the Yellow Bike company if you want to go further into Amsterdam. Else just ask at the tourist office and take the tram. Within 15 minutes a tram will take you to a totally different part of town.

Amsterdam has a lot to celebrate this year. Have a look at:

for what is going on at the time you will visit.

A hotel at the canal belt is nice, but not mandatory. The Amsterdam trams are an easy way to travel within the city and most of them serve the old city center.

Open to more questions (are you looking for a trendy / alternative hotel?).


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Chula Vista

I too have stayed on Singel and found it to be very centrally located with easy access to the city via tram or walking.

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