Home from a recent trip to Amsterdam, Emily from thatemily.wordpress.com reviews her hotel stay. To see what else she got up to while there, check out her Amsterdam post.
When looking for a hotel in Amsterdam we consulted travel guides, websites and of course our go to guru from gotthepostcard.com. The biggest question we had was where is the best place to stay? The general consensus seemed to be Dam Square, and so our hunt began. Travelling on a budget can make things quite exciting, as you’re forced to really search for some good bargains, and comparing sites is always a good idea. We eventually settled on The Avenue Hotel on Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. With a great location, a good price and breakfast included it seemed like the best option for us, and our bank accounts! We had read some reviews on Trip Advisor, which always sounds like a good idea and then turns out to be awful as you’re filled with dread. Thankfully, we were pleasantly surprised by the hotel, which is barely a five minute walk from Centraal Station, and is perfectly located to view Amsterdam by foot, bike or canal boat, however you choose! The hotel is surprisingly big, with a welcoming reception and a handy luggage room for you to store your belongings before and after check in/out. The free wifi was great for uploading the odd picture to instagram and show off the amazing sights of Amsterdam. The rooms were of a good size, nothing too fancy but we didn’t expect a glamorous hotel! Each had a wardrobe, TV and a good sized bathroom. They were always beautifully cleaned, and we never found ourselves in the way of the hotel staff (something that I get a bit awkward about). Vending machines in the lobby meant that a late night snack after the local Albert Heijn closed was always available.
When we awoke on our first morning I was excited to try out the breakfast buffet and I wasn’t disappointed! Before my hungry eyes lay bacon, eggs, baked beans and as much toast, rolls, ham, cheese and croissants as I could ever want. Whilst the choice of hot food wasn’t vast, it was absolutely plenty for us, and we were grateful to fill up on a good breakfast before heading out on our days of sightseeing. Plus, we may have cheekily grabbed a couple of rolls to take for a picnic in the Vondelpark later in the day.
The Avenue Hotel is just far enough from the Red Light district to be quiet during the night, and close enough to all the action to mean you’re able to be almost anywhere in the city and be home within 15 minutes. I would absolutely stay in this hotel were I to visit Amsterdam again, great value and great location! You can read my full write up of our time in Amsterdam on my blog http://thatemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/amsterdam-travel-diary/.
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