Our Amsterdam hotels will have you staying in the heart of the city, close to many of the outstanding museums. Your "must-see" list in Amsterdam should include: the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House Museum, Anne Frank House and of course, The Van Gogh Museum - which houses the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world – and finally Dam Square and the Royal Palace. Amsterdam is also famous for its coffee shops, canals and its Red Light District. Hire a bike and spend the afternoon cruising alongside the canals, or for something a little more leisurely, enjoy a canal boat ride – it’s even a quick mode of transport between museums!
If you love shopping, then the historic Kalverstraat is the place for you; trendy boutiques, fashion houses, perfumeries, restaurants and bars. Amsterdam’s best-known shopping street - Kalverstraat - is said to have originated as a cow market in the 14th century! For lovers of sport, Amsterdam is the home of one of the finest football teams in Holland, Ajax. The Ajax program has produced such football greats as Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Edgar Davids. We have a selection of Amsterdam accommodation for those sporting fans wanting to stay close to the match. The team still regularly top the Dutch league and the Amsterdam Arena always provides a great atmosphere. The Ajax Museum is a must for football fanatics!
If you are flying into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and would like to stay on the outskirts of the city within easy journey of the airport then our handful of Amsterdam airport hotels may well interest you as they are less than 10 minutes by train from either destination and offer an alternative to Amsterdam city accommodation.
Enjoy the history and culture, galleries and museums, canals and parks, coffee houses and cuisine and all the areas of Amsterdam when you stay in your Amsterdam hotel!
There are only eight windmills left in greater Amsterdam; a tour to Volendam and Marken will take you on a tour of two Dutch fishing villages, and onward to see the traditional Dutch windmills and polders. Sampling two famous cheeses, Gouda and Edam may put you in the mood for putting on some clogs, or klompen as they are known in Dutch.
Cutting edge couture
When you think of Amsterdam, fashion might not immediately spring to mind, especially if you have just klomped around in a pair of clogs. However, the city is quickly establishing itself as an alternative to the established catwalks of Paris and Milan. Blending practical tailoring and offbeat accessories, it has an ageless appeal and may just encourage you to dive into the nearest boutique for an asymmetrical bag or tilted hat. Try Van Baerlestraat for boutiques, P.C. Hooftstraat for high-end labels, and the Waterlooplein flea market for bargains.
Something that may already have your attention is Amsterdam's profusion of coffee shops. In another display of the city's open-mindedness, (and despite recent changes in smoking laws) cannabis is likely to be on the menu. If fruit teas and aromatic smoke aren't for you, the cafes are still worth visiting for their distinctive atmosphere and the convivial conversation. Head to the botanical gardens to find out what a 400-year-old potted plant looks like, and take a restful stroll in the subtropical house and medicinal herb garden.
The tragic story of Anne Frank is retold in a museum dedicated to her life and linked to the house in which she and her family hid from Nazi persecution. It was here that Anne wrote her diary, which was eventually published and has become one of the world's most widely read books. Other notable museums are the Rijksmuseum, which features the masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age, and the Van Gogh Museum, which has the largest collection of his paintings in the world.
Capturing the canals
In contrast to the colorful red light district, a candlelight cruise along the canals will provide a more reserved evening of entertainment. Illuminated at night, the 17th century bridges will have you reaching for your camera, and the Reguliersgracht is perhaps the most photographed stretch of water in Amsterdam. Hop on one of the many trams to Leidseplein to enjoy snazzy cocktail lounges and cool clubs, and join the in-crowd to dance the night away. Hide