Amsterdam is a fine city for tourists but finding low-cost but quality accommodation might seem to be an insurmountable problem for new visitors. The quality hotels charge €100 or more, but there are indeed decent hotels that cost much less and so don’t have to create a gaping hole in your pocket by paying high tariffs. You also needn’t stay in cheap hostelries that compromise on quality and service. Let’s examine the best 5 budget hotels in my favorite city in the entire world.
Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Zeeburg
This contemporary budget hotel, founded in 2007, provides spacious rooms both shared as well as private, with a highly attractive décor that uses the national color optimally, a roomy and bright dining area, and first-rate toilets and also showers. As is the case with every Stayokay hostel, the staff has a well-trained professional approach and takes care of all public spaces round the clock. Also different from other mainstream hostels, Stayokay is location in eastern Amsterdam. Being away from the beaten track of most tourists, the location imparts the original taste of the dynamic multicultural city, for instance close to Dappermarkt. The building housing Stayokay is conveniently shared with a restaurant/bar/cinema/club, as well as a bike rental store, so that a guest can cycle himself/herself to the heart of the city in just a few minutes. Essential information: stayokay.com, +31 20 551 3190, Timorplein 21,
with hostel beds ranging from a low €20pp B&B, and private double rooms from €50 with B&B
St Christopher’s at the Winston
The Winston hotel/hostel like its adjacent pub as well as club has a character of its own. Adjoining the exciting red light district, the Winston is very close to S&M clubs, bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. The Dam Square as well as more cultural jaunts is quite nearby. The most inexpensive options are indeed the hostel rooms, although there is no chance of much slumber there. Instead, dish out some dough on a classy private room to experience that incomparable stay in the great city as every room has been subject to customization by the local artists. Aggressive murals of the street art kind, scribbles inspired by drugs, and the much-debased red light ambience…all that is sure to haunt you and it is highly unlikely that you will ever forget the inimical experience. Essential information: Winston.nl, +31 20 623 1380, Warmoesstraat 129, with hostel beds ranging from €14.90pp B&B, and private double rooms from €74 B&B.
Flying Pig Uptown Hostel
Located close to the museum district and Vondelpark, the Flying Pig was a newly redecorated in 2010. Being uptown, there is the party-centric ambience with the detoxifying atmosphere of the neighboring Vondelpark and it is even possible to borrow skates if you want to explore the city on top of one. The bar stays ever full and so is the kitchen, where the guests bend over the stove to get that tasty morsel. Interestingly, this creates a dynamic space what with the constant coming and going of the guests at all hours of the day and night. A word of caution though: Flying Pig is very strict about its under the 35s policy, and in case you are way over that limit, it is quite unlikely that you long to share rooms with a wanton horde of 18-year-olds. Essential information: flyingpig.nl, +31 20 400 4187, Vossiusstraat 46, queen-size bunks in all shared rooms, ranging from €25pp B&B, private double rooms from €85 B&B.
CitizenM is a prominent link in a new Dutch chain of hotels. Evidently, this is a boutique hotel as the designer Vita furnishings signify; however, the quality service, opulent bedding as well as the budget tariff tend to change this hotel into a veritable haven for all, from backpackers to business executives. All rooms look alike, featuring wall-to-walls beds against the window, as well as ultra modern shower and glass toilets off to a side. Every hi-tech feature, along with ambient multicolored lighting, is managed by means of the latest Philips MoodPad. This is essentially a residential area where party people might feel bored, although the downtown is a short train or tram ride away. Essential information: citizenmamsterdam,com, 30, +31 20 811 7090, Prinses Irenestraat, double rooms ranging from €79 and room only.
Between Art and Kitsch B&B
A delightful alternative to all the design/boutique hotels that are fast appearing all over the city, this peculiar B&B is in De Pijp, a few minutes stroll from several museums, and is affectionately decorated by the owners. The rooms feature a hodgepodge of styles, replete with antiques, curiosities and other seemingly random items picked up on travels, ranging from colonial cabinets and Arab rugs to neoclassical chandeliers. All rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms, and there’s a shared kitchen for all guests. As is so common in Amsterdam’s budget range, however, you’ll have to beware of the climb. It can feel like a stairway to hell to reach the third-floor rooms, especially when dragging your luggage. Essential information:
Ruysdaelkade 75-2, +31 20 679 0485, between-art-and-kitsch.com, doubles from €80 B&B
So if you are on a budget, there is no more reason for you, to not to visit Amsterdam.
Wish you a happy stay!