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Best area in Amsterdam to stay?

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Best area in Amsterdam to stay?

My fiance & I have decided to spend our honeymoon in Paris and Amsterdam this September. We want to rent an apartment for about 5 days in each place. In Amsterdam we want to spend our time extremely leisurely, touring a few museums but mostly just enjoying the city sites, eating great food and coffee houses.

Which area would you suggest we stay in? Thanks!

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1. Re: Best area in Amsterdam to stay?

Hi there.

Amsterdam downtown area is rather small, most attractions and sites are in walking distance of a few minutes by tram/public transport.

Reading your post, I would say, try to get accommodation in the Museumplein area/around Leidseplein.

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Marcel

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I have stayed in the penthouse apt on kerkstraat thru amistad.nl a few times. It is a great place: near the Musuemplein and Leidseplein. It is on the 4th (5th to us) floor and there is no elevator. But it is a new building so the stairs aren't bad at all.

It really is like living in the city rather than just visiting. It has a great sun terrace on the back and views to the Rijks Musuem. It is def worth a look.

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3. Re: Best area in Amsterdam to stay?

I think of three basic areas, depending on your desires.

Oud Zuid

Leidseplein/Museumplein

Jordaan

The Oud Zuid is just beyond the Museum Quarter, a bit out of the center and quieter. Sort of the Presidio Heights of Amsterdam, it's a wealthy neighborhood full of gracious mansions and is well served by transit. There are a few places directly on VondelPark, smaller hotels, that might be appealing...even though they aren't apartments. The Atlas, The Toro or Borgmann Villa...or maybe even the John and Yoko Suite at the Hilton. The good: Charming and quieter, it's a nice refuge when you get home for the day. The bad: Extended travel time, fewer dining, coffeshop options in the immediate area.

Leidseplein is the apex of Amsterdam. Call it the Market/Powell area of Amsterdam. Close to the big hotels, major tram transfer point(overstoppen) VondelPark, the Casino, and just a few blocks from Museumplein...The good: EVERYTHING is right there. The bad: You know.

The Jordaan is the small neighborhood just beyond the Anne Frank House...Good funky, kinda Haight-Ashburyish, kinda North Beachish. The good: Close to attractions, plenty of shops, restaurants etc., great neighborhood feel. The bad: Hmmm..

The neighborhood isn't extremely important...Amsterdam is really very compact...just a few square miles. Find a lodging...apartment or otherwise, that is especially appealing, as it is your honeymoon.

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Travlin'Prankster, thanks for the extensive info. I also appreciate the likeness to San Francisco neighborhoods. Helps a lot!

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5. Re: Best area in Amsterdam to stay?

skcollins74,

Another thought of course...a houseboat. The only problem...Houseboats, like most apartments are rented by the week. How about 7 days in each place?

http://www.houseboathotel.nl/

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Suite 257 ..hope i have the number right , has luxurious suites which may be great for a honeymoon period. All the reviews on TA are amazing. If you want a place to be pampered, this might be it!!

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7. Re: Best area in Amsterdam to stay?

I'm not sure Leidseplein is the right area for us. Although my fiance loves city life, he will not want to stay anywhere that is super touristy. He hates and will avoid at all costs going to North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf and the like in San Francisco (where we live).

In or closer to the Jordaan area sounds more of what we want. I like the idea of it being arty/eclectic/funky, but am concerned that it will feel too "young". My fiance & I are in our early-mid 30's and don't necessarily want to be in a young/college area of town.

Do you think Jordaan is still our best bet? Or in the west canal belt closer to Jordaan?

Thanks again!

Shauna

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8. Re: Best area in Amsterdam to stay?

I'm not sure Leidseplein is the right area for us. Although my fiance loves city life, he will not want to stay anywhere that is super touristy. He hates and will avoid at all costs going to North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf and the like in San Francisco (where we live).

In or closer to the Jordaan area sounds more of what we want. I like the idea of it being arty/eclectic/funky, but am concerned that it will feel too "young". My fiance & I are in our early-mid 30's and don't necessarily want to be in a young/college area of town.

Do you think Jordaan is still our best bet? Or in the west canal belt closer to Jordaan?

Thanks again!

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9. Re: Best area in Amsterdam to stay?

Jordaan is well out of the way, there's not a lot to do there either. If you want to be a purist then you're free to be that way... just don't blame your husband when you have to walk miles each day before you reach the popular places... if you want the real Holland don't visit Amsterdam... I hate these kind of posts...

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10. Re: Best area in Amsterdam to stay?

Jordaan. This is the best part of Amsterdam to stay in... quaint, quiet, away from the tourists. It all depends on what you want though. If you'd rather be high as a kite, eating space cakes until you puke and fondling prostitutes, then you may be better off elsewhere.

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