Finding accommodation in Amsterdam can be tough, it's a thriving but small city with a lot of people wanting to visit. This means that there are a lot of options, huge variety and often competition for that one room. After a lot of deliberation on whether to go hostel, hotel or Airbnb we settled on hotel and eventually the Crowne Plaza.
Amsterdam is a go to destination and the hotels know that, independent hotels can you set you back a little cost wise, hostels might not be for everyone, I admit I'm not a huge fan and Airbnb owners in central are definitely banking in on the cities popularity too. Location wise we knew we wanted to be a little way from the Red Light District and closer to picturesque and slightly quieter 'The Jordaan'. The great thing about Amsterdam though, is everything is pretty close. So, in a city as saturated as Amsterdam, nailing the location you want it going to help you make a decision. We landed on the Crowne Plaza, by closing in on the area, walking distance from the station, location, availability (another factor to consider in Amsterdam) and review score on trusty TripAdvisor.
After getting the train from the airport, it was only a 5 minute walk to the hotel, I had 'google mapsed' it before we left England to make it even easier, (see previous posts about my obsessive planning). The staff were instantly welcoming, even upgrading our room. We made ourselves right at home, before heading out for our first night in Amsterdam.
The hotel is in the perfect location no matter what you want to be close to. It's a 10 minute walk from almost everything, and if not the trams stop right outside. The wifi is fast, the rooms are clean, comfortable and even have a few extra touches which is unusual for a chain. The staff are always helpful and to top it all off, the is an open fire with comfy chairs and hot chocolate made to order open 24/7 right in the heart of the hotel.
I would book Crowne Plaza City Centre, Amsterdam again in a second if I needed somewhere reliable on another trip and would 100% recommend for short breaks. However, I would also like to explore some of the 'artier' options in the city on my next stay, but you've got to get in there quick to guarantee a spot.
Have you been to Amsterdam before? What is your favourite kind of accommodation, hotel, hostel or Airbnb?