Discount Amsterdam Hotels

by : Steve Valentino

Discount hotels are another way to save on accommodation but splurge on leisure activities. Amsterdam is a happening city offering varied tourist delights along with hotels to match budgets and specific needs. Whether looking for a discount hotel or 'the ultimate-in-luxury' Amsterdam has more than 300 accommodations - including rooms in 17th-century gabled houses lining the canals or in residential areas away from main city. These 'pensions' or 'century old rooms' generally retain the old antique look and with a view of canals are good bargains. The main hotels are clustered around Central Station, the Leidseplein and DamSquare. The Royal Palace is situated near this Square that is considered the heart of the city, with Anne Frank's House a mere five-minute walk away from the shopping centers and museums.

It is advisable to book through the Internet in advance and enquire about extra costs such as VAT (Value Added Tax) of 6% and the city tax of 5% that are often included. Another issue to be straightened out is the meal plan. Amsterdam hotels operate on a European plan - without meals – or on a Continental plan - with continental breakfast. So it is better to check when booking. Other issues are whether pets are allowed; whether there are a mini bar in the room, family rooms, a safe deposit box, heating, and luggage storage. Also find out with the check-in/check-out times are. Some of us are particular about room service and if traveling with family may require baby sitting/child services, dry cleaning, ironing services, Internet services, car rentals and tour desks to plan on different tours. Even if on discount, the hotel should provide a clean living area, presentable ambience, and breakfast.

If you are looking forward to a peaceful break to enjoy long walks, swim, bike or canoe, then select discount accommodations in camps in within the city or in the country side. These are available with 2/3/5 bedrooms with communal kitchens and bathrooms. They are ideal for interacting with companionable people. Private rooms and cottages with attached bathrooms, kitchen and heating are also available. Some of these hotels or camps provide you with free parking during the off season. To take advantage of the best discounts, avoid the Tulip Season from late March to June, all summer, and convention time towards September.