Last summer, me and my girlfriend decided to visit Amsterdam for a couple of days, so we went online to look for affordable hotels. Since parking in the centre of Amsterdam is ridiculously expensive (€5/hour) and few hotels offer a paying parking spot (€25/night), we hoped to find a hotel with free parking.
After having stumbled upon a few disappointing hotels with bad reviews and high prices, we found the Tulip Inn Riverside. Prices were cheap (€178 for 4 nights for 2 persons), breakfast was included (normally €15/p.p.p.n.), parking and wifi were free and the rooms looked OK, so we booked.
The hotel is located at about 1 mile from the highway exit, so we had no problems getting there. We arrived at the hotel with little expectations for the price we paid, but were pleasantly surprised. The personel at the check-in was friendly and helpfull, didn't take more than a minute or two. There's an elevator, what might come in handy if you're heavily loaded with luggage. The room was nice, had a nice view on the river and the beds were cosy, but to the more trained eye it probably needed some minor upgrades (3 or so small holes in the curtains, room keycard failed to work 2 times during our stay and some other little flaws, but overall not to be whined upon). It had a shower with bathtub, which was a nice extra if you'd want to relax after a long day of walking through Amsterdam.
The breakfast was served as a buffet and was more or less a brunch instead of breakfast. There was bacon, scrambled eggs, 3 types of bread, oven-baked sandwiches, ham, different cheeses ... To each his liking. The coffee and hot coco are also to die for!
The hotel is not exactly in Amsterdam centre, but after a 10 minute walk you can take the metro at the Gaasperplas station. Just cross the street from the hotel and go straight on, it's at the left side of the road. There, you can buy a travel pass for the public transportation system - ours was about 20 Euro per person for 96 hours of carefree travelling to, from and in Amsterdam centre. Daypasses are also available at about € 7 or € 8, if your stay isn't as long as ours. There are metro trains departing every 10 minutes from Gaasperplas and Amsterdam Central Station. On weekdays, the last metro back to Gaasperplas leaves the Central Station at 0.33am, so if you don't want an overpaid taxi driver to bring you back to the hotel, make sure to be on time.
Before you go to the centre, ask the hotel receptionist for a free map of Amsterdam, since you have to pay for one when you're in town. There are many maps available in tourist shops, but the one we got from the hotel we found to be better.
If you're planning on experiencing some culture in Amsterdam, go to the Tour & Tickets-shops, they offer great discounts on many popular tourist attractions. You can save up to 50%, so think smart ;-) They're located all over the city, but most you'll find at Damrak, the large shopping street in front of the Central Station.
To conclude my report: I can recommend the Tulip Inn to anyone who's interested in visiting Amsterdam, since the prices are great, the staff is friendly and the rooms are more than OK for what you pay. Be sure to use booking.com to book this trip, we rebooked last week and their prices were still the cheapest ones around!
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- Tulip Inn Riverside