I decided to book an apartment over a hotel due to the location which is approximately 200m from the Dam Square, so there was no need for additional tram fares to get into the centre, which people should factor in when pricing places to stay.
The price was competitive and the quality of the room was high. We stayed in the Pearl apartment which is on the second floor. It is minimally but tastefully decorated, with a kitchen, dishwasher, coffee machine, fridge and en-suite bathroom and shower. There is a fairly large supermarket about 100m away. You may find that buying food there saves money as a restaurant meal will be at least 20-25 euro per person. Bear in mind though that you would need to buy cooking oil etc. although there is a collection of condiments left by previous guests in the cupboard.
When we visited, the weather, from what we understood, was unusually warm and sunny. The room does not have air conditioning, but we didn't find the need to use the room's table fan. There are three large wooden-framed windows that open vertically.The curtains are fairly thick and lined and so stop the majority of light but there is some light bleed in the room.
Sleep quality was good, the bed is pretty comfortable, I'm not sure of the size but it was larger than a double. I'm a very light sleeper, who lives in the countryside so I expected it to be difficult to sleep in the middle of the city. In fact it was relatively quiet, mid-week visitors would have no issues in my opinion. On the weekend the noise comes in bursts and really it's those horrible scooters that woke me at 1am and 3am.
The staff were friendly and live in the 1st floor apartment if anything is required.
This would be top of my list as a place to stay were I in Amsterdam again.
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Some general points that I discovered after my first visit - bike rental is highly recommended from a vendor that will give a multi-day deal (we found it annoying to have to return our bikes before 10am, with no opportunity to rent again the next day). The circular nature of the canal structure means that even inexperienced cyclists can get around without much difficulty. Cars and pedestrians are fairly cautious around cyclists unlike most cities. This recommendation may be coloured by the fact that the weather on our stay was gorgeous, I've been told that it is more likely to be overcast and slightly humid.
If you are planning a weekend trip note that on Sundays most shops other than bakeries will not open until midday. We booked a mid-afternoon flight and sadly didn't get much shopping done (well not sadly for my poor wallet).
As a couple we were spending around 100-150 euros per day and we weren't spending time and money in pubs and coffee shops.
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- Two beautiful canal view apartments in a monumental canal house located in the center of Amsterdam, just behind the Dam Square at walking distance (10 to 15 min) from the central station. ... more less
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