Amsterdam

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 13, 2011 5:52 PM GMT
    I'll be traveling to Amsterdam with a straight friend in May and looking for recommendations on cheap places to stay, things to do, etc.
    Any advice would be helpful.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 14, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    txguy1977 saidI'll be traveling to Amsterdam with a straight friend in May and looking for recommendations on cheap places to stay, things to do, etc.
    Any advice would be helpful.


    The Heineken Experience is a must. It is the best deal on the continent for how cheap it was (ten Euros) for how much awesomeness (and beer) you receive. That is something I can easily recommend to anyone.

    What are you interested in - the pot stuff? Cultural stuff? "Local flavor?" Casinos? "American" stuff like Hard Rock Cafe? My recommendations would definitely change based on what sort of experience you are looking to derive from your time there.

    Hotel Smit in the Leidseplein district has the perfect location to walk to most things. It has a bit of the "I am paying way too much for this cracker box" feeling to it - but if you are spending a lot of time in your hotel room in Amsterdam I believe you might be doing something wrong icon_biggrin.gif

    My restaurant suggestions are also going to change based on what I am going to recommend for fun stuff (mostly for proximity reasons,) so give us a little more information and I will write back!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 14, 2011 12:28 AM GMT
    We'll be there for 4 nights, so I hope we'll have time for cultural stuff, pot stuff and some local flavor. I don't think we'll be doing any casinos as this will be at the tail end of our trip.
    I'm not sure what the "must see" things are. We're mainly looking to relax, get a feel of the people and of course do dome partying.
    I didn't know if there were any day trips that would be worthwhile that can be done.
    Also, it would be cool to check out the music scene.
    As far as accommodations go, we'll be looking for something on the cheap side.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 23, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    I don't know what you consider to be cheap, but the Bellevue Hotel was really nice. Centrally located and had a good breakfast.

    I really enjoyed the Van Gogh museum. Also had a few good meals, and went to a cool brewery, if you're interested in details let me know.
  • DanOmatic

    Posts: 1155

    Mar 23, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    There was another thread on Amsterdam a while back (do a search for it in the forums; it wasn't too long ago). There were a lot of great responses.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 23, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    Leide Strasse and the Red Light District really are fascinating. A canal boat ride may seem cheesy, but really is a great way to see the city. I do recommend renting a bike. It's the best way to get around, but beware of other bikers. They take it seriously there!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 23, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    ....and Priceline.com works great in Amsterdam for good deals on hotels. Don't discount small boutique-type places. They are usually in 600-year-old houses with lots of culture and history....usually my best experiences.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 25, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    No doubt your str8 friend will be curious about the Redlight District - and there's a good chance you are too. Here's a way to see what goes on without just standing around gawking:

    In the middle of the Redlight is an old pub called the Old Sailor - their sign has a picture of Popeye on it. Go on in and have a couple beers. Through the windows you can see all of the commerce going on out in the streets. There are a number of the famous windows with the hookers behind them that you will have an excellent view of. You can watch the guys checking out the girls, making their deals, going in, stumbling out ten minutes later... and the next guy going in five minutes after that.

    Of course you'll also want to stroll around a while just to check out the variety - but watching the action from the Old Sailor is a great way to get a handle on how the whole thing works, without looking like a slack-jawed yokel.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 26, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    I agree with Reborn68. Rent a bike (at the central train station ) and ride all over the place. It's the best way to see the city. Just be careful there are LOTS of people on bikes.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 26, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the info so far gentlemen. It's much appreciated.