Luxury Hotels : Amsterdam acts as a showcase for the nation's best hotels which means that there's plenty of choice for the financial elite. Celebrities make a beeline for the Amstel Inter-Continental, whose past guests include: Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana and the Rolling Stones. The hotel's elegant 19 th century façade is matched by an impeccable interior and sublime riverside location, but don't expect to get much change from a € 500 note. Amsterdam's second most desirable address is Keizersgracht 384, better known as Blakes Hotel . Blakes supplies a lesson in how modern design and historic architecture can compliment each other when in the right hands (in this case Anouska Hempel's) and is understandably one of Europe 's leading boutique hotels. The Grand Sofitel Demure provided lodgings for the Dutch Admiralty until 1996, when a facelift transformed it into one of the city's best-loved hotels.
Mid-range Hotels : A seasoned favourite with guidebook writers (which makes a mockery of the oft-penned concept that it remains 'undiscovered') the Seven Bridges Hotel is a canal-side gem. Built more than 300 years ago the hotel provides a tranquil and intimate retreat, but best of all: breakfast is served in bed. Facing Centraal Station the NH Barbizon Palace is a slick business hotel replete with all the necessary mod cons. With 26 double rooms priced between €140-190, the 17th century Canal House Hotel fills up quickly and delivers a memorable stay.
Cheap Hotels : In Amsterdam you tend to get what you pay for, much to the chagrin of budget travelers. However there are a few notable exceptions: Hostels are the most economic option, and most have private singles and doubles as well dormitory beds. Pride of place goes to Bulldog Low-Budget Hotel in the historic city centre, where you'll get a comfortable night's sleep in a shared room for about €30 (you'll have to pay more for the luxury of your own room). Stay Okay Vondelpark in the Museum Quarter is run by Hostelling International, so members can expect a discount. The hostel is clean, tidy. and incredibly busy, hence the need to book well in advance. If you're planning to stay in Amsterdam for a few days (or are traveling in a group) it's worth thinking about renting an apartment. Agencies letting properties in the city centre include: Acacia (T el: 020 622 1460), Amsterdam House (Tel: 020 626 2577) and Gasthuismolen Apartments (Tel: 020 626 6043).