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Many hotels can be found in the stunning gabled houses that line the banks of Grachtengordel - the canals that spread out in semi circles from the compact city centre. The budget hotels in particular in this great location are highly prized by tourists, so early booking is recommended.
Amsterdam hotels come in many other shapes and sizes and are located at a variety of interesting locations. Other popular central hotel hotspots include the area south of Centraal Station (handy for connections to the airport), and in the museum “district”, Museumplein. The area around Vondelpark is also populated by many hotels. While the hotels in these districts may not offer the traditional charm of the gabled canal houses, you will often find you have more room for your money. You can even stay in hotels that are on boats moored to the quayside.
Many hotels are locally owned and managed, and many are members of the Best Western chain. The big brands are represented by chains such as Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Novotel, Mercure, NH Hoteles, Ramada, Swissotel and Wyndham. For a stay in an iconic hotel, head for the Sofitel Grand or the Intercontinental Amstel, as they are both set in historic buildings.
The Red Light District might sound seedy; it is in fact an interesting and safe place in which to stroll. However, if you are easily offended, steer clear of the area. Stag and hen groups tend to book hotels in this area, so if you're looking for a quiet night, consider basing your break in other parts of the city.
Many modern Amsterdam hotels are situated well outside of the city centre in modern business parks or near the airport, though Amsterdam's public transport is excellent with fast and frequent links into town. Rotterdam is just one hour away when you jump on Amsterdam's regular train service, if you fancy a change of scenery.