LawFuel Travel – For lawyers and others travelling to Amsterdam, the accommodation options are as vast as the city is exciting. And with more law firms and others seeking to work in Amsterdam in a post-Brexit world, the accompdation options also become important.
For many baby boomers, the Dutch capital may best be remembers as the place of choice for John Lennon and Yoko Ono to promote world peace, an event that occurred almost 50 years ago and was undertaken from Amsterdam’s Hilton.
But promoting or handling business form this beautiful and bustling city also requires some understanding of its neighborhoods and accomodation options because it can be expensive too.
The recently launched Eurostar route between London and Amsterdam has also increased its popularity.
After all, consider the range of accommodation – from beautifully refurbished canal houses, to chic B&Bs and short-stay apartments. You can stay in houseboats and a full array of great hotels.
Amsterdam’s Old Centre
If you choose to stay in the Old Centre, you’ll be a short walk from the main sights and the principal shopping and nightlife areas. This is a place of budget hotels and being close to the red light area.
Flying Pig Downtown. This is the ideal accomodation for the budget-seeker with clean rooms and well run. There are queen-sized bunks sleeping two as well.
Hotel de l’Europe. Here’s a hotel that provides great fin-de-siècle charm and a central riverside location. The rooms are large and opulent, and there’s also a two-michelin-star restaurant, Bord’eau, a spa and the glamorous Freddy’s Bar.
Old Centre of Amsterdam © Jean-Philippe BABU/Shutterstock
The canal-laced streets to the west of the old centre have a number of quiet waterside hotels, though the least expensive places are concentrated along Raadhuisstraat, one of Amsterdam’s busiest streets.
Here’s a trendy hotel that has built a major reputation with its seventeenth century presence and Michelin-star restaurant. Well appointed rooms and a great business centre for the businessman or lawyer-on-the-run.
This is a well located area with all the bars and restaurants you may want – maybe not for the business-focused visitor, but it is an area that is around I Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein and growing in populaerity. The Waldorf Astoria (below) decided to locate their new hotel here in 2014. There are plenty of options for those on a budget too, including a number of very stylish hotels along the canals.
Waldorf Astoria. The name says it all, a hotel that comprises a group of joined seventeenth-century canal houses in one of the city’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. The Waldorf Astoria has over 90 rooms and is ideal for the visiting businessman or lawyer, but preferably with a good expense account. It’s not cheap.
Prinsenhof. Here’s a Waldorf Astoria alternative, being a one-star hotel that’s been around since 1813 and with 11 rooms that are well decorated and creating a great, budget option.
The Museum Quarter
Amsterdam’s smartest quarter focuses on the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, however you are not far away from the nightlife at Leidseplein. There’s plenty of traffic but no canals and also the lovely Vondelpark and some good accomodation too, including –
College. Converted from a nineteenth-century schoolhouse, the college is an boutique hotel run hospitality students. It has some tasteful rooms and a great restaurant and trendy terrace to enjoy the atmosphere.
Conservatorium. This is a terrific, heritage building that has been transormed into a great hotel with access to the opulent spa at Akasha.
Staying in the Jordaan puts you away from the main tourist areas, but there’s plenty to do here and you’re just a short walk to the main areas. There’s no shortage of bars and restaurants here either, and some of the city’s prettiest canals thread through the district, but you’ll be at least a 15-minute walk from the bright lights. Be aware when looking for a place to stay that Marnixstraat and Rozengracht are busy main roads.
De Hallen. This is a stunning conversion of this 1902 tram depot. Original features, such as rails in the dining-room floor, and the vaulted glass ceiling, have been kept intact, and the 55 rooms seem to be suspended within the structure.
Maison Rika. This is a former art gallery owned by fashion designer Ulrika Lundgren (pictured below) whose shop is just across the road. A great boutique stay in this colorful area.
The Eastern Docklands and Amsterdam Noord
These areas have some great accommodation options although they are markedly different from the medieval lanes in the old center with its distinctly old world charm. The area is also just a short distance by ferry or tram from the old center so it holds great potential.
Lloyd Hotel. Situated in the Oosterdok (eastern docklands) district, this former prison and refugee workers’ hostel has been renovated to become a “cultural embassy”, with an arts centre as well as an art library. The hotel serves all kinds of travellers, with rooms ranging from one-star affairs with a shared bathroom to five-star suites.