Good deals in the centre
If you’re happy to accept simple facilities, it’s not too hard to find a reasonably priced double room in a central 1-star hotel. From €45, the Hotel Aspen’s rooms are basic but impeccably clean according to reviews, offering a decent bed and a very central location. The essentials are all there, but guests should be aware of the hotel’s vertiginous staircases – typical of Amsterdam’s old town houses but tricky for hauling suitcases up and down… The Hotel Pax is also very central. At around five minutes’ walk from the main shopping streets, Anne Frank’s house and the Red Light District, guests report that the rooms are clean and that the facilities are in good condition for such a low price (from €40). The only complaint voiced by guests is the lack of any breakfast or possibility to purchase any snacks. A stone’s throw from the Red Light District, the Hotel Internationaal enjoys a prime central location, but guests should be prepared to put up with the lively, noisy street below. Nevertheless, the simplicity of the hotel, the general atmosphere and the low prices (from €43) are enough to satisfy most.
Less central but more refined
If you’re prepared to stay a little further from the centre, you’ll find that the levels of quality and comfort improve while the prices stay low. Ten minutes from Dam Square, the Rembrandt Square Hotel (from €55) is a 1-star establishment with a quirky décor and spotless rooms. Located above a coffee shop on a lively town square, this isn’t the most peaceful of hotels, and couples have to make do with twin beds. Also reasonably central, the Alp Hotel (from €55) lies on a main thoroughfare with a number of shops, restaurants and public transport links, but not too much nightlife. The rooms are simple but modern and clean, plus many offer a balcony. For complete privacy and independence, Bema Rentals offers stylish, modern apartment rentals in different areas across the city. The cheapest options are the studio suites, which are compact yet tasteful and well-equipped units.
Located in the De Pijp neighbourhood, the Bicycle Hotel (from €30) is a budget hotel with a conscience. It promotes recycling, solar energy and of course pedal power, proposing bikes for hire.
Lastly, the Poet Amsterdam is a 2-star hotel located in a peaceful residential area just a few minutes’ walk from the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum. The compact but functional rooms are decorated in an unfussy black-and-white colour scheme. Guests appreciate the modern standard of the facilities for the low prices (from €40).
Private rooms in youth hostels
Many of Amsterdam’s youth hostels – the champions of cheap accommodation – offer the option of reserving a private room. While more expensive than staying in a dormitory, couples can enjoy increased levels of privacy and comfort at a price that remains very low compared to many hotel rooms. If your budget is really tight, you could even choose to split your stay between a dorm and a private room. The Stayokay Vondelpark, the Stayokay Zeeburg , the Flying Pig Downtown and the St Christophers Inn at The Winston are among the best-value hostels in the city, and all propose private rooms.