Amsterdam is the city that has everything - but what if you just want value?
Amsterdam is filled with accommodation choices. There's every kind of hostel imaginable, from church-administered institutions to some of the wildest, most legendary properties on the backpackers' trail. There's gorgeous boutique hotels, major brand name chains, traditional bed and breakfasts, and even farm stays outside the city. But what we were looking for could be summed up in one word: value.
When bedded down at the Nova Hotel, I was thrilled by how many boxes it checked, value included. In the city center? Check! It's on a main tram line that runs to central station. It's just down the street from the Amsterdam Museum, and it's less than 5 minutes away from the Dam and Royal Palace. Perfect!
Room to move around? Check! In Europe, it's not unusual for even fancy hotels rooms to be less than half the size of a Motel 6 room in North America. But at the Nova we had a big bed, small table with chairs, desk, even an entrance area with a mini fridge and closet. It was a generous room by any standard. The bathroom was beautifully renovated and it had a bathtub! Bathtubs are my absolute favourite travel treat and in Europe they can be hard to find.
Solid sleep? Check! The hotel is set back just a little bit from the main street, which made a big difference and, while we could hear our neighbours talking during the day, all was quiet at night. The hotel has a bit of a funny layout - it was almost like there was a courtyard beside the hallway that led to our room - and I think it may have once been several buildings that joined together to form a hotel. Either way, we slept sound.
Breakfast included? Check! Admittedly their breakfast was far from exciting, but we had coffee, juice, toast, cereal, yogurt, and hard boiled eggs. And there was peanut butter! What it lacked in gourmet pastries it made up for in convenience and serviceability.
Value? 100% YES. The location, the space, the sleep quality,and the included breakfast were all winners in my book. The Nova Hotel also included one of my travel must-haves: free, fast, easy Wi-Fi. And their price is just right. Off-peak rates are as low as 69 Euros, while summer weekends can be over 150 Euros a night. It pays to book ahead - the Nova Hotel is one of Amsterdam's best accommodation deals.
Amsterdam isn't always a budget traveler's haven. Prices can rival those in London and Paris and there are plenty of temptations to spend your money on. But with a bit of planning (and advanced booking!) you can still get great value here. We had a great stay and would absolutely stay here again.
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