Looking for a hotel in a good area? Or you
want to live in Amsterdam and don't know which neighbourhoods are nice
and which ones to avoid?
If you're looking for decent areas, the zipcodes
to look for are (in my opinion !):
- Very central and more expensive: 1015,
1016, 1017, 1018, 1019
- Very central but red light district or
very touristy and crowded:) 1011, 1012
- Just around the centre, nice neighbourhoods:
1013, 1051, 1052, 1053, 1054 (west); 1072, 1073, 1074 (De Pijp); 1091,
1092, 1093, 1094 (oost / east); 1071, 1075, 1077, 1076 (more posh, Vondelpark-area).
1078 and 1079; 1097, 1098 are also still okay but a bit farther from
the centre. Still within about 20 minutes' bike ride though.
- Not so nice: 1055 (Bos & Lommer).
1056 and 1057 are OK (but a bit farther from the centre, but only a
20 min. bike ride).
- You could also consider finding a place
in Noord (north of the IJ water; you'll need to take the little ferry
to get into town), I don't know the neighbourhoods there though. Zipcodes
1021, 1022, 1023, 1024, 1025, 1031, 1032, 1033, 1034, 1035.
- Most other zipcodes are outside the A10
ringroad, personally I'd prefer living in another city altogether (like
Haarlem for example) rather than there. Haarlem is a lovely city and
only 20 minutes away by train.
Finding a hotel
I have no experience with hotels in Amsterdam
so I cannot recommend any. I think it's best to find websites with lots
of users' reviews.
And this website lists hotels by area: www.medialink.nl/amsterdam
Some booking websites:
Some hotels that were recommended by travellers
in the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree (forum) and are in good locations:
Brouwersgracht (near Central Station)
hostel, they also have double rooms; several locations in Amsterdam,
I recommend locations Vondelpark (in the lovely park, near Leidseplein
with lots of restaurants and nightlife, and near Museumplein) and Zeeburg
(in urban residential area with nice new cafe / cinema next door and lots
of foreign restaurants and shops, and Dappermarket nearby)
Hotel Brian, Singel
(near Central Station)
Finding a place to rent or buy (longer term)
The housing market in Amsterdam is crazy.
Waiting lists are huge and lots of scams take place. Read more on Expatica.com.
I believe quite some expats also end up in other nearby cities like Almere
or Purmerend (not my cup of tea, very modern and soulless).
Good luck on finding a place... it took me 6 years to get a legal rental
contract of my own...
Basically, the more money you are willing to spend on rent, the more likely
you are to find a place within reasonable time.
As for the scams, it's a bit hard to say who can be trusted, but in general
big well-known agencies can be trusted. There have been incidents with
one person (black market type of people) supposedly renting out an apartment
and asking for a bond, even giving out keys and contracts..... but fake
keys and fake contracts, to about 20 different people, all for the same
apartment... so the conman walks away with 20x a bond and never sees those
If you don't mind renting a room and sharing facilities, you may have
a better chance of finding something. Try www.kamernet.nl.
In this case you'll really have to be able to show your face of course.
Also keep an eye on notes in supermarkets and bars, and hang up your own
The ad-newspaper ViaVia is also a good source.
Buy it on the day it comes out and call immediately. Or try www.marktplaats.nl.
Through either of these sources you may find people who are going on a
long holiday and want to sublet their place.
If you're planning on staying here for a number of years then buying can
be a good option. Get a broker (makelaar) to help you find the latest
new houses and figure out the market.
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