Destination AmsterdamAmsterdam is a city like no other. The city is built on a series of canals, which make a visually spectacular milieu for rows of charming townhouses interlaced with reticent little sidewalks. The paved streets are narrow and bicycles seem to be the preferred mode of transportation. The city is easy to navigate, by foot, by bike or by public transport, and each corner, there's something interesting to discover or to do.
When to Go
Though the city holds excitement no matter what the season is but the best time to visit Amsterdam is between March to late October. The spring - March and April are just before the big tourist rush, and that's also when the nearby Keukenhof Tulip Gardens open to the public. However, most people choose to visit during the summer months, when the longer days and the pleasant temperatures allow for more time outdoors. But that’s also the most crowded period, and it costs more to get to Amsterdam--and stay there.
Where to Stay
When deciding on a hotel in Amsterdam, first know your travel temperament. Most tourists never make it out of the Centrum, with good reason—it’s where everything you probably want to see is located. You can walk to almost everything without taking the tram or metro. The Centrum is the oldest part of Amsterdam. It’s also where the famous Red Light District is located, as well as main shopping drag Kalverstraat.
If you like the nightlife and visiting Amsterdam with intention to have a great night out, then it is good to stay in a hotel near Leidseplein. Sandwich between the Vondelpark, Amsterdam museum district, many hotels and the Leidsestraat shopping mall, Leidseplein has an atmosphere with a cosmopolitan character. From Central Station, it can be reached easily by tram 1, 2 or 5; from other parts of Amsterdam lines 7 and 10. In the area you have options to go for classy, elegant, boutique or for a budget hotel. Hotel de Paris Amsterdam, a budget hotel in Amsterdam with rooms for groups is one to recommend to. Located at a stone through distance away from the Leidseplein. After a fun and heavy night out, you can literally crawl to the hotel.