I don’t think I could ever get bored of Amsterdam. The best time of year is Autumn as it’s particularly beautiful wMiscEatSleepDrinkhen the leaves are changing (but cold).
Most hotels have bike rental facilities but we rented from Rentabikey. This place has mixed reviews but we were very happy with the price and the bikes. They take your ID and €50 per bike as a deposit. The bikes cost us €20 each for two days.
Cycling is definitely less treacherous than being a pedestrian and the best way to get around.
MiscEatSleepDrink: This is a guesthouse rather than a hotel. Five minutes from the red light district, it’s in an authentic traditional building. There is a gorgeous bar downstairs, though that means it can be a little noisy. While it’s only listed as two stars I think it’s more than that. It also includes a free minibar and nice breakfast. The stairs is windy and very steep so not suitable for people with additional accessibility needs. Around €80-100 per night.
Art Alm Hotel Amsterdam right next to Westerpark and a 10 minute cycle from the city centre. This hotel was large with great rooms and absolutely spotless. There is a bar on site but you won’t be kept awake at night. Skip the breakfast and grab a coffee and bagel in Bagels & Beans just 10mins away on your way into the city centre for a fraction of the price.
Both hotels were super but I slightly preferred the area of Westerpark.
Things to do
Canal boat tour
It doesn’t sound very original but it’s a wonderful way to see Amsterdam. The large canal boats are overpriced. I suggest hiring a private boat for about €20 an hour – it’s not that much more expensive and the tours are much more intimate and personal. You can usually find guides in popular areas such as the red light district.