Amsterdam is a relative bargain among Europe’s great cities in some ways, but hotel and hostel prices still make it hard to do on the cheap. The tourist district in the city center contains everything that you’ll want to see, and it’s small enough to walk from one end to the other in about 40 minutes so you might not need any transportation once you are situated.
There are hundreds of hotels and hostels within this area, and they almost all come with a filling breakfast, with tax included in the price, so keep that in mind when comparing prices. Standards are fairly high, but be warned that 2-star and below hotels often have incredibly steep staircases that have been known to give some people a bit of trouble. Choose from our recommended Amsterdam hotels and hostels for great locations and value at highly-rated properties.
Amsterdam isn’t known as a food destination, but still the selection of restaurants and cuisines is amazing. Bargains can be found easily, and plenty of more upscale gourmet options are easy to find as well.
Some of the attractions are expensive and if you are only in town for 2 or 3 days you might be interested in our review of the Amsterdam Pass, which gets you into most things and also provides boat and bus transport between all of them.