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In the Canal Ring neighborhood, less than half an hour from a major airport and a short walk to galleries, restaurants, and boutiques
The Acostar Hotel is located in the Canal Ring neighborhood -- so called because it is made up of a ring of canals around the Old City Center. It is one of Amsterdam's most picturesque neighborhoods, and is an extremely popular place for visitors to stay. It's full of multiple shops, restaurants, and centuries'-old buildings.
Marked by cobblestone roads, street-level canals and an abundance of coffee shops (which are most often known for something other than coffee), Amsterdam is both a quiet and lively city without the pretention of European metropolises.
In the summer, visitors can enjoy live music at the Openluchttheater, an open-air venue at the Vondelpark, or the Roots Music Festival. The Gay Pride parade also takes place in the summer, and the city's many museums -- including the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House, where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during World War 2 -- are popular year-round. Visitors in April can experience Queen's Day, which celebrates the queen's birthday and includes a massive flea market, parties, and outdoor concerts.
Noordermarkt is known for its antiques, and Brouwerij de Prael is a recommended stop for beer enthusiasts. Fun dining spots include the famous sandwich spot Van Dobben, as well as Pancake Bakery, which offers more than 70 types of pancakes and a slew of other breakfast goods.
Located in the Leidseplein area of Amsterdam -- a main tourist area that ultimately leads to Dam Square -- Acostar Hotel is a basic, affordable place that lacks amenities (including an elevator) despite being big on charm. Its stone front facade is aided by the quaint cobblestone street it sits on, and guests can rent bikes to visit the bevy of nearby shops, cafes, and art galleries. The lobby is a great indicator of the size of the rooms, which are smaller than those of a typical American college dorm. Each features a different relaxing color scheme, colorful artwork, and antique- or plastic-looking chairs that are more decorative than functional. Room decor varies by floor, with each espousing a different style and vibe; No two rooms are completely alike. The bathrooms are nice and contemporary with pretty iridescent tiles; some feature shower/tub combos while other have single shower stalls (these aren't closed off, which allows water to travel all over the bathroom). Free Wi-Fi is a nice perk, but overall this 30-room hotel might be best suited for a younger crowd looking for a cute but basic place to crash.