Hotel Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This hotel is a steal considering the condition of the property and location. Although part of a chain, Hotel Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer feels more like a boutique hotel, and is housed in a series of old buildings on the outer edge of the Canal Ring neighborhood. The hotel has 93 contemporary rooms (refurbished in 2008), a bar, and a breakfast room. Communal areas include modern fixtures that coexist with the property's historical charm. Rooms are decorated in a few different color schemes and contain flat-screen TVs and minibars. Guests who want a peaceful setting will find this hotel ideal -- far enough away from the main tourist drag and yet still close enough to Canal Ring shops, restaurants, and bars.
Hotel V Frederiksplein Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This mid-range hotel is located on the outer edge of the popular Canal Ring neighborhood, just north of De Pijp, and offers a great value for its location. The 48 rooms are housed in four 19th-century buildings on a busy street; the charming buildings have lots of historic character, while the interior has a more eclectic and contemporary atmosphere. The lobby/lounge area has funky sculptural pieces (see the bronze bulldog and deer vases), books, magazines, and a cool 360-degree open fireplace. The front desk, as well as the business center, both feature two Apple iMac computers. The rooms are modern with comfy bedding, flat-screen TVs, and cozy leather arm chairs. The clean bathrooms have rainfall shower heads and pretty stone tiles.
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy has a unique history and an equally unique way of providing value stays to guests. The 117 rooms have their own classification system; one-star rooms, for example, are small pod-like rooms with no bathroom or amenities. Guests who stay in these rooms must share a communal bathroom, which unfortunately has limited facilities. Two-, three-, four- and five-star rooms are significantly bigger and include their own bathrooms. Amenities include a trendy bright-red bar, a ceiling-high gift shop, and meeting and exhibition spaces. Outside, visitors can easily walk to a handful of transportation options.
Conscious Hotel Museum Square Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The eco-themed Conscious Hotel Museum Square is a quirky, modern establishment within walking distance of the Van Gogh Museum and local tram stations. The lobby features an overflowing live plant wall, which pops against the mostly white area. The rooms are quite large for Amsterdam, and floor-to-ceiling windows allow in lots of natural light for a bright and open feel. Rooms are simple and clean, with soft beds, basic, white bathrooms, and flat-screen TVs. There's a bright and modern breakfast buffet, which offers a daily organic continental breakfast. Overall, it's a solid value option for tourists.
Conscious Hotel Vondelpark Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The 81-room Conscious Hotel Vondelpark is the sister hotel to the Conscious Hotel Museum Square, and has a similar trendy, quirky feel. The lobby here also features a vibrant green plant wall, but rustic wood floors and a small bar/lounge allow the space to feel a bit more warm and inviting. The guest rooms are a bit smaller than those at Museum Square, but they're bright, fresh, and comfortable with cozy beds adorned in crisp white bedding. Floral wall murals add a vibrant pop of color, and unique eco-conscious touches abound -- tables are made from recycled coffee cup holders, and the bathroom counters are actually constructed from a recycled pressed-paper material. A stylish breakfast bar serves an organic breakfast, and afterward visitors can rent one of the electric scooters to traverse the city. Like its sister hotel, it's eco-conscious and a good value.
Hotel CC Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The 75-room Hotel CC is a value hotel located in three historical monument buildings in Amsterdam's lively and racy Red Light District, and features attic-like rooms, narrow, steep stairways, and and a trendy lounge with snack and drink area. There's no breakfast area, as in other nearby hotels, but it's close enough to cafes and other restaurants. Rooms have black-and-white color palettes, and in most, sleek, white work desks, circular black chairs, and cozy white beds; some have great views of the canal. The bathrooms are stylish and modern, with a cool gray design and walk-in showers (and in certain rooms, separate soaking tubs). There is no Wi-Fi, but guests do have free access to communal computers. All in all, it's one of the best deals in the Old Center.
Hotel Blyss Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The 40-room Hotel Blyss is a decent value pick in residential Vondelpark, featuring large rooms for the price. The lobby is trendy, featuring a gas fireplace, a bar, damask-style wallpaper, rustic wood floors, and modern furniture. The rooms are quite basic (their only real design element being an accent wallpaper wall), with double beds made up of two single beds pushed together, and small (in some rooms, tiny) flat-screen TVs. A nicer part of the hotel is the study area, which features an Apple iMac and sleek black seating. The breakfast room has a retro vibe with a black-and-white checkered floor and red vinyl seating. When the price is right, it's a fine choice for guests who don't mind sacrificing a few frills.