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Lonely Planet (UK) - - Creative Amsterdam -

Co­co­mama Hos­tel is a friendly bou­tique hos­tel whose pri­vate rooms rep­re­sent su­perb value for money. Lo­cated in a tall, tra­di­tional house, there are plenty of stairs to deal with, but also wi-fi and Blue­tooth speak­ers built into the ceil­ings of the pri­vate rooms. The ho­tel’s daily ac­tiv­ity cal­en­dar is an ex­cel­lent and so­cia­ble in­tro­duc­tion to ex­plor­ing the city (pri­vate rooms from £80; co­co­mama­hos­tel.com). Ho­tel Arena is a stately four-star ho­tel built in­side a for­mer or­phan­age for Catholic girls, and still com­plete with its own chapel. The well-ap­pointed rooms live up to the grandiose ex­te­rior, but the ho­tel’s best fea­ture is its lo­ca­tion: it looks di­rectly onto the Ooster­park, mak­ing it feel like a nat­u­ral oa­sis in the city. The Park café-res­tau­rant serves ex­cel­lent food (rooms from £120; hote­larena.nl). The Toren is de­signed with ro­man­tic get­aways in mind. The ho­tel is cen­trally lo­cated in a 17th-cen­tury canal­side building, and its dé­cor is de­signed in the style of an 1890s French boudoir, with a black and red colour scheme through­out and plenty of mir­rors. Many rooms come com­plete with dou­ble Jacuzzis and, in one case, a steam shower cabin. The chan­de­lier-lit ho­tel bar is well-equipped (rooms from £175; thetoren.nl).

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