Amsterdam is filled with beautiful canals, bridges, historic buildings and world-famous attractions. Just jump on a bike, tram or stroll leisurely through the streets to explore this wonderful city and enjoy one of the most international cities in the world.
If you would like to book a hotel, we recommend that you stay within the Amsterdam city centre. Public transportation is easy and efficient to use from the city centre to the International School of Amsterdam (ISA) and your hotel will be located close to many restaurants, entertainment and shopping centres.
Shops are open until 18:00 during the week, except for Thursday nights when they are open until 21:00. Saturday shopping is open until 17:00 p.m. and you can shop on Sundays in the centre of Amsterdam until 17:00.
Hotel Booking Tip: Booking.com
This website allows you to select from a variety of hotels within the city centre in a variety of languages. On-line bookings can be made and maps of hotel locations are included. There is also information about Amsterdam city on the site.
Please note, that the ISA is located in Amstelveen, a city bordering on Amsterdam, but can be reached fairly quickly via public transport (15 – 35 min) from Amsterdam Zuid, Amsterdam RAI, the Museum Quarter and Centraal Station. When looking for hotels in Amsterdam, be sure to look for ones that are close to buses 55, 347 and 357 for easy access to the school.
Amstelveen Grand Hotel – This hotel is located quite close to the school in the suburb of Amstelveen. There is the option of a free shuttle bus to and from the school on weekdays if you book directly with them on check in.
Piet Hein Hotel – Hotel Piet Hein is a luxurious boutique right in Amsterdam’s lively city centre. You will have the feeling of being at home in one of the elegant lofts in district Oud Zuid for which Amsterdam is so well-known.
Hotel Vondel – Hotel Vondel is one of the most beautiful classic boutique hotels in the centre of Amsterdam. The area is simply enchanting, close to the Vondelpark, Dam Square, the PC Hooftstraat and the Museumplein.
Holiday Inn – The Holiday Inn is just on the outskirts of Amsterdam and has easy access to public transportation.
IBIS Budget Hotel – This hotel is right on the border of Amsterdam & Amstelveen and just a couple of stops away from ISA.
Transport and Travel Passes
If arriving by plane at Schiphol airport, you will need to buy a train ticket to the train station closest to your hotel (e.g. Amsterdam Station Zuid, Station RAI, Centraal Station). An alternative is to catch the 397 bus from Schiphol. This bus is handy for hotels around Museumplein and Leidseplein. Hotels in these areas will also be on the 347 and 357 bus routes which take you to ISA. Depending on the length of your visit, you may wish to buy an OV Travel Card to use on the tram, bus, or metro in the centre of Amsterdam during your stay.
The GVB day or multiple day card entitles you to unlimited travel around Amsterdam – day and night – on bus, tram and metro. With this OV-chipkaart, you must check-in and check-out when boarding or disembarking from a tram, bus, or metro.
You can choose a card for just 1 day or any number up to 7 days. The card is valid from your first check in. Cards range in price from €7.50 for one day to €32.00 for 7 days.
You can purchase a card from:
the driver or tram conductor (only the one day card – 24 hours)
the yellow sales & add value machines in metro stations
the VVV tourist information offices (such as the one on the Central Station forecourt)
For more detailed information about the cards and getting around Amsterdam, visit the GVB website – in English – here.