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 one 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. When looking for hotels, be sure to look for ones that are close to the tram 5 and metro 51 routes for easy access to the school. A popular hotel is the Hotel Piet Hein, which is situated close to the Museum Quarter.
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.
In Amstelveen itself we have The Grand Hotel Amstelveen. 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 if you book directly through the Grand Hotel Amstelveen’s website. Prices per room are approximately 125€ per night.
Transport and Travel Passes
If arriving by plane at Schiphol airport, you will need to buy a train ticket to the nearest train station closest to your hotel (ex. Amsterdam Station Zuid, Station RAI, Centraal Station). Depending on the length of your visit, you may also 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.