The Netherlands is truly a geographic wonder. Being so close to sea level, much of the country’s land has actually been reclaimed from the waters of the sea, which has been trying to swallow it up. Amsterdam is probably the most popular destination and where you’ll likely find the most need-to-learn accommodations in Dutch.
The countryside is gorgeous as well and worth exploring. In the north is where you can find remnants of the Viking stronghold that existed here in the 9th century. There are also quite a few national parks scattered all over the country as well.
In this article, we’ll teach you the different types of accommodation in the Netherlands, the best places to visit, and cost expectations per night. But what will really be useful is learning conversational phrases to help you find or negotiate accommodations. That’s why we’ll also help you in that aspect. Let’s go!
Types Of Accommodations In Dutch
There are many incredibly different types of accommodations in The Netherlands. These types are mainly for tourists or visitors staying short-term, but there are apartments or houses you can rent if you plan to stay long-term. Even boat houses are available to rent!
Bed & Breakfast (Pension)
Sometimes called a private room, you can stay in a room at someone’s home for the night and usually get a home-cooked breakfast the following day. North Americans would be familiar with this concept as a BnB. While you normally look on Airbnb for a place, this isn’t common practice in the Netherlands. Instead, you must book at a local tourist office.
Nightly rates are standard across the country at 20-30 euros per night per person. Only larger towns and cities have these available, so llage, a hotel or camping may be the wa if you’re visiting a smaller villagey to go.
Stay With Friends Of The Bicycle (Vrienden Op De Fiets)
Only for those cycling or walking across The Netherlands, the Dutch are very fond of these types of adventurers. After paying a small registration fee of about 8 euros, you can search for hundreds of places to stay.
Accommodations may include farm stays, townhouses, to palatial homes – you never know what will be offered! No matter where you end up, the rate is 19 Euros per person per night, and you’ll get what has been referred to as a mammoth brekkie!
Hotels are where to stay if you need family rooms and are looking to stay in or near the city center. In big cities, staying at a hotel type of accommodation is most typical because they are approved by The Netherlands board and given star ratings.
With the Dutch attention to care and detail, finding a one-star hotel is extremely whether in a city or not; prices start around 70 euros for a double room with a shared bathroom or 80 euros for a private bath. Expect to pay over 125 euros for a four- or five-star hotel, but watch out, as breakfast might not be included even at those prices. You will, of course, get all the facilities and services you’d expect.
Staying at a hostel can be a good choice, but it’s not much cheaper than a private room. A dorm bed in a room with 4-8 other people will cost between 25-40 euros per person per night. This does include a continental breakfast (aka toast and coffee). Bathrooms are shared, and there are no self-catering facilities to cook our own food.
Who needs accommodation rooms? There are lots of campsites in The Netherlands located outside of cities, and they are cheap to stay at. Generally, the campsites are well equipped with showers, electrical facilities, parking, and other amenities.
Pitching a tent (you must have your own) costs about 25 euros, and then you pay a small fee per person, between 3-5 euros. You can find a listing of campsites here at eurocampings.co.uk.
Trekker Hut (Trekkershutten)
What is a trekker’s hut? Essentially, it’s a wooden structure on someone’s property meant for about four people. The cost is really minimal at about 30 Euro per night. That’s per night, not per person! Check out where these places are and learn more about them at the Stichting Trekkershutten Nederland trekkershutten.nl.
There are, of course, regular hotels in the Netherlands. We’ll see below the different types of hotels and what amenities they have to offer.
The Dutch treat all guests like family. You can expect rooms in your accommodation to be cleaned thoroughly, be nicely decorated and have good services. The people will take great care of you, and if you stay in a private room or Friends of the Bicycle, you’ll get an intimate experience.
General Info About Dutch Accommodation
Where To Find Accommodations In The Netherlands
It’s actually less typical here to book online to find a place to stay unless you’re staying at a name-brand hotel. Most bookings are made in person, over the phone, through local newspapers, or at local tourist information offices.
Best Places To Stay In The Netherlands
According to other travel blogs, these are the best cities to stay in while visiting the Netherlands:
- The Hague
- De Hoge Veluwe National Park
Accommodation Conversations In Dutch
You can use these questions and phrases on your trip to ask about or arrange any accommodation in The Netherlands. We hope you find these useful on your journey to Amsterdam or any of the cities or areas mentioned above.
How To Book Accommodation In Dutch
These are the common queries you’ll need to know how to ask when booking a hotel.
How To Negotiate Best Prices
Of course, if you can, try to negotiate a lower price. This isn’t typical in Dutch culture, but you can try!
Asking For Directions To Your Accommodation In Dutch
Getting to your accommodation might not be as straightforward as you think, so here are some questions you can ask to help.
Checking In And Out Of A Hotel In Dutch
This is the first and last thing you’ll do, so here’s how you can communicate what you’d like to do.
Asking For Where Places Are In Dutch
On your travels, you’ll likely need to stop and ask for directions. Here are a few lines to use.
How To Ask If Your Accommodation Has Something You Need
Just in case you need something during your stay, here are some ways you can ask for some things in Dutch.
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