Joordan Hotels Amsterdam
Guide to Joordan Hotels AmsterdamThe Jewel in Amsterdam's crown is the breath taking Joordan. One of the oldest parts of the city, the Joordan is an oasis of calm in bustling city centre Amsterdam. Immediately to the west of the centre, this is the Amsterdam that Amsterdammers want you to see! No trip to the Dutch capital is complete without a walk around the glorious canals and labyrinthine side streets of this beautiful area.
The Joordan is a very short walk from the city centre and, considering the architectural delights of this part of town, walking is a great option. Cyclists locating themselves in this area will do well too. It's a short ride to most of the major points of interest in town from here. If time is on your side, take a boat tour around this area; the views don't get better and boats have everything to recommend them as a mode of transport.
Due in no small part to its popularity with visitors, there are some great hotels in this part of town. The big international hotels have a presence, and many of the smaller local hotels are worth investigating also, but this is not a budget-friendly part of the city. The location is hard to beat however. Aside from the proximity of so many points of interest, the Joordan is an unusual balance of healthy night life, well trafficked streets, and pure serenity.
Food buffs look no further! On Westerstraat alone there are many stores selling high quality foods, wines, and coffees. At the weekends the biological market (near Westerstraat) and Noordermarkt will keep shoppers well entertained. Fashion freaks can also find great original clothing and accessories in the many boutiques around Prinsengracht. Shoppers and browsers with a devil-may-care attitude should head a little further south to the 9 streets (9 straatjes). Aside from the lovely atmosphere, these 9 little streets abound with stores and boutiques offering everything from the ideal gift to that missing piece from your coin collection. Truly a delightful area to shop in!
After Noordermarkt has closed down for the evening, the streets around Lindengracht fill up with hungry diners. Westerstraat also has eateries for every budget. Vegeterians, or those in search of the nicest ice cream north of Italy, should browse the menus between Prinsengracht and Westerstraat of the plentiful establishments catering to their tastes. Café Duende near Noordermarkt is great for coffee, tapas, or live music.
Places of interest in the area
Topping the list is Amsterdam's greatest tourist draw, the Anne Frank House. The book store where this small family spent so many years in hiding from the Nazis is well preserved and the more modern museum is a stirring condemnation of the violence of the war years. Across the canal is the much overlooked Homo Monument. The monument, made up of three pink triangles, commemorates the gay men and women killed in the war and, more generally, as victims of discrimination. The Theater Museum is definitely a special interest piece, but it you are theatrically inclined it is well worth a visit. Half of the people at Noordermarkt are there to shop, the other half are there to sip coffee and people watch; both activities are highly recommended.
The Joordan's night life is surprisingly lively but takes some finding. Westerstraat and surroundings are usually fairly vibrant after dark and live music can often be found with a little persistence. The same goes for Elandsgracht. Visit a few different bars to really get a feel for the place. Away from the main streets the Joordan is a quiet residential area: Make sure to keep this in mind on the way home.
Index of hotels near Joordan