Discover Benelux | Summer Special | Amsterdam Zuidoost Highlights
Affordable accommodation for families and groups TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN | PHOTOS: A&O AMSTERDAM ZUIDOOST
Finding a hotel in Amsterdam that is affordable, well-connected with the city centre with plenty of parking spaces sounds like a herculean task, but it does not have to be. All thanks to the German hotel chain A&O, which set up shop in 2015 in the southeastern part of Amsterdam, providing both a hotel and hostel that can accommodate a whole variety of groups and tourists in need of a good place to stay. When it comes to sheer number of beds, A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost has to be the biggest accommodation in the city. Phillip Winter of A&O: “We have 1,400 beds in total, a conscious choice because we specialise in group travel. That made our search for a huge location in Amsterdam quite difficult, but we’re very happy with the one in ‘Zuid-Oost’. It has a train station across the street that’ll take you to Central Station in 15 minutes, there’s ample parking spaces and the Ajax Are-
nA, concert hall AFS Live and a shopping centre are right around the corner.” According to Winter, A&O caters for families and groups, having something as unique as the A&O Family Room that includes twin beds and bunk beds. You only have to book a twin bed for yourself/ yourselves and children under the age of 18 stay for free. Winter: “Those rooms are quite popular and attract families from all over the world, but mostly Germans, Dutch, Italians and people from the UK.” It is group travel where A&O really shines, being Europe’s biggest private supplier. Winter: “We’re fully equipped to handle sizeable groups such as sports teams and schools. There are lots of dormitories and double and single rooms for the leaders like the teachers. We can do dinners for large groups, have separate areas for meeting up and playing billiards or table football and the seminar rooms are free of charge.
There’s a high-powered Wi-Fi that’s also free of use and laundry, which is especially a favourite of the many backpackers we attract in the summer months.” Lastly, Winter points out A&O uses a dynamic price model. “We check the occupancy every 20 minutes and determine the price based on that. It’s quite usual for a bed in the dormitory to be booked at 12 euros. You really can’t get that anywhere else in Amsterdam.”
Find out more about A&O Amsterdam at www.aohostels.com/amsterdam
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