cycling in holland

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holidaycyclist
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cycling in holland

Postby holidaycyclist » 22 Jan 2017, 2:59pm

we are cycling in Holland july 2017.can anyone suggest the best form of accommodation on a budget?we are not able to camp.is it still possible to book accommodation a couple of days in front i.e.book as you go?

Cyril Haearn
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Re: cycling in holland

Postby Cyril Haearn » 22 Jan 2017, 5:49pm

Youth hostels are quite good (stay okay.nl).

I booked by mail a few days before, pay on arrival, most people speak English, breakfast is good.

Recommend learning some Dutch too, it is not difficult and will add to your understanding and enjoyment. You will be persona grata if you can use the vernacular.
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Re: cycling in holland

Postby Toffee » 22 Jan 2017, 6:21pm


Slowroad
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Re: cycling in holland

Postby Slowroad » 22 Jan 2017, 8:43pm

I second Vrienden Op De Fiets, had a great time staying with them a couple of years ago.
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MartinBrice
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Re: cycling in holland

Postby MartinBrice » 22 Jan 2017, 9:12pm

Slowroad wrote:I second Vrienden Op De Fiets
Thirded. Very friendly people, lovely way to talk to the locals. Recommended.

hamster
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Re: cycling in holland

Postby hamster » 23 Jan 2017, 11:09am

Have a look at https://www.stayokay.com/nl for good value hostels. Also Hotels.nl will return B&B and Youth Hostels to searches.

roberts8
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Re: cycling in holland

Postby roberts8 » 26 Jan 2017, 9:20pm

I have never heard of vrienden op de fiets but it does look a good option, roughly what are the charges?
We have used airbnb which have also been good so the tent may be left behind this year.

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Re: cycling in holland

Postby Slowroad » 29 Jan 2017, 8:47pm

Vrienden Op De Fiets prices here: http://www.vriendenopdefiets.nl/en/for-friends/
8 euros to join and 19 euros a night B&B.
Bargain, and you get conversation too.
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willem jongman
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Re: cycling in holland

Postby willem jongman » 30 Jan 2017, 8:51am

Airbnb operates illegally in several Dutch towns, and Amsterdam for example is clamping down. This is quite right, as conversion of homes to illegal hotels removes homes from the normal housing market, and destroys the social fabric of neighbourhoods.

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Re: cycling in holland

Postby ossie » 30 Jan 2017, 7:31pm

willem jongman wrote:Airbnb operates illegally in several Dutch towns, and Amsterdam for example is clamping down. This is quite right, as conversion of homes to illegal hotels removes homes from the normal housing market, and destroys the social fabric of neighbourhoods.


I can imagine this may be an issue for long term rentals but lets put into the context of a cycling forum. It cant be anything other than a useful tool for the cycling tourer who wishes to stay a night or two.

These councils have a delicate balancing act. I guess the Hoteliers are 'kicking off' but the added influx of tourists adding to the local economy cannot be underestimated.

I haven't used Airbnb yet but It has enabled my children to travel far and wide and stay in places that would ordinarily be financially off limits.

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Re: cycling in holland

Postby Davidwd » 3 Feb 2017, 6:32pm

I have just joined vrienden op de fiets, some of the addresses state 'there is no outlet in the bicycle storage' does this mean they cannot provide safe storage for your bike??

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Re: cycling in holland

Postby willem jongman » 3 Feb 2017, 7:04pm

They almost certainly mean there is no electricity to charge your ebike.