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Book Camp Zeeburg, Amsterdam for an environmentally refreshing stay

Book Camp Zeeburg, Amsterdam for an environmentally refreshing stay

We’re listening to you. You have one wish. To find nice accommodation in Amsterdam at a good (travellers) price. We feel your pain. Having trawled through websites for a few hours looking at scummy places for extortionate amounts we hit the goldmine, Camp Zeeburg. 

Grown from a small fishing village in the 13th century Amsterdam has grown in popularity with over 14million tourists visiting each year. If you’re looking for things to do in Amsterdam then read this article here. Otherwise, in terms of accommodation most people will opt for the hustle and bustle of the city center, where prices for a mid-range hotel will range from €60 to €100. If this is you, we suggest you book early to get the best deal. If however, like us, you want to be in the beautiful countryside just 10 minutes tram ride from the smoke and throngs of city centre then read on.

 

 Camp Zeeburg, on the banks of the river.

Camp Zeeburg, on the banks of the river.

Just 2 miles out from the city centreCamp Zeeburg is the perfect rest space after all those hours walking around or sitting down in Coffee Shops doing ‘other activities.’ My partner and I opted for a unique experience staying in one of the many two bed wagonettes on site.

 Two and four bed wagonettes offering water-side views

Two and four bed wagonettes offering water-side views

The wagonettes are brightly coloured, functional and eco-friendly (an important factor for us). Simply furnished with single bunk beds, a small table and two seats this little wagonette had everything we needed for a few days including an eco-friendly heating system which was both efficient in saving energy and kept us warm throughout the nights.

There are other accommodation options available on camp zeeburg including:

 

4 person wagonettes

A larger option of our two bed wagonette these are located alongside the 2 person wagonette and again you can, if you wish, book a water-front view.

 

1, 2 and 4 person eco-cabins

We love these eco-cabins which are on-par with a hotel room for a fraction of the cost, and they come with a sustainable grass roof! Underfloor heating ensures that the rooms stay warm against the cold wind.

Finally, in addition to the above they also have the traditional Camper/Caravan pitches and tent pitches available across the camp. It is worth noting here that the car park is extremely small, so be prepared to park your car not onsite.

 Restaurant and bar on site is the perfect place to cosy up with a good book and a nice ale.

Restaurant and bar on site is the perfect place to cosy up with a good book and a nice ale.

What other facilities are there?

There is a large, cosy restaurant and bar area on site which also offers a wide range of local beers and ales to try alongside freshly made breakfasts and dinners. The staff here are always happy to take the time to discuss the local beers and ales. I highly recommend the fresh hand-made hummous in the mornings and the soups for dinner. For those of you who want to cook on site there is an outdoor kitchen, but be warned this kitchen is not stocked so you will need to bring your own utensils. 

 On site shop closes at 8pm. 

On site shop closes at 8pm. 

A small shop on site offers everything from freshly-baked breads or pastries to locally sourced produce and every day essentials. The staff working on both the reception and the shop were extremely helpful and knowledgable. The definitely kept us fed and happy during the day!

Now, the main thing with campsites are always the toilets and showers. The question that we know you are all asking is: “Are the showers warm?” The simple answer is yes. The extended version is yes and we’re super impressed with Camp Zeeburg because once again they’ve given us hot (yes not just tepid) showers but also energy saving showers with timers and pause buttons so that no precious water is wasted.

 

We stayed at Camp Zeeburg mid-week so it was not too busy but I do recommend booking in advance because all of the accommodation does go quickly, particularly over weekend periods and bank holidays such as Kings Day. With transport easy to access, excellent and friendly staff teamed with a huge slice of environmentally conscious accommodations we couldn’t have asked for anything more from Camp Zeeburg. In fact, I know exactly where I will chose to stay next time I go to Amsterdam.

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