Well, I've made my 2night reservation in Amsterdam!
This proved to be a tad bit tricky given my following requirements: be near Missy & Franklin's hotel, spend less than $125/night, must have private bath in room, and should be bigger than a closet. After a couple of near-misses (almost booked at a place that had the potential to be skeevy), I have found a place. Check. Check. Check. And check.
It's not exactly a hotel, or a guesthouse, or... I have no real idea. My impression is that it's a room. Below a building.
It looks to be a fairly unique place, with a ridiculous glassed wall/door bathroom (good thing I'm staying there alone!). It's in a monument building, though I'm unsure as to what exactly that means (old? protected?). While it sounds cool enough, I really don't know what I'm getting myself into. It could be great, it could not. It's an adventure, right?
The location is right, though. Here are the walking directions the owner gave me: From Central Station take the street directly in front (Damrak). When you reach Dam Square walk between the Palace and the Church. Molsteeg is the little street in front (a little to the right).
So I'm near a palace? Awesome. The owner also says I'm about a 3minute walk from Missy & Franklin. I think that's complete b.s. and it's more like 10minutes, but I'll take it.
There's one thing, though: While it's completely confirmed (via email and "my" dates are no longer available online), I have put no money down on this place. You pay in cash upon arrival. It just seems so trusting. On both of our parts. What if I don't show up? Then he's out income. What if he gives it to someone else? Then I'm homeless. I'm feeling very type A, planner about this. But I'll get over it. See above reference to adventure.
And now for the obligatory questions: Been to Amsterdam? What should I see and do?
Next up: Making train reservations.