Amsterdam is a compact and easy to navigate city. Even if you stay outside of the city center it is still easy to travel in to the city from outlying areas. Trams are frequent and close by.
Here, as promised, are some hotel ideas. Unfortunately there are few inexpensive options, although there are some choices around $100 - 150 for a 3 star property. You can search via Trivago, Kayak or Trip Advisor.
Note that we arrive in Amsterdam the evening before our last day on the boat.
Hotel Manor- Rooms average about $210 a night. The Manor is close to a tram stop (9 minutes to the center) and located in a quiet part of town. Note that there is a restaurant on premise but it is expensive. Plenty of restaurant options in the center and in the immeidate neighborhood.
Public transport From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport take the train to Amsterdam Central Station (15 minutes). At the station take tram number 9.The tram stops just next to Hampshire Hotel - The Manor Hotel Amsterdam at stop “Wijtenbachstraat”. It's also possible to go by train to the “Muiderpoort station”. It has a direct connection to and from the airport / hotel. From the station it is a 3 minute walk to the hotel.
Hotel Amsterdam American- Right in the heart of the city. Rooms average about $250 a night. Close to the Rijks Museum, Van Gogh museum, Vondel Park, the flower market, easy canal access, Lombardo's and more. If you are only staying one or two nights then stay here.
Public transport to Amsterdam American
Go to Amsterdam Central Station by train (15 minutes). Take tram number 1, 2 or 5. They stop just in front of the Hampshire Hotel - Amsterdam American at stop “Leidsesquare”. From Schiphol take bus 197, ticket price is € 5, - it will take you 30 minutes to Amsterdam and stops near the hotel (Stadhouderskade 75 meters).
Tip: Amsterdam Airport Express (bus) departs from platform B9 in front of the main plaza. At this location you will find service hosts and a service desk. A one-way ticket is € 5,00. There are also options to buy a return ticket € 10,00 or a 24 hour ticket for all the Amsterdam area € 13,50. Travel time to the Amsterdam American Hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Book either hotel here....click the popup when it appears to get a 10% discount (read it closely). We do not have a special rate, I just know the location and in the case of The Manor I have stayed there once. My preference however is to give the Amsterdam American a try. It looks very interesting!
Eating: The picture below is of a typical Dutch treat and if you are adventurous I highly recommend it. There are numerous stands throughout the city that sell herring, most of it is lightly salted and very tasty, it is basically raw fish. I encourage you to give it a try.
However if you have a hankering for the taste of home then Lombardos might be for you. It's a tasty burger joint but be aware that there is very limited seating so you might end up standing up (most do) while consuming your burger. On our last trip several of us went here and said it was good but don't expect a seat! There are only 6 seats in the entire place. There are hundreds of other dining options, just ask the concierege at your hotel.
Museums- Amsterdam is loaded with museums. The Rijksmuseum is a prime tourist stop but there are other very interesting museums including a purse museum that are worth a visit. Burt Wolfe did a show on this museum and it was enlightening.
Only 1 cabin left so call your friends. 176 days to go until our trip! It's going to be a blast!