Owner of Amsterdam private tours and destination management company.
About 90 kilometers, 1 hour and 15 minutes by car. about 8 years ago
Depends on the time of year, and your preferences. For sure: walk! Take a guided walking tour, prepare a route yourself, or just take off from your hotel with a map. A 2-3 hour guided tour shows you basically the whole city centre. Then spend the rest of the day just wandering around, sit down on a terrace (if weather permits), or in a typical " bruine kroeg", bar with brown interior. If you feel like it, wander around the Red Light district at night (believe it or not: it's the safest part of town at night). Also feel free to walk into a Coffee Shop, where soft drugs are sold. See for yourself what they are about. For sure visit 2 or 3 of these museums, depending on your preferences: Rijksmuseum (with Rembrandt's Night Watch; currently shows only part of the collection, re-opening on 13 April 2013), Stedelijk Museum (modern art), Van Gogh Museum (closed until 25 April 2013; part of collection now visible in Amsterdam Hermitage), Anne Frank House, or -when travelling with kids- NEMO science Museum. Recommendable excursions: Marken, Volendam and Zaanse Schans (open-air Windmill museum), and The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam. Also very special: Aalsmeer flower auction (largest one in the World), but only early in te morning, monday-wednesday, and friday. Basically there's just 1 bus excursions company left in the city, leaving from Damrak (near Central Station), Tours & Tickets. See TripAdvisor for (not very positive) reviews. In spring, be sure to go to the Keukenhof flower gardens, open from 21 March until 20 May, but at it's best end of April, beginning of May. almost 8 years ago
Best known and good quality boutique hotels in Amsterdam are The Dylan and Hotel Seven One Seven. Not boutique, but also recommendable are Hotel Pulitzer (fairly small rooms, however), and Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, which, in my opinion, is the best hotel in Amsterdam. Both are located very well, and have great local flavor because they are housed in historical buildings. The Pulitzer is located in a row of 17th century canal houses, and The Grand in a former, 15th century convent, in the 16th/17th century used as hotel for naval officers, with William of Orange, Holland's "Father of the Fatherland" as it's most famous guest, and as city hall until the present conversion to hotel. Recommendable boutique hotel for a smaller budget: Boutique Hotel View. I hope this helps. almost 8 years ago