Why Amsterdam? Well...
What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the 17th century historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment. The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares create an atmosphere that visitors find unique.
The city has the highest museum density in the world and is home to cultural highlights, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s world-famous Nightwatch. Other well known places of interest in Amsterdam are the Palace on the Dam, the Artis Zoo, Jewish Historical Museum and the Rembrandt House.
Take a canal tour of Amsterdam and discover the historical canal district which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011. The best way to get around Amsterdam is on a bike. You won’t become any more local than by cycling around Amsterdam.
Hotels in Amsterdam
Compared to other cities, Amsterdam is geographically, pretty small. In terms of choosing a hotel, this means that really, almost every hotel in the city is "central" and will give you easy access to the most famous sights. Hotels around Damsquare, Damrak and Red Light District are central but notice, they are often surrounded by department stores, tramstops, bars, sex shops and stag parties. We'll rather recommand hotels a bit further out (but still very central). They will be quieter and you might have a canal view as well!
There are a lot of hotels around the two main nightlive squares; The Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. In the surroundings of these squares you'll find loads of good hotels, just a block away. The hotels around the Leidseplein and Vondel neighbourhood are really close to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Stedelijk Museum and the Vondelpark which is a must see.
Most of Amsterdam's central and small hotels are located in old canal houses that are protected by the herritage commission. Most of the small hotels do not have the possibility to build an elevator in the building. The staircases you might experience as extremely steep.
Most hotels are non-smoking. In general one,-two-, and three star hotels do not have air conditioning, simply because it doesn't get hot enough in the summer.
Dutch breakfast includes coffee/tea, juices, breads, cheese, meats, yoghurt and eggs & bacon.
Attractions in Amsterdam
Visit the rich and famous at Madame Tussauds, discover the secrets of diamond cutting at Coster and Gassan Diamonds, learn more about Heineken beer at the Heineken Experience, cycle along the canals like the Dutch do. You’d better book an extra day in Amsterdam if you want to see all its attractions.
The cultural scene in Amsterdam is rich and diverse. You can enjoy classical concerts at ‘Concertgebouw’, one of the best concert venues in the world, and jazz at ‘Bimhuis’. ‘Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ’ is a cultural melting pot with different shows every day of the week. Theatre and cabaret blossom at ‘Carré’ and City Theatre Amsterdam. There is also a great pop scene in Amsterdam. Venues like Paradiso and Melkweg (next to the Leidseplein) are two classic pop stages where all the big names in the music industry have performed like the Rolling Stones, Prince and many others. Outside the city center next to the Amsterdam Arena (Ajax-Stadium) You'll find the Heineken Music Hall and Ziggo Dome. They are easy to reach by public transport.
A lot of smaller places have a rich variety of different music styles eq the North Sea Jazz Club (for jazz), Maloe Melo (Home of the Blues), Bitterzoet, Sugar Factory and many, many others.