Hello all. I was lucky enough to have spent a few days in Amsterdam as a young boy. And now I have the opportunity to return for 3 nights with my wife (August). I want to take her for at least one canal ride, maybe at night? I am sure we will visit the palace, Anne Frank's house and a museum or two. For the majority of time we will be thrilled to just walk the streets, poke through the markets or take a picnic to a nice park.
It sounds very easy to take the public train into town from the airport. And walking several blocks with our luggage will not bother us at all. I was considering staying at the Hotel Amrath. The price was reasonable for a quick 3-day stay, and the reviews were excellent. My only concerns are the lack of air-conditioning (really necessary in Amsterdam?) and being too far from the shops restaurants and attractions. My wife and I have no aversion to walking the city all day, or using public transport. And I always prefer not to stay right in the middle of the crowded touristy areas. But it is also nice to have a convenient bakery, market and pub close to the hotel. Is the Amrath isolated at all? Is it less inconvenient to the major sights and canals? If so feel free to offer alternatives. Thank you in advance. See you in August!