An interesting city of over 800,000 people with over 900,000 bicycles, filled with quaint tree lined streets full of multi-storied, narrow houses and many, many canals. We arrived at Amsterdam Centraal (Train Station) on a 2+ hour Thalys train from Brussels and took a 15 minute taxi to the Radisson Blu Amsterdam. An older hotel with renovated rooms, we had a room with a great view of a church clock tower. Even though the room was tiny, it was comfortable. However, I probably wouldn’t stay here again since it is in the “Old Town”, just south of the red light district and Chinatown – kind of a seedier neighborhood and lot of “coffee shops” (cannibis cafes) – I couldn’t walk around without the constant smell of cannibis and cigarette smoke.
We then moved to the Art ‘Otel Amsterdam, right across the street from the Centraal Train Station – and that was definitely more to my taste. A modern hotel housed in a very old building, the service was top-notch and I enjoyed the comfortable seating available all around the lobby and restaurant area and all the art work in the hotel. It was also a great location and easy to get to anywhere in Amsterdam.
Overall, I loved Amsterdam (minus all the smoke!), especially the art and canals and quaint houses. I also highly recommend these restaurants: Omelegg (south of the Museum area) for breakfast, Abinish (near the train station) for mediteranean (loved their sweet dining room in the back), and Indian Sky (walking distance from the train station) for good Indian food – here are some pics in order of mention: