First time to Amsterdam, where should we stay? We would like to stay somewhere near the Dam square or in a central location. We are a middle aged couple looking for a clean, quiet, comfortable room with good bedding that provides internet. Would like to keep it under $200 per night. We will be doing all the tourist stuff including going to the Tulip gardens. Any suggestions or recommendations?
I visit Amsterdam frequently and use this site for hotels: http://www.hotels.nl/ I usually stay at De Roode Leeuw (right around the corner from Dam Square) or the Barbizon Palace which is near Centraal station and convenient to Dam Square. Depending on exactly when you plan to be there, those might be a bit above your price range. there are lots of other choices in the area though. You might also check the Park Plaza Victoria which is at the other end of the Damrak from Dam Square. There are a lot of tours that cover Keukenhof, but if you want more time in the garden, take the train to Schiphol or Leiden. You can buy a combined round-trip bus ticket and garden entrance from either place that will allow you the full day if you want. I prefer going from Leiden because there's an earlier bus and you can catch a train back to Amsterdam via Haarlem. That takes you through several bulb fields en route. There's a ticket booth in Leiden station.