This hotel was out of the downtown Frey but easily accessible by the Ferry at Amsterdam Central Station . Lovely ride to and forth from the hotel daily. We loved the hotel's quite atmosphere and the lovely rooms. The floor length windows in our room gave a modern feel and an awesome view to the area surroundings and the ferry boat stop. Bike rentals were close by and so was grocery shopping. The room had a fridge which was excellent to keep water and food cold when purchased at the Hama (market) nearby. No need to sped 25 Euros for breakfast because of the little fridge. We ordered Dominoes one night and they delivered right to our door! The hotel provided bottled water upon request and was prompt to respond to all out request including light sheets and toothpaste! I love this Doubletree ,will definitely be revisiting next time in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam fast became one of my favorite cities just on my first visit! We arrived via Schiphol airport on KLM , the flight took about ninety minutes. We took the train from Schiphol to Amsterdam Centraal Station which took about twenty minutes . We then took the ferry across the Amstel River to our hotel. Amsterdam was alive with tourists and busy with bike lanes to accommodate the preferred way to get around the city. The Hop-on-Hop-off was a great way to see the city in 24 hours and the Hop-on-Hop-off boats was also included in our ticket . Canals by boat was fabulous , with great commentary in English and other languages . The bus was double decker styled which also included commentary in English via headphones as well. Amsterdam's many cobblestones ally's and squares remain vibrant Day and night. The food was a great mix of diverse restaurants from American style to Asian and of course their native cuisine . Museum square housed some of the famed museums like Rijksmuseum ,Van Gogh and Stedelijk with the Museumplein park to complete the picturesque setting. The Amsterdam Icebar was a real treat and should not be missed , tickets are 25 Euros at the door but if you buy at any of the sightseeing tours store or on the boats or at your hotel it could be as low as 16 euros ! You get coins for two or three alcoholic beverages and the experience in the Icebar is priceless. The canals are adorned with beautifully blooming flowers and the atmosphere is unforgettable . Most people speak English and most places including buses and trains and museums have free wifi you just have to log in with your email address. No need to purchase expensive international data plans . Our hotel was Doubletree at the Wharf it was a fantastic place to stay and away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Amsterdam as you took the ferry that frequently left Amesterdam Centraal by the waterfront to get there . Watch for more on my hotel experience . We took a tour to see the Windmills in Zaanse Schans and it was definitely a highlight of this Holland experience!
Amsterdam has some of the most interesting museums on the planet , they accentuate the city as much as the many lively streets and magnificent waterways ! I visited the Van Gogh , Rijksmuseum and Ann Frank House .
Vincent Van Gogh's paintings are a wonder to experience up close and their beauty shows his true heart in contrast to his fretful life at times. His paintings of Sunflowers are featured in five cities around the world presently , Amsterdam,Philadelphia, Tokyo, London and Munich . This painting is my favorite of his gorgeous collection of florals. To learn more about the Sunflowers here is a link: https://youtu.be/2RW3RWyZmLo
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch National Museum that boasts the arts and history it's people. This museum was beautifully appointed in Museum Square and had so much culture to explore on it's multilevel floors .
The Ann Frank House told the story of the hiding place of Ann and her family before they were found and put to death by the Natzis . The walls of the house were adorned with some of the exerps from her diary and many pictures of the family were also visible. This house held a special place in my heart because I had written a paper in college about Ann Frank after reading her diary . I was young and never heard of her at home during high school in Jamaica but in College here I was taking a course in Western Civilization and became very interested her life. I felt that visiting the house made it more real for me what I had read all those years ago. A must visit if you go to Amsterdam.