We got lucky with the Marriott since there was a 20% off deal, so I immediately booked it after reading some reviews. Glad I did. Great hotel to come to after a 7 hr flight. We arrived at 6am and the lady who checked us in was super nice (wish I remembered her name) and found us an empty room with a city view without charging us extra. She even gave us a voucher for free breakfast for one day. Breakfast was a good variety. Room was nice and spacious with 2 double beds. I liked the location since it's in the outer canal belt...but close enough to a lot of sites.
If you don't have a lot of luggage, don't waste your money on a taxi. You can easily take the 197 bus from the airport (think it was 4 euros which you can pay on the bus) to the Marriott. Get off at Leidesplein. It was about 30 mins or so. It drops you off about a block from the hotel.
People said Amsterdam was a walkable city...I sorta disagree. It's walkable...but a pretty big city too so it tires you out. We started taking the tram everywhere instead which worked perfectly for us. The main trams were about a 5 min walk from hotel. There are lots of bars/restaurants all outside the hotel in the main area - Leidesplein. Good place to hang out and people watch. Vondel park is about 4 blocks away...nice park. We rented bikes for a day and went around the park. Amsterdam is a bike city...I think they have the right of way over pedestrians....took some getting used to crossing the streets with all the bikers whizzing by!
We took a full day tour to see the windmills, volendam, marken, delft, the hague and madurodam. DON'T do a tour. It's seriously not worth the money ($80). The first half of the trip was ALL automated commentary! You only get about 45 mins per town to walk around which isn't enough. You can spend less than half that to do it on your own and at your own pace. I knew this, but we were short on time and thought we would learn a lot more from tour guides about each town. But you don't learn much through automated commentary. The towns are small enough to just walk around and enjoy. I regret not doing it on my own. But overall, I liked the different towns, especially Volendam. I also liked the Hague too b/c my friend who lives there took us to the beach which you don't see when you're on a tour. Great place to chill and have dinner/drinks.
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