I travelled to Amsterdam with a friend who wanted to visit the Rijksmuseum which reopened it's doors in April following 2 years of renovations.
The hotel is well located to the museum quarter and is only a 5 minute walk to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum and has plenty of restaurants around the corner from the hotel. It's about a 30 minute walk into the centre of Amsterdam and there are plenty of stop off points if you want to plan your sight seeing routes around a cup of coffee etc. We booked our transfers for 54 euros with the airport shuttle bus online, taxis are around 40 euros each way so a good saving if you use the shuttle bus. There is a bus stop for the airport bus not far from the hotel (bus 197) if you want to do this but as we wanted to make the most of our short stay the shuttle bus was a good option for us.
The hotel is very modern and eco friendly it has everything you need but no frills, the reception staff were welcoming. Breakfast isn't worth the 13 euros cost and the hotel could improve this if they really wanted to, we didn't see many people eating breakfast in the hotel. We bought fruit and juice at a local supermarket and had this in our rooms which enabled us to get an early start on our sightseeing.
My room was on the ground floor (room 20) which meant I wasn't able to leave my curtains open as everyone could see into the room as they walked by and I wasn't able to open the window. My room was very noisy as the reception area and cleaning cupboard back onto the room and there is a main tram line directly outside the hotel, so I wouldn't recommend this room if you want a good nights sleep. The hotel need to add some soundproofing to the wall between the room and reception etc as the headboard of the bed directly backed onto the reception area walk and I didn't appreciate being woken up at 3.15am by people chatting and again at 6.30am when the switchboard is turned on. My friend had a room on the 4th floor overlooking the garden and didn't experience any problem with noise at all. Bathrooms have a walk in shower which was very good, bring your own shampoo shower gel if you are fussy about what you use. Rooms have a great hairdryer and flat screen TV.
We booked our museum tickets on line so didn't have to queue very long including the Ann Frank museum, good job we did this as the queues were right around the building and it was too hot to be standing in a queue for over an hour. If you book online you also get a 30 minute pre tour talk which was very interesting. We did a canal tour which lasted 75 minutes and cost 15 euros great value.
Restaurants prices are very reasonable and we had a main meal and a glass of wine for around 20 euros each, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from with something to suit everyone.
We spent a couple of hours in Vondelpark looking walking around looking at the statues etc.
A great visit to Amsterdam.