We stayed for a week in the hotel Casa 400 in September. The chosen location was due to visiting our daughter who is studying at at the nearby Hogeschool Van Amsterdam. We were pleasantly surprised at the spacious room and modern large bathroom. There was free wifi and a fridge in the room that was very handy to store our own drinks. There was no tea or cofee making facilities in the room, but having read previous reviews saying this, I had brought my own travel kettle. The building work next door was a little annoying, however this is no fault of the hotel and our room was situated away from the noise so did not affect us. The air conditioning did not work at all, so I would worry if this was any better in the summer months! There is a free safe in the room, that is very handy for any valuables.The room was cleaned daily, although I would put anything away in the wardrobe, as you possibly risk it being thrown away otherwise!
The beds were king size and very comfy.
The local area has not got a lot of places to eat, but we did try lunch at the Dauphine which was lovely and very reasonable in price; however the evening menu was a little expensive.
The travel connections from nearby Amstel station are great having trains, metro & buses. We used number 50/51/52/54 metro to central station and tram 12 to the museum area. Arriving from Shipol we bought a train ticket for £2.50 each to amsterdam zuid then got the no 53 metro to amstel station costing aprox 2 euros. The hotel airport shuttle is 16 euros each if required.
Due to us planning to visit amsterdam another time in the next year, we travelled using a ov chipcard that we bought at a bookstore behind tourist info at Shipol airport.This was not available at the tourist info office. It was blue and white colour and it was already loaded with £10 euros and cost us £17.50 each card. It can be easily loaded with euro notes and can last up to 5 years.Its like a Oyster card in London. In hindsight the cost of travelling probably worked out the same as getting a 7 day tourist travel pass, as were using it most days. We also hired a bike for 8.50 euros per day at a bike shop under Amstel station. We were able to leave the bike overnight at the safe underground car park of the hotel.There are bikes for hire at the hotel for £13 euros a day.Travelling in the centre was a little hairy so I would probably not reccommend this, but a bike is perfect for the less busy areas.Its amazing how far you can travel in a short space of time.
If you have the time, I would reccommend travelling by train to Harlem which is a beautiful medieval town.