Of course, I did comment on 2 things, the smell of cigarette smoke intruding our room via the air conditioning ducts, and when we opened the window, the same smell came through too since our room was on the 4th floor just above the lobby... We were initially restless due to the smell but was too tired any way and eventually slept through on both nights :P
A snap of the reception:
public transport (for the more adventurous ones :P), taxi, shuttle bus.
It's pricier but to save time, we asked the hotel to help call for a taxi... Driver was punctual, our first time on a Skoda. There aren't that many Superbs back home... Cost us €28.
And... the weather is @?$%#* perfect today! The sun is out! Trying to think positively at this moment... let's keep the weather this way till we leave Europe!
Weather was cold and we had a quick lunch at Briccoexpress before boarding. And yeah... airport food is the same everywhere (well... except Hong Kong)... its expensive and yuck :x
Regretted not getting up earlier and just take away anything... definitely will taste better than this...
Tomato soup, tasted like its straight from the can!
Coffee... bitter... just bitter...
Anyway, we booked Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam which is 1 stop away from Schiphol Airport and 1 stop away from Amsterdam Central.
Now, the public transportation is tricky here... the airport line is managed by NS and the 24hour GVB ticket (intercity transportation including trains, buses, trams) is useless for this line.
Here's the 48hour GVB ticket which cost €12/pax bought from the automated machine:
€0.50 surcharge because the automated machines does not accept notes. And you see 7/10 confused people trying to fiddle with the machine and ending up at the ticket counter, so you shouldn't be embarrassed at all!
Both are 1 way tickets. The left is from the airport to Holiday Inn Express on Sloterdijk Station (€3.70) where as the right is from Sloterdijk Station to Amsterdam Central (€4.70)
There is a bus stop just below the station and a bus that takes you directly to the city, it will take at least 20mins on normal traffic as opposed to 5mins via train... you choose... We tried the bus for experience sake, it will pass industrial areas and there's nothing to see, definitely not worth the time... If given the choice, we might have opted for a hotel in the city itself!
Anyway, some photos of the hotel, new, very clean, quiet and we got the best rest here!
Its not worth the risk cause there's a hefty fine for riding on a train without a ticket...
After leaving our luggage at the hotel, we headed to Amsterdam Central and took a tram to Anne Frank Huis before dinner. We have already bought the tickets online, you can checkout the first page of this trip. We got off at Dam stop (a stop earlier), should have got off the next stop (Westermarkt) and save some time walking :P
You can use your GVB ticket bought earlier on any transportation within the city!
We weren't allowed to take any photos in the museum and its was raining (again!) so couldn't take any photos as well outside the museum. We highly recommend that you plan ahead by buying the tickets online (print them and bring them along) as the there's a seriously long queue despite the rain...
Not going to elaborate too much on this, you there and feel it yourself :)
Its very interesting but sad... sad indeed... its a pity... The tour's going to take around 30-45mins :)
After that, we had dinner over at a cozy restaurant called Vlaming Eten and Drinken which is not far away. This place is worth a try, we were very satisfied with the food here because all along we had the idea Dutch food wasn't that good, proven wrong! :)
Fries was ok, a bit oily and we were pretty full since we were focused on the mains leaving this at the end :P
Talking about Amsterdam Central... this is one of the most sophisticated stations we've seen! Not only its huge... There were like what... 20 platforms?!
Every time you reach the Station, remember to check the train schedule! Its practically all over the station, and don't worry or panic if you've missed the train to your intended destination, there's bound to be another train on another platform just minutes away...
And its very normal seeing people running around the station... That's because most of the time the next train can appear on a platform the opposite end of the station from the platform you have just missed your train... and its like... 1-2 min before it departs that platform :x
Do drop a comment, we will try our best to attend to any queries based on what we have experience (and of course how much we can recall) :)