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Outside the city's core, but only a 15-20 minute tram ride to museums, galleries, parks, and entertainment at the city's center
Hotel Casa 400 is located in the Amstel district, about 20 minutes from the city center or a half hour to the airport.
Marked by cobblestone roads, street-level canals and an abundance of coffee shops (which are most often known for something other than coffee), Amsterdam is both a quiet and lively city without the pretention of European metropolises.
In the summer, visitors can enjoy live music at the Openluchttheater, an open-air venue at the Vondelpark, or the Roots Music Festival. The Gay Pride parade also takes place in the summer, and the city's many museums -- including the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House, where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during World War 2 -- are popular year-round. Visitors in April can experience Queen's Day, which celebrates the queen's birthday and includes a massive flea market, parties, and outdoor concerts.
Noordermarkt is known for its antiques, and Brouwerij de Prael is a recommended stop for beer enthusiasts. Fun dining spots include the famous sandwich spot Van Dobben, as well as Pancake Bakery, which offers more than 70 types of pancakes and a slew of other breakfast goods.
Hotel Casa 400 is a clean, sleek spot among the cranes and scaffolding resulting from ongoing construction in the area. Situated in Amsterdam's Amstel district, the hotel is on the fringes of the city, about 15 to 20 minutes from museums and the maze of canals at the city's center. The atrium-style lobby is vast and bright with tons of windows, and colorful modular seating looks into an inner garden. It's a basic but modern property, with clean lines and minimalist decor. The rooms are mostly white with a piece or two of artwork and basic amenities (flat-screen TVs, tea kettles, and mini-fridges). They're more comfy and functional than stylish, with cozy white beds and modern all-white bathrooms. All the white can feel a bit sterile at times, but light from the windows makes the rooms feel more natural. A trendy bar and lounge upstairs features stylish seating offset by rustic wood floors. Circles, the cafe-like main restaurant, has a cool covered outdoor terrace. Bike rentals are a nice perk, as are the bunch of meeting spaces available to business guests. Because of its decentralized location, Hotel Casa 400 is perhaps more geared toward the business traveler; tourists should consider hotels closer to the main part of the city.