We are staying just outside Amsterdam. We had a choice of staying in a nicer hotel and driving to Amsterdam or staying in a worse hotel and not driving. We decided to stay in a nicer hotel that is quiet and close to the city rather than staying in Amsterdam. I think this will be a lot more relaxing. Our hotel backs on to a bird garden. The garden itself is huge and beautiful and needless to say peaceful and quiet. I think we chose well – and this is a view from our balcony.