Hello, we are two gals traveling to Amsterdam on October 30th for 3 nights. As such, we need a room with 2 beds and a larger size room would be nice. We are looking at the 5 star properties, only. We, of course, want something in a great, lively area that's not sleepy or romantic, but still very top notch. Is a canal view a must, as this is our first trip to Amsterdam? Budget is up to $500/night. Here are a few choices that I've narrowed down, but am open to suggestions.
Grand Hotel Amrath (not sure why this is priced so much less than other 5 *...is it older or run down or something?)
Junior Suite (nice size) for $327 usd/night
W Hotel (this seems hip and fun, but probably no view?)
Wonderful Exchange Twin - $371 usd/ night
Fabulous Bank Twin - $437 usd/night
--Anyone know the difference between bank and exchange?
Luxury Suites Amsterdam (this looks amazing and a nice room with canal view and two KING beds vs. twins for the others, but how is the location and is it lively?)
Royal Suite with canal view (incl breakfast and airport pickup) - $478/night
Pulitzer is similarly priced at 397/night for the standard room. Waldorf base room at $500/night Look at Sofitel?
We have SPG and Hilton Honors status and amex platinum, so trying to leverage a good deal.
These are all the non-refundable rates, so making the right decision is crucial. Thanks so very much for the expertise!