This is a summary of my trips to Amsterdam in April 2010 and October 2010. Both times we arrived by train at Amsterdam Centraal. If you leave the station, turn to the left and cross the street. There you'll find the GVB bureau, where you can buy 24, 48 or 72h tickets for their tram and bus system. We got a 48h ticket for 11.50 €, hopped on tram # 16 and after 20 minutes we were right behind the Hilton [get off the tram at Emastraat]. While approaching the Hilton we were greeted by their door man who took care about our bags and escorted us to the front desk. Check-in was fast and very friendly. Everyone of the staff speaks perfect English. Received an upgrade to Executive Floor and lounge access both times [also my colleague who is just GoldVIP]. Early check-in wasn't a problem at all. The room and bathroom were spacious and clean. The bed was almost as comfortable as the Heavenly Bed from Westin. The Executive Lounge is located on the 10th floor. Yes, it's a little bit small but the view, the staff and their selection of spirits and food is well worth it. While we were there the lounge was almost empty. Liquor is available till 9 pm. Unfortunately there's no computer in the lounge. We always had breakfast in the main restaurant [Robertos] which was EXCELLENT! Coffee, Coffee Latte, Espresso, tea, champagne [on the weekends]... omelets and PANCAKES WITH FRESH FRUITS!!! Make sure to ask for Johnny Wells [he's the chef and a great guy]. After returning from the city we stopped at their bar for a drink. The bar is very nice with a nice fireplace, but also kind of expensive. Cocktails are 16 €, the Hilton burger whopping 21 €. The Hilton Amsterdam has plans to expand by adding two or three more floors on top the building. The construction is scheduled to start at the end of 2010 and should be completed after 1.5 years. Both stays were absolutely wonderful and very pleasant. Even if the Hilton Amsterdam is not right at Leidesplain or Dam Square, with the tram stop right behind the hotel it is not an issue at all. For me it's among the top three Hilton properties in Europe. Looking forward going back for Queensday 2011!