Enjoy the vast flower gardens of Keukenhof, which bloom in a stunning display of colour every spring, 20 minutes' drive from Crowne Plaza Amsterdam - Schiphol. Many types of flower can be seen at this annual festival, especially the famous Dutch tulip.
Head into the centre of Amsterdam to stroll down 17th-century waterways, explore quirky boutiques and enjoy Dutch beers by the canals in so-called bruine cafes. Direct trains reach the city centre from Hoofddorp rail station, 8 minutes' walk away.
Set on the banks of the River Amstel, Hermitage Amsterdam is the newly opened branch of the famous Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. A permanent exhibition explores Dutch-Russian relations, while collections from the Hermitage rotate every 6 months.
Don't Go Home Without
Discover masterpieces on canvas from the Dutch Golden Age in leafy Den Haag, 30 minutes' drive away. Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals display at the Mauritshuis Museum while the more contemporary M.C. Escher combines maths and art at the Escher Museum.
Tickets for Amsterdam canal cruises can be purchased directly from the friendly concierge at Crowne Plaza Amsterdam - Schiphol. The city's Supperclub cruises offer drinking, dining and entertainment on wonderfully exotic floating lounges.