I found a killer airfare deal to Amsterdam, so we're using it as a jumping-off point before heading on to Germany the following day for a week, and then returning to Amsterdam for hopefully a couple of days before our return flight. We're going in early December for the Christmas markets.
We will be landing in Amsterdam at 8 am and I do not sleep on planes, so we'll need to check in early. We're thinking we should stay in the city center; we want to check out the Amsterdam Christmas market and hopefully the light show.
We'll have checked bags. How long should we expect it to take to get our bags, go through Customs, and get to a centrally located hotel from the airport? I haven't yet looked into public transportation vs a taxi; it'll depend on which hotel we choose. The airport seems to be closer to the city than Frankfurt and CDG, so I'm wondering how early a check-in to request. And if it's before 10 am, is there a particular hotel you'd recommend? Some are more willing than others!