Thought I'd put this up as I got lot's of good info from replies to my questions and previous threads. Really not too informative but hopefully of some interest....
I arrived at midday on Queen's Day and the trains from Schipol were a mess. After a train to Amsterdam Zuid and metro it took an hour and a half to get to my hotel near Centraal Station when it usually takes 30 min. The trouble was worth it though, as it was an awesome party everywhere in the city. Museumplein was a bit too crowded for me, so I spent most of the day up and down Prinsengracht which was a great atmosphere. Will definitely be going back next year and trying to get on a boat!
My wife arrived later that night and we stayed that 1st night at the Marriot Renaissance. Really no complaints - good location, nice room and bathroom. Would stay there again...
The last 2 nights we stayed at Maes B&B on Herenstraat. Great location and nice place. Would have no problem staying there again as well.
Saturday we spent just walking around the Jordaan and canals. The sun came out in the afternoon and we had a few beers outside at Cafe Brandon on Keizersgracht-probably my favorite spot for late afternoon drinks in the sun.
Sunday we went to Keukenhof, which really is impressive. It definitely exceeded our expectations by a mile, even with the crap weather. Unfortunately, the weather was so bad that we didn't rent bikes and just headed back to Amsterdam in the early afternoon.
Monday we walked around a bit in the Nine Streets and Spui area, which was cool except for the even crappier weather. We went to the Anne Frank House which was interesting. Not really that amazing but I don't think that's the point. It's less what we saw and more how it made us feel that we took away from it. Either way, if you're planning on going there, book your tickets online in advance and just walk in.
We had 2 really good dinners at De Witte Uyl and De Belhamel. De Witte Uyl probably had the better food - the menu is great and the food is different and somewhat adventurous without being pretentious. Belhamel was great too and the canal views from the restaurant are really nice.
We had a great weekend, but the weather on Sunday and Monday grinded us down a bit which was too bad. Oh well, we'll have better luck next time with that. Queen's Day was amazing. Generally my favorite area was the western canals between Browersgracht and Leliegracht. I would say that some of our favorite chill spots were Cafe Brandon, Cafe Van Zuylen, Siberie and the Thai rest/cafe on Wolvenstraat. As always with Amsterdam, looking forward to getting back soon.