So I have "narrowed it down" to 5 hotels (!) for my 4 day stay in August with husband and two kids (18,21). Three are in the Jordaan area, I think: Toren, Estherea, Ambassade. Two are in a different location: the Banks Mansion and the de l'Europe Amsterdam. They all get great reviews on TA.
My questions are:
1) are these both safe neighborhoods to stay in ? Seems like the Jordaan/canal area is quieter and perhaps safer at night? I don't want to be near the Central Station.
2) I like the idea of being near the Nine Streets shopping area. But will my kids find that region too sedate? Is it more lively near the Banks Mansion?
3) Finally, if drinking is not a priority, is the Banks Mansion still a great place to stay?
I haven't been to Amsterdam in over 25 years, so I just can't remember anything about the layout - sorry for the poor geography.
Thank you all!