we need to find a safe affordable neighborhood but convenient to the sights of Amsterdam. Not a good hostel candidate. Specific hotel/motel suggestions welcomed. Ideas?
Check over on the To the West forum. That's where they answer Netherlands (Benelux) questions. This forum is for British Isles and Scandinavia.
What's your price range? Check out either the Avenue Hotel or the Ibis at Centraal Station.
We recently stayed at the Hotel Hestia with our 4 year old and 2 year old. It was in a lovely neighborhood set a little bit back from the main drag, but super close to everything.