txguy1977 saidI'll be traveling to Amsterdam with a straight friend in May and looking for recommendations on cheap places to stay, things to do, etc.
Any advice would be helpful.
The Heineken Experience is a must. It is the best deal on the continent for how cheap it was (ten Euros) for how much awesomeness (and beer) you receive. That is something I can easily recommend to anyone.
What are you interested in - the pot stuff? Cultural stuff? "Local flavor?" Casinos? "American" stuff like Hard Rock Cafe? My recommendations would definitely change based on what sort of experience you are looking to derive from your time there.
Hotel Smit in the Leidseplein district has the perfect location to walk to most things. It has a bit of the "I am paying way too much for this cracker box" feeling to it - but if you are spending a lot of time in your hotel room in Amsterdam I believe you might be doing something wrong
My restaurant suggestions are also going to change based on what I am going to recommend for fun stuff (mostly for proximity reasons,) so give us a little more information and I will write back!