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19 Jul 2018

A Weekend in Amsterdam

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Amsterdam Guide

Can you believe, having lived in London for 10+ years, I hadn't made it to Amsterdam once until late last year? To put that into perspective, early last year I flew to New Zealand for a fortnight, flew back to London for a few short weeks and then flew all the way back to Fiji for another week. Yet Amsterdam, a mere 1 hour away, I hadn't found time for yet.

So when Jarv and I heard Wolf Alice were performing there, we decided it was high time (ha ha...) I finally visited the 'Venice of the North'. The weather wasn't ideal, with both wind and heavy rain, but it was November so that was hardly surprising. Everything else about the short weekend was a delight, from accommodation to food to wandering aimlessly around the city.

STAY

We started with a night at the Intercontinental Amstel, a landmark hotel (standing since 1867) sat proudly on the East bank of the river Amstel, which in 2007 even made the list of World's Best Hotels. With its grandiose interiors and old-world charm, the Amstel has housed prestigious guests such as Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Jackson in its day. 

Our room was a tad 'grandma's house' for my taste, but I can still appreciate the traditional touches and I must say that breakfast overlooking the river was the highlight of our stay at the Intercontinental Amstel - excellent cooked-to-order dishes, a beautifully laid out buffet, a wonderful tea selection and gracious service all served to set us up for the day in the best way possible.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam

For the second half of our stay we wandered over to the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. Another historical building, it was once a monastery before becoming Amsterdam's City Hall for almost 200 years.

We were greeted by our own butler who escorted us up to our room, explained its features and expertly poured us two welcome glasses of Veuve Clicquot before taking his leave. 

Featuring jewel tones and an exposed brick wall, our room was a little more 'modern elegance' than the previous hotel, if smaller. From the window: a calming and picturesque view of one of Amsterdam's lovely canals.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

EAT & DRINK

BAR-becue Castell Amsterdam: incredible steaks cooked to perfection (and as rare as you ask for!), delivered in generous portions. The restaurant features communal-style seating on plush leather sofas (or dining at the bar where the action is, which is what we did).

Mr. Crab: an abundance of freshly caught seafood in all its glory, piled high on tiered troughs of ice. Light, healthy and delicious.

De Koffieschenkerij: Tasty sandwiches, good coffee, chill vibes (and incredible looking pastries that I refrained from gobbling up ... this time), all inside Amsterdam's oldest building.

I'm sorry to say I don't have many more recommendations just yet as our trip was short and sweet (plus some of the meals we had were room service, etc.), however we will surely return soon to explore even more of this gorgeous city so ... TBC.

In the meanwhile, if you have any suggestions of areas/museums/restaurants/bars I should visit the next time I'm there, I'd always love to hear those too.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | De Koffieschenkerij Amsterdam
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Mr. Crab Amsterdam


1 comment :

  1. Both hotels look utterly beautiful - and luxurious! I have to admit, the first hotel's 'traditional aged' interior design appeals to me haha, although both are brilliant in their own ways. You've shown how you can experience staying in Amsterdam in both traditional and/or modern accommodation. Perfect! :)

    ps. forever swooning over your travels!

    aglassofice.com x

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