Conservatorium Hotel

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The neo-gothic Conservatorium hotel in Amsterdam is a visually architectural feast. With giant industrial beams, elongated hanging steel light fixtures, pieces of modern art, books and sculptures, brickwork towers lining the floor to ceiling ginormous windows which encircle the roof, the Conservatorium is simply gobsmackingly gorgeous. Just off of Museum Square, we walked in to... Read more »

Okura Hotel Amsterdam

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Plush rooms with marble baths, an indoor pool, four on-site restaurants and a spa with a Japanese garden all serve to make the Hotel Okura Amsterdam a large luxurious retreat. This hotel successfully blends five-star hotel luxury with functionality. Located away from the busy town centre in Amsterdam Zuid, along the Amstel Canal in the De Pijp... Read more »

Yamazato

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Yamazato, one of the restaurants at Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, has the distinction of being the first traditional Japanese restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin star, under the guidance of Chef Akira Oshima, who became the first Japanese Michelin starred chef in Europe. That the Dutch would embrace Japanese food is no surprise;... Read more »

La Rive

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In most European cities, one can find evidence of a strong relationship between the city, its trade links and infrastructure, its art, its people and the waterways that run through it. This is nowhere more apparent than Amsterdam, where the 400 year old canals and bridges of the city’s Canal District have been added to... Read more »

Hotel 717, Amsterdam

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“Little by little, one travels far.” –  J.R.R. Tolkien When planning a holiday, it can be tempting to overlook European neighbours, like the Netherlands, in favour of far flung destinations with never-ending sun, sea and sand. However, like other European cities, Amsterdam has its benefits; you can fly there in less than an hour, the... Read more »

Bridges inspired by Ron Blaauw

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It was an evening of first impressions. Our flight had touched down a mere two hours earlier and we had little chance of taking in much of the city before night fell and we found ourselves downtown at the Sofitel Legend The Grand hotel. Passing through the city at speed had given us a sneak... Read more »

The Dylan Amsterdam

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Conveniently located along the Keizsergracht canal, The Dylan Amsterdam is accessed through an impressive stone archway that is all that remains of the first stone building that stood on the site, a theatre that once played host to a string of illustrious names and productions. This theatre was predated by a wooden one, which was... Read more »