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A Colourful Escape: A Weekend Stay at nHow Amsterdam RAI

by Lily Niu

Following a whirlwind few weeks, I found myself craving a city break that offered a vibrant and colourful escape. Amsterdam, with its rich history and undeniable charm, seemed like the perfect destination.

However, I wasn’t looking for the typical canal-side stay. This time, I yearned for a contemporary experience that reflected the city’s modern spirit. Enter nHow Amsterdam RAI – a multi-level design hotel that became my colourful home for the weekend.

Effortlessly connected: A breeze from Schiphol to the city centre

Located just outside the city centre, nHow Amsterdam RAI boasts excellent transport links. Arriving at Schiphol Airport, I opted for the convenient train journey. The direct connection from Schiphol to Amsterdam Centraal Station takes a mere 15 minutes, making it the ideal choice for weary travellers. 

However, for those seeking a more leisurely option, express buses run regularly too. Taxis and Ubers are readily available at the airport, offering a comfortable door-to-door service, particularly if you’re travelling with heavy luggage.

Within the city itself, navigating is a breeze. The hotel is a short walk from Europaplein metro station, placing the city’s vibrant heart at your fingertips. This location, though not in the heart of the historic centre, offers a unique perspective on Amsterdam.

Sweet arrivals and social spaces

Stepping into nHow Amsterdam RAI, I was instantly struck by the playful design aesthetic. The lobby on the ground floor is efficient, but the real heart of the hotel lies on the first floor. Here, a light-filled atrium plays host to a relaxed seating area, a stylish bar, and a reception bathed in natural light.

This is the perfect spot to unwind after a long journey or catch up on work emails – the floor-to-ceiling windows offer a glimpse of the surrounding cityscape, a modern counterpoint to Amsterdam’s classic charm.

A delightful touch that won me over entirely? The sweet jars by the main entrance. I confess I couldn’t resist grabbing a handful of pick-and-mix treats each time I entered or left the hotel – a delightful, sugary welcome (and a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth!).

A city in motion: Working out with a view

Those who prioritise fitness during their travels will be pleasantly surprised by the hotel’s gym facilities. Unlike many hotel gyms relegated to windowless basements, nHow Amsterdam RAI’s boasts expansive windows offering panoramic views of the Zuidas district. 

This contemporary business district, a stark contrast to the traditional Amsterdam most visitors envision, features a unique architectural landscape of towering skyscrapers and modern office buildings. Getting in some cardio here felt invigorating, the cityscape a constant reminder of Amsterdam’s ever-evolving identity.

A colourful room with a view

nHow Amsterdam RAI offers a variety of room categories, catering to different needs and preferences. During my stay, I enjoyed the extra space and comfort of a room with a sofa – a perfect haven for unwinding after a day of exploring. Ample storage ensured luggage was neatly tucked away, while the plush king-size bed promised a restful night’s sleep.

Sky high dining: Breakfast with a cityscape panorama

Breakfast at nHow Amsterdam RAI is an experience in itself. Served on the 17th floor, the restaurant boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. The extensive buffet spread caters to all dietary preferences, from fresh pastries and charcuterie to a selection of hot dishes cooked to order. As the morning light streamed through the windows, I savoured my breakfast, feeling refreshed by the stunning vista before me.

Lunch and dinner at the hotel’s main restaurant, also located on the first floor, offer a more à la carte experience. The menu showcases modern European cuisine with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. For a relaxed evening, you can also opt for lighter bites and signature cocktails at the stylish bar.

A colourful conclusion: A design haven in modern Amsterdam

My weekend at nHow Amsterdam RAI was a delightful departure from the ordinary. The hotel’s contemporary design, coupled with its excellent transport links and focus on guest comfort, made it the perfect base for exploring the city’s vibrant energy.

From the playful touches like the sweet jars to the breathtaking city views from the breakfast room, every detail was thoughtfully considered.

Whether you’re a design aficionado seeking a stylish escape or a traveller yearning for a modern perspective on Amsterdam, nHow Amsterdam RAI offers a truly unforgettable experience.

nHow Amsterdam Rai
Europaboulevard 2b
1078 RV Amsterdam
Netherlands

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  • Lily Niu

    Lily's background in editorial and digital media has seen her do plenty; including crafting celebrity style content for tech-first fashion startups and doing social media takeovers for fashion weeks at home and abroad. Her adventures have taken her on road trips through Morocco and allowed her to witness the sunrise over the sand dunes in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her lively poodle puppy and studio hopping across London to do her favourite barre and pilates classes.

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