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Amsterdam: Europe's "Other" Side

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A March 2000 trip to Amsterdam by Jim Rosenberg

Mercure Amsterdam Frommer 3m Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: Comparing Amsterdam to Las Vegas may be offensive to those who view the contrast of Old World history and cultural significance to the glitz and modern opulance of faux you-name-it Vegas, but gambling aside, is the general motivation of many visitors really so different?

Doubletree Arctic Club Hotel Seattle - Downtown

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Hotel | "Arctic Club Hotel: Classic, Historic and Something Special"

Doubletree Arctic Club Hotel Seattle - Downtown Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Restored to its early 20th Century glory with a fabulous renovation in 2008, the Arctic Club Doubletree is unique, elegant and well-located. Immediately across the street is a mass transit tunnel that provides rail access to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as well as a free service area for buses in central Seattle. The famous Pike Place Market is within walking distance or you can grab a bus and ride a couple of stops for even easier access. The immediate area provides plenty of choices for dining and a plethora of coffee shops in the most caffeinated city anywhere. Pioneer Square and the waterfront are within easy reach, too.As for the hotel itself, we especially enjoyed the histor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2010

Doubletree Arctic Club Hotel Seattle - Downtown
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 340-0340

Amsterdam: Europe's "Other" Side

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Overview

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You don't need much of a plan to enjoy Amsterdam, but don't miss the opportunity to see some of the world's great art treasures by such giants as Rembrant and Van Gogh at the Rikjmuseum and Van Gogh Museam. Walk the canals, check out the shops, take a quick boat tour -- and watch out for those every-present crowds of bicycle riders who don't pay a lot of attention to any particular traffic rules.Quick Tips: In general, it is best to book your hotel through a service -- whether a tour packager or in Amsterdam through the tourist bureau (VVV). Trying to book directly with a hotel is likely to produce higher rates. In busy seasons or holiday periods, advance reservations are highly recommende...Read More

Mercure Amsterdam Frommer 3m

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Hotel | "Mercure Arthur Frommer"

Mercure Amsterdam Frommer 3m Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Mercure Arthur Frommer is a nicely-kept hotel featuring 90 renovated units in an attractive building on a quiet back street in the canal area off Vijzelgracht. It's an easy walk to the Rijksmuseum. While many European hotels do not have rooms large enough for more than two people, the Mercure Arthur Frommer has a limited number of such rooms available. There is a small bar downstairs and an excellent breakfast room. Rates are quite reasonable, by Amsterdam standards.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2000

Mercure Amsterdam Frommer 3m
NOORDERSTRAAT 46
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31-31-6220328

Sofitel Amsterdam

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Hotel

Sofitel Amsterdam Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Located just a couple of blocks off Dam Square and an easy enough walk from Central Station, the Sofitel Amsterdam comprises three historic buildings that have been very nicely re-refurbished into a very comfortable hotel of 148 rooms. The guest rooms are decently-sized and nicely appointed. The breakfast buffet served from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. daily is worth taking in. Cocktails are available on premises at the Duke of Windsor lounge and there is also a limited lunch menu. We found the staff at the Sofitel to be very friendly and attentive. (We offer the rate information here advisedly. The rack rate is $289 Euros per night. We suggest calling the hotel directly and trying for something...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2002

Sofitel Amsterdam
NIEUWE ZIJDS VOORBURGWAL 67
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31-31-6275900

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre

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Hotel

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre is a 250-room, five-star hotel within a short walking distance of Centraal Station. It is one of the few Amsterdam hotels with an indoor swimming pool. The hotel is housed in a modern building that was constructed with surprising harmony to the historic buildings that surround it. In fact, the hotel's flagship Dorrius Restaurant is actually an old canal-style building that has been incorporated into the structure. Rooms are comfortable with modern conveniences, including data ports. Size wise, they compare with more western-style accommodations vs. some of the tighter quarters that are common in many parts of Europe. Douvet covers, individual climate control,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2003

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31206200500

Green Planet

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Restaurant

Green Planet Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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A small, intimate restaurant with just eight tables, Green Planet is a unique and personal dining experience that takes vegetarian fare to a wonderful level of full-flavor and first-class presentation. As someone who enjoys meat and seafood immensely, I was honestly skeptical of how satisfied I could truly be with a totally vegetarian menu. Anatol Fritsch's creations at Green Planet are carefully and creatively prepared, well-presented, and wonderfully delicious. Green Planet bills itself as more than simply a restaurant, but part of a lifestyle. The menu is unique, including classic cuisine prepared with organic ingredients.While it's possible to enjoy carry-out or a quick bite, the way t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2003

Green Planet
Spuistraat 122
Amsterdam
020 625 82 80

Le Pot au Feu

Restaurant

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Walk directly south from Amsterdam's Centraal Station and on the right-hand side of Damrak, you will find Le Pot au Feu about halfway down the block on your right. The exterior is not so special and quaint-looking that it would immediately draw you inside, but once you enter, you will note the pleasant ambiance. (On nice days, this spills out onto the sidewalk where tables made for people-watching on this bustling thoroughfare are situated). The menu is varied and includes some traditional Dutch specialties, along with plenty of familiar, filling meals that anyone who is comfortable in a typical diner or bistro would find easy to enjoy. The orange juice is freshly-squeezed. The beer...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2002

Le Pot au Feu
Damrak 9
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 623-7917

Ristorante Orvieto Cucina Romana

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Restaurant

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This is one of several Italian restaurants we tried along this street and like others we visited, there was nothing remarkable that would cause us to recommend it over anything else. If you have a limited number of nights to dine out and you're looking for something special, this would not be your choice. That said, it has a reasonably complete menu of Italian offerings and prices are reasonable. If you're hungry, just about anything can taste good and we found that to be the case here. The ambiance is reasonably nice and the staff will take care of you, though it would be a stretch to say there was anything particularly engaging about Ristorante Orvieto. "Of all the places we've ever dined, this w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 10, 2002

Ristorante Orvieto Cucina Romana
Nieuwendijk 9
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 626-6842

Pizzeria La Madonna

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Restaurant

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Do you like deep dish Chicago style pizza? Any kind of pizza you've ever seen in the U.S., for that matter? Then by all means, do not order pizza here, because you're going to be trying something you've never seen before and you may never want to see again. Okay, it's a little uncharitable, we admit, but we must recommend just about anything BUT pizza on the menu. Fortunately for you, there are some good pasta dishes and that is where to concentrate your efforts. (We don't know where the Italian chefs settled in Amsterdam, but we can assure you that we never found them in a couple of tries). If you are looking for a filling lunch, you can find it here and it will not cost you an arm and a leg. The...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 10, 2002

Pizzeria La Madonna
Nieuwendijk 33
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 620-5325

Supper Club

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Restaurant | "Supperclub"

Supper Club Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Your experience with the Supperclub begins when you walk up to the door on Roelensteeg, a tiny alley off Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal a block or two southwest of Dam Square. (http://www.supperclub.nl/) Ring the bell and you will be greeted at the door by a hostess who will direct you downstairs to the lounge. There, you can order a drink and slip into a room with contstantly changing mood-lighting where the patrons wait in a number of large, u-shaped booths and pulsating techno music provides the theme. Yes, it's true that your reservation was for 8 p.m. and you arrived to 7:30 p.m. to provide time for a drink, but time is not something that people at the Supperclub are really slavish about. Arou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2002

Supper Club
Jonge Roelensteeg 21
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 PL
+31 20 344 64 00

Rijksmuseum

Attraction

Rijksmuseum Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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At the Rijksmuseum, you will find oustanding works by Rembrandt and other Dutch Masters housed in an impressive building that is worthy of its contents. Plan to spend several hours taking a leisurely walk through the galleries. The scope and quality of the collection is outstanding.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2000

Rijksmuseum
Stadhouderskade 42
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 ZD
+31 20 674 70 00

The Anne Frank House and Museum

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Attraction | "Anne Frankhuis"

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There is a starkness to a visit to Anne Frank's, house and it is a time to quietly reflect on the horrors of history that it represents. Some artifacts and photos are present and still intact, however, this is not an exceptionally stimulating destination unless you simply need the spiritual reflection that can only be gained by your presence in the actual house. It is more of a quiet shrine, giving a human side to these specific victims of the Nazi regime than a place to gain new insights. Much of the house is essentially empty.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 29, 2000

The Anne Frank House and Museum
Prinsengracht 267
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GV
+31 20 556 71 00

More than tulips Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Mention a visit to Amsterdam to people and the reaction will often include a wink, a raised eyebrow or a silly grin. Amsterdam is well-known for its tolerance for certain drug use and its famous Red Light district. Perhaps it is Europe's version of Las Vegas -- a place where people go to legally 'break the rules' from time to time in an environment where that is accepted. But unlike Vegas, Amsterdam has centuries of history and a distinctive personality that has been borrowed from nowhere else. From its funky coffee shops and brown cafes to its distinctive, organized rows of canal houses and world-class art museums, Amsterdam defies comparison with anyplace else. What could be more roman...Read More