A March 2000 trip
to Amsterdam by Jim Rosenberg
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?
Hotel | "Arctic Club Hotel: Classic, Historic and Something Special"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2010
Doubletree Arctic Club Hotel Seattle - Downtown
700 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
Hotel | "Mercure Arthur Frommer"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2000
Mercure Amsterdam Frommer 3m
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 in the $160/range or working with a package and/or a travel agent).
Location-wise, it is difficult to beat, since the hotel is situated in a very active area of Amsterdam that is filled with shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, museums, internet cafes, pubs, clubs and boutiques. You are also at the hub of the city's public transportation network and while I would consider the neighborbood to be very safe, you can also take a short walk into the Red Light district to take in some of the local culture at night.
If you have a chance to stay at the Sofitel Amsterdam at a rate that won't break the bank, then we highly recommend it as a wonderful place to stay.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2002
NIEUWE ZIJDS VOORBURGWAL 67
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, modern bath fixtures, etc. are all what would be expected in a higher-end hotel.
The full breakfast buffet is a worthwhile addition if you can work that into your rate, as is the Club Lounge on the sixth-floor which features complimentary beer, wine, coffee, and snacks along with online computer access (it's a bit slow, but it works). There is also a furnished deck that provides a comfortable place to unwind and meet some of the other guests.Downstairs, check out the Amsterdammer Bar, which offers a toney ambiance and a great environment to enjoy some of Holland's finest draft beer, among other choices. The Crowne Plaza's location places it within easy reach of public transportation as well as within easy walking distance of Dam Square, the Red Light District, and busy shopping districts.
We give the Crowne Plaza high marks for quality in all respects and we were pleased to be able to pick up a special rate (watch the website and you may get lucky; Priority Club membership may also net you some complimentary ammenities, so be sure to join). The hotel can be booked through the Six Continents site.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2003
Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2003
020 625 82 80
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 flows freely and goes down well, so we had an easy time staying for hours between the bar and the dining area in this narrow, cubby-hole of a place. Our young bartender, David, was engaging and well worth a good tip; plenty attentive even though he was often scrambling to serve many customers.
This is a very busy place and you will find people from all over Europe stopping in because of its proximity to the train station. An added plus is that there are coin-operated internet consoles where you can check your e-mail and keep in touch or surf your favorite websites. We found ourselves stopping back again for a few more happy hours and a meal after our first visit -- it's just that kind of friendly place! It is not large enough for a person to go unnoticed for long and you will quickly find yourself making new friends.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2002
Le Pot au Feu
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 10, 2002
Ristorante Orvieto Cucina Romana
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 10, 2002
Pizzeria La Madonna
Restaurant | "Supperclub"
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. Around 8:20 p.m., people start filtering out of the lounge and up to the dining room. (On the way, you may note the two, identical bathrooms which are marked "Hetero" and "Homo").
Like everything else about this place, the dining room is unique. It is a large, two-story room. The walls are lined with mattresses and pillows along the two long walls -- all nicely sheeted and cased, by the way. The mezzanine is set up the same way as the main floor. (If you can, you might try to talk the staff into putting you in a corner, which is very nice indeed!).
There are small, short-legged stainless steel tables with candles which provide an amazingly stable platform to hold your drinks (of which you may have a few). The staff is attentive and funky, with the whole thing perhaps reminding you of having an elegant dinner in bed.
A few entertainers -- (my companions told me they were female impersonators but I was never really sure) -- do a little lip-syncing to focus the crowd on an occasion or two, but mostly, people are left to their own devices. You will perhaps catch a whiff of pot in the air. It's not provided or sold at the Supperclub, but there is a coffee shop that certainly prepares for the evening's guests across the street. Supperclub patrons regularly pick up supplies while the doorman lets them in and out with a disinterested, "none-of-my-business" look.
Dinner itself is a five course meal and we found everything to be very well prepared and presented. The Supperclub has a fixed price menu in the neighborhood of 60 Euros and you will be having whatever they are preparing that evening, although there is a vegetarian option. (Our main course was seared tuna and it was awesome, as was the salad, soup, veggies and a wonderful sorbet-based dessert). That price doesn't include drinks or a gratuity.
The Supperclub is fun, Hedonistic and very entertaining for people who can go with an open mind and want to have a truly unique experience.
Jonge Roelensteeg 21
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 PL
+31 20 344 64 00
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 ZD
+31 20 674 70 00
Attraction | "Anne Frankhuis"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 29, 2000
The Anne Frank House and Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GV
+31 20 556 71 00