Amsterdam Journals

A Weekend in Amsterdam

A February 2004 trip to Amsterdam by bobthequiz

Quote: I flew EasyJet from Stansted to Schipol and took a cab to the wonderful Art Deco 'American Hotel'. Centrally located for both museums and nightlife, this hotel is a national treasure. The American Bar is lined with celeb photos taken in the bar and is a great place to finish an evening.

A Weekend in Amsterdam

Overview

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Just stroll through the streets, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the architecture. The one hour canal trip is worth the €6 they charge as it's a good way to get your bearings and get a feel for the city.

If you must... then a brisk walk through the red light district, if only to say you've been there.

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Trams are effective and cheap.

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre

Hotel | "Crowne Plaza Amsterdam The American"

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This hotel is indeed a national treasure, with superb Art Nouveau and Art Deco touches both inside and out. The staff is attentive and the bar a delight, lined with celebrity pictures taken in the bar.

Our room was large, with views over the Liedesplein, but we weren't disturbed by the trams.

I wouldn't bother with the hotel breakfast, which is a bit overpriced at €15, particularly as it's only a 15-minute walk to the pancake shops at the flower market.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2004

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

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurant

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This is a classic Hard Rock Cafe overlooking a canal and close to the major museums. The key with Hard Rocks is that you know exactly what you're going to get -- good food, good beer, and good music -- anywhere in the world. That works for me.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2004

Hard Rock Cafe
Max Euweplein 57-61
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31-20-523-7625

Bloemenmarkt/Amsterdam Flower Market

Attraction | "Flower Market"

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The Flower Market is a great place to just mooch. There are about 20 stalls selling plants and flowers, ranging from (when we visited) tulips to large exotic tropical blooms. The pancake shops along the bank are great for breakfast, too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2004

Bloemenmarkt/Amsterdam Flower Market
Singel Between Muntplein and Koningsplein
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 AZ