Amsterdam Journals

Life in Amsterdam

A travel journal to Amsterdam by keatinkd

Quote: Life in Amsterdam is amazing and different than I thought it would be. Amsterdam is a surprisingly small city with lots to offer in terms of food, entertainment, recreation, and European "old-world" charm.

Life in Amsterdam

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Overview

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One of the best ways to see Amsterdam is by boat. The city offers a number of canal boat tours you can pick up in several different locations. Skip the ones right by Centraal Station and head for the Rondvaarten company on Rokin (located right near Muntplein). They offer a variety of tours, from the basic one hour tour to full dinner cruises. I'd recommend doing a basic tour just to see the city, and, if you have some extra time, the evening wine and cheese tours are great! Another thing you shouldn't miss in Amsterdam is art. Amsterdam has numerous museums and galleries, from the large state museum The Rijksmuseum to small specialized galleries in the Jordan area. If you're pressed for ti...Read More

NH Schiller

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Hotel | "The NH Schiller Hotel"

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My parents stayed at the Schiller when they came to visit us in February 2004. I got the room at a better price for them (than the hotel's listed prices) through Expedia.com. The room was nice, although kind of basic (like most mid-level hotels in Europe). They stayed there a week and really enjoyed it. The hotel offers a breakfast buffet for an additional fee (around 15 Euros per person, I think). I ate breakfast with them two mornings, and it was pretty good. The service at the Schiller is great too. I'd highly recommend it to others visiting Amsterdam. The hotel is really nice itself, decorated in art deco style, but the true benefit is its great location in the city. You'r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2004

NH Schiller
REMBRANDTPLEIN 26 36
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 20 5540700

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre

Hotel | "The Golden Tulip"

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My in-laws stayed at this hotel when they visited in August 2003. They liked the hotel, which they got as part of a package deal through Expedia.com. The location is pretty good -- you're really close to Centraal Station and one of the city's main shopping areas (the Kalverstraat and the Nieuwedijk). Three tram lines stop really close by as well (the 1, 2 and 5), so you have easy access to the rest of the city. The hotel itself was nice and the staff was friendly. Their room was small but certainly adequate (beware of the welcoming drinks and food on the tables -- it's the equivalent of a mini-bar). The hotel offers a nice breakfast buffet each morning, which I think was included in the cos...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2004

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
NIEUWEZIJDSKOLK 19
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 20 5301818

Garlic Queen

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Restaurant | "The Garlic Queen"

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The Garlic Queen is probably my favorite restaurant in Amsterdam and we've tried quite a few now. As the name implies, everything the restaurant serves is laced with a fair amount of garlic. However, every dish is freshly prepared for you (except the stew I believe), so if you aren't a lover of generous quantities of garlic (like me), you can tell them and they will prepare your dish with less (or none). The menu is small, but everything I've tried there has been wonderful. My favorite starter is the Garlic Baker, which is an elephant head of garlic baked in a ceramic dish with olive oil and herbs. The baked garlic is delicious spread on the homemade bread. The garlic soup is another great a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 16, 2004

Garlic Queen
Reguliersdwarsstraat 57
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 BJ
+31 20 422 64 26