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.
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 time, head for the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Anne Frankhuis -- those are the big ones for Amsterdam. But if you have more time, take a look at Rembrandt's house (located near Waterlooplein), the two canal house museums on the Herengracht and Keizersgracht and whatever's on display at the Nieuwe Kerk (it's a church, but they have wonderful traveling exhibits).
Hotel | "The NH Schiller Hotel"
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're right in Rembrandtplein, which has lots of good restaurants nearby, and there are three trams that stop just 100 feet away from the hotel door, making getting around the city pretty easy.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2004
REMBRANDTPLEIN 26 36
31 20 5540700
Hotel | "The Golden Tulip"
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 cost of their room.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2004
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
31 20 5301818
Restaurant | "The Garlic Queen"
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 appetizer that I'd recommend.
As for my favorite entree, it's a toss-up between the garlic beef stew and the filet of beef. The stew is delicious and not too overwhelmingly garlicky. The filet of beef is heavenly, grilled the way you want it, with more roasted garlic served on the side (I always eat these too!). Both are typically served with garlic mashed potatoes. To be fair, I can't tell you how garlicky these things truly are, since after I eat the Garlic Baker, I really can't taste the garlic in anything else.
The restaurant has an interesting array of garlic desserts as well, things like garlic chocolate and garlic ice cream, all of which are good.
The restaurant also features daily specials, which I'd highly recommend. Obviously they change often, but I've never been disappointed in anything I've tried.
This is my favorite restaurant in town, so naturally I take all my friends and family there. And, while they may not love it quite as much as I do, I've never heard anyone say anything bad about it. The service is great, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. It is an expensive restaurant, but it's a great treat. It's very small however, so reservations are necessary.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 16, 2004
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 BJ
+31 20 422 64 26