Amsterdam Journals

24 Hours in Amsterdam

A January 2006 trip to Amsterdam by esthergoes

Swissotel Amsterdam Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: What would you do in Amsterdam if you only had 24 hours and it was your first trip there?

24 Hours in Amsterdam

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Overview

Riverbank cafe Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The whole trip was a highlight for me. Actually, being IN Amsterdam was the highlight. To understand why, you must first understand how I got there.This was a last-minute trip. Travelocity has last-minute specials on their site, and air and hotel to Amsterdam from NYC for was too good to pass up. I was able to convince a colleague that flying off to Amsterdam for a weekend was a great idea.Barely making it to the airport on time, we joked along the way about what we would do if we were late for our flight and didn't get on.I get to the airport and the ticket counter person at JFK tells me that I cannot fly. The date was January 26th. My passport expires March 19th ...Read More

Swissotel Amsterdam

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Hotel

Swissotel Amsterdam Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Being my first time in Amsterdam, I just choose brand-name lodging smack in the middle of the touristy area. I knew I didn't have time to get lost and find my way around, so a hotel on Damrak was great--there was no confusion about how to get back to my hotel.Since I only had 24 hours in Amsterdam, the hotel served more as a regrouping area. Again, due to its proximity to the center of town, it was great to stop in every 2 hours or so to drop off things I've purchased or to just simply put on more layers of clothes, as the weather was FRIGID.It's actually a very small hotel. It reminded me of a small boutique hotel in NYC, rather than a major hotel chain. The rooms are clean an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2006

Swissotel Amsterdam
Damrak 96
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 (20) 5223000

Werck

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Restaurant

Werck Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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"Werck Restaurant and Cafe Bar is in the heart of the Jordaan quarter, in the former coach house of the Westerkerk Church," from www.werck.nl.We randomly wandered into Werck after visiting the Anne Frank House just next door. Its architecture and exterior decor was what attracted us to this restaurant. That, and we went to the back of the building first, where you were able to see the entire kitchen through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Curious as to what type of food they were serving, we went around to the front to find a really cute restaurant. At first, I wasn't sure if it was a restaurant or a lounge that served food. The interior reminded me of a lounge in the Meatpacking District of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2006

Werck
Prinsengracht 227
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 (0)20 6274079

Pannenkoekenhuis-Upstairs Pancake House

Restaurant | "Upstairs Pancakes"

Pannenkoekenhuis-Upstairs Pancake House Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Pannekoekenuis is the name of this "upstairs pancake" house. We actually went to the wrong pancake house. Apparently there was one that is suppose to be the best. The original pancake house was recommended to me by four people who are totally unrelated to each other. It didn't surprise me to find out that we went to the wrong place. Once person described the place we should have gone as being so good that she went twice in one day.This place is just okay. The crepes were good, but it was just the novelty of climbing up very steep stairs to enter a small dining area filled with trinky dinks, a cuckoo bird chiming the time every hour, and a man cooking and serving up crepes while wearing an ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 1, 2006

Pannenkoekenhuis-Upstairs Pancake House
Grimburgwal 2
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 626 56 03