Amsterdam is always firmly on the map for a weekend away, but perhaps even more so since Soho House opened.
We hasten to add that we are not jumping on the inevitable Soho House bandwagon. Amsterdam has always been one of our top picks for a European city break, merging culture with excellent bars and restaurants, before returning to your design-led hotel to rest your weary head. But it does mean that a lot more people have had their heads turned to the plus points of heading for a weekend in Amsterdam. Here are a few reasons why it should be on your travel wish list:
I love Amsterdam. The city is vibrant and alive. It’s fresh and so open. It’s definitely one of my favourite places
WHERE TO STAY
THE DYLAN AMSTERDAM
This boutique hotel is not only super stylish but also boasts a prime location on the canal on Keizersgracht, in the heart of the city of Amsterdam. Created by London hotelier and designer Anoushka Hempel, this hotel was formerly a theatre in the 17th century. Known for their Michelin-starred restaurant Vinkeles and their gorgeous bar and lounge, you can hire bikes from the hotel to explore the surrounding area (if you can tear yourself away).
From £282.59 per night
SIR ALBERT AMSTERDAM
The main perk of Sir Albert Amsterdam is its location. Situated less than 600 metres from Museum Square and within walking distance of the main canals, you are handily located a short distance from De Pijp (AKA the coolest neighbourhood in Amsterdam). The hotel is a converted diamond factory so expect lots of space and light from the high ceilings and contemporary design. As this is where the hip locals hang out, it’s no surprise that the hotel restaurant Izakaya serves up Japanese dishes on communal tables. Expect a DJ to spin his tunes on Thursday through Sunday.
Rooms from £99.35 per night including a glass of prosecco per guest
WHERE TO EAT
BUFFET VAN ODETTE
+31 (0)20 423 6034
For stylish interiors and excellent food, this restaurant is off the tourist trail, instead frequented by locals in-the-know. Expect “real food”; Flemish meatloaf, mussels with harissa and plum crumble to finish…
+31 (0)20 888 0300
Soho House’s eponymous modern-day classic Italian restaurant comes to Amsterdam. Located on the Singel canal with awe-inspiring interiors and a fantastic atmosphere
Frans Halsstraat 28
+31 (0)20 675 8668
This French restaurant is located in one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful restaurants, De Pijp. The food is served up by a Michelin-starred chef and is rather delicious.
WHERE TO DRINK
Named after James Bond’s tipple of choice, Vesper is one of Amsterdam’s original speakeasy bars. It’s limited on space but worth squishing in to sample their cocktail menu
WHERE TO PARTY
SUPPER CLUB AMSTERDAM
Kick off your shoes. It’s time to bring your best socks as you cosy up on one of the beds for the night. This interactive restaurant /cocktail bar / nightclub is the place to spend a Saturday evening in the Dam.
Please contact us today to arrange your stylish weekend in Amsterdam. We can create your tailor-made weekend from scratch. We just need your accommodation budget and we’re good to go!