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Amsterdam Revisit



Labor Day Weekend

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I just returned from a whirlwind weekend in Amsterdam to celebrate the marriage of my sister-in-law to an incredibly charismatic Dutch fellow.  With unprecedented sunny weather and a joyous occasion upon us, the weekend was a total success. Not to mention, I was fortunate enough to stay at the newly renovated, (to the tune of 61 Million EURO) De L’Europe. (formerly the Hotel de L’Europe)

The elegant facade and wraparound terrace

The elegant facade and wraparound terrace

Long considered a spot for respite right in the midst of the city’s buzzing center, the iconic hotel has furthered the notion by combining updated, Dutch-modern furnishings – think comfy white couches – within traditional 19th century architecture and reproductions of the famous, Dutch Masters artwork. The dimensions of the hotel’s new Dutch Masters Wing are rather substantial, particularly the 42 suites, whose ample space encourage a hosting of the beloved Dutch tradition of “borrel” (cocktails and appetizers) in one’s room. If you want to ensure the borrel of the year, book the six-bedroom signature suite, which features a wrap-around terrace overlooking the canal.

Also new to the hotel are the guestroom’s 21st century amenities like the iPad directories found in the rooms, motion lighting footpaths (key for jetlagged travelers), TV-imbedded mirrors and my favorite, (and too oft-ommitted)  heated bathroom floors done in a striking aquamarine mosaic tile. The room’s custom fragrance, L’Eau De L’Europe, is well worth noting for its sweet subtlety, along with the hotel’s signature skincare line created by parfumeur Blaise Mautin with face creams for men and women. However, despite the hotel’s considerable updates, the charm of the hotel remains with the hotel’s enviable location, right across from the flower market and its Euro-chic terrace, complete with umbrellas and flowerpots situated right along the bed of a canal.

The redesigned lobby of the de l'europe

The redesigned lobby of the de l'europe

Whether the canal and city views are appreciated from your room’s balcony (if you can swing it, book it!) or from the terrace, or even the gym’s ground level windows, the view’s constant boat traffic and cling-cling of passing bicycles on the street is so wonderfully and iconically Amsterdam, that it makes staying at the L’Europe even more rewarding.

Must Do’s: Dining out on the hotel’s terrace, wisely equipped with heating lamps for the cool Amsterdam temperatures. The steak tartare is delicious and the wine selection wonderfully robust. Chef Richard van Oostenbruggee oversees all 3 restaurants and offers easily one of the city’s top dining options. Alas, if the weather just won’t cooperate (likely for Amsterdam), head to breakfast late and enjoy it with a view from one of the window-fronting tables in the dining room.

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Published by Meg, Tuesday, September 6, 2011 No Comments

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Meg is the founder of luxury travel consulting company, Friend of a Friend Consulting. Her three books, Italian Hideaways, Caribbean Hideaways and England's Hideaways are published by Rizzoli. Passionate about travel, hotels and wine, she continues to write freelance travel pieces and is currently pursuing a Masters in Wine through the WSET.

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