Author Archives: Aad van den Berg

7 JULI ELANDSGRACHT ALS ANTIEKMARKT

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City Sightseeing Amsterdam – Hop on Hop off

Handige app voor gasten die gebruik willen maken van de hop on/off bus en boot en willen zien waar de bus/boot zich bevindt!

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DE HALLEN AMSTERDAM IS OPEN

CENTRUM VOOR MEDIA, CULTUUR, MODE, HORECA EN AMBACHTEN. De plek waar ooit de eerste elektrische trams in Amsterdam werden onderhouden heeft een nieuw leven gekregen. In de voormalige tramremise, een rijksmonument gebouwd tussen 1902-1928, is nu De Hallen Amsterdam gevestigd. … Continue reading

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10 things you may like to know about the Dutch

“Lekker” (nice or tasty) and “gezellig” (cozy) are often used in the Dutch language! People often make an effort to make it “gezellig”and make sure that everything they make is “lekker”. ! “Drop” (liquorice) is probaly the most popular sweet! … Continue reading

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FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

Hier is a fascinating article about Amsterdam, published by the New York Times, and sent to me by one of our dear guests.

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RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS

Following the reviews of our guests, we are publishing our new list of the Recommended Restaurants in Amsterdam. Fine Dining 212 Ciel Blue Spectrum & Moshik Vinkeles La Rive  French / Continental Restaurants Flo Rijks Johannes Le Garage MarisPiper Ron … Continue reading

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REMBRANDT ART MARKET

De Rembrandt Art Market is de opvolger van de Modern Art Market van de Stichting Kunstkring Thorbecke, die 27 jaar op het Thorbeckeplein en later op het Rembrandtplein wekelijks op iedere zondag een kunstmarkt organiseerde. De gezamelijke kunstenaars zijn nu … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT LA RIVE

La Rive is now open every day except monday for dinner only! Special menu’s and wine arrangements. Reservation may be made via the concierge on 020-5203533 or via www.seatme.nl       www.restaurantlarive.nl

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PALAZZO

Palazzo biedt al jaren de ultieme combinatie van variététheater en sfeervol dineren in een prachtige, nostalgische spiegeltent. Komend seizoen legt 3-michelinsterren chef Cees Helder uw smaakpappillen in de watten terwijl een bont gezelschap aan internationale topartiesten voor spannende, hilarische en spectaculaire momenten … Continue reading

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VAN RIJN – KITCHEN & BAR

Waar vroeger de cafe restaurant De 3 Sisters zat, is nu een grand cafe restaurant van internationale alure gekomen. De kaart is “continental keuken” met ook veel Hollandse gerechten.  Op 5 september is de officiële opening. Less meer… Rembrandtplein 17 (020) 4500 … Continue reading

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RIJSEL ROTISSERIE

Rijsel is ontstaan vanuit passie voor de Franse keuken met een knipoog naar Vlaanderen.  

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OUR PREFERED APP’s

As there are probably millions of apps available worldwide, it is difficult to choose which ones are most suitable for your phone. Please find attached a small list of recommended apps:                   … Continue reading

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KUNSTSCHILDER WERKT ALS KOK IN HET AMSTEL HOTEL

Everybody knows that in the Amstel Hotel our chefs have a very creative mind. Simon Borst is a chef who also manages to use his creativity in painting artworks. Please check his website!  

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DOKTERSDIENST 24 uur IN AMSTERDAM

Vanaf 1 November is er een nieuwe 24 uur’s SOS doktersdienst in Amsterdam. 0900 0611

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GABLE STONES | GEVELSTENEN

Gable stones were used in the Netherlands to identify a house instead of a house number. Gable stones lost their importance after house numbers were introduced in the beginning of the nineteenth century during the French occupation. The Gable stones … Continue reading

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BOAT DESIGNS

So, you think you MAY want to build your own boat, but have no idea where to start, please check these dutch websites: Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw Royal Huisman Yachts

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ABOUT ART

Lotte Buit is an artist/portrait painter specialised in portrait painting from pictures. Her studio is located in a small village outside Haarlem called Spaarndam, known from the story of the boy who had to keep his finger in the dyke preventing it from … Continue reading

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10 RULES ON HOW TO RIDE A BIKE IN AMSTERDAM

1. Mind walking tourists; 2. Keep an eye on the road signs; 3. Use a map to avoid getting lost; 4. Ring your bell to make yourself heard; 5. Lock your bike to a permanent structure; 6. Always cross a … Continue reading

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DE WESTERTOREN

In the diary of her life during the Second World War, Anne Frank wrote that she could hear the bells of the Westerkerk. Indeed, the Anne Frank House is just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam’s — no, Holland’s — most … Continue reading

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KOSEBASI TURKISH RESTAURANT

De luxe Turkse franchiseketen Kosebasi heeft op 28 maart 2011 haar deuren geopend. De keten breidt zich sinds 2006 internationaal uit met vestigingen in o.a. Dubai en Sao Paulo en is al vele malen geroemd. Je eet hier traditioneel Zuid-Anatolische … Continue reading

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TOYS SHOPS

1. INTERTOYS – Heiligeweg 26-28 – phone 6383356 2. GONE WITH THE WIND (Wooden toys) – Vijzelstraat 22 – phone 4230230 3. DE BEESTENWINKEL – Staalstraat 26 – phone 623 1805

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Classical Carriages

Simply the best in stylish transport in the city. Romantic and authentic. Illuminated by candlelight. Available on short notice.  06 2460 7426

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EASY PARKING

This system allows you to pay for parking. Just phone one of the listed companies, let them know the number of the nearest parking meter and they handle the parking fee. Obviously you need to register first. More.

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KIDS: FUN PARKS IN THE NETHERLANDS AND JUST OVER THE BORDERS

Many fun parks for kids are fully open again this month and are more spectacular then never! AVONTURENPARK (opens April, 22nd) EFTELING (open throughout the year) DRIEVLIET (opened, April 9th) SLAGHAREN (opened, April 1st) WALIBI (opened, April 9th) MOVIEPARKGERMANY (in … Continue reading

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Amsterdam for every budget

Explore the Dutch capital’s streets and waterways with this helpful guide and you will not only avoid the tourist traps but uncover great markets, lesser-known museums and charming bars, cafes and restaurants. Read more…

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Kosher Kitchen

Restaurant H’ Baron is a new restaurant, located at Buitenveldert in Amsterdam. Five days a week a lovely romantic dinner for two, pleasantly with a (large) company or a calmer place for your business dinner

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VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN AMSTERDAM

As – Princes Irenestraat, 19 – 644-0100 De Waaghals – Frans Halsstraat 29 – 679 9609 Betty’s – Rijnstraat 75 hs – 644 5896 De Kas (also for lunch)  – Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3 – 462 4562

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CURIOSITY: JOHN ADAMS

Mr. John Adams (2nd. american president) lived on Keizersgracht 529 in Amsterdam. He lived there during a period of 1781-1782. For more information on this house, please click on the following link.

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UNUSUAL RESTAURANTS IN AMSTERDAM NOORD

These two restaurants are both very unusual because they are both situated in former factories: One is called Hotel Goudfazant, and serves continental food. The other is called Restaurant Stork, and calls itself the largest fish restaurant of Amsterdam. Both … Continue reading

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RESTAURANTS WEBSITE VAN NEDERLAND

Mooie en eenvoudige site over alle goede restaurants van Nederland! Klik hier.

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Amsterdam Historisch Museum changes the name

As from January 1st 2011, the Amsterdams Historisch Museum will be called: AMSTERDAM MUSEUM.

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New lounge-bar Lion Noir in the Reguliersdwarstraat

The owner of Jimmy Woo, Casper Reinders, will start a lounge-bar and restaurant with name LION NOIR in the old restaurant Het TuynHuys. More news will follow soon…

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Beauty is never enough

Handy to know as Les Visages is often fully booked and guests like to stay around the hotel: Amsterdam City Spa is now fully open until 22 hours nearly every day. For facials, manicure, pedicure and many other treatments.   … Continue reading

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Welcome to our News and Articles Blog!

Welcome to our Newsletter! This is where you will find usefull information about what’s happening in Amsterdam. Should you want to share your tips on Amsterdam about something that may be useful to us, then please send us an email … Continue reading

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Mazzo, the “Living Room” of the Jordaan

New “very trendy” italian restaurant opens on October, 24th for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Mazzo is a place for everybody with an Italian twist. The perfect spot to start the day with a real Italian Expresso, have lunch or to … Continue reading

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BREAKFAST OUTSIDE THE HOTEL

Breakfast outside the Hotel seems to be more and more fashionable. We would like to recommend the following restaurants: Brezel Lunchroom – Sarphatistraat 42a (mon-fri open at 07:30 and sat at 08:30) 2 minutes walking distance from Amstel Hotel Italian Cafe Restaurant … Continue reading

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Golf Clubs

Easy to book golf courses 9 and 18 holes: Spaarnwoude Golfbaan Purmerend Amstelborgh More difficult to book and often by member introduction only: Kennemer Golf Noordwijkse Golf Club

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New Museum in Amsterdam: Canal Museum

As from april 1st 2011, Amsterdam will open a new Museum called the Canal Museum. This Museum will explain everything about the history and the construction of the canals! Het Grachtenmuseum, Herengracht 386 in Amsterdam.    

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Steak Houses

Selected Steak Houses in Amsterdam: Cau, Damstraat 5, 623-9632 Castell, Lijnbaansgracht 252, 622-8606 (open till 01:00, weekends till 02:00) Red, Keizersgracht 594 (corner Speigelstraat), 320-1824 – Open till 24:00 Toro Dorado, Spuistraat 3 C+D, 421-8695 Gaucho’s, Beethovenstraat 55,  679-9133, Regulierbreestraat … Continue reading

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Jazz in Amsterdam

Where you can enjoy a Jazz evening in Amsterdam: Dauphine in the weekends; Bimhuis; Muziekgebouw aan het Ij; Bourbon Club; Alto; Krasnapolsky Hotel

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BookShops

If you are looking for Dutch and English literature, we selected the following bookstores: Scheltema – Koningsplein 20,  523-1411 Athenaeum Boekhandel – Spui 14-16,  514-1460 The American Book Center – Spui 12,  625-5537 Waterstone’s – Kalverstraat 152  638-3821 Vrolijk (gay … Continue reading

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Interesting sites about Amsterdam

We are listing here a few good sites about Amsterdam, where you can find a lot of interesting things to do. http://www.uhgt.nl/

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Beauty

The hair dresser is just across the street of the Amstel Hotel, and if you need a appointment, please just contact our Concierge Desk. Visagist (Les Visages) only 2 minutes walking from the hotel – 624-2441 Hair and body treatment … Continue reading

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Travel experiences – Share yours

“My recent holiday in June 2010 to Georgia was one of the best for a long time. We stayed with friends deep in the countryside, near the town Zestafoni. In order to reach the small village, one has to travel … Continue reading

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Doctor Service/Dentists

In case of illness, our guests can request a visit of a Doctor Service in their hotel room. Dr. Van Kernebeek  – 623-1348 or (06 547 81 055) – Central Doctor Service: 592-3434. Dentist Emergency: 570-9595 Dental 365 – (020) … Continue reading

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Walking group city tours

A 3 hours guided walking tour through Amsterdam, is this possible? The answer is yes! For more information:   www.gildeamsterdam.nl. For various specialized tours trough the heart of Mokum: www.mokumevents.nl. The following guided tours can be made for a very reasonable fee … Continue reading

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Trendy Restaurants

MoMo 671-7474, Hobbemastraat 1 Bo Cinq, 622-0682, Prinsengracht 494 Odeon 521-8555, Singel 460 Cinema Paradiso 623-7344, Westerstraat 186 Supper Club 344-6400, Jonge Roelensteeg 21 Envy 344-6407, Prinsengracht 381 Nomads 344-6401, Rozengracht 133 Morlang 625-2681, Keizersgracht 451 Little Buddha – 530-7121, City … Continue reading

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Oriental Kitchen

Dynasty 626-8400, Reguliersdwarstraat 30 Oriental City 626-8352, Oudezijds Voorburwal 177-179 Sichuan Food 626-9327, Reguliersdwarstraat 35 Chang-I 470-1700, Jan Willem Brouwerstraat, 7 Geisha 626-2410, Prins Hendrikkade 106A Wok to Walk – This International Oriental Fast Food restaurant seems to take over … Continue reading

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Dutch Cuisine

The nominees are: De Vijff Vlieghen 530-4060, Spuistraat 294-302 De Silveren Spiegel 624-6589, Kattengat 6 Haesje Claesje 624-9998, Spuistraat 273-275 Claes Claesz (new name: Restaurant ‘t Smalle)625-5306 Egelantierstraat 24-26

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Sea Food Restaurants

Bridges 555-3560 (The Grand), Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197 Oesterbar 623-2988 – Leideseplein 10, Nevy 344-6409,  Westerdoksdijk 40a Vis aan de Schelde 675-1583, Scheldeplein 4 Lucius 624-1831 Spuistraat 247 Restaurant Stork – 634-4000 – Boorstraat 1 (A-noord)

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