Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer, Amsterdam, Holland - save 48%
Located within Amsterdam's 'ring of canals' (Grachtengordel) Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer is one of the city's best-placed hotels, being within...... more
Located within Amsterdam's 'ring of canals' (Grachtengordel) Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer is one of the city's best-placed hotels, being within walking distance from some of Amsterdam's most iconic attractions. Located on a quiet street, this four-star hotel was created from 19 17th century Weaver's Houses, so Amsterdam's classic charm is effortlessly combined with stylish boutique interiors, making this a truly unique place to stay. Get an authentic taste of Amsterdam through its bustling markets and where better to start than the Bloemenmarkt - the world's only floating flower market - which is just moments away. For exotic herbs and spices, visit Albert Cuypmarkt or head to Waterlooplein Flea Market and peruse the 300 stalls that occupy this outdoor bazaar. See the city from an historical perspective at the Rijksmuseum - dedicated to the Netherlands' arts and history - or visit Anne Frank House for a palpable slice of Amsterdam's rich past.Head back to the comfort and charm of Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer for a pre-dinner cocktail before a traditional Dutch dinner of Stamppot at a nearby, canal-side restaurant. Unwind with a soothing session in the hotel's sauna or book yourself in for a massage. Retreat to your chic boudoir where you'll have a views out across the neighbouring Amsterdam houses.
Advantages: Great instruments and singing Disadvantages: None
...I've been lucky enough to see Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra in concert a number of times now, once at Kew Gardens and twice at the Royal Albert Hall and all those times they have been absolutely sensational. Here are people who actually know what music is, can play instruments like its second nature and really know how to put on a show.
Jools Holland has had an amazing...
Advantages: Great range of well cared for animals Disadvantages: No hippos, everythings in Dutch
...paths for the average English tourists.
'The biggest African safari park in the Netherlands' say the posters proudly as we bite our tongues and don't dare to ask if it's actually the only African safari park - the good old English reserve suggests it might be a bit rude to ask.
Why are we there?
My husband and I have been invited to an anniversary celebration. Our Dutch...
Advantages: small, good public transport Disadvantages: not that many attractions
..., more expats than any other city in the Netherlands. Consequently people are very used to speaking English. I've noticed that a lot of English speaking people will simply start a conversation in English, but personally I think it's polite to at least ask first. (?Spreekt u Engels?? is the correct Dutch sentence). If you are travelling in a couple/group however, and a waiter, for example, hears you...