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The Park Hotel Amsterdam

Netherlands

by Laura Gelder | March 2016

It looks like I will have to go back to the Park Hotel, as I was reliably informed by a local that its restaurant MOMO is the place to be, particularly on a Friday night when they have live DJs. I loved the public areas of this quirky hotel, which included stain glass windows on the landings and a gallery zone in the lobby showcasing local artists. The food was fantastic and the service always friendly.

THE BACKGROUND: This old 189-room hotel was refurbished in 2009 and is now an ultra-trendy four-star boutique.

THE LOCATION: Walking distance to the city centre, it is far enough away to avoid the inevitable stag party crowd. On my doorstep was the pretty Vondelpark, P.C. Hooftstraat (a designer shopping street) and the Museum Quarter, home to the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and Van Gogh Museum.

THE ROOM: My superior room was compact, with two frosted glass pods making the toilet and shower (make sure you shut the door before you turn on the water!). As a business traveller’s bolt hole it was fine but a couple might want to upgrade to the executive category or a suite. Amenities included a desk, TV, safe and mini bar. The gorgeous amenities came from Dutch brand Dead Clean.

RESTAURANTS/BARS: I couldn’t get a place for dinner at MOMO Restaurant, famed for its Asian fusion food and designer vibe, so I settled instead for an excellent homemade-tasting chicken curry from the Living Room, or lobby bar. This cosy area has stacked bookshelves, stylish but unfussy furniture and a minimalist fireplace giving a warm glow. The Jewelry Bar is also a patisserie, selling some fine-looking macaroons.

FACILITIES: Park 24H Workout is open 24/7 and can even provide work out gear if your client forgets theirs. The hotel is partnered with the City Street Spa on the pretty Prinsengracht canal.

THE RATES: The rack rate for the Park Hotel’s superior room is from €375.

THE DETAILS: A: Stadhouderskade 25, 1071 ZD Amsterdam; W: parkhotel.nl; T: 31 (0)20 710 7277

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