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A Weekend in Amsterdam at the InterContinental Amstel Hotel


A Weekend in Amsterdam at the InterContinental Amstel Hotel

Where? Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Exactly? The InterContinental Amstel Hotel

When? August 2016

Why? Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities, with beautiful architecture, scenic waterways and of course flowers and blooms everywhere, it’s the perfect European city break destination, not to mention fantastic Instagram fodder.

So when the lovely guys at the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam asked me to stay and review their luxury hotel for the weekend, I jumped at the chance. I tried out the IHG Reward’s club European Weekend food and drink city break package, which included dinner at the Amstel Brasserie over looking the Amstel River.

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Style Traveller Bonnie Inte

The InterContinental Amstel is the oldest luxury hotel in Amsterdam. It opened its opulent doors in 1867, so this year the hotel is celebrating it’s 150th anniversary. Featuring stunning architecture, a 15 metre indoor pool and a Michelin starred restaurant overlooking the Amstel River, it’s the perfect place to stay in Amsterdam for a mini break.

A Bar at Amstel Intercontinental Hotel Style Traveller

Me posing in the grand hallways wearing dress by Bedouin and shoes by Aruna Seth.

swimming pool at Amstel Hotel Amsterdam

Dive right in

The stunning 15 metre indoor pool with views of the Amstel River. I spent the afternoon trying out the spa circuit, featuring steam rooms, sauna and jacuzzi, followed by a lovely languid dip in the gorgeous pool.

swimming pool at IHG Hotel Amsterdam

Basking in the sun – The weather was amazing this weekend so I chilled out on the sun deck with luxury day beds and pretty city views.

sunbathing swimming pool at IHG Hotel Amsterdam

A Bar at Amstel Hotel Style Traveller cool bars

Afternoon aperitif: Me hanging out in the stylish A Bar at the hotel wearing orange jumpsuit by (in homage to the Dutch national colour).

A Bar at Amstel Hotel Style Traveller

Amstel Lounge Intercontinental AmsterdamFrom orange outfits to orange drinks. I stopped off at the Amstel Bar for a little al fresco Aperol Spritz tipple on the verandah.

Amstel Lounge Intercontinental Amsterdam

The decor at the Amstel bar oozes old school elegance. Decadent interiors in sapphire blue tones are highlighted with touches of ruby. It’s a truly romantic spot.

Bonnie Rakhit Amstel Lounge Intercontinental Amsterdam

Bonnie Rakhit Amstel Lounge Intercontinental Amsterdam sun terrace barAl fresco drinks at the Amstel Bar.

Amstel Brasserie IHG Amsterdam

Time for dinner. Champagne is served.

Restaurants in Amsterdam Amstel Brasserie

For dinner we indulged in the 150th anniversary menu, which is a delectable 3 course meal, featuring the hotels signature dishes with wine pairings. My favourite course? It has to be the dessert!

Chic hotels intercontinental-amsterdam Style travellerSuite Dreams

Above – the royal suite. Below – me chilling out in the chic Dom Perignon suite at the hotel.

Dom Perignon suite at Amstel Hotel style Traveller

Dom Perignon suite at Amstel Hotel

And so to bed! Pictured below – me wearing Boux Avenue turquoise night slip.

Bonnie Style Traveller in suite at Amstel AmsterdamAfter a good nights sleep (the beds are super comfy by the way) I headed down to breakfast with a canal side seat. The breakfast which is included in the package offers a huge buffet of fruits, pastries, cheeses, eggs and meats. The perfect way to start the day.

Breakfast luxury hotel Amsterdam

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Canvas rooftop bar Amsterdam

5 stylish things to do in Amsterdam

  1. Visit one of the many outdoor or rooftop bars, I love Waterkant on a sunny day or catch the lift to Canvas Bar rooftop pictured above.
  2. Go shopping on the 9 Streets and sit in a picturesque cafe by the canal side and watch life go by.
  3. Hang out in the trendy Haarlemmerstraat area, it’s Amsterdam’s hipster area filled with cool bars, cafes, boutiques and furniture shops.
  4. Visit the EYE in the north of the Amsterdam. Get the free ferry across the water, grab a coffee at the Film Institute and marvel in the futuristic architecture of this chilled out space.
  5. Pijp – head to the pretty area of Pijp in the evening, it’s where locals go to drink and hang out in the bustling street bars and cafes. (Pictured below)

Pijp area bars in amsterdamThe easiest way to get around Amsterdam is by bike, so hire one for the weekend and wander around town at your leisure.

canal view Amsterdam The Style Traveller Bonnie

Below – picturesque street and canal views in the 9 streets area.

canal view Amsterdam The Style Traveller

So it’s goodbye from Amsterdam, next stop New York…

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