At 8:30pm last Friday night we had touched down in a chilly Amsterdam and were on our way to our first site visit at the huge NH Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst. This monster of a hotel is situated on the outskirts of the city and boasts 513 bedrooms and 120 meeting rooms with a max capacity of 1600 pax in theatre style!
To save our weary feet, and cover as much of the hotel as possible, our hosts had cleverly arranged scooters for us to go zooming from room to room. Each course of our dinner was also served in different rooms across the hotel which was such an fun idea, making the show round a memorable one. After our fun-filled
After our fun-filled evening, we headed into the centre of Amsterdam to the NH Collection Barbizon Palace, which would be our home over the weekend. The bedrooms here were very sleek and modern and had the comfiest beds!
The following morning we had the chance to explore this quirky and modern hotel. It offers 274 bedrooms and 9 meeting rooms with a max capacity of 330 in theatre style in the beautiful and unique St. Olof’s Chapel.
Next, we took a short stroll through the Red District of Amsterdam to the 5* NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky which is located centrally in ‘Dam Square’, opposite the Royal Pallace. The hotel is named after its founder Mr. A.W Krasnapolsky - a local tailor, turned entrepreneur who bought a total of 55 houses in the square, gradually turning them into this one large hotel.
Its 451 bedrooms have been recently renovated and 19 meeting rooms with a max capacity of 700 in theatre style. The beautiful Wintergarden would be the perfect space for a large lunch or dinner.
Just another 5-minute walk along the cobbled streets and canals we visited the NH Collection Doelen. In contrast to the previous hotel, this is a more traditional, high-end boutique hotel with 81 bedrooms and the ability to exclusively hire the restaurant for groups. Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’ was painted to display within its walls. It has also hosted royalty and the Beatles.
From the Doelen our hosts had arranged a lovely, relaxing canal cruise so we could discover more of this fantastic city by the water. We passed by lots of quirky house boats, gorgeous architecture and famous sites such as Anne Frank’s House, the red light district, and the Rijksmuseum.
Later that evening we were treated to dinner in Restaurant D’Vijff Vlieghen (translating to the Five Flies restaurant). This unique and traditional restaurant is immersed in history dating back to the 17th Century, calling itself a ‘culinary museum’ rather than a restaurant. It is full of quaint nooks and cranny’s which are perfect for small private dining groups but it can also host up to 300 guests for an exclusive experience.
The food was exceptionally good, using local and seasonal ingredients presented with a modern flare and serving wines to match each course. It was a very enjoyable evening and I would highly recommend this to any groups visiting the city!
Sunday arrived we enjoyed a lazy breakfast in the hotel before having free time to sight-see and hit the shops! With such a variety and great selection of things to do including; historical sights, museums, cafes, bars and restaurants, high street shops or designer outlets, bike rides, canal cruises or Segway tours, this city really does cater for anyone!
I cannot thank Gavin, Carlijn, and Glenn from NH Hotels enough for giving me the opportunity to discover this beautiful destination. They put together a fun-filled and educational itinerary which really showed off the variety of hotels they represent, which can cater for a range of group sizes, conferences, and events. And being such a short and easy flight from the UK I will certainly be visiting again very soon!!
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