By Summer Brons
Amsterdam
Netherlands
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With a reputation for culture, history and a nightlife that just won't quit, Amsterdam is one of Europe's most beloved vacation destinations. Whether you're looking to immerse yourself in the architecture and old-world charm, to party it up, or perhaps enjoy a bit of both, you'll be in just the right place if you choose Amsterdam for your next getaway. Let EscapeWizard.com help you make the most of your Netherlands experience!    

One of the busiest airports in the world, the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) smoothly handles air transportation for the Amsterdam area. You can book your flight using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to explore your options using our fantastic low rates on airfare. Be sure to check out available lodging accommodations while you're at it, just click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to choose your preferred Amsterdam hotel.     

So, how to proceed once you've arrived? As with many large cities, Amsterdam is comprised of several districts, each offering up a unique taste of the city's finest offerings. EscapeWizard.com knows that the Old Center is, true to its name, the oldest area of Amsterdam and one of the most frequently visited. Take in the stunning architecture and canal tours, and pause for lunch at one of the many area cafes. Old Center also offers up shopping opportunities, Chinatown and the infamous Red Light District.    

History buffs and nightlife enthusiasts alike will want to be sure to visit the Canal Ring district. This wealthy area doubles as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features Rembrandt Square and Leiden Square, two of Amsterdam's most happening after-hours hotspots. As always, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to enjoy yourself responsibly!     

Check out the district of Jordaan for your dose of culture. You'll find art galleries, unique boutique shops and trendy restaurants. Along similar lines, if you're seeking a slight change of pace during your vacation, venture to the Plantage district. You'll find ample green space, botanical gardens and Amsterdam's own Artis Zoo.     

Outside the immediate downtown area, Amsterdam has some additional districts offering up even more things for visitors to see and do. EscapeWizard.com suggests visiting the South district to relax in the Vondelpark, or scratch your shopping itch at Albert Cuyp Market. You'll also want to be sure and visit Museum Quarter, home to some of the country's greatest museums. Notables include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Diamond Museum and the Stedelijk Musuem.    

The remaining districts of West, North, East and Bijlmer are largely residential. Don't disregard these areas just yet, however, as the Old West area is considered a rather charming piece of the 19th century, and the North district offers a protected Waterland which is perfect for exploring by bicycle. Further still, the East district features IJburg, a cluster of islands connected by bridges, complete with a harbor and a beach.     

If this all seems a bit overwhelming, not to worry! EscapeWizard.com assures you there are many guided tours of Amsterdam and its unique offerings. We do advise you to spend some time planning your vacation ahead of time to ensure that you'll be able to see everything on your list, right down to the Vodka Museum and Heineken Experience.     

For a truly exciting, memorable vacation that will have you longing for a return trip before you've even left your first, look no further than Amsterdam! This city knows how to blend fun with tradition like no other, and EscapeWizard.com is here for all of your booking needs. Plan your Amsterdam vacation today!
Hotels in Amsterdam
By Summer Brons
Kimpton Hotel City Centre
Niewe Zijds Voorburgwal 5 Amsterdam, Netherlands
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With a prime location in the heart of city centre, the Kimpton Hotel (formally the Crowne Plaza) Amsterdam offers visitors ample convenience and luxurious comforts. You'll be staying just a five minute walk from Central Station, with trains to nearby Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). From the hotel, enjoy close proximity to the Rijks Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Amsterdam Historical Museum and all of the exciting shops and restaurants around the city.
 
The unique Kimpton Hotel Amsterdam hotel combines two 17th century townhouses, effectively blending modern-day conveniences with old world European charm. On-site amenities include a well-equipped business center, give meeting rooms, two boardrooms, available wireless internet access, a fully equipped fitness centre and sauna, a knowledgeable concierge staff and dry cleaning services.
 
The Kimpton Hotel also offers its own delicious restaurant. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at the New Dorrius Restaurant, serving up Dutch-inspired cuisine throughout the day. If you have booked a Clubroom, you can also relax at the Kimpton Hotel Club Lounge for a complimentary continental breakfast, drinks and snacks.
 
After a long day exploring the sights and sounds of Amsterdam, retire to the comforts of your private guestroom at the Kimpton Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. In each room you'll find a cozy bed, TV and DVD player with premium cable, a coffee maker, mini bar, large work desk, iron and board, hairdryer, bathrobe and bath amenities. Luxurious suites are also available for those seeking additional space for a special event or an extended stay. Memebers of the Priority Club Rewards program will also receive points for their stay at the Kimpton Hotel Amsterdam.
 
Whether it's business or pleasure that has brought you to Amsterdam, you'll find everything you need at the Kimpton Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. Make your stay in this bustling city a memorable one and book your accommodations through EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Amsterdam
By Shaina Amienyi
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
Professor Tulpplein 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Since it opened its doors in 1867, the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam has been catering to guests with an air of grandeur and hospitality. It is in an optimal location within a short ride or walk to Spiegelkwartier, which has over 70 specialized art and antique shops, the Anne Frank House, and the 14th-century Begijnhof courtyard. Check-in is at 2pm, and checkout is at noon, though late checkout is available.

The InterContinental offers 55 guest rooms and 24 suites--all with king or queen beds. Rooms and suites feature premium services such as valet service, turn down service, and a free newspaper delivered to your room. Book a suite and you will also have butler service.

You can watch premium cable channels or play video games on the television. You can also rent videos to watch on the DVD player or play music through the stereo and sound system. A mini bar, mini-fridge, and plates are also included with deluxe and standard rooms. Suites come with upgrades including a full fridge, coffee maker, tea maker, microwave, and pots and pans.

The kitchen and entertainment amenities are only the beginning of what the well-appointed accommodations have to offer. Guests can look their best using the trouser press. For your convenience, bathrooms include a bathrobe, bathtub, hair dryer, and scale. Deluxe rooms feature a dining table, whereas suites have a dining table and separate living room.

The recreation facilities at this hotel are great for guests wanting fun and relaxation. You can exercise in the fitness center, which includes a TechnoGym, stair stepper, rowers, and free weights. Splash around in the heated indoor swimming pool or unwind in the sauna. There is also a massage area, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, and health bar.

Corporate guests can host events in any of 6 meeting rooms, which fit a maximum of 180 people. All meeting spaces feature natural daylight, balconies, and large windows. Three rooms offer views of the river. Sales and meeting professionals are on-site to assist hosts with planning.

The InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam presents a host of world-class amenities, from the chic restaurant, lounge, and bar to the soothing sauna, spa, and Jacuzzi. This hotel is perfect if you want a relaxing retreat with options for entertainment and recreation. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and book your stay at this grand hotel.
Hotels in Amsterdam
By Shaina Amienyi
Holiday Inn
De Boelelaan 2 Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Holiday Inn Amsterdam is an excellent hotel choice for vacationers wanting to be close to transportation and the city center. The hotel is in walking distance of the RAI Convention Centre and close to corporate offices. Its helpful, multi-lingual staff speaks several languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, and Turkish. One of the porters will be happy to help you with your bags during 2pm check-in and noon checkout.

Enter your guest room and you will find a stereo, flat screen TV with premium channels, mini bar, coffee maker, and tea maker. Those in Executive rooms receive free high-speed internet access and a complimentary daily newspaper. Book a suite and you will have upgraded amenities including free high-speed internet, bathrobes, slippers, and a Jacuzzi bath tub.

The Holiday Inn features 13 multifunctional meeting rooms with wireless internet, flat screen TVs, and leather chairs. Meeting spaces come with a range of equipment including but not limited to stage lights, a microphone, a whiteboard, and a DVD player. You can have events catered with a variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and buffet menus.
 
The Vermont Restaurant and Bar is the hotel's restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner weekdays from 10am to 1am and weekends from 11am to 1am. At the Vermont, you can enjoy North American cuisine, such as Maryland crab cakes and apple pie, and an extensive list of whiskeys and Dutch and international liquors.

For recreation, you can challenge your family or colleagues to a match on the tennis courts or go for a swim in the pool. You can exercise at the mini-gym or run around the jogging track at Amstelpark, which is opposite the hotel. Amstelpark also has a playground for kids. This is a great hotel for children since those aged 18 and under stay for free when with a parent and those under 12 receive free or discounted breakfast.

The Holiday Inn Amsterdam is a great choice whether you are in Amsterdam for business meetings or family fun. It is easy to get around town from this hotel, which is only a 3 minute walk from the RAI metro station. The city center is a 15 minute ride by train or tram. Book your stay at this hotel and be ready to experience the wonders of Amsterdam; to reserve your room, click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Amsterdam
By Christina Vanvuren
Hotel Pulitzer
Prinsengracht 315-331, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Netherlands is an ideal destination with a large choice of luxurious hotels, one of the best being Hotel Pulitzer where modern amenities combine with historic charm to create the quintessential getaway. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, steps away from historic neighborhoods and intriguing attractions, Hotel Pulitzer is a luxury hotel comprised of 25 canal houses. The hotel boasts gorgeous views of either the canals or the city.

After only a 16 minute car ride from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, the friendly staff will assist with your check-in. The hotel offers parking garage access or train, bus, or taxi transport options, for a fee. Check-in time is 3 p.m. but, for a fee, arrangements can be made for earlier check in. The many choices of accommodations allow for any type of traveler to feel welcomed at this luxury hotel. From a classic room with a queen size bed and a 32 inch TV to a lavish one-bedroom suite complete with king size bed, living and dining room, there is an option for everyone. High speed Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

Amenities at Hotel Pulitzer just can't be beat! The business center is perfect for catching up on emails before a fun day of site seeing. A fitness center is available for use but perhaps the most intriguing amenity of all is the contemporary art gallery the hotel offers to guests. A full restaurant, espresso bar, and wine salon are available to guests who want a relaxing evening in. In addition to those outstanding features, Hotel Pulitzer strives for environmental sustainability by offering greenhouse keeping and sustainable food and beverage options.

Guest checkout begins at 12 p.m., though guests who wish to stay longer may do so for a fee. Before heading to the airport, guests can indulge in the beautiful Pulitzer gardens. Book easily through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).