InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
Whether you are a first time or seasoned traveller, a boat trip in one of our authentic saloon boats along the canals in the morning is an unbeatable experience. We will arrange for you to meet the captain of the hotel vessel in the lobby and take you down to our own quay where the boat is moored. The skipper will then set off to show you Amsterdam's most beautiful canals while you enjoy a full breakfast or just some coffee. It's a wonderful experience - cruising past the many glorious old houses, warehouses and mansions that line the canals, passing under the countless small bridges that span the waterways. You can either be dropped off at the reopened Rijksmuseum, or be taken back to the hotel just in time for lunch.
A table with spectacular views over the river Amstel will be waiting for you at our Amstel Brasserie. After lunch you can walk along the canals to the Hermitage or Van Gogh museum. Enjoy the latest collection at Hermitage on display and then, if you wish to buy an old master piece or some unusual antiquities as souvenirs, we suggest you to finish your afternoon walk along the Spiegelkwartier antiques district. Cross the bridge opposite the Rijksmuseum to get to this charming quarter or do some shopping in the nine streets area where you can find all the boutique shops. After this, return to the hotel for our famous Afternoon Tea.
To finish the perfect Amsterdam day, we recommend a visit to the Royal Concert building (Concertgebouw), located right across the Museumplein. A concert by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in this venue is a real treat. The acoustics are among the best in the world. For dinner we give you two choices: either start off the evening with a pre-theatre meal in the restaurant adjacent to the Concertgebouw, called Keyzer Bodega, or for an after concert dinner a table with spectacular views over the Amstel River is waiting for you at our Michelin awarded restaurant La Rive. Unwind with a signature cocktail after a packed day at A bar.
Originally, the hotel was to consist of four wings built around a glass-covered inner courtyard with access for coaches on Sarphatistraat. Of the preliminary design only the westerly wing, facing the river, was actually built. Unfortunately, Dr. Sarphati died before the property was completed. When the hotel opened in 1867 the most expensive rooms were on the ground floor as lifts did not exist yet. In the first years of existance, the Hotel owed its exceptional clientele of royals and celebrities to Dr. Mezger who started his practice in the Amstel Hotel during the opening years. In the Amstel Health Club of the hotel you can still find a remembrance plaque.
AMSTERDAM'S THREE CROSSES
The city's official motto "Heldhaftig, Vastberaden, Barmhartig" (Valiant, Resolute, Merciful) which is displayed on the coat of arms, was bestowed on it by Queen Wilhelmina in 1947 in recognition of the city's bravery during World War II.
Amsterdam: 17th Century
In the 17th Century Amsterdam was the most important city in the world in terms of trade. The most successful businessmen had houses on the main canals and in the nearby countryside along the rivers, like the Amstel and the Vecht. The inner ring of city canals has been nominated by UNESCO as World Heritage List.
Amsterdam: Capital City
Although Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands, the Houses of Parliament, ministries and embassies are all based in The Hague.
Built in 1648, this former town hall was built during the Golden age of the Netherlands but turned into a Royal Palace in 1800 by Napoleon's brother Louis. As the Amsterdam soil consists mainly of marshy subsoil (peat) it was built on 13.600 piles driven 20 metres deep.