Europe

Feeling like royalty in Amsterdam

Walking through the doors of the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam, I couldn’t help but think that maybe there was some confusion.

I’m not a member of royalty or some A-list celebrity, but as soon as I entered the hotel, I certainly felt like one.

Having been overrun with freelance work for weeks, it was nice to finally get a break and stay somewhere where I didn’t have to panic if I was going to be late for a deadline or whether I was going to get an email asking for me to send over one more draft.

I was free and had three lovely days to spend in Amsterdam.

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Looking out at the garden from my hotel room, I was in love. Amsterdam instantly felt like home. From the beautiful doorways, gardens and canals, everything about Amsterdam was basically perfect.

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While I could have rushed around trying to cram everything in during my time in the city, I opted to take my time, walk around and also go and see a concert.

While we all want to fit in as many things as possible, there’s no point doing it and tiring yourself out.

The first day was spent being given a tour around the hotel – I thought about chaining myself in and refusing to leave instantly (my room was bigger than my house). I then went for a wander around the canals and of course a quick look in the shops.

Before then grabbing a bite to eat – possibly the best prawn curry i’ve ever eaten and then heading out to catch We Are Scientists play a show at a local music hall.

The following day was spent wandering around Vondelpark where I got talking to a really nice lady who turns out to be the owner of Humans of Amsterdam. She wanted to take a picture of my flowery clothes!

And then after that there was a stop for some afternoon tea at the American Hotel which was delicious. I don’t think i’ve ever eaten so much cake!

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And then on the final day I was treated to a meal at the Waldorf’s two Michelin star restaurant (I want to write more about that another time). It was incredible.

And after one last walk around the city, it was time to head back to reality.

But I definitely vowed to return to Amsterdam as soon as possible.

My trip was thanks to an article I wrote for work which can be seen on their website. Thanks to the Waldorf Astoria for having me and making me feel at home. If dreams could come true then i’d move to one of your rooms in a flash! 

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