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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19 Comments

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    Elena
    October 1, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Ah, Amsterdam. I have such a wonderful memories about it. Interestingly, I had the same first impression as you – instantly, it felt like home. I didn’t have a chance to try the highest level of cooking there. I can only imagine what a two Michelin star cuisine would be in Amsterdam, but I loved all my meals in those cozy, friendly restaurants scattered around the city.

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      Sophie
      October 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      I’m glad you had such a lovely time when you were in Amsterdam. It’s definitely a very homely place and I can’t wait to get back there soon!

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    knycx journeying
    October 1, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Nice post and thanks for sharing!! I agree to take it slow and explore the city if amsterdam is also so much fun. I ran into an iamsterdam oschestra in a tiny square and enjoyed the music for an hour during my visit 🙂

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      Sophie
      October 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Oh that’s really cool. Surprises like that when travelling are awesome.

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    Christina
    October 1, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Clogs, tulips and a Michelin-star meal at the Waldorf Astoria. You were spoilt Sophie. Show us some photos of the meal!

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      Sophie
      October 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks Christina! I’ve put some photos up on Instagram – mainly the chocolate!

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    Samantha | There She Goes Again
    October 2, 2016 at 5:52 am

    This sounds like such a magical day! I can’t wait to see photos from your meal– it sounds amazing. And that’s so awesome you met the woman behind Humans of Amsterdam!

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      Sophie
      October 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Yeah that was awesome and she’s now released a book that I need to check out!

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    Wandering Carolw
    October 2, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I’ve never stayed in a luxury hotel in Amsterdam and the Waldorf Astoria would be a dream! Especially the 2-star Michelin restaurant!! I haven’t been to Amsterdam in so long and this is just another reason to go back.

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      Sophie
      October 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      It was a dream for me too! I had to pinch myself!

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    Maddy
    October 2, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Amsterdam is such a wonderful place. I’m glad you opted to slowly explore and you’re right- cramming everything in just drains you!

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    Lesley Carter
    October 2, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Amsterdam is such a beautiful city. I loved Vondelpark. We spent hours relaxing under a tree and people watching. I can’t wait to see photos from your meal.

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    Christina
    October 2, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic experience. It’s nice to be treated like royalty for sure. I bet the restaurants were amazing.

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    Jenn and Ed Coleman
    October 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful stay at the hotel! Besides the restaurant what were some of your favorite hotel amenities or perks?

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    John Morris
    October 3, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Amsterdam is a wonderful city, and the Waldorf Astoria really gets it right with “elegant luxury.” Glad you had a nice experience there, and I hope there are many more days in Amsterdam in your future!

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    Natasha
    October 3, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Wow! Really does sound like royalty finished off with a fantastic dinner. I would love to go back to Amsterdam someday. Thanks for helping me relive those memories.

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    Megan
    October 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve heard such great things about Amsterdam. Hope I get to visit one day. Glad you got a little spoiled there. Those tulips are a great shot too!

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    Elaine J Masters
    October 5, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Definitely sounds special. I loved the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Would like to compare that with the Amsterdam location. Sounds like you enjoyed every minute.

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    Jollies and Jaunts
    December 5, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Amsterdam looks so beautiful – I’m hoping to visit next year as it just looks so picturesque (and I want to explore some of their breweries!)

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