If you are visiting Amsterdam and want to stay in five-star luxury then look no further than the Intercontinental Amstel Hotel. This year the hotel is celebrating 150th jubilee as it first opened its doors in 1876. Standing on the banks of the Amstel River the hotel was the cities first Grand Hotel and it is every bit as luxurious and elegant as when it first started welcoming guests.
From the moment you step into the magnificent lobby and are welcomed by the friendly staff you are instantly transported back to a time of elegance and luxury.
The rooms are very spacious for Europe and offer all the modern day amenities. My favorite feature is in the bathroom, the tub fills in 2 minutes! The perfect way to relax after a long day of touring the city.
During your stay at the hotel I would highly recommend partaking in the high tea which is served daily in the Amstel Lounge from 12:30 p.m. to 02:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m. Afternoon tea is served with sweeping views over the Amstel River, which makes it the perfect location to unwind and discuss the day’s adventures.
I would definitely recommend starting your High Tea with a glass of prosecco to toast to a wonderful day spent in the city.
Its important to note that the menu for the High Tea changes every quarter, this is what I was served and it was absolutly delicious.
The first course includes smoked goose breast, corn cream and marinated fig celeriac salad and truffle tapenade, which is paired with a Passion De Fleurs tea. A delicious and light way to start, the goose breast is to die for.
The second course is called ‘Pain Surprise’ and in the picture below you can see why. 4 delicious sandwiches are served hidden inside the load of bread. Fillings include roast beef with mustard mayonnaise, smoked chicken roulade with wasabi cream, egg salad with watercress and smoked salmon with lime mayonnaise. The roast beef was my personal favorite! This course is paired with a Moroccan Mint Tea which is very light and refreshing.
The third course is served warm and offers mini sausage roll with mushrooms and tarragon with a cheese croquette. This course is served with a Rooibostea tea. I loved the cheese croquette the tarragon sauce was heavenly.
Last but not least the fourth course is served, this was always going to be my favourite as I have quite the sweet tooth. This course consists of four tiers of sweet treats and is paired with a Bali tea. As it was my favorite it’s only fair to list out all the delicious treats available; scones and Jam, tartelette peach and apricot with vanilla and Kahlua cream, macaroon made of banana and caramel, cake made of ‘Bitterkoekjes” with a praline cream, bombe made o blood orange and pistachio and the famous Dutch syrup waffle with hazelnut.
After the high tea why not have a cocktail in the ‘A Bar’ a beautiful and contemporary space with a remarkable list of local liqueurs and spirits. I just loved the look and feel of the bar it was such a warm and inviting space. If you are looking for a recommendation I loved the Westelijk haven gebied, which consisted of flying Dutchman Rum, Manderin Napoleon, lemon verbena, lime, and egg white. Its tagline is “two of the most famous Dutch istorical companies are combined in this cocktail”. The VOC, Dutch East India trading company, the first transnational company traded spices, Tea and mandarins from the far east to Amsterdam. Where is the WIC, West India trading company traded sugar and Lemon Verbena to our capital. It comes together to be one of the most delicious cocktails I have had in a while!
I had the most wonderful time staying at the Intercontinental Amstel in Amsterdam, it was most certainly the highlight of my trip. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the city!
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