Netherlands, Amsterdam Guide (B): A Warm Welcome in Amsterdam

A Warm Welcome in Amsterdam
Canal Strolling

I welcomed 2015 in Amsterdam for a Dec-Jan holiday, a city that’s sprawls with beautiful brick buildings and interspersed canals. Charming living rooms visible to passersby, inviting cafés and pubs to sip fresh mint teas, craft beers and tasty menus.

The city is walkable, bikeable, tram-able and taxis abound. It’s delightful to wander and the mood is hip, elegant, matter-of-factly well done.

As a recent Brooklynite in New Amsterdam, I recognize the array of creative workspaces, farm to table deliciousness and relaxed atmosphere, and yet it seems the Dutch have been expertly onto this way before us and have truly mastered design, taste and vibes.
Where we stayed

This magnificent Sweelinck Music Conservatorium, built at the end of the 19th century by Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel was converted into design hotel, The Conservatorium three years ago. It combines perfectly Industrial Age elements of steel and glass with brick and thick wooden beams from yesteryear. The lobby is simple and spacious with wide leather seating areas beneath a towering glass atrium allowing for natural light to fill the space. The Italian architect Piero Lissoni, responsible for the recent design transformation, plays a lot with shadow and depth, constantly playing on this idea of combining and celebrating textures. There are no seamless lines – there are recessed spaces between walls and elevators and even the stone shower wall includes to recessed lines on ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Warm Welcome in Amsterdam
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: The Conservatorium   Corner Bakery   Hutspot   United Pancakes   Café Flamingo   Club ABE   National Maritime Museum / Het Scheepvaartmuseum, [52.372393, 4.886169] Screaming Beans  
Author: Dakota Arkin
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