Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 100
THERE'S A LOT TO LOVE
ABOUT AMSTERDAM -
strolls along the banks of houseboat-lined canals, soaring museums and flower-filled markets, meals served like fine art in
Michelin-starred restaurants. For every memorable moment,
there's another one waiting around a cobblestoned corner. To help
you navigate, we asked six Virtuoso hoteliers for their favorite
Amsterdam diversions. Let these locals lead the way, and don't
forget to pack a comfortable pair of shoes - this is one of Europe's
great walking (and biking) cities, after all.
Clockwise from left:
The A'dam Lookout, De Drie
Fleschjes, and Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam.
THE GRAND AMSTERDAM
Groenhuijzen began his hospitality career in 1983, joining
the 177-room Sofitel Legend
in 2014. During his off-hours,
he likes to walk his dog in the
Baarnse forest near his home
in Baarn and dig into the city's
thriving culinary scene.
in Rembrandt Square.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
SWEET WELCOME: VIP
guests arrive in their rooms to
find a Girl with a Pearl Earring dessert - white chocolate
"pearls" coated in sugar.
They're presented in an oyster
shell beside a mini replica of
Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer's iconic portrait.
ADRENALINE RUSH: Head to
the A'dam Lookout at the top
of the 21-story A'dam Tower,
where Europe's highest swing
offers thrilling city views.
MUST-SIP: Try a shot of jenever
[Dutch gin] that can be poured
straight from the barrel at De
Drie Fleschjes, Amsterdam's
oldest tasting room.
Stork, in an old loft on the river
IJ in the north of Amsterdam.
It has great views of the water
and is the best place in town for
a lovely seafood dish.
(FLOWERS AND RIJKSMUSEUM) KORENA BOLDING SINNETT, (DE DRIE FLESCHJES,
NOORDERMARKT, AND CASTLE MUIDERSLOT) MIRJAM BLEEKER