Sail Amsterdam 2010: hotel and travel guide

If you are planning a trip to Europe this month, don’t miss Sail Amsterdam, which takes place from August 19-23, 2010. This event happens only every five years and it’s impressive. Here’s a guide to hotels and restaurants in and around Amsterdam.

Guide to the best hidden boutique hotels around the world

Here’s a list of some of my favorite hidden boutique hotels. They’re not all in remote locations. Some are in cities such as Amsterdam, but the hotels are distinctive and quirky, definitely not boring and standard. Hill Lodge: tropical hideaway in Chiang Mai, Thailand If your idea of a holiday in Thailand does not include […]

Restaurant Revan: delicious Turkish food in Amsterdam

Ever since I visited Istanbul, I’ve been crazy about Turkish food. I am hunting down good Turkish restaurants wherever I go. Amsterdam has a number of good Turkish places but the recent addition to the dining scene, Restaurant Revan, is fabulous. Better yet, the prices are reasonable. The starters range in price from €4.50-€7.50; main […]

Amsterdam Boutique Apartments: stylish living in the center of Amsterdam

There are many advantages to staying in an apartment over a hotel. You have more space and more privacy, you can cook your own meals or get takeaway from a good traiteur in the neighborhood and you don’t have to adhere to the disruptive hotel cleaning schedule. Amsterdam has a lot of fabulous apartments for […]

Additions to the Amsterdam dining scene: Mantoe, Umoja and Le Restaurant

Amsterdam has been blessed with a lot of outstanding restaurants opening in the past five years. Once ethnic food meant a choice between Indonesian and bland Chinese food, now we’ve got Moroccan, Thai, Japanese and finally, Afghan cuisine from a new restaurant called Mantoe in the Jordaan. It’s become a neighborhood favorite because the food […]

Hotel Patou: luxury boutique hotel in Amsterdam’s posh shopping district

If you are coming to Amsterdam and want to stay in the heart of the luxury shopping district, Hotel Patou is for you. It’s right on the PC Hooftstraat, where Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci have boutiques. Named after legendary French couturier, Jean Patou, the hotel also has a brasserie where you can rest your […]

Momo: hottest new restaurant, lounge and bar in Amsterdam

What a fabulous addition to the dining and bar scene in Amsterdam! This week I went to the terrific opening party of Momo, a new restaurant, bar and lounge specializing in sushi, sashimi and Asian style dishes, then I went back the next evening for dinner. It’s now my favorite place to hang out in […]