The Toren, Amsterdam

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Toren, Amsterdam

When we arrived in Amsterdam, this is what it looked like at the train station...

The Anne Frank Museum was very, very moving.

Martin and Kara's anniversary dinner, at Restaurant de Luwte
Monday, April 25, 2011

Jackie picked this wonderful hotel just a few blocks from the train station in Amsterdam.  The Toren's own slogan is "Designed to Charm" and it does.  Our queen room boasted a marble bathroom, mini bar, desk and large drawers.  It also was the only hotel we stayed at on the trip that had an in-room coffee maker.  I made the best espresso every morning in Amsterdam.  This was my first experience in a foreign hotel and I noticed a white rack in the bathroom that heated up at night.  I finally figured out that it must be a drying rack.  Jackie planned our entire trip with the help of Rick Steves' books and they were right on.  The Amsterdam and Belgium version not only recommended the Toren but also how to travel and what to expect in Holland.  It also gave advice on when to get your euros, how to act on trains, etc.  I have to say that those guide books are a must for anyone traveling overseas.  Kara and I noticed many Americans toting their own Rick Steves' books around in every country.

Once we checked into the Toren, we had museum tickets for the Anne Frank Museum and the beauty of having your tickets in hand, we didn't have to wait in the huge line.  We toured the beautiful and moving museum.  I recommend everyone to see this museum and get your tickets online prior to going.

For dinner we walked to Restaurant de Luwte for Martin and Kara's 13th anniversary dinner just a few blocks away.  It was an excellent choice!  We all enjoyed the pre-fix menu and delicious wine.

The Toren and Restaurant de Luwte are musts next time your travel plans take you to Amsterdam.

The Toren, Keizersgracht 164, 1015 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands, +31- (0) 20 622 63 52, info@thetoren.nl and http://www.thetoren.nl/
Restaurant de Luwte, Leliegracht 26-28, 020/625-8548

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