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Coke Apartment – Amsterdam


IMG_0222After walking numerous kilometers (miles in US), I decided to hire a bicycle taxi to my flat from Amsterdamstay.com. This was a great idea after quite a bit of walking with three bags of luggage. My taxi pulled up to a beautiful street on a canal. I was amazed with the location and appearance of the Coke flat after staying numerous days in a hostel.

The Coke flat is on a gorgeous street called Kloveniersburgwal which is close to attractions such as Neumarkt, Rembrandtplein, and a short fifteen minute walk from Central station. The flat is called the Coke flat because it is decorated from floor to ceiling with Coca Cola memorabilia. There are Coke cans, bottles, toys, etc. As a Coke fan and tired from walking, this made me quite thirsty. However, I knew I could not drink any of these wonderful collector items.

The flat is also equipped with a charming, full sized kitchen with a stove, microwave, fridge, and all the essentials to make a delicious meal. Mo the manager was nice enough to include some refreshing Dutch beers. In addition, the flat has a flat screen TV, blu-ray dvd player, Playstation 3, and enough smoking utensils necessary to never leave the flat.

The Coke flat can fit a large family or a large group of friends. There are two levels and on the bottom floor there is a comfortable couch, room with a bed, and a room with a bunk-bed. Besides the Coke memorabilia, the bunk-beds and this beautiful 17th century flat creates a dream-like ambiance like you are on a ship sailing the North Sea. As you climb the stairs to the top level there are two beautiful rooms. The first room is decorated in red velvet curtains and provocative bedding, which is quite romantic. The master bedroom is lovely as well with a nice size bedroom with a great view of the canals.

Whether you are with a group of close friends for a bachelor/bachelorette party or a large family, the Coke flat is the place for you to feel like an Amsterdam local. In addition, the company Amsterdamstay.com has numerous other flats they can offer. If you are a Coca Cola fanatic, then do not look elsewhere. You will be right at home. Pepsi fans need not apply.

article and photography (photos with watermarks) by Carey Steinberg


 Coke Apartment
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
from US:, from UK: 0031.85.88.0610, from rest of world: 0031.85.88.0610
Coke Apartment: http://www.amsterdamstay.com/apartments/Amsterdam_Vacation_Apartments/7.html
Homepage: http://www.amsterdamstay.com



Amsterdam Boutique Apartments – Amsterdam


These design apartments are Amsterdam’s hottest new escapist alternatives to boutique and design hotels. This epitome of style and elegance is located in a monumental canal house right in the heart of Amsterdam’s historical center and breathes history & style.
Based on Singel canal (WorldHeritage site) around the corner of Spui with tram stops 1, 2 and 5 and just minutes walk away from the floating flower market and Dam Square, you could not be more in the historical center of Amsterdam!

In these newly renovated design Apartments you’ll find a contemporary Dutch aesthetic with modern oriental accents based on the ground floor and 3rd & 4th foor of this luxury canal house.

It’s the perfect place for the demanding business as well as leisure traveler who seeks style, comfort and privacy. Amsterdam Boutique Apartments is the Dutch Capital’s hippest hotspot for those at the center of the action.

Rated excellent on Tripadvisor and Flipkey in 2011; these Apartments offer great value for money, as every need for each guest is catered for in a quite simply stunning environment.


Photos by Yvan Rodic

Hotel De L’Europe – Amsterdam


Travelers to Amsterdam seeking a property as elegant as the city itself would be wise to consider Hotel De L’Europe.

First opened in 1895, the hotel underwent a massive renovation last year in an effort to combine its centuries-old architectural tradition with cutting-edge comforts and design. Reopened in the spring of 2011, the newly refurbished hotel is now fully available to visitors, including a new Dutch Masters Wing—a collection of 23 suites, each of which includes a replica painting from the nearby Rijksmuseum National Gallery.

The hotel offers seven different room styles. Some have been set up much like a high-end loft apartment, while others include sliding glass doors that separate the bedroom, living room and entryway.

Each room includes such elements as a Nespresso espresso coffee maker, mini bar, Bulgari bath accessories and flatscreen LCD TV with DVD player, as well as a CD player/radio with iPod docking station.

Guests can also take a dip in the Hotel De L’Europe’s heated indoor pool, enjoying views of the nearby Amstel River while swimming or relaxing on lounge chairs with a drink from the adjacent juice bar in hand. Steam and sauna facilities are available for those looking for a more deep relaxation and a full spa is in development, to be opened in the fall of 2011.

But what really sets Hotel De L’Europe apart may be its dining. Boasting six restaurants and bars overseen by executive chef Richard van Oostenbrugge, each provides a unique dining experience. The newly opened Bord’Eau, with a salon-like atmosphere, creates a stylish experience with a menu of top-notch French and Dutch dishes.

Freddy’s Bar offers a place for the elite to enjoy a drink (it is believed to offer the city’s best Bloody Mary). To give one a sense of the bar’s clientele, it is named after Alfred Heineken, who entertained guests there and even donated several paintings that hang on the bar’s walls.

Among the hotel’s other culinary offerings are Hoofdstad Brasserie, an open-kitchen restaurant serving modern continental cuisine; Promenade, offering an extensive list of old- and new-world wines; Het Terras, a café offering an open-air patio that’s perfect for warm weather; and Les Caves De L’Europe, the hotel’s private wine cellar where its selection of more than 1,000 wines are stored.

Hotel De L’Europe
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2 – 14
1012 CP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 531 17 77

Perfect Visit – Amsterdam


“Picture yourself in a boat on a river, With tangerine trees and marmalade skies….”

We stayed in the most beautiful apartment in the center of Amsterdam, The Johannes Vermeer.

Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities, because it’s beautiful, the people are charming, and it’s so easy to get around! The Vermeer apartment is centrally located, just a short walk or tram ride to the museums, cafes, shopping, entertainment, sights, everything! It’s not a huge place, but it does offer a enormous living area right on the 1st floor that overlooks the Keizersgracht (a lot of the postcards I purchased had photos of the bridge over the canal just outside our 20 foot windows). The heat worked wonderfully, there was an easy-to-use coffee machine, a tea kettle, a flat screen TV, and a big giant beauty of a sectional couch in the butteriest creamy leather. The bathroom was pretty and well appointed, and it housed a washer/dryer.

The 2 small bedrooms could use some TLC to bring them up to the level of comfort and style of the main living room. The master bedroom wouldn’t need much – it’s painted black walls and ceiling were nice, there was a huge replica of Vermeer’s well-known “Girl with Pearl Earring” painting above the bed, a nice big window, and a pretty chandelier. The bed in the master bedroom, though, was comprised of 2 twin beds pushed together, which was somewhat uncomfortable. The linens could be updated, and there could be nicer pillows (and more of them). At the foot of the 2 beds was a nice big flatscreen TV, which would be pretty cozy comfy if one were to hole up and zone out on the tube. The upstairs bedroom, also quite small, wasn’t painted in any interesting fashion, and there were no painting replicas whatsoever and no window, so you really could close yourself off to the outside world altogether if you had the inkling.

The Vermeer was definitely one of the easiest, most comfortable and inviting spaces I stayed in during my travels, and I would recommend it to anyone making a trip to the beautiful city of Amsterdam, regardless of the funny little bedrooms.