Hey my darlings!
I know that a bunch of you have been requesting this blog post and I'm sorry that it's taken this long. I initially planned on doing a vlog of my entire trip and planned to review the hotel that way too but the equipment I ordered didn't get delivered in time and if you'd believe me, I still haven't received it. Needless to say I was super disappointed.
On the other hand, my trip was nowhere near disappointing. Amsterdam is a beautiful city and I was most grateful to be staying with my Radisson family during my visit. There were three major things that stood out to me while staying at the Radisson Blu in Amsterdam and I'm super excited to be sharing them with you.
The first thing that took my breathe away was when I walked into the hotel, from the outside the building is old and rustic, in true Amsterdam fashion. It is made of brick and has this deep dark colour, it might be easy to walk past the hotel if you don't see the name. Upon walking into the hotel the whole space opens up and the architecture inside is beautiful, it has extremely high ceilings and there is glass everywhere. You'll find two beautiful restaurants within the lobby, I unfortunately only got to enjoy one of them everyday at breakfast.
The room, the food and the staff were brilliant, they were there to help with whatever we needed. The room was comfortable and I felt right at home, the Radisson is definitely one of my favourite hotel groups to stay with and I always know what to expect while staying at a Radisson hotel, this puts one at ease and makes your stay more pleasant.
The second thing and probably the most important thing is the location of the hotel, the Radisson is located in central Amsterdam, the location couldn't be more perfect. It is walking distance from absolutely everything and if you're not much of a walker you can walk to the closest tram which is a five minute walk from the hotel and use the tram system to wherever it is you need to be. The hotel is a few minutes walk from some of the most visited and must see places when in Amsterdam.
Hishaam and I didn't use the tram at all but these are some of the places that we accessed easily by foot from the hotel. The famous Dam Square, all the beautiful architecture of the canal homes within the city, we walked to the flower market and the Heineken experience and while walking through the city we passed many historical buildings and churches that have been turned into museums or are now being used for something else.
We were close to the Red Light District and the we even walked to the I AMsterdam sign and spent sometime in the beautiful Vondel Park, when you think of Vondel Park imagine our company gardens but on steroids and with a kiddy pool and many bicycles. As many of you know Amsterdam is known for all it's bicycles and I do regret not hiring one during our stay there. I did however love every minute of our walks, it's the best way to enjoy the city.
Finally the third stand out thing while staying at the Radisson Blu was the access we had to tons of restaurants, cafe's and coffee shops. There was food, drinks, weed and edibles all around us. My favourite food while in Amsterdam were their bitterballen, it's basically a form of tapas, it's a deep fried ball with different fillings, the ones I had were filled with cheese and bacon, beyond amazing and you get to dip it in a spicy mustard.
Another thing I loved were these vending machines that you found around the city and they had mini burgers, croquettes, hotdogs and a bunch of other things in them. We also tried Herring, it's a small fish that people in Amsterdam love to eat raw, you eat it with onions and pickles and Hishaam and I both enjoyed it. The street food in Amsterdam is amazing and I would suggest it over sitting down at a restaurant. The double fried fries were out of this world!
Desserts you can find in abundance throughout the city and one of my favourites were the stroopwafel, for someone that doesn't have much of a sweet-tooth the stroopwafel can be a bit much. It's basically two waffles, stuck together with syrup and toppings. Hishaam loved the churros and basically everything else we ate.
I hope you guys enjoyed my three favourite things about staying at the Radisson Blu in Amsterdam, it is truly on a prime location and you have access to everything you need in and around the hotel. It's also a mere 10 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station, I would definitely return to the Radisson if I ever get to visit wonderful Amsterdam again. One thing to note though, Uber in Europe is super expensive so try and make use of the public transport while in the city and do as the locals do.