During a four-day trip, I explored the streets and canals, the shops and museums, the cafes and nightspots of the “Venice of the North.” I had the good fortune to stay at The InterContinental Amstel, which opened in 1867 and has continued to hold claim as Amsterdam's grand dame. Known popularly as “The Amstel,” the hotel has 79 rooms, including 24 suites. The Amstel Lounge (see photo) is a light-filled conservatory for casual lunches; it is also where one can indulge in Amsterdam's most ...

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