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10 Tips for Women Travelling Alone in London

Travel-LondonHere at the Hotel Amsterdam, we welcome a number of women guests who are travelling alone each year.  We understand that sometimes this can seem like an intimidating idea, and we are pleased that so many of our female guests feel comfortable to stay with us more than once.  We have put together this small guide for women travelling alone in London and would be happy to welcome any lone female visitors to our hotel as we are confident we can provide them with a safe and secure base from which they can enjoy their visit to London without having to be concerned.

1 – Book somewhere safe – Security is important, check how safe and secure the hotel is before you visit.  Phone and speak to them before you book and explain that you are travelling alone, all good hotels will be able to reassure you before you visit.

2 – Make sure someone knows where you are staying – Leave contact details with your friends or family so that they know where you are going to be and can get in touch with you if they need to. Continue reading

Amsterdam Hotel London guide for making the most of summer in London

Summer time in London can be beautiful, and if you are visiting during the summer months you need to make sure you make the most of your visit.  When you stay at the Amsterdam Hotel in Earls court you will find that you are a short walk away from the Royal Parks of London – just perfect for relaxing in the summer.

Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London, Hyde Park Londonclose to Buckingham Palace and containing the world famous speakers corner.  Here you will find the Serpentine Lake and many places to sit and watch the world go by.  Hyde Park is home to many musical and other events throughout the year and is a great place to spend some time with a picnic and your family.  Open from 5am through to midnight you really could spend a whole day here.

We are one of the few hotels in our area to have an amazing garden for our guests to enjoy so if you don’t want to go far from home you are welcome to enjoy the summer sunshine from the privacy of your own back yard.  With chairs available and your own personal belongings just a few steps away, here you can close your eyes and imagine that you are in your own home – in the centre of London! Continue reading

London – Day in Day out

London AttarctionSo you’ve arrived in London, and following a good night’s sleep, what might your typical day in London entail? With so much to see and do, it’s best you ease yourself into London life. Don’t aim to try and do too much, as it can be very tiring. And you won’t get it all done in a day!

The first thing is to do is get hold of a copy of a popular attractions brochure together with a London Underground map. You can find copies at Amsterdam Hotel reception and these will serve you for the duration of your stay. Unlike package holiday destinations in the sun, the cost of attractions and tours tend to be the same whether you book through an agent, book in advance yourself, or turn up on the day (don’t “turn upon the day” for extremely popular paid-for attractions – you’ll end up queuing!) Continue reading

The five worst things that could happen during a trip to London

While the staff at the Amsterdam Hotel will do all they can to ensure your stay a happy, comfortable and memorable one, like any major international city in the world, there are the minor and slightly unpleasant pitfalls that you have to look out for when you are out and about in the city that might otherwise put a dampener on your stay.

Rush hour on the tube (underground)1. Being caught in rush hour on the tube (underground)

Approximately 24 million tube journeys are made in London every day. Naturally enough, these journeys peak during the morning and evening rush hours and are legendary. This means that if you are part of a small group, you will have to take great care if you want to stay together – nothing gets in the way of a Londoner wanting to return home from a hard day’s work! It also means that like any major city when you’re in a crowd, you have to watch you, your family and your possessions don’t get crushed or lost and that you don’t fall foul to pickpockets who thrive in a bustling environment. Leave a little earlier for your journey if it is likely to involve peak journey times. Continue reading

What to do if you fall out of love with London

Samuel Johnson, the world-renowned English writer who made such a major mark with his contributions to English literature as poet, essayist, editor, biographer, literary critic and moralist, once said: “Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

LondonLondon is a huge, bustling, international city. The economy of the London metropolitan area, which is the largest in Europe, is responsible for  approximately 30 per cent of the UK’s GDP (in excess of£400billion) and is in constant competition with New York as the most important city of international finance, with over half the UK’s top  and 100 of Europe’s largest companies headquartered here.

Like any of the world’s major and most important cities, there is so much to see and do, and so many people to do it with! The one thing that first-time – and sometimes repeat – visitors often find is that its sheer size and constant activity can be tiresome.

But isn’t that the case with so many major world cities? Or even smaller cities for that matter? The big difference is that London is perhaps one of, if not THE most famous city in the world. Continue reading

Making friends with some of the largest mammals to have walked on earth

“Mammoths: Ice Age Giants” @The Natural History Museum (23rd May – 7th September)

Staying at the friendly Amsterdam Hotel means you are conveniently situated to everything that makes London so famous as on the world’s premier capitals. The local Underground station can whisk you to the bustling West End within quarter of an hour, while a short walk will have you in the upmarket shopping area of Kensington, famed for the iconic Harrod’s department store, often referred to as the finest in the world.

Within a few minutes’ walk of the Amsterdam you will also find the London Museum Quarter, home to some of the most famous and respected museums in the world. In this, the Royal Borough of Kensington, there are museums celebrating the life and works of many famous Britons as well as some of the incredible advances – and inventions -  the UK has made over the centuries in science, technology and natural history.

London Natural History Museum

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Earls Court’s finest hotel, the Amsterdam London offers the best facilities to guests

Easy access at all times

Our newly-refurbished hotel is perfect for your stay in London. A short Underground journey gives superb accessibility to all the UK’s main rail networks that pass through the capital. There is also a direct Underground train journey to London Heathrow Airport from the local Earl’s Court station or an extremely cost-effective direct bus service to Gatwick that departs from the bus station, both being but a short walk from the hotel door. And extremely popular with guests, unlike other hotels, at night you’re away from the noise of the city centre.

Warm and welcoming

And within a quarter of an hour, you can be choosing a restaurant in the famous West End, Continue reading

Hotels in London – Facts and Features you must know

LondonPlanning a visit to London soon? Whether you are a long term traveller to the city or if it’s your first time coming to the capital, make sure you come clued up with some of the key facts to note, to help make your visit as smooth and easy as possible. Here are seven top facts and features to help you stay clued in!

1- Check the location

London is a big city, so when you choose a hotel, it’s a good idea to look it up on the map beforehand. If you’re planning to sight-see, then you’ll want to be close to the city’s public transport network, so look for the closest Tube station. The Amsterdam Hotel is one of many that are in easy walking distance to a main Tube station, where you can easily get to anywhere in the city.

2- The right type of room for you

Gone are the days when a hotel was ‘just’ a hotel. Now you have a diverse range of places to choose from – from budget hostels, luxury hotels, and mid-range hotels. For a more intimate experience, you can try apart-hotels, which give you a spacious, apartment feel – or you can even rent an actual apartment in the city, to make you feel like you’re right at home. Continue reading

Visit Amsterdam Hotel London for some Special Spring Fun!

Spring is in the air, and it’s the perfect time to visit London to enjoy the best of the city in the new season. As the weather warms up and the days get longer, you can look forward to make the most of the city – from eating al fresco on warm, bright days, to exploring the variety of culture and exciting activities across the city. And what better way to kick off your spring visit in style, than by saving an extra discount off your hotel fee? Well, with a trip to the Amsterdam Hotel, you can save a hefty 15 % off on your hotel stay, but you better snap this offer quickly as it is is only available when the booking is made through our official website!

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