For the average business traveller, choosing a London hotel means more than finding somewhere with a comfortable bed and a breakfast that will fill them up ready for the big day ahead. It means finding accommodation that will serve them well as their central hub of activity whilst they attend meetings and conferences, close deals, or otherwise go about their work.
As a leading hotel near to Chelsea, Kensington and other influential areas of London, the Hotel Amsterdam has spent the last several years providing a warm welcome to business travellers from across the United Kingdom and beyond. In that time, we’ve learned a thing or two about what’s really matters to those guests who come to the capital for more than just shopping and sightseeing.
Here then, are just some of the top things to consider when staying in a London hotel for business.
Can you get online?
Whether you’re working in the cloud, dealing with those important emails, or simply swatting up with some last-minute research before that big meeting, having a good WiFi connection Continue reading
As anyone working in a top Earls Court hotel will probably tell you, there’s no such thing as a typical day.
From dusk til dawn, and often right around the clock, guests from across the country and beyond flock to the London SW5 area. For some, it’s business that brings them to the capital, for others, its culture, entertainment, or even a spot of shopping.
Whatever their reasons for visiting, there’s always one for sure: Each guest is unique, and its up to the teams behind those top hotels to make sure their needs are well catered for.
The Hotel Amsterdam in Earls Court is no different.
The average day in the life of your hotel staff is anything but average. Still, we promised you a sneak peak behind the scenes, so join us, if you will, in a look at just some of the things Continue reading
One of the very best parts about running the Hotel Amsterdam London has to be our amazing customers. We see so many new faces every week and it is a real honour to listen to their stories, find out where people have travelled from, how they found our hotel, what made them choose us and listen to their stories over breakfast of what they did in the capital the day before. We are a family run hotel and we consider all of our customers to be part of our family for the time that they spend with us. It makes us really happy to recognise names and faces of repeat visitors, this shows us just how much they enjoyed their previous stay.
Our customers fall into the following categories :
If you are visiting London on business you will need somewhere to stay that is centrally located, reasonably priced, that provides a great level of service and is surrounded by restaurants and bars where you can unwind in the evening. This is why so many business travellers chose our hotel, we are a short tube ride Continue reading
The 2015 Toy Fair takes place at Olympia from 20th to 22nd January 2015. Now that Christmas is over, if you are visiting or exhibiting at the fair your mind will no doubt be turning to arrangements for the show. Open from 9am to 6pm on all three days of the show, this is the biggest trade toy fair in the UK and one that attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.
With thousands of the latest and the greatest toys being shown by almost 300 exhibitors, this is the fair to attend if you are involved in the toy industry. Olympia is one of London’s biggest conference and exhibition centres, being located in West London just a stones through from Earls Court exhibition centre.
As you would imagine, as home to 2 of the biggest exhibition centres in the city, this area of West London is well equipped for corporate visitors as well as those people who are visiting the shows as a guest. With many hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from Continue reading
London has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment, whether you are interested in food and drink, musical shows, cinema, museums, concerts, shopping or sightseeing – there is something for everyone in the capital city. One of the best kept secrets in London is that it is home to many concert venues from the very large to the small and cosy, London is a brilliant city for music.
The Jazz café in Camden is one of London’s best small venues for live performances. They have a number of different concerts booked in for January featuring artists from all over the globe. It is well worth a visit as the café is famous for having discovered many of the biggest names in jazz and soul before they became famous. The best seats in the house are to be found in the restaurant, which has a set price menu, al starters are £5.95 and all main courses are £16.50. This makes a very affordable evening out, in one of the best small and personal venues in London.
The O2 arena in Greenwich was originally the Millenium dome and is now the home to most of the big concerts that take place in London. January sees a rescheduled concert from Continue reading
Winter in London is simply beautiful. Once the Christmas lights are taken down and the streets return to the busy hustle and bustle of normal life, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Capital City might not have much to offer until the summer months – but you’d be wrong.
At the Hotel Amsterdam, we think that January and February are 2 of the the best months to visit London, and here’s why:
- The sales
The January sales in London are epic, if you love shopping and love bargains then this is the best time to visit the city. Most of the big stores on Oxford and Regent Street will have huge January sales with prices slashed to a fraction of what they were before Christmas. The sales will be very busy, especially during the first few days, but there are bargains to be had for a good few weeks after Christmas. As well as the big department stores, a lot of the smaller shops will have sales on – you can pick up some beautiful gifts at very reasonable prices. Continue reading
If you are travelling to London this winter you will need to be prepared for our ever changing weather, one day it can feel like autumn with warm temperatures and a cool breeze and the next day you will look out of your window at a world covered in ice. London is well known for being incredibly changeable when it comes to weather, it can be very hard to plan your journey without having to bring lots of different choices of clothes with you.
When you look at the average weather for January in London (available from the met office official website) you will see how changeable this month really can be.
January has an average of :
- 11 days of rain, this is about 1/3 of the month. Although the rainfall is not that much in terms of amount of rain this is a pretty significant amount of days that you’ll need an umbrella and waterproof coat for.
- 6 days of frosty weather. These are the days when surfaces will be slippery and you will probably want to start your day later when the crowds Continue reading
No matter where you are visiting, and at what time of year, knowing what to pack for your holiday to a new city can be a nightmare. Unless you are visiting a tropical paradise of the Caribean (lucky you!) there will always be questions about what kind of weather to expect and what you should bring with you.
At the Hotel Amsterdam London, we want all of our guests to have an amazing experience when they stay with us and visit our beautiful city. We’ve put together a guide for you of some things to think about when deciding what to pack and a list of suggested items to bring with you if you are visiting us this winter :
As you are probably expecting, the weather in London is changeable all year around! One thing that is guaranteed though is that it is likely to be cold and rainy in the winter. Don’t travel without the following :
1 - a small umbrella that can fit easily into your pocket or handbag
2 - a warm coat if you are planning on being outside much. Have a think about how you plan to spend your time in London, will you be travelling by taxi or tube? If you are going Continue reading
The Southbank is one of the most lively and entertaining areas of London all year round, with its street performers, proximity to the London Aquarium, London eye and Houses of Parliament. Whatever the time of year, this is a great place to take a walk and spend some time just enjoying the atmosphere and soaking up all of the culture and entertainment that London has to offer.
The Winter Festival with Natwest is on until 11th January and has transformed the Southbank into an amazing wintery experience. The Christmas market is full of stalls selling gorgeous handmade crafts, food, Christmas presents and other goodies. There are bars and cafes for you to sit and take the weight off your feet while you decide which part of the festival to eplore next.
An innovative Christmas Tree Maze is nestled alongside the market, spend some time and work your way through 300 Christmas trees which form a magical sparkling maze. If you get to the centre you will meet a special visitor, how exciting for children and adults alike. Can you imagine 300 Christmas trees Continue reading
Christmas in London is a magical time, especially if you are visiting the capital with small children. To see their faces light up at the Christmas lights and decorations is to really remember what it is like to be young and carefree. If you are planning a family trip to the city this winter we’ve picked some of the best attractions that will light up the faces of your children (as well as you and the rest of your family!).
The Christmas lights on Regent and Oxford Street draw many crowds each year. Lighting up the streets this colourful display of Christmas cheer is a great way to start your magical journey through the streets of London. If you start your walk from Tottenham Court road and walk along Oxford Street you will be able to enjoy both the lights and the shop window displays. Turning onto Regent Street heading towars Picadilly will take you past Hamleys, the most famous toy shop Continue reading