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You can safely say that the METS TRADE Show is the one-stop-shop for marine industry professionals. With excellent networking opportunities, a broad range of showcased innovation and located in Amsterdam, this show is where you do business. The next edition will take place from November 13-15 at the RAI Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The METS TRADE Show is the world’s biggest and most visited B2B leisure marine equipment show. It brings the marine industry together for decades now. The Amsterdam RAI will be packed with marine equipment, materials and systems. But what more can you do?

Programme METS Amsterdam RAI

Roundtable sessions will focus on the most relevant topics related to new materials and construction techniques for all types of boats and yachts, at the E-nnovationLAB Stage is spoken about overcoming the weak link in electric propulsion through advances in battery technology, and during the Boat Builder Awards nominees are acknowledged across ten categories of business achievement. The complete programme will soon be published on the website of the METS Trade Show.

Accommodation METS Trade Show 2018

Haven’t booked your accommodation for your visit to the METS Trade show yet? Our serviced apartments are your home away from home. You can experience the freedom of your own apartment – spacious and fully furnished – and enjoy the services of a 5-star hotel. Our apartment buildings are located near the Amsterdam RAI, the Amsterdam city centre and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. At Htel Serviced Apartments we also have a lot of experience accommodating corporate groups. So, why wait any longer? More information can be found here.

Htel Serviced Apartments & the marine industry

Marine industry companies are often looking for short stay solutions. For example for their management team visiting one of the local offices, for crew members who have sometimes been at sea for weeks, or for international employees who get stationed in The Netherlands for a longer period. Our flexible concept also offers a solution for each of these groups. 

 

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On Monday afternoon, September 24, the third edition of the Business Travel & Mobility Conference will be organized by Zakenreisnieuws.nl, branch network organization Business Travel & Mobility Club and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. The Htel Serviced Apartments team is also present at the Claus Congres & Event Center in Hoofddorp to get to know travel & mobility managers, travel coordinators, buyers, management assistants and frequent business travelers.

Programme BTMC

Why go? During the afternoon high-quality speakers will give presentations on the future of business travel and mobility – for example, Joris Melkert (TU Delft) speaks about ‘The future of mobility for business travelers’ – and various suppliers from the business aviation, travel and mobility industry present themselves. Of course there is the possibility to network and the winners of the awards for ‘Corporate Travel Professional of the Year’, ‘Travel Management Company of the Year’, ‘Business Airline of the Year’ and ‘Mobility Provider of the Year’ will be announced.

Short stay provider

Htel Serviced Apartments provides fully furnished apartments for short and extended stay based on full service. We have 300 apartments in two locations: Amsterdam Buitenveldert and Amstelveen. The apartments are luxurious, spacious and vary in size from 22m2 to 335m2. Htel is unique for business stays and corporate groups and our team will gladly tell you what we can do for you. You can schedule an appointment in advance by sending an email to sales@htelapartments.com or you can just pop by (registering for the fair itself is necessary) at the BTMC. See you there?




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On 13 September it is International Chocolate Day. On this day the founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, which produces the popular Hershey chocolate bar, was born in 1857 (Milton S. Hershey). To celebrate this day we have listed the 5 best chocolatiers in Amsterdam for you.

  1. Puccini Bombini

Puccini Bombini, founded by Ans van Soelen, has taken over the tenth place on the list of best chocolatiers in the world. So for handmade chocolate – try the bonbon with vanilla poppy seeds, rhubarb, pepper or calvados – you should pay a visit to the Singel 184. What makes the chocolate so unique is that no sugar, fondant or butter is involved. There are also no artificial colorants, flavourings and aromatics added.

  1. Ganache

Ganache is housed in the Oude Kerk national monument (Oudekerksplein 17) and has an extensive assortment of handmade chocolates and truffles. Try the ‘chocolate of the month’ or pick the handmade truffles with Flower Power. Ganache is Flower Power’s first supplier in the Netherlands: a unique taste sensation is created by processing real fruits, flowers and the finest herbs.

  1. Holtkamp

Since 1886, a confectionery has been established in a nostalgic building at Vijzelgracht 15. In 1969 Cees Holtkamp, a well-known name in the Amsterdam pastry and chocolatier world, successfully took over the store. You can now buy handmade chocolates, chocolate tarts and ‘free from’ chocolates (nut and lactose free, halal, without gelatine, without egg, etc.) here.

  1. Tout

In the beautiful shop of the Amsterdam chocolatier and patissier Job van Berkel – Tout on the Maasstraat just outside the city centre – you will find handmade chocolates, chocolate bars and chocolate cakes. After Job worked at renowned hotels and restaurants and as a chef pastry with famous chef Herman den Blijker, he started Tout together with his partner. In addition to delicious chocolates, they also have macaroons: super-airy colourful French cookies filled with ganache.

  1. Metropolitan

Owner of the Metropolitan is Kees Raat, the first bean-to-bar maker in Amsterdam. He processed the beans from the Dominican Republic into chocolate himself and was also the first to experiment with flavour combinations such as salt, pepper and vinegar. In his chocolate walhalla at Warmoesstraat 135, you will not only find bonbons, but also fruit sticks with dark chocolate, chocolate chunks with nuts and lemon peels with a chocolate layer.


Are you going to try them all during your stay at Htel?
If you haven’t booked yet, we have some brand new specials for you! You can find them here.

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The economy is growing and talent is becoming scarcer. Many companies attract talented employees from abroad, which also helps them in communicating with foreign clients. But how do you ensure that they quickly feel at home in the Netherlands? As Htel Serviced Apartments is an expert in the field of employee housing for 15 years, we’ve gathered some tips!

  1. The right match

It actually starts in the preliminary phase: it is important that you examine whether a potential employee has not only the right capacities, but also whether he or she fits the company. This increases the chance that they continue to work with you.

  1. Assistance on arrival

Assistance on arrival in the Netherlands is also important, for example in the area of residence and work permits, insurance and taxes. By assisting international employees, they are deprived of tension, allowing them to fully focus on their work.

  1. The right housing solution

Serviced Apartments are a good solution for a short or extended stay or as a temporary home for international employees when waiting for their new home to be available. For Htel Serviced Apartments it started out in 2003 when our first client noticed that his employees were getting less productive as they were staying in small hotel rooms with Western meals for weeks at a time. The situation was working on the nerves of the employees as well. By offering fully furnished apartments with more space and the ability to cook, Htel offers international employees a home away from home.

  1. Living environment

For a large proportion of international employees, their choice is determined by an interesting living environment. This varies from entertainment venues to international schools, and from childcare to healthcare facilities. Facilitating education and childcare by employers is very much appreciated. They often also prefer to stay in an environment where many like-minded people live.

  1. Introduction

If several international employees start at your company on the same day, it’s a good idea to organize a joint introduction in which more is told about the history, culture, structure, the various departments and the working methods of the company. In this way you make them feel they are involved with the company from day one. It also gives them a chance to meet some of their new colleagues in advance.

  1. New collegues

Expats moving abroad have to adapt to the culture of their new country of residence. As a company you can also make some small contributions that will make them feel more welcome. For example, encourage staff to speak English at the coffee machine. This will make it a lot easier for international employees to get in touch with their new colleagues.

  1. Canteen

The canteen is a perfect place to celebrate the diversity of cultures within a company. For example, establish an Asian corner or create a changing weekly menu that allows you to take into account different eating habits. It can also be simpler: place microwave ovens so that people can heat their own dishes.

  1. Their story

Organize an event where international employees can tell their story. For example, the Dutch high-tech company ASML annually organizes Diversity in the Park. People are proud of their culture and are happy to tell about it. Such an event can increase mutual understanding between employees.

  1. Cultural differences

Spread knowledge about cultural differences within the organization – and of course embrace these differences – to ensure a pleasant cooperation and mutual understanding. For example, in many cultures people are less likely to say what is on their minds, but that does not mean that they do not communicate. We sometimes do not recognize the information they give.

  1. Vivad expat communities

Vivid expat communities exist in large cities such as Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Inform international employees of their existence so that they can come into contact with like-minded people in their free time. Practice shows that these contacts are also very valuable for partners of international employees.

  1. Language barrier

Listen carefully and remember that the language that international workers speak can be their second or even third language. So think about what they really mean and think about how you formulate something before you say it. Accept that they have their opinion, just as you have yours. Cultural differences play a major role in this.

  1. Sports

Thousands of international employees have already merged into Dutch society and have also created their own communities. Do you, for example, welcome new Indian employees in your company shortly? Give them tips about good restaurants or Indian stores near their homes. Or maybe there is a popular cricket club in the neighbourhood? By being part of a sports team they can feel at home more quickly.

  1. Partners

It is very important that the partner of your international employee also feels at home. Support your employees by discussing the possibilities for finding work for their partner. If the family can’t ground in the Netherlands, for example due to a lack of support, they will be more inclined to leave our country.

  1. Places of worship

It is important that there is space for the profession of faith. Inform international employees upon arrival about the possibilities within the company itself and places of worship in the neighbourhood. In Amsterdam you can find Protestant churches, Christian churches, mosques and synagogues.

  1. Healthcare

Many international employees experience a lack of information provision in the field of healthcare. Health issues are unpleasant at the best of times, and the experience can be even worse when living abroad and dealing with unfamiliar procedures. In Amsterdam The Amstelland Hospital has developed dedicated support for the Indian, Japanese and Jewish communities.

Like to know more about Htel Serviced Apartments? You can find our story here

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Amsterdam is a vibrant and diverse city. It is a shopping Walhalla, has countless terraces and great parks to escape the crowds now and then. You can admire stately mansions, practice your photography skills along the canals or visit one of the numerous theatres or museums. To celebrate 15 years of expertise – Htel Serviced Apartments celebrates its 15th birthday this year – we’ve listed 15 must do’s during your stay in our capital.

  1. Canal Cruise

Did you know Amsterdam has 165 canals? There is no better way to explore the city than by boat. Opposite Central Station you will find the departure docks of various shipping companies. Whether you are coming to Amsterdam for a city trip with your partner, friends or family, the canal cruises are just as diverse. There is a Pizza Cruise, a Kids Cruise and the 100 Highlights Cruise.

  1. Panoramic view from the A’DAM Lookout

On top of the 22nd floor of the A’DAM Tower, which is located right at the IJ, you will find the observation deck A’DAM Lookout. Expect a spectacular 360° panoramic view of the historic centre with its iconic canals, the harbour and the polder landscape. For the dare devils among us: you can also take place at a swing at a height of 100 meters!

  1. Comedy at Boom Chicago

The City Council of Amsterdam saw no potential in the idea of two young Americans to open an American comedy club. But Boom Chicago is an unprecedented success: the team is celebrating Boom Chicago’s 25th anniversary this year.

  1. Pub quiz

At Café Lust in the lively district ‘De Pijp’, an English pub quiz takes place every Tuesday night. Join to experience the Dutch culture first hand! And with a bit of luck you will take home the first prize: a bottle of champagne. Winners also get a spot on the cafes Wall of Fame. Café Thijssen (Monday) and Gollem’s Tasting Room (Monday and Tuesday) also organize pub quizzes in English.

  1. Hollandsche Manege

An inconspicuous entrance gate at Vondelstraat 140 gives access to the most beautiful city centred riding school in Europe: the Hollandsche Manege. Settle down at the cafe – built in impressive 18th  century Baroque style – with a good cup of coffee or tea to admire the horses and their talented riders.

  1. Moco Museum

The Moco Museum is located at Museum Square, in a beautiful monumental building. The museum was founded by Lionel and Kim Logchies, who worked with the biggest names from the modern art industry for years. Thanks to their personal network you can now admire items from artists like Banksy and Andy Warhol.

  1. Hortus Botanicus

The Hortus Botanicus was founded in 1638 as a medicinal herb garden. It is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe, an oasis of peace amidst the bustle of Amsterdam. You will find an outdoor garden and five greenhouses with different climates and collections. On Sundays you can join a free tour at 14:00.

  1. Amsterdam markets

You will really get to know Amsterdam by strolling down one of the markets. To the Albert Cuyp you go especially for the fresh vegetables, flowers and beautiful fabrics. On the Sunday Market at city park Westergasfabriek designers, artists and craftsmen sell their goods and at the Noordermarkt you can nose around between antiques, curios, vintage clothing and oriental carpets.

  1. Local beers

The number of microbreweries in and around Amsterdam is growing. From dark brown bock beer to fresh wheat beer or something in between, you can try them all in one of the tasting rooms. It is of course even more fun to see how your favourite beer is brewed. Guided tours are given at Brouwerij ‘t IJ, Brouwerij De Prael, De 7 Deugden and Poesiat & De.

  1. Foodhallen

In Amsterdam you can find the first indoor food market of the Netherlands: the Foodhallen. This hotspot in Amsterdam West is inspired by the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid and the Borough Market in London. Enjoy Vietnamese rolls, petit fours, sushi wraps with quinoa and the best grilled cheese sandwich in town in this former tram depot.

  1. Historic courtyard

Hidden behind an inconspicuous door at the Spui is a 14th-century courtyard. The historic courtyard used to be the site of a group of religious women, but today houses a chapel and an English Reformed church which is open to public during the day.

  1. Green oases

Amsterdam is blessed with many green spaces and quiet oases. So fill up your picnic basket and visit the Vondelpark, the Oosterpark, the Westerpark or the Rembrandtpark. Fact: Every year an average of 10 million people visit the Vondelpark, which is about 21 visitors per square meter. By comparison, Central Park in New York receives approximately 5 visitors per square meter every year!

  1. Free concerts

In Amsterdam you can attend free concerts almost daily. At the National Opera & Ballet there are free concerts every Tuesday at 12.30 pm and the Royal Concertgebouw organizes free lunch concerts on Wednesdays at 12.30. The Badcuyp organizes free Sunday Night Jazz sessions.

  1. Amsterdam North

Amsterdam North is a bit isolated on the other side of the river IJ, but it’s a bustling, hip district. You can take the ferry to the Buiksloterveerweg to visit the EYE Film Museum. At the NDSM shipyard you will find various art studios and creative companies, which make it a great area to drink a cup of coffee. For example at Noorderlicht Café.

  1. City of Diamonds

Amsterdam is known as the ‘City of Diamonds’ for four hundred years. The Amsterdam diamond company Gassan Diamonds is located at the Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat. You can take a free tour through the diamond factory to get acquainted with all facets of diamond grinding and of course to get astonished by all the beauty.

 

Special offer: 15% discount on Tours & Tickets trips

This year Htel Serviced Apartments celebrates its 15th birthday. That is why we’ve created a special offer in collaboration with Tours & Tickets Amsterdam: a 15% discount on selected Tours & Tickets trips when staying at Htel Serviced Apartments in the period 20-08-2018 untill 31-10-2018! This promotion runs until October 31. Htel Serviced Apartments is the perfect residence for a vacation to Amsterdam, so you can experience the above tips yourself. More information about the terms and conditions and to book your apartment: click here


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What a beautiful summer we have had in Amsterdam. We hope that the late summer will be just as beautiful. During the so-called Indian Summer Amsterdam is at its finest: the temperature is pleasant for a city trip and the leaves turn orange. Your snapshots of the typical Dutch canal houses will be spectacular!


Tips for the perfect Indian Summer in Amsterdam

  1. At the waterfront

Enjoy the Indian Summer in Amsterdam on a terrace alongside the water, for example in Amsterdam-North at Hangar or Pllek. Or visit one of the roof top terraces in Amsterdam-East, for example ‘Hopp’.

  1. The Dutch way

Nowhere in the world people cycle as much as we do in Amsterdam. So rent one of our Htel bikes or book a bike tour led by a guide, to discover the city the ‘Dutch way’.

  1. Park picnic

Go picnic! Fill your bag with tasty snacks and refreshing drinks and pick a spot in the Vondelpark, Oosterpark, Westerpark or Rembrandtpark.

  1. Amsterdam Zoo

ARTIS is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, located in the heart of the Amsterdam. Walk around, let the animal caretakers tell you everything about the gorillas and elephants or visit the sea lion training.

  1. Sail away…

Did you know that Amsterdam has 165 canals? No better way to explore the city than by boat. Opposite the Central Station you will find the departure docks of various shipping companies. Hop on the Pizza Cruise, a Kids Cruise or the 100 Highlights Cruise!


Special offer hotel accommodation citytrip Amsterdam

Come and experience the Indian Summer in our capital yourself! Because Htel Serviced Apartments celebrates its 15th birthday this year, we have a special offer to celebrate. When you place a booking now, you will get a 10% discount on your stay in our Amstelveen Apartments between 20-08-2018 and 31-10-2018! Click here to view the terms and conditions and to place your booking. 

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Are you coming to Amsterdam for a city trip or holiday break? You can off course stay at a large hotel which is a part of an even larger hotel chain, a small boutique hotel or book your stay via Airbnb. Another option worth considering is staying in a holiday apartment. Today we present to you the 4 benefits of staying in a holiday apartment of Htel Serviced Apartments.

1. Extra spacious

The holiday apartments of Htel Serviced Apartments are twice the size of the average hotel room. Most apartments at our Amstelveen location are 45m2. The Htel Family apartment is equally large with 90m2. At our Amsterdam location you can choose apartments from 60m2 up to 335m2!

2. You can prepare your own meals

The Htel Serviced Apartments are comfortable, modern and have an efficient layout: they have a spacious living room, fully equipped kitchen that allows you to prepare your own meals, and luxurious bathroom. The supermarket and the shopping centre are close by, so after a buzzy day in the city you can prepare your favourite dish yourself to really feel home when away from home.

3. Enjoy five-star hotel services

At Htel Serviced Apartments you can enjoy the comfort of an apartment and also make use of five-star hotel services. You will find an 24/7 reception, fitness centre, spa & sauna, jet stream pool, housekeeping service, laundry service, high-speed Wi-Fi and pillow menu. Time to completely unwind!

4. Holiday apartments located in green, residential areas

Our holiday apartments are located close to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, in a green and family-oriented area. This makes our concept loved by families as well. The city centre of Amsterdam can be quickly and easily reached, the metro stop is around the corner. We also have bikes for rent to go around the city like a true Dutchy.

 

Curious about the possibilities? You can compare the apartments here.

 

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2018 is a special year for the team of Htel Serviced Apartments. The company celebrates its 15th anniversary. Htel was the first professional short stay provider in the Netherlands and offered expats and business travellers a home away from home. Even today, Roger Wiersma (34), account manager at Htel Serviced Apartments, is still convinced of the strength of the concept.

How did you end up at Htel?

“I was born and raised in Friesland, in Leeuwarden to be precise. I moved to Amsterdam seven years ago and have been working at Htel Serviced Apartments for three years now. Before I worked in the event industry. But the unique concept and the ambitious organization really appealed to me and I decided to apply. Succesfully.”

What exactly do you do in your position as Marketing & Account Manager?

“In this position I am the link between our clients and our internal departments. I spend a large part of my time proactively unburdening my customers and searching for opportunities for new collaborations. For companies looking for accommodation for their employees and for the leisure sector. We also work together with various partners, with whom I maintain contact. Important aspects of my work are giving guided tours, appointments on location, and visiting network events and (inter)national fairs. On a regular basis I also maintain contact with our marketing team at the headquarters about promotions for our clients and guests.”

It’s a unique concept. How do you describe Htel when you explain to friends for what company you work?

“When I just started at Htel, I soon found out in the conversations I had that our concept was even more unique than I already thought. It turned out to be unknown territory for many, despite the fact that we have been around for 15 years this year. For that reason I try to compare it with a hotel, but I explain that we distinguish ourselves in terms of space, tranquillity, accessibility and the price-quality ratio. For example, our apartments have their own kitchen and are located in quiet neighbourhoods that are easily accessible by public transport, so you can really live like a local. In addition, you can enjoy hotel services, therefore the comfort level is high. Meanwhile more players are operating on the market. However, I look at this as a positive development. It not only keeps us sharp, but makes ‘serviced apartments’ a much better known concept. And therefore more easily recognizable for our target group.”

 

“For that reason I try to compare it with a hotel, but I explain that we distinguish ourselves in terms of space, tranquillity, accessibility and the price-quality ratio.”

You have been working for Htel for three years now. What do you like so much about your job?

“I really like working with so many different organizations and cultures. It is a dynamic and international work environment where your creativity and service orientation are sometimes put to the test, but for every problem we find a suitable solution. That is because of our personal approach.”

What do you notice that customers find important?

“That is absolutely unburdening! Our reservation team is on standby seven days a week and we always make sure that we respond to an application the same day. That is what clients wish for. In addition, the reception is manned 24/7 at both locations and we have an in-house technical service. So we can act quickly. These services take a lot of work off our clients plate. They know that their employees are in good hands. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is also important to maintain a warm contact with clients, so that we are aware of what is going on within their company. For example, it recently emerged from a conversation that one of our clients was looking for a good event location. We linked our client to SugarCity Events. Just like Htel, this company (event venue) is part of the Cobraspen Group. Ideally we will of course look for a combination where we can take care of the accommodation, and SugarCity Events the location for the event. A bit of extra service. That is how we distinguish ourselves.”

What do you do to support customers?

“The most important aspect is to make the reservation process as efficient as possible. That is not always easy, because every company has its own way of working. My task in such a case is to get a good understanding of the companies needs and find a suitable solution as soon as possible. A solution that works for both parties.”

Do you have a fun anecdote for us?

“Every year we organize an event to thank our clients for their trust in our collaboration. Last year the event took place in summer. It had been beautiful sunny weather all week and all preparations had been made. What could go wrong? Well, the weather completely turned around fifteen minutes after departure! Wind, rain.. the plastic sliding windows could not even withstand the gusts of wind. It was a wild ride. But our clients are still talking – and laughing – about it.”

What is the best compliment you received?

“That is actually a compliment for our entire team. The reservation team had contact with a group that had previously stayed with us. They were very satisfied with their first stay, but because we could not offer breakfast, Htel wasn’t on their list of possible accommodations for a second stay. Our solution? Since September 2017 we offer the Htel breakfast box! Jutter & Speijs, one of our partners, put us in touch with a supplier who could help us realize this concept. As a result, we were not only able to offer breakfast to this specific group, but we also reached a new target group. So you can say that we take that extra step to unburden our clients.”

Htel celebrates its 15th anniversary. What opportunities do you see for the coming years?

“New players are operating on the market, but we distinguish ourselves from the competition through our years of knowledge and experience in this market. We are aware of the challenges our clients face and keep an eye on developments in the market. In addition, our concept offers the opportunity to grow and improve our services. These opportunities and plans already exist. Because of that we can make a difference.”

Would you like to get in touch with Roger? Please fill in our contact form here attn. Roger Wiersma.

 

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We are very excited to share with you that Htel Serviced Apartments Amsterdam has received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence! We will tell you some more about this certificate. 

 

Since 2011, the Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver great service across the world on a constant level. This recognition is presented to approximately 10% of total businesses on TripAdvisor that have achieved great reviews over the past year. There is no application process, the achievement is earned over time. Katrien Snoep, General Manager Htel Serviced Apartments: “This certificate of excellence is very important for us at Htel. As it is solely based on the actual comments and reviews left by our guests, it shows their appreciation for what we are trying to achieve: a warm welcome, a pleasant stay at one of the best aparthotels in Amsterdam. This award gives us an extra boost to continue doing what we have been doing for the last 15 years: making our guests feel welcome and at home at Htel”. 

The Tripadviser Certificate of Excellence, how does it work?

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honors select accommodations, attractions, and restaurants that consistently show a commitment to hospitality excellence. TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the Certificate of Excellence honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as a business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

 

We would like to thank all our guests for sharing their experience with Htel Serviced Apartments and we will continue to work hard on providing our guests a true home away from home experience. Do you want to leave a review as well? Use this link to provide us with your feedback. 

 

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Don’t know which present to give your dad for Father’s Day this year (June 17)? We’ve collected a number of tips (18+) to show you that Amsterdam is the perfect city for a weekend away with your father.

Hard Rock Café Burger Cruise

Not on Father’s Day itself, but on the Friday or Saturday before: sail along with the Hard Rock Café Burger Cruise through the famous canals of Amsterdam. During the trip in Hard Rock style, a world famous Hard Rock burger is served with, of course, a delicious cold drink on the side. The tour boat leaves at 7 from the jetty directly opposite the Hard Rock Café. Buy your tickets here.

Heineken Experience

Another beer lovers experience: a visit to the famous Heineken Experience. In 1988 the former brewery was closed because the factory could no longer meet up to the high demands. Nowadays you can learn everything about the heritage of Heineken® via an interactive tour in English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese or Russian. Tip: buy your tickets on the official website. You will get a €2,- discount, two beers and a free map with the hidden treasures of the city.

Dad’s edition at BAUT

At restaurant BAUT they combine beer and a delicious 4-course lunch with .. soccer! In collaboration with Two Chefs Brewing, the restaurant will serve a lunch with special beer pairings on Sunday 17th, after which the World Cup match Germany-Mexico will be shown on a big screen. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Watersports

Time to get active after enjoying burgers and beer? Watersports centre Sloterplas is the perfect location to be outside in Amsterdam. Sailing, supping, windsurfing, canoeing … here you can enjoy yourself on the water. And that within fifteen minutes of cycling from the centre of Amsterdam!

Johan Cruijff ArenA

The Johan Cruijff ArenA is the home of AFC Ajax. During the ArenA Stadion Tour you get a look behind the scenes of one of the most successful football clubs in history. Take a selfie in the Ajax locker room, visit the Ajax Gallery of Fame or imagine yourself the new coach of Ajax in the press room. Note: unfortunately it is not possible to do the tour on June 17th because of a concert by Beyonce and Jay-Z, but Friday 15 or Saturday 16 June is still possible! More information can be found here.

Discover Amsterdam the Dutch way 

One of the best ways to explore Amsterdam is by bike. If you book a stay at Htel, you can also rent one of our Htel-bikes to discover the city the Dutch way! Want to make sure that there is still a bike available during your stay? Please contact our reservation team. Happy Father’s Day!

 

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