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The Amsterdam Dance Event has come to an end. Time for the city to get ready for the next big thing: the holiday season! In the Netherlands we celebrate Sinterklaas at the beginning of December, after which the city will be transformed into a winter wonderland on December 6th. Are you coming to our capital for a city trip? We have listed a number of tips for you.

Christmas markets

For some Christmas shopping, ice skating and hot chocolate you can go to the big squares in the city. There are also a number of one-day Christmas events. For example, go to the popular Sissy-Boy Christmas market on the Amstelveld on December 8th, where you will find brocante, innovative design and exotic art. On 16 December the Funky Xmas Market will take place at the Westergasfabriek and on 22 and 23 December the Amsterdam Christmas market in the Kromhouthal at the IJ will be the place to be for some Christmas fun.

Christmas concerts

Whether you are a fan of classical music or want to attend a classical concert for the first time, in December the best classical musicians from Europe perform in churches, pop temples and concert halls throughout the city of Amsterdam. The Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a Christmas concert in the Concertgebouw. Or you can go to the Noorderkerk Concert ‘Händel’s Messiah’ or get enchanted by the Erard Ensemble in the Amstelkerk.

Christmas tree on the Dam

There is a twenty-meter high Christmas tree with over 40,000 LED lights on Dam Square every year. During ‘Turn on the Lights’ in mid-November the light in the tree and hundreds of thousands of lights on the façade of department store De Bijenkorf are turned on and illuminate the square and the Royal Palace. Together with the Christmas decorations in the lampposts, they make this spot in Amsterdam truly magical.

Shop windows of De Bijenkorf

Still on the look-out for gifts or the perfect outfit for New Year’s Eve? You will certainly succeed in Amsterdam! As December approaches, the most beautiful Christmas shop windows appear. Don’t forget to pay a visit to department store De Bijenkorf, where in November the shop windows for the festive season will be revealed. A team of creative’s has worked almost all year to create this piece of art.

Amsterdam Light Festival

Another must do is a walk or boat trip along the enchanting light installations of international artists during the Light Festival. It is an annual event which takes place from 29 November 2018 to 20 January 2019. The theme is ‘The medium is the Message’. Over 600 artists have tried to answer the question ‘What role has light as a medium or as a message?’ by creating 30 works of art.

Are you still in Amsterdam after Christmas? There are some great New Year’s Eve parties in our capital as well. So if you are able to extend your stay a bit…

Spend the holidays in Amsterdam

With its beautiful canals, countless lights and the special light artworks of the Amsterdam Light Festival, Amsterdam is the place for a holiday this December. Htel Serviced Apartments will also be completely immersed in Christmas spheres. Especially for this festive month, Htel Serviced Apartments created a holiday special. 

• 3 nights’ (Amstelveen) or 7 nights’ (Amsterdam) accommodation apartment of your choice
• Bottle of mulled wine at the apartment
• Traditional Christmas bread on arrival

You can book this special until 30 December 2018. Are we going to see you soon for a dose of Christmas fun in the form of Christmas shopping, ice skating and hot chocolate in our capital? View the offer here.

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With almost 35,000 kilometres of cycle paths, the country of the Netherlands is truly a country of cyclists. The city residents know that the best way to get around and discover Amsterdam is by bike. Almost 63% uses their bike every day. We would like our guests to experience Amsterdam like the locals do, so we have collected 15 great spots for you to cycle to!

  1. Street art tour

Park your bike near the Spuistraat and walk through the side streets full of coloured artworks. Or cycle to the NDSM-werf (shipyard) across the IJ. You will find former ship halls here which offer a raw environment where the street art colours seem extra powerful. In the Marnixstraat behind the fire station there is also an inlet full of graffiti artworks.

  1. Vondelpark

The Vondelpark is the largest park in Amsterdam. Many activities are organized here and you will find various cafes here. Cycle through it at ease, past ponds and bridges, and stop for a snack and a drink at, for example, the Blauwe Theehuis (Blue Teahouse).

  1. Port area

Four recreational cycling routes run through the port of Amsterdam called ‘Havenfietsen’. The routes have been created, each with its own character and are provided with information boards at prominent points in the port.

  1. I Amsterdam

You can’t ignore – even if you wanted to – the red and white I Amsterdam letters on Museum Square. They are more than 2 meters high and extend in width over 23.5 meters! The letters have quickly become the symbol of the city. Visitors to Amsterdam photograph themselves in, around and on top of the letters.

  1. Along the Amstel River

Amsterdam owes its name to the Amstel, so a ride along the river is a must do during your visit to our capital. Cycle along the Blauwbrug (Blue bridge) and along imposing canal houses, the National Opera and Ballet and Koninklijk Theather Carré (Royal Theatre). You can also pass the city borders and cycle towards Ouderkerk aan de Amstel to discover the natural environment.

  1. Through the Jordaan

The Jordaan is a real working-class neighbourhood. Young entrepreneurs, artists and students like to meet in one of Amsterdam’s typical pubs here. You will also find the famous gay monument, the Johnny Jordaanplein (square) and stately mansions along the beautiful canals.

  1. De 9 straatjes (9 streets)

The 9 Straatjes, located in the Jordaan and in the middle of Unesco World Heritage, count numerous monumental shops. Trade, craftsmanship and culture predominate in these streets. You will find small, original and exclusive stores here.

  1. Dam Square

At Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam you will find the Paleis op de Dam (Palace on Dam Square), the Nieuwe Kerk (church) where high-quality exhibitions are organized, Museum Madame Tussauds, the war memorial and the luxury department store De Bijenkorf. Have a break on one of the benches or the stairs of the palace and look at the diversity of street artists before you move along.

  1. Amsterdamse bos

In the Amsterdamse Bos (forest) you can find more than 50 kilometres of cycle paths. For example, follow the red poles, this is a cycling route of 14 kilometres long along some of the most beautiful spots in the forest. Make a stopover for something to eat or drink at one of the two farms in the forest.

  1. Jewish Cultural Quarter

Impressive synagogues, buildings and memorial places adorn the streets of the old Amsterdam Jewish quarter. In the heart of the neighbourhood is the Jewish Cultural Quarter, formed by the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue with the ancient library Ets Haim, the Hollandsche Schouwburg and the National Holocaust Museum.

  1. De Diamantbuurt (De Pijp)

Near the Jewish Cultural Quarter is the Diamantbuurt (Diamond Neighbourhood). In the past, many diamond cutters used to work for the Koninklijke Asscher Diamant Maatschappij. Today, emperors, kings, queens, presidents and other dignitaries visit the building to marvel at all the beauty. Unfortunately you can’t go inside as a tourist, but the building itself is already admirable.

  1. Weesperzijde

If you’re in the area anyway: the Weesperzijde – on the other side of the Amstel – was voted the number 14 of most beautiful streets in Amsterdam by the readers of the newspaper Het Parool!

  1. Prinseneiland

The Bickerseiland, Prinseneiland and Realeneiland are also called the Western Islands of Amsterdam. They form a world themselves. The Prinseneiland is not yet discovered by tourists, but definitely worth a visit. You will see beautifully renovated warehouses and buildings that used to serve as storage facilities for grain, tobacco, wine and salt.

  1. Chinatown

Like many big cities, Amsterdam also has a Chinatown. The first Chinese who settled in Amsterdam worked on large passenger ships. When this industry slowly disappeared, the Chinese opened shops and eateries in this neighbourhood. The best Chinese products and food can be found in the old city centre. It is also the place to celebrate Chinese New Year in Amsterdam.

  1. Nieuwmarkt (Chinatown)

In 1614 part of the canals in Chinatown were drained and the Nieuwmarkt was created. The square fills daily with stalls and every Saturday you will find a variety of organic products on the organic market. On the square you will also find the striking building ‘De Waag’. And the largest Buddhist temple in Europe, built in traditional Chinese palace style, is just around the corner at the Zeedijk.

Special offer: free use of our Htel bikes!

This year, Htel Serviced Apartments celebrates its 15th birthday. The coming weeks we celebrate with special promotions. In October: free use of our Htel bikes when booking a stay at Htel Serviced Apartments! Htel Serviced Apartments is the perfect place to stay during a holiday in Amsterdam, so you can visit all of the above yourself. More information about the terms and conditions and to book your apartment: click here.

 

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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.

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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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Htel Serviced Apartments celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. At the time Luigi Prins – director of the Cobraspen Group – anticipated in an early stage on the growth of the number of expats in the Netherlands. As the first professional short stay provider, Htel received expats and business travellers offering them a home away from home. Although the concept exists for over 15 years now, we still regularly get the question: what exactly is a serviced apartment? We will answer that question today.

 

When you are looking for a place to stay (for your clients) during a short or longer period abroad, a serviced apartment offers the perfect solution. For example, most of our guests are expats awaiting for their new permanent home, or business travellers visiting one of the various conventions organized each year in our capital. We accomodate both individual business travellers and corporate groups.

 

Serviced apartments: it’s all in the name

A serviced apartment offers the best of both worlds. You can experience the freedom and space of a private apartment and enjoy the services you are used to at a five-star hotel at the same time. Our apartments are twice the size of the average hotel room, so they offer more space as well as more privacy (separate bedrooms). Each apartment has its own fully equipped kitchen too. How great is it that you can prepare your own meal if you don’t feel like going out?

Hotel services

Now, what services can you think of? To make you feel at home, you can enjoy hotel services such as:

 

  • A 24/7 manned reception, available for questions at all times.
  • Free use of the gym, spa and sauna.
  • A cleaning and laundry service to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
  • Extra facilities for children, such as special cots or smaller beds, as well as a toy cupboard that can be placed.
  • It is permitted to bring small pets, after all they belong to the family too.
  • And if you have work to do: High Speed ​​WiFi and meeting rooms are available.

Temporary housing in a residential area

Our serviced apartments aren’t located in the busy city centre, where you can find most hotels, but in residential and green areas. With the advantage that you can live like a local! The Htel short stay apartments are located near 6 international schools, parks and playgrounds, so they are also perfect for a family stay.

Register at the municipality

If you, as an expat, live in the Netherlands for over 4 months within six months, you must personally register with the municipality within 5 working days after your arrival. When you stay with Htel you can register as well. This makes it easier to arrange legal matters.

Last but not least: most taxes and utilities are included within the rental price!

For business and pleasure

The definition ‘Serviced Apartment’ is seldom used outside the corporate relocation and business travel markets. But also for the consumer that is looking for a temporary home or a holiday accomodation in the Netherlands, are serviced apartments a good option. They are especially nice for your travel budget for longer stays, group travel or family parties, allowing you to save on dining out and offering in-house entertainment.

 

Conclusion: Serviced Apartments offer facilities much like a traditional hotel but with added space, convenience and privacy like a home, so you can enjoy living like a local when travelling. You can discover our possibilities here.

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The World Dog Show is one of the largest dog shows in the world, with shows attracting up to 10,000 visitors. It is held in a different country each year. From 9 to 12 August the Dutch Kennel Club organizes the World Dog Show 2018 at the RAI Amsterdam. The theme this year is ‘Show the world your talent’.

 

This unique event is all about keeping dogs. Dogs from all over the world are presented and they represent (almost) all dog breeds. Next to visiting the shows there are many other activities with and for dogs.

 

Program World Dog Show 2018

During the four-day event several prizes will be awarded in different categories and visitors can also participate in an educational and fun program which covers many facets of dog sport, training and health, or shop at stands which offer the newest dog articles and services.

 

The World Dog Show 2018 in Amsterdam expects about 20,000 dogs at the shows. Are you visiting as well, reminder when entering the Netherlands all dogs must be chipped, adequately vaccinated or have undergone serum antibody titer testing. For more information visit the website.

 

Tickets World Dog Show Amsterdam 2018

It is already possible to order tickets for the World Dog Show 2018 at the RAI conference centre in Amsterdam. We recommend not to wait too long, because as time goes by the prices of the tickets increase. And as Amsterdam is a popular holiday destination in the summer months, it gets more difficult to find a nice place to stay as well. Especially an accommodation that allows dogs.

 

Hotel accommodation during the World Dog Show

Millions of tourists from all over the world come to Amsterdam each year. Last year tourists spend 14 million nights in our beautiful lively metropol! This means that it is not always easy to find a hotel in Amsterdam. Especially not in summer when the World Dog Show will be organized. At Htel we still have some apartments available. We provide fully furnished luxurious and spacious holiday apartments in short distance to the Amsterdam RAI. Check our availability here. See you in August?

 

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In 2018 over 300 festivals will take place in and around Amsterdam. But which of them you really should not miss? We have listed the best for you. Today we start with the best food festivals in our capital the coming summer.

 

Rollende Keukens 2018

The Westergasterrein will be transformed into a food lovers location from 9 to 13 May. Dozens of food trucks will converge to form one big outdoor restaurant during Rollende Keukens 2018. Each truck has its own charm and theme. From pizza and BBQ dishes to gourmet delights to try. It is the #1 food festival in Amsterdam according to many locals. Are you ready to enjoy food, the tastiest wines and live music. Location: Westergasterrein. Opening hours: 13:00 – 23:00. More information, click here.

Taste of Amsterdam 2018

The next food festival on the agenda is Taste of Amsterdam, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. From 1 to 3 June the top restaurants of Amsterdam present their favourites in the Amstelpark. You can enjoy culinary delights cooked by the best (inter)national chefs. An evening in the sun with delicious food, DJs and tasty summer drinks is what Taste of Amsterdam is all about. Don’t forget to buy your tickets in time. Location: Amstelpark. Opening hours: fr. 15-23, sa & su 12-23. More information & tickets, click here.

Bacchus Wijnfestival 2018

As a wine lover don’t skip the Bacchus Wine Festival in the Amsterdamse bos. In two weekends in June (8-10 & 15-17 June) the festival presents wines from all corners of the world, in combination with plenty of mobile catering, DJs and live music. A holiday vibe will take over when nipping your wine in the bonfire setting where at dawn small lights come on. The programme is designed to appeal both newbies and connoisseurs. Location: Amsterdamse Bos. More information & tickets, click here.

Foodtruck Festival TREK Amsterdam

TREK festival from 13 – 15 July is a fun food festival to go to with family. There is a lot of variation in trucks and therefore something to love for everyone. The Amstelpark will be a mega picnic place where young, old and children run around or lie down in the grass. Entertainment is also provided. Singing, music and theatre talent get the chance to break through in their own city. Location: Amstelpark. Opening hours: fr 16-23, sa 14-23, su 14-22. More information, click here.

Book your stay in Amsterdam at Htel Serviced Apartments

Are you coming to Amsterdam this summer, maybe even visiting one of these food festivals, and still looking for an accommodation? Htel Serviced Apartments offers spacious short stay apartments in Amsterdam and Amstelveen that are ideal for couples, families and groups. For a carefree stay Htel offers hotel services. For example: the morning after you can take a dip in the pool or go to the sauna. A walk through the quiet, green surroundings is also a good idea, sit down at a cafe for a nice cup of coffee and bring back the good memories of the day before.

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