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Ibiza restaurants: The newest, the best and the local secret

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Ibiza restaurants – a topic always open for discussions.

The isla blanca changes every season and so many great restaurants are there waiting for you to try them. However there are also places that can not be find in the tourist guides and the locals adore. Check out my Ibiza guide for other delicious suggestions such as Can Berri Vell and Amante.      

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Sa Caleta – The good food

Sa Caleta is a historic sailor refuge where you can enjoy the one of the best Mediterranean Ibizan cuisine. Very good the paella, bullit de peix (typical ibizan fish soup) and the grilled fish. Also try the homemade desserts such as the typical flaò.

Price range: $$

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La brasa – The secret garden

It’s seriously one of the best places to eat in Ibiza city, but it’s absolutely necessary to book a table in advance. Otherwise you can make the hours-long line at the bar and wait for a table. The interior is chic and simply amazing with ginormous bougainvillea trees and sparkling crystals hanging like little stars. The food is mediterranean, if you are still wondering where to eat paella, this is the place. And be sure to check out the shop next door – Oliver.

Price range: $$ / $$$

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Peyotito – The modern mexican

One of the two in house restaurants at Nobu Hotel offers a well chosen variety of margharitas to accompany the delicious mexican food. Be sure to leave space in your belly for dessert and try the Tres leches and Churros.

Price range: $$ / $$$

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Sa Brisa – The best culinary experience

Since my first visit, when it was newly opened, I’ve been dreaming to return. A restaurant recommended in the Michelin guide with innovative presentation and fusion of spanish, asiatic an southamerican flavors. Try the tasting menus or just order some tapas and you won’t be able to think of anything else for days.

Price range: $$

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El Olivo Mio – The old town’s gem

Located right in the heart of Dalt Vila, this stylish restaurant offers a great selection of dishes and wines. A place to enjoy in a hot summer night in the city. The ribeye and the beef filet tartare are soo good!

Price range: $$/$$$

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Aiyanna – The beach restaurant

The team behind Amante have smashed it with this modern and understated approach. Aiyanna is an idyllic spot for a perfect day at the beach. Every dish is not only delicious but also so well presented. Sometimes you feel like just taking pictures.

Price range: $$ / $$$

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Hostal La Torre – The best sunsets

A rough sea and strong sun lend an epic aspect to its terrace, a key place for enjoying afternoons in Ibiza. At La Torre you will discover music and vibes that you can’t find anywhere else in Ibiza. Book a table in advance during the high season, it’s open for breakfast or dinner. However you can stop for a drink and watch the sunset from the rocks below the restaurant.

Price range: $$

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C’an Pilot – The meat spot

I’ve eaten way too many times to not mention it. No innovation, just great food. Meat dishes cooked at the moment and fresh vegetables. Another favorite of both the locals and mine.

Price range: $/$$

The post is not in collaboration with any of the mentioned Ibiza restaurants. These above are personal favorites of mine.

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Sir Joan Hotel by Baranowitz + Kronenberg

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Sir Joan is the first beachside retreat for Sir Hotels group and perfectly embodies the free-spirit ethos of Ibiza.

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Sir Joan is an exclusive luxury destination that boasts nostalgic views over the old town and the marina, after which the design takes its inspiration. With the launch of Sir J., the Amsterdam-based hospitality group has now expanded its portfolio to five properties.

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Liran Wizman, the founder, and Tel Aviv-based Baranowitz + Kronenberg have created a standout building made up of shimmering, staggered cubes. The interiors of the guest rooms feature walls and ceilings that look like choppy water, meanwhile the round mirrors resemble the windows below deck on a yacht. The 38 rooms are also adorned with curated artworks by Spanish artists Joan Hernandez Pijuan, Carlos Irijalba Inercia and photographs by Ibiza-based Landry A. The interiors of the public areas feature the same deceiving, reflective metals and textured woods giving off the effect that you’re vacationing on a boat. And since this is Ibiza we’re talking about, the hotel wouldn’t be complete without a heated triangular pool surrounded by cabanas and lounge chairs for resting and relaxing.

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The hotel’s in-house restaurant, Izakaya, with its Peruvian-Japanese menu of fresh sushi and sashimi or Robata-grilled meats is a refreshing alternative to the usual tapas offerings. For pure indulgence, order a juicy burger and sweet potato fries from The Butcher. It’s open from 7pm until very very early in the morning. We tried it and it’s absolutely delicious!

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Sir Joan Hotel Ibiza Nook Twelve

Sir Joan Hotel Ibiza Nook Twelve

This post is not in collaboration with Sir Hotels.

For more info and bookings: www.sirhotels.com | Photos by Amit Geron

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Los Enamorados, Ibiza

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Los Enamorados is two lovers waiting for sunrises and sunsets on a sun-kissed terrace.

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A hotel, restaurant, bar and boutique all rolled into one, a unique spot on Ibiza’s northernmost tip unlike anywhere else on the island. Owned by former basktetball player Pierre Traversier and magazine editor Rozemarijn de Witte, Los Enamorados is as their website says: an unpretentious place where you can hang out, be yourself and enjoy.

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On our latest trip to Ibiza we decided to go to Portinatx, a small village on the northern part of the island. But we ended up sipping coco coffee at the bar at Los Enamorados. I would say ‘The Bar’, thatched with faded palm fronds and lined with sheepskin-topped stools. We were immediately drawn by the mid-century-tropical vibe.

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There are just nine rooms in total, each with its own comfy character and unbeatable sea view. The interiors are a beautiful mix of color, texture and artful precision. If you enter the shop, the shoes must go off. But there’s nothing better than walking with your bare feet on the thick carpets – barefoot luxury! However, the best part is that almost everything you see in the hotel is for sale. Furniture, tiles, kilim rugs, kaftans – just choose and take a piece of magic home.

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Los Enamorados - Ibiza - Spain -Hotel - Nook Twelve

Los Enamorados - Ibiza - Spain -Hotel - Nook Twelve

Los Enamorados - Ibiza - Spain -Hotel - Nook Twelve

Los Enamorados - Ibiza - Spain -Hotel - Nook Twelve

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Los Enamorados - Ibiza - Spain -Hotel - Nook Twelve

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This post is not in collaboration with Los Enamorados.

Photos Nook Twelve | For more info and bookings visit their website

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Monochrome Barcelona Penthouse

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Rattan and Rust: A minimal home by Susanna Vento

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Susanna Vento is an amazing stylist from Finland and this apartment with rattan details is one of her latest works.

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Rattan turned out to be a favorite of mine especially when combined with natural tones ranging from the palest sands colors to deep dark rusts. Go to Susanna’s blog to find out more about the furniture she used.

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Rattan and Rust: A minimal home by Susanna Vento - Nook Twelve

Rattan and Rust: A minimal home by Susanna Vento - Nook Twelve

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The Hollander Hotel, Chicago

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Whether you’re limited by budget or simply want to experience authentic Chicago cool, The Hollander Hotel has got you covered.

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It was only a short time ago I featured one of the hotels in the Grupo Habita collection – Casa Fayette in Mexico, and now Chicago is calling us to explore another on-point opening from the Mexican hotel group. This time they’ve joined forces with architecture firm Delordinaire and design studio Cique to bring a former furniture storage facility back to life.

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Stripping back the interior spaces to reveal the raw surfaces of the original building, the design adds in contemporary finishes like polished concrete, birch plywood and steel framing to bring the spaces firmly to the modern age. The hotel’s central lobby space is a centrepiece of activity, with a bike shop, coffee bar, reception and guest lounge blend into each other without a cramped corner to be seen. The twenty private and shared rooms give the option to meet others and share a space (without the uncomfortable hostel vibes) or keep things private – the hotel’s goal is to ‘bring together people who love food, design, the arts and culture’ for a great time and a good night’s sleep.

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Leaning in to its imminent hipster hotspot status, the hotel sits at the centre of the ‘six-corners’ meeting point of two of Chicago’s most dynamic neighbourhoods, Wicker Park and Bucktown. Steps from the ‘L’ train and close to more galleries, wine bars, boutiques and dining spots than you can fit in a lengthy stay, the location seems perfect for a hotel that epitomises edgy downtown style. It’s rare to find a space that is both elegant and cost-effective – but The Hollander definitely ticks both boxes.

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Also, Delordinaire created custom lighting and furniture throughout the space, paring beautifully with the stripped-back space and exposed walls.

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the hollander chicago nook twelve

Degign Delordinaire and Cigue | Phography Adrian Gaut | Info EstLiving

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Syros summer house by Block 722 Architects

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There seems to be a never-ending stream of beautiful homes from the Greek Islands just like this Syros summer house.

Just to keep us jealous when we think we’ve seen the last of them.

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The days get longer, the nights get hotter… Memories of last year’s vacaions surfaces in our minds. Summer is finally pushing away the gray clouds and we dream about sand, sun and sea all day long. We explore destinations while sitting at our desk and eventually stumble upon places like this.

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Between the idyllic blue skies and the Aegean ocean, this summer house gracefully blends in with its surrounding landscape on the Cycladic island of Syros. As a holiday home the design provides ample opportunities to unwind – whether in a hammock, stretched out across the bed or in front of the fireplace at night. Relaxation is a non-negotiable. Classic white walls are contrasted with natural stone and rough brick walls, finding a graceful balance with traditional Greek style and the rocky island landscape.

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Block 722 Architects were responsible for designing both this residence and its neighbour, ‘Syros I’, though in contrast to its sister property, the design for this building had to tackle the steep and intense topography of the site. In doing so, the design is cleanly integrated to the natural landscape with a clean, square floor plan.

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syros summer house greece nook twelve

syros summer house greece nook twelve

syros summer house greece nook twelve

syros summer house greece nook twelve

syros summer house greece nook twelve

syros summer house greece nook twelve

Design Block 722 Architects | Photos Erieta Attali and Ioanna Roufopoulou | Info Est Living

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Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon

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Whipped by the strong winds of Tramontana, on a slate stone promontory between two bays is located Faro de Favaritx.

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It stands right there, at the tip of Cap de Faravitx, a wild and rugged environment, where waves frequently break through the barrier and flood the esplanade of the lighthouse. When we first entered the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park in Menorca, my mind went numb. The spectacular moon-like surroundings gave me chills. It is like entering a gray zone. And right there, encircled by strangely shaped black rocks, stands the immense lighthouse.

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History

The shipwrecks that took place in the twentieth century motivated the construction of the lighthouses on Punta Nati and Cap de Favàritx, which completed the illumination of Menorca’s north coast. The most infamous and significant shipwrecks in the decision to erect the lighthouse were the disasters of the steamship Isaac Pereire in 1906 near Cala Mesquida and that of the Général Chanzy in 1910 just off Punta Nati. The former was the mail boat that sailed between Marseilles and Algeria and it ran to ground at the same place as the steamship Ville de Rome had sunk in 1898. Work on the lighthouse at Favàritx began in July 1917.

Faro de Favaritx was first designed by Mauro Serret but mofified by Miguel Massanet. Lack of funding and problems with the land ownership paralyzed the work the lighthouse was not completed until 1922. The tower, with a height of 33m was the first to be built completely of concrete in the Balearic Islands. It stands at the extreme north-east of the island, a little over 17 km from Mahon.

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Beach Stop

From Son Camamilla you can reach two beaches of unusual beauty: One is Cala Presili and other Cala Tortuga. The first one has very dark sand and the second gravel sand combined with crystal clear waters.

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

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Menorca – the green heart of the Balearic Islands

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Menorca is said to be suffering from something called the Spanish Myth Syndrome: you can’t find anything more than sunshine, sea and sangria.

It’s true – Menorca doesn’t do hot clubs like Ibiza. It feels anything but industrial or commercial. You’ll be amazed at just how much green surrounds you. Most of the roads are bumpy, sandy or do not exists at all. There is only one highway that connects the two main cities – Mahon on the east, the main city, and Ciutadella on the west.

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Menorca is full of free things to do. You could spend a week just exploring the many beaches of the island which range from vast sandy strips to hidden coves. Stroll along Mahon Harbor the longest natural harbor in the Mediterranean and go up the hill for a glimpse from above. Have a lobster stew at S’Amarador restaurant at Ciutadella’s Harbor right before sunset. Then have a drink at Cova d’en Xoroi, a bar set into caves in Menorca’s rocky south coast. It is popular mainly because of its location right above the sea and its amazing views of the setting sun that burns the evening into life. In fact dusk is the most beautiful time of day in Menorca but also across Spain and the Balearic islands. When the sun fades away, the day and the night flow into each other. The sun dipping through the buildings, blurring everything to a gold that melts the streets.

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Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Beach Life

Menorca has so many secret beaches (Circa 130!). One of the best way to explore them is by boat or to follow Cami the Cavalls. It’s a coastal path used since 1330 by horse riding guards to protect the island. Cavalls means horses, from there the name of the path. There are many excursions, bike and hiking routes easy to follow even without a map.

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Menorca’s beaches vary depending on whether you’re in the north or south of the island. Northern one are generally larger with panoramic views and coarser sand of varying colours. They can be more exposed to wind and waves on less calm days. Southern beaches have fine white sand and are backed by pine forested cliffs.

The beaches on the northern coast (such as Cala Pilar, Cala Pregonda, Cala Presili) are wild, wide and windswept. Those in the south are sheltered, womb-like coves where the sea has a colour of almost Caribbean intensity.

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Playas de Sur

Cala Galdana

This large horseshoe-shaped bay is surrounded by cliffs and has shallow warm waters and excellent snorkelling. It is also perfect for families.

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Cala Mitjana e Mitjaneta

Cala Mitjana is one of the first of Menorca’s virgin beaches to be made accessible via car and has two water caves, a three-minute drive from Cala Galdana. It has two sea caves – a smaller one close to the beach with another small beach inside, plus a much larger cave, which is great for snorkeling. But because Cala Mitjana gets busy, swim around a headland to Mitjaneta, painted in a palette of dark green pines, pale white limestone, silver sand and teal water. There’s only room for 20 or so sunbathers so be sure to get there early.

Cala Macarella & Macarelleta

Macarella is the larger of the two beaches and the busiest in the summer months. But they’re both idyllic coves with fine, white sand and turquoise water lapping at the shore. Macarelleta is a short walk away via Cami de Cavalls offering a great view over both beaches.

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Cala En Turqueta

This beautiful beach is a 20-25 minute walk from Cala Galdana and is at its best early in the morning or late in the evening when there are fewer people there.

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Cala Escorxada

Though new boat-taxis from Cala Galdana mean more sunbathers – if you’re active, the 45-minute coastal walk from Sant Tomas is beautiful. Escorxada retains a virgin beauty – a sliver of pale sand and clear azure water cradled between pine-draped cliffs. Bliss.

Caló Blanc

Notwithstanding one sandy notch, you lay a towel on a rocky foreshore. So, why come? For astonishing water. Plunge off the rocks and you drift in a sea that is not just aqua but which glitters with a pale, sapphire brilliance.

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Playas del Norte

Cala Pregonda  

Soft rusty sand, glassy water and strange islets sculpted by the wind – Pregonda is the stuff of postcards. Bring your snorkelling gear: you’re in Menorca’s marine reserve, where fish flit through the Posidonia grass meadows between islets. Park near the beach of Binimel·là, but keep going on following Cami de Cavalls and you’ll find the beach.

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Cala Presili

No beach in Menorca whispers Caribbean like this ribbon of white sand before water the colour of lapis lazuli. Wallow in warm shallows and gaze to a candystriped lighthouse on Cap de Favàritx.

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Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

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Where to stay in Amsterdam: a selection of beautiful design hotels

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Few cities meld history with modern urban flair like Amsterdam.

Seventeenth-century buildings and architectural innovations are peeking behind every corner as well as design hotels. The city offers vast range of hotels to choose from, but I have some personal favorites to share with you.

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CitizenM Hotel

This hotel, for me, was the perfect choice when deciding where to stay. Design collaboration with Vitra provided the furniture and concrete designed the rest. The hotel is perfect for nomads, design lovers and open-minded travelers. All rooms are the same with extra-large bed and unique design for great sleep and transparent shower lovers.

Price range €€

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Hotel Not Hotel

The name implies an uncertain state of accommodations and some might find the Hotel Not Hotel a perplexing oddity. All the the 15 themed rooms are a work of art with its own creator, story, and identity. For example, sleeping in a secret bookcase or in the Amsterdam Tram Cart room, just large enough to accommodate a king-sized bed and not much more. A genuine unique experience.

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Maison Rika

Rika is short for Ulrika Lundgren, who has steadily built her design presence in Amsterdam and beyond. Overlooking the canals, everything in the Maison has Rika’s distinct style signature, from finds she brought back from her travels to the customized furniture. On the ground floor, you will find the reception area, a lifestyle store and the occasional pop-up shop.

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Conservatorium

Located just across from the cultural heart of Amsterdam’s Museumplein, this Neo-Gothic hotel could be mistaken for one of the numerous surrounding museums. In fact, history reveals both a cultural and monetary heredity, the building originally serving as a bank, and then later hosting the Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Music Conservatorium by which the hotel owes its name.

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Hotel V Fizeaustraat

The Hotel V Fizeaustraat pays homage to the building’s history and retains its authenticity so that you really can experience the 1970s atmosphere of the building’s original time. If there was a perfect balance of modern and vintage interior design, this hotel would be it. Mirjam Espinosa mixes the two in terms of furniture, decor and details.

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Generator Hostel

The hostel, a former health sciences building and zoological museum, overlooks the Oosterpark with its ancient willow trees and exotic birds. The preserved building’s C-shaped floor plan includes various original features such as a marble staircase, stained glass transoms, terrazzo floors and intricate interior brickwork. The original auditorium is now a bar with raked seating and typical green reading lamps. The 168 rooms are built for respectful social interaction, not mass tourism. But while there are bunk beds, there are also private rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and intimate terraces.

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The Hoxton

This hotel goes beyond offering just a room for the night. They organize events that are inspired by the local area to showcase the good and great of the city. Definitely a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Amsterdam, while enjoying the great design.

Price range €€ – €€€

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W Hotel

If you love luxury, then this hotel is a perfect option for you! Especially considering the rooftop bar with a pool, which is amazing. (It gives you a stunning view on the city.) Even if you don’t spend the night at this hotel, it’s definitely worth a visit just for a nice cocktail.

Price range €€€

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