When only the best will do, treat yourself to a stay at De L'Europe, a member of The Leading Hotels of The World, widely acknowledged as one of Amsterdam's finest. Built in 1896, overlooking the Amstel River and in the shadow of the historic Munt Tower, the five-star establishment exudes sophistication, from its elegant Promenade art gallery to artful suites adorned with works of Dutch Masters.
Accommodations scented with the hotel's house perfume by perfumer Blaise Mautin feature Nespresso machines and Carrara marble baths. Clefs d'Or concierges attend to guests' every need, from babysitting and dinner/theater reservations to help with packing and unpacking, transportation and personal shopping. If the lavish breakfast spread doesn't tempt, there's 24/7 room service, as well as in-room massages. Skins Spa will open in 2014.
If your budget won't permit an overnight, enjoy cocktails at Freddy's Bar, a favorite haunt of Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, where celebs, politicians and Amsterdam's glitterati now imbibe. Join A-listers for dinner overlooking the Amstel at Michelin-starred Bord d'Eau. Opt for a more casual meal at Hoofdstad Brasserie, featuring modern French cuisine with an Amsterdam twist, or Hèt Terras, offering contemporary takes on café classics. End your evening with cognac and cigars at Freddy's Fumoir, , where contemporary Amsterdam morphs back into a genteel era of smoking rooms and gentlemen's clubs.