If you’ve been following GWS on Instagram, you probably noticed Jason, Sienna + I spent the majority of May in Europe (beginning with Barcelona Bridal Week and then visiting some beautiful spots to share with you all to inspire honeymoon or anniversary trips!)
For this stop on our mini European tour, we explored Amsterdam! Pairing a trip to Amsterdam with Paris (check out our Paris trip here) would make for a pretty amazing trip! You get to visit two amazing cities and, bonus….it’s easy to travel between them with just a 4 hour ride on a wifi enabled train, so you can Instagram your pics and then catch a quick nap.
We partnered with one of our favorite hotel + honeymoon partners, Mr & Mrs Smith when selecting our lodging for our stay. We let them know what our ideal hotel would offer and they recommended the Conservatorium Hotel for our stay in Amsterdam. As soon as I checked out the hotel online, I knew it was the perfect place and couldn’t wait to see it IRL!
The Conservatorium (a former music conservatorium!) is probably one of the coolest hotels at which we’ve stayed. I just LOVED the design of the hotel (I mean, check out the lobby below that houses the cafe for breakfast!!) Lots of light, plants, bricks and modern design. Major love.
Located in Museum Square, the cultural heart of the city, the Conservatorium is an architectural masterpiece that combines a landmark heritage building with a graceful , contemporary design, offering guests a selection of restaurants, a bar, lounge and the 1,000 sq m Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Facility.
Breakfast was included with our room rate and it was probably my favorite breakfast we had while in Europe – plus that lobby was a perfect place to start your day. :)
The room design is simple and modern, which I love. They offer both suites and regular guest rooms. We didn’t get a chance to experience the Spa, but I did take a tour and it looked like a pretty amazing place to spend an afternoon to totally relax – plus since it’s rainy in Amsterdam a lot, so this is a great rainy day solution :)
The hotel is walking distance to the Nine Streets (cute shopping area) in Amsterdam along with most of the major museums and Vondelpark – a large park we explored one morning before getting caught in the rain! We took a canal tour one evening and enjoyed some cold Heinekens (when in Amsterdam ;) which we really enjoyed. We used the Blue Boat company since it was a covered boat and it was raining that day, so a perfect activity that allows you to see the city even when it’s raining. :)
The first time we walked by the famous I Amsterdam sign it was packed with people, but we happened to walk by right after the rain ended and found it empty!! A rare thing and a great photo opp!
If you travel to Amsterdam in April or May, the weather might be a bit chilly, BUT you get the opportunity to visit one of the most magical gardens I’ve been too – the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens. I had heard a lot about the gardens and we arrived in Amsterdam on the last day the gardens were open, so I took that as a sign that we just had to go!
We took a cab from our hotel to the gardens and it is a bit of a drive (about 50 minutes) but if you love flowers as much as I do, totally worth it! We were a week too late to see the tulip fields, which was a bummer since the photos I had seen from those looked amazing, but the gardens were pretty magical. Probably the most varieties of tulips I’d ever seen in one place and so much color!! I totally took probably over 200 photos from just this part of the trip. :)
My favorites were the tulips above that looked like peonies! So dreamy…and there was also lots of bougainvillea there (another of my faves!)
Our Sienna just loved running through the gardens of flowers….like a flower wonderland!
I loved that our hotel (Conservatorium Hotel) was right on Museum square and only a few blocks from the canals. So perfect for exploring. We stumbled across the huge Kaws statue that was just put up in the Museum square – so rad!! And I loved the Miffy Art Parade that was going on throughout the city celebrating the 60th anniversary of Miffy. There were bunny statues all over the city painted by different artists (there were even two in our hotel to which Sienna loved saying Hi and Good Night each day!).
Such a fun city to walk around and explore – and lots of great food! We enjoyed some german food at Wurst & Schnitzelhaus, lots of different skewers at Everything on a Stick, pretty amazing asian food at Momo (the sushi tacos were SOOO good!) and our fair share of stroopwafels (Dutch waffles!).
I hope you enjoyed reading about our stay in Amsterdam! Looking back we had such a fun time even though we were only there a few days. I’d love to come back when it’s a bit warmer (it rained and was in the 40s/50s during most of our stay!) but such a fun city to explore.
Thanks again to Mr & Mrs Smith for helping us find the perfect hotel (Conservatorium Hotel) in Amsterdam and click here to learn more about how they can help you plan your dream honeymoon…if that might be to Amsterdam or somewhere else magical as they have hotels all over the world!