QO HOTEL REVIEW: MY LUXURY WEEKEND AWAY IN AMSTERDAM
So last weekend I had my first taste of Amsterdam, for me it is a city of contrasts. By day the beautiful old structures take centre stage, with narrow cobbled streets resting neatly next to the canals. By night this city is heaving with tourist’s hell bent on seeing the rebellious red-light district in all its edginess.
We arrived following a champagne fuelled flight, late one Friday evening. After a luxury private transfer, we arrived at our destination - Amsterdam's new visionary QO Hotel. After checking in and being dazzled by its sheer luxury, we literally had to pinch ourselves at this amazing find. The hotel promises 'luxury whilst not compromising sustainability'. The hotel itself is a stunning structure boasting 23 floors, whilst being constructed using natural materials such as oak and industrial exposed concrete ceilings. The decor is dark and moody with amazing greens, sumptuous velvet and gold metallic touches, it screams luxury.
Floor to ceiling windows make the bedrooms light and airy, and the bedding - well it is scandalous, I don't think I have ever slept so well while being so far from home. Each mattress has a special topper that was soft in all the right places, the duvets were duck feather and the pillows were so plump and out of this world, coupled with the 300 thread cotton sheets literally promised a fantastic night’s sleep.
All the bedrooms are tech savvy, containing USB ports to charge your I-phone, and each room has an I-pad that controls everything from the lights, to the shutters and even the Philips flat screen TV which has air-play and chrome cast.
The walk-in shower was huge and beautifully decorated in dark bricks, there was a choice between the normal shower or the waterfall shower. Sumptuous bathrobes were on offer for those choosing comfort and towels were so fluffy. The hotels choice of complimentary toiletries were Zenology, a favourite eco brand with the millennials, these are not cheap, and each room is stocked with large bottles in different fragrances of shampoo, body washes, hand washes and body lotions such as Citrus Nobilis or Green tea which retail at £65 for two. No expense has been spared to ensure that your stay at the QO Hotel is as relaxing as possible.
On the ground floor is the all-day restaurant called Persijn, it offered a wide range of stunning locally sourced, sustainable Dutch cuisine and locally roasted coffee from 6.30am - 23.00pm. I am told that as well as working with local suppliers and the community, some of the food comes from the greenhouses on the rooftop.
On our first night we arrived close to 11.30pm at the hotel, with that in mind we decided to stay local. Luckily for us the hotel was holding an event at the Juniper + Kin Bar on the 21st floor. As soon as the lift doors opened, we were greeted to a DJ banging out house tunes and amazing gin cocktails. The bar boast the most amazing panoramic views of the city and my only regret was that we were unable to get there sooner. It was phenomenal.
The hotel is placed conveniently next to Spakleweg station, this place was inexpensive as it only cost twelve euros for a two-day pass. Spakleweg is six stops away from the Centraal Station, which took around ten minutes to get into the main part of the city. Amsterdam is perfect for a weekend away, it offers the best in shopping, there is plenty to do, with the canal tours being particularly fantastic. As a city the place is not cheap, expect to pay London prices for food and alcohol and watch out for the odd levies such as drinking outside the restaurants/bars.
There we many things that impressed me about Amsterdam, firstly their whole travel system. The airport was so efficient, hardly any waiting, secondly the consistent trams ferrying people into the city. British rail has a lot to live up to, Amsterdam literally put them to shame as they were always on time. The most surprising aspect was how clean the city was, I witnessed drunk and debauched people making a mess till the small hours, yet every morning the city was spotless, and the people were so friendly.
If you are looking for a great weekend away, then look no further as Amsterdam has it all. The QO hotel offers seasoned travellers the luxury that you are looking for, a truly relaxing space.
To book direct visit their website www.qo-amsterdam.com
Flights from www.easyjet.com/en/
Amstelvlietstraat 4, 1096 GG, Amsterdam
+31 (0) 202205655