Hotel V: Episode 1, “Wanted: a New Amanda” (#vacature)

Hotel V is searching for a new reservations manager to replace Amanda, who has been working there for a loooong time…perhaps *too long*.

Will they find a replacement before she drives the whole team mad?

Help the V crew! If you know someone who would be a good fit, send them to jan@hotelv.nl.

Job Description:

Reservations Manager for a busy family of hotels in Amsterdam. Experience with reservations in the hotel industry will have preference over all else, but attitude, sense of humor, and a feel for customer service is definitely a plus.

This weekend in Amsterdam (Sept 6 & 7, 2014)

It’s Wednesday!  Who is looking forward to the weekend?

*Raises hand.*

Well we are all in luck, because this weekend is chock full of things to do (Amsterdam Fringe fest, anyone?).

In fact, let’s start there.  The Amsterdam Fringe festival will be running in locations all over the city until the 14th of September. 

Not Dutch-speaking?  No problem!  They have a full program where language is not a problem.  You have no excuse to not bask in some fringe culture now.

Looking particularly enticing is the Fabrique Erotique life-sized puppet show at the infamous Casa Rosso.  This is an easy, guilt-free way to tell your parents that you went to a live sex theatre in the Red Light District.  Won’t they be so proud!

“But ma, I did it for the culture!”

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For even more unique experiences, check out this list of other things you can do this weekend in Amsterdam:

SATURDAY 6 SEPT

Valtifest- 7 Deadly Sins

Photo credit: http://v1.studenten.net/

Valtifest is a heavily themed festival which marks the end of the festival season every year, and is once again raiding the NDSM wharf with this year’s theme: The 7 Deadly Sins.  You have exactly 3 days to think up an ass-kicking costume and join the (over-the-top) fun.

Here are some photos of when the V-crew went in 2011.  I am sure they will just LOVE that I am dragging those photos up again! (Sorry, not sorry!)

Pintar Rapido Weekend

Photo credit from the London Pintar Rapido: http://adebanjialade.blogspot.nl

Fancy yourself a painter?  Or perhaps you really are, in fact, a painter? (Sorry: “ar-teeest“.)  

Super, this weekend is for you!  After much success in Spain and London, the Pintar Rapido artist’s event is coming to Amsterdam.  Painters are welcome to sign up, pick a spot in Amsterdam, and make a painting in one day, which will then be exhibited on Sunday in the Posthoornkerk on the Haarlemerstraat.The top award is 1,000 clams, so if you truly are a (starving) artist, then this is the event for you.  

All us other non-painter types can also enjoy walking the streets while the painters are at work (if you can find them) or simply checking out the exhibition on Sunday.

Food Night on Javastraat

Photo credit: http://www.oost-online.nl/

Eat your way through the east of Amsterdam!  Less Godzilla-style, more The Very Hungry Caterpillar-style.

Amsterdam’s up-and-coming East will serve up their yearly ‘Food Night’, a street food market on the Javastraat from 5 to 11 pm. Expect…..food, obvs.  And lots of it.

Facebook event page

Hungry Birds Street Food Tours

If you have been following Hotel V’s blog long enough, you might remember our super-stagiare-turned-V-Crew-member Zosia.  Zosia has since spread her wings and flown off (sniff) to start a unique tour concept which guides visitors on a culinary wander through the city (by foot or by bike).

Hungry Birds has three different tours running on Saturday, so check them out!

And don’t just take our word for it just because Zosia is a friend of V (that’s straight nepotism!).  Read the reviews on Tripadvisor, where Hungry Birds is rated as the Number 4 thing to do in amsterdam!

Hungry Birds Facebook page

(PS: We knew her when.)

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SUNDAY 7 SEPT

Free Sunday Morning concert on the Museumplein

This weekend will mark the 20th anniversary of the Sunday Morning concerts in the Muziekgebouw, and to celebrate they are offering a free concert to be broadcast live at 10 am on a large screen on the square.  Bring a blanket and a picnic breakfast*, sit back, listen and enjoy!

Facebook event page 

* a breakfast is apparently also offered for this event, but no word as to what pricing or food yet!

CineRoest Jamieson Movie Night

Back over to the East on Sunday for a special movie night at Roest, commemorating the late, great Robin Williams with a screening of Hook at 7 pm.  entry is 5 euro and that also gets you a Jameson & Gingerale.  A hook of a bargain if you ask me!  

(Did you see what we did there?  ….Didn’t really work, though, didi it?  Sorry.)

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There you go, kiddos!  There is truly no excuse to stay in this weekend.

Have fun!

Classical Music and Canals….. welcome to the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival !

Floating stages, open skies and beautiful music.  Get ready for it, because this year’s Grachtenfestival edition will be held between August 15th and August 24th.Grachten-Festival-Amsterdam

The Grachtenfestival (‘Canal Festival’) is an annual festival of classical music held at special locations around the city centre. Over a period of ten days, the Grachtenfestival provides a stage for young musical talent, choosing an appropriate and often historical setting for each musical event on or beside Amsterdam’s numerous waterways.

Grachtenfestival_header  piano on the canals The Grachtenfestival’s combination of location and repertoire means that classical music is performed to the highest levels, but presented in a way that is accessible to all. This is what makes the festival unique in the world.

 teaser grachtenfestival

Hopefully the Dutch weather cooperates a little so you can pick your spot along the canals and enjoy a truely special event.

roze bootje

Gay!

Gay:

having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music. Synonyms: cheerful, gleeful, happy, glad, cheery, light hearted, joyous, joyful, jovial; sunny, lively, vivacious, sparkling; chipper, playful.

Sounds good to us!

From the 26th of July till the 3rd of August it’s Amsterdam Gay Pride time again!

 gaypride canal 

Get ready for a full week of events, exhibitions, shows, parties and a town filled with colourful people. www.amsterdamgaypride.nl is the website that provides you with all the necessary details, dates and locations. Make sure to visit one the many sport events, our favourite is with out a doubt the Drag Queen Olympics.

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The Gay Pride week is traditionally closed off with a full power party weekend starting this coming Friday the 1st. Check the complete party agenda here.

The highlight of the Amsterdam Gay Pride weekend is the famous Canal Parade on Saturday afternoon. Where most parades use trucks, Amsterdam has boats! 80 spectacular decorated boats with beautiful (and scantily clad) boys and girls will sail from 14:00 till 18:00 through the Prinsengracht and Amstel river. The gay parade is watched by 300,000 spectators every year, so you better get there early to secure your spot along the canals!

Amsterdam_Gay_Pride_2013_boat_no4_pic2

Enjoy your pride week. Rainbows guaranteed!

The V crew

Thirsty Weather in Amsterdam!

Hot town, summer in the city! As the temperatures reach  30 degrees centigrade these days it’s very important to stay hydrated.  And oh boy, do the Dutch know how.

As we all know, Heineken started here in 1864 and still is one of the world’s leading beer brands….. but when in Amsterdam nowadays, why not try one of our new microbreweries and quench your thirst! Over the last few years quite a few new ones started and so now we have a grand total of 18 small independent breweries spread throughout the city.

The iconic windmill “de Gooyer” in the eastern part of town holds one of the “bigger” ones: Brewery ‘t IJ. Their beers are available in stores and bars all over town but getting one at the source beats it all of course. Their terrace is at the base of the windmill and you’ll be in the company of many locals and visitors alike.

Brouwerij ‘t Ij

If you don’t want to venture out too far, the inner city holds many hidden treasures and one of our favourites is brewery De Prael. This small but productive brewery is located in the Red Light District so if you’re in need of some Dutch courage this place offers more then enough. J (just up the road from our hotel at Nesplein)

Brouwerij De Prael

Just around the corner from our hotel at Frederiksplein we have (besides the Heineken Experience) a brand new player on the Amsterdam beer market, Troost! (meaning “comforting”) they brew 3 types at the moment, a Blond, a Weizen and an IPA. The tasting hall is situated within the brewery facilities so you cant get it more direct than this, straight from the vat to your glass!

Brouwerij Troost

So, have fun out there and follow our advice carefully: stay hydrated!

All the other names and addresses you can find on this website.

Happy Birthday to us!

Today is a special day indeed at Hotel V Frederiksplein:  Today is our 5th anniversary!

Five years of guests at Frederiksplein, five years of staff members (some still here, some not), five years of eVents, and five years of loving this part of the city.

Hotel V Frederiksplein at night, by Victor Duran, DuranPhotography.nl
Hotel V Frederiksplein at night, by Victor Duran, DuranPhotography.nl

We are super grateful to all of the guests that have slept on our pillows and roamed our halls.  Without you we wouldn’t have made it this far, so thank you!

Here are five more things that we are grateful for on our birthday:

  1. This month we are opening Hotel V Nesplein.  Just weeks away now!
  2. …at the same time we will launch the restaurant that will be in the lobby of the new hotel, The Lobby.
  3. Next month Hotel V Frederiksplein will expand with the addition of 6 short-stay lofts next door.
  4. Today we will announce the winner of our Facebook contest- a one night stay in Hotel V Nesplein including breakfast at The Lobby!
  5. And to celebrate our anniversary, tonight the V Crew is having a party!

We think that is a handful to be happy about, right?

Have a great weekend!

New in Town: Meatballs

We suppose if there is one rule of thumb when it comes to restaurants, it would be: The more specialized you are, the more special you will be.

With that in mind, please allow us to introduce you to Meatballs.

From facebook.com/MEATBALLSNL

Meatballs is a small drop-in restaurant, serving (OMG you guessed it, you’re so clever!) meatballs from a variety of meats (chicken meatballs, whaaaat?), as well as meat-less balls for the vegetarians among us (try the pumpkin ball- so yummy!). On top of that they have a selection of starches including potatoes, pasta, polenta and gnocchi, but you can also get your meatballs on tiny little buns to make tiny little meatballs sandwiches. Adorable!

from facebook.com/MEATBALLSNL
from facebook.com/MEATBALLSNL

Meatballs officially opens this weekend on the Warmoesstraat 15, so if you’re around Dam Square, you might as well check out these damn meatballs (see what we did there?).

Website: http://www.meatballs.nl
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MEATBALLSNL

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