Newest Bed & Breakfast: AMS Suites

December 30th, 2010 by admin

Today the team of Finest City Guides had the honor to visit the brand newest & hottest boutique Bed & Breakfast hotel in Amsterdam, named: AMS Suites.

AMS Suites Superior Suite

AMS Suites is an exclusive 5-star Bed and Breakfast with luxury designer suites that will ensure you a perfect stay in Amsterdam! Located right on the canals, in the very heart of the city. The luxury suites are just steps away from major attractions like the famous 9 streets, museums, shops, nightlife & restaurants. With tram and bus stops located right around the corner, you are easily connected to the rest of the City and the Airport. AMS Suites will open its doors next week, so be one of the first to experience and enjoy our new and comfortable suites.

The spacious and luxury suites will certainly make you feel at home. The interior is a combination of modern design and timeless authentic features. You can enjoy free high speed internet access. All suites are equipped with a 42” flat screen, coffee/tea tray and a mini bar.

After a long, exciting day in the city there is nothing more precious than a good night sleep. For your personal comfort were there are luxury beds and the finest Coco mat mattresses, pillows and sheets that will guarantee you comfort and relaxation. Coco mat products are completely natural and environmental friendly. For more information please check:  www.coco-mat.com

As it is a small and authentic bed and breakfast, there is no in-house breakfast. However, they did arrange for an extensive breakfast in cooperation with Vlaamsch Broodhuys just around the corner. They are THE specialists when it comes to freshly baked bread. If you choose accomodation with breakfast, you will receive a voucher upon arrival for a special AMS Suites breakfast: www.vlaamschbroodhuys.nl

TO BOOK AS ONE OF THE FIRST VISITORS, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.amssuites.com or call: +31(0)624221363.

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Festival: Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

October 19th, 2010 by admin

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the leading electronic music conference and the biggest club festival for electronic music. Founded fourteen years ago, ADE first came to light in 1996 as a small conference with a few hundred music professionals and a festival program in 3 clubs with 30 DJs.

Now in 2010, ADE has grown to become the ultimate platform to meet international business partners, introduce businesses to a worldwide audience and get in touch with new people, new music and new trends.

Facts & figures ADE 2009:
festival visitors 90.000

conference visitors 2.100 (sold out)
ADE Next visitors 400 (sold out)
Nationalities 52
Artists 700+
Clubs/venues 41
Journalists & Media 211

Festival
With over 700 artists from all over the globe performing in 44 clubs, ADE’s festival has grown into the worlds biggest club festival for electronic music.

It offers 2.500 business professionals and 100.000 music lovers a taste of the latest trends and developments in the electronic music scene

Click here to enter the ADE festival program.

ADE Next
ADE NEXT is ADE’s platform for new talent, offering a broad program featuring producers, djs and other professionals from all around the globe, eager to share their knowledge.  ADE Next is all about how to connect with artists and professionals, how to publish tracks, how to promote your music and how to be prepared for the main stage.

Amsterdam Dance Event isn’t only about and for the dinosaurs of the dance scene. Sure, you can find people who are in the business for about a century, but it’s also a place where newcomers, young artists and professionals can meet each other and some of the dinosaurs. And off course find a way in and into the scene.

That the music scene, and even the dance scene, isn’t all about the music and the fun itself might not be a surprise. There is a whole range of other activities behind the music, a – most of the time – slow working machine, that needs to be treated with much care and respect. And the thing is: there is no manual. There are only a few people who can tell you some tips and trics. There is another option though: trial and error. We have an idea about which one is the easiest. Or maybe least difficult is a better way to say it.

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New restaurant: Nam Kee Heinekenplein

October 15th, 2010 by admin

Nam Kee is an icon when it comes to Chinese food in Amsterdam. Nam Kee consists of three restaurants owned by the Chan family. Two generations of the family have maintained the quality of the authentic Cantonese cuisine and family recipes since 1981. The famous oysters of Nam Kee and well-known products such as Peking Duck and Tja Siew are still prepared in the own kitchens according to traditional recipes.

This week the family Chan opened the third Nam Kee restaurant in Amsterdam on the Marie Heinekenplein in De Pijp (Amsterdam). This is the first location outside of Amsterdam’s Chinatown.

Nam Kee Heinekenplein
Marie Heinekenplein 4
1072 MH  Amsterdam

In case you want to visit the ‘original’ Nam Kee locations in Chinatown, please check out:

Nam Kee Chinatown
Zeedijk 111 – 113
1012 AV  Amsterdam
T: +31 20 6243470

Opening hours:
Daily from 12:00hrs – 23:00hrs

&

Nam Kee Nieuwmarkt
Geldersekade 117
1011 EN  Amsterdam
T: +31 20 6392848
F: +31 20 6393048

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 16:00hrs – 00:00hrs
Sat – Sun: 14:30hrs – 00:00hrs

Nam Kee Chinatown

The first Nam Kee (‘friend Nam’) restaurant was opened by Nam Chan in 1981 on the Zeedijk in Amsterdam.

The restaurant had only 16 seats. Nam Chan worked in the kitchen himself preparing authentic Cantonese dishes, and ensuring the local ‘Dutch flavor’ never influenced the authenticity of his dishes. Therefore, Nam Kee’s first guests consisted mainly of Chinese people craving for the original Cantonese cuisine.

In 1992, the second restaurant was opened at the Geldersekade, opposite the Waag on the Nieuwmarkt. From the start, Nam Kee Nieuwmarkt has been equipped with big round tables with traditional rotating platters. These big round tables are still often used to accommodate big Chinese families to enjoy the original quality of the Cantonese cuisine.

The third Nam Kee restaurant was opened in 2010 at the Marie Heinekenplein in Amsterdam. Nam Kee Heinekenplein is the largest of the three restaurants. It is also the first establishment located outside the Amsterdam city center, namely in the vibrant, former working-class district De Pijp.

Over the years, Nam Kee has become an established name in the greater Amsterdam area. In the year 2000, Nam Kee was introduced to an even larger audience upon the release of the novel entitled “De oesters van Nam Kee” (The oysters of Nam Kee) by Kees van Beijnum. Furthermore, Nam Kee gained national fame in 2002 upon the movie adaptation of the novel, which played in all major national cinemas.

On an international level, the above has not gone unnoticed. Nam Kee is still considered the best and most well-known Chinese restaurant in the Netherlands by leading independent international guides such as Lonely Planet and Time Out. In 2009, Time Out Amsterdam awarded Nam Kee ‘Best Chinese Restaurant in Amsterdam.’

For additional information, please visit the official Nam Kee website: www.namkee.net

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Night Club: Jimmy Woo (renovated)

September 18th, 2010 by admin

The most popular night club of Amsterdam has been overhauled and taken to a new level!

Luxurious nightclub and lounge
Enter the Woo and experience his extraordinary taste for luxury, style and glamour. Jimmy Woo’s knowledge and love for the orient and his refined feeling for the newest trends in music and design are portrayed in the style of the club. Jimmy Woo will take you to a breathtaking world combining authentic oriental art and modern western elements.

Jimmy Woo likes extravagance but also appreciates privacy. Both aspects are reflected in the design and the bar layout. Gold leaf, black lacquer walls, Japanese lanterns and a genuine antique opium bed remind one of the closing moments of ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA. Jimmy Woo offers the state-of-the-art in twenty-first century entertainment, with the very best sound system imported from London and a fascinating illuminated ceiling, revealing more than twelve thousand tiny light bulbs.

Style and glamour
The décor of Jimmy Woo exists of authentic Asian and modern Western elements, using chic and sexy materials such as leather, booklet gold, silk and other unique fabrics exclusively designed for his taste. Jimmy Woo’s choice of these oriental antique furniture pieces date as far back as the 18th century. This includes antique lamps, tables and an authentic original opium bed which is off set by modern elements including soft lights emanating from the floor. The chic lounge upstairs is where Jimmy greets his guests. It exists of the trendy booths where you can have your most private conversations, and the sexy main lounge area.

Jimmy Woo has been inspired by certain well-known artists. The visitor will immediately be taken by the sensually stimulating photographs by the Dutch photographer Paul Berends, murals by Mark van Holden and the ingenious interior design created by the trendsetting bureau, B.Inc. Interior Stuff of Eric Kuster. They have created a fitting backdrop for the expert team of cocktail shakers, top DJs and managers.

Music
Jimmy has prepared a night of going out where clubbing is taken to an unknown level. One of the most important aspects of a nightclub is its sound. Specially designed by Funktion One and imported from London, Jimmy Woo guarantees the best sound available at this moment. As well in music and sound, Jimmy Woo strives for high quality. The music management is directed by the clubs managers, but supported by Amsterdam’s finest DJ’s. Every night has its own resident DJ who will guarantee a premium and most up-to-date selection of today’s music. The music line-up exists of an eclectic mix of Hip Hop, R&B, Disco, Soul, Funk and House. Pleasure is assured with his line-up of professional DJ’s, the hosts of your evening at Jimmy Woo. Please check our agenda items for more information.

Food & beverage
Shakemaster and mixologist Ricardo Sporkslede, famous from The Fabulous Shaker Boys, has been responsible for the design of the cocktail bar, the cocktail list itself and training of all bar personnel. The cocktails at Jimmy Woo are all “custom made”, created exclusively for Jimmy. A true taste sensation! Jimmy Woo does not have its own kitchen but full catering is available only for events.

Capacity
Maximum capacity upstairs 80 (seats) and 170 (standing)
Maximum capacity downstairs 350 (standing)

Getting to Jimmy Woo
Jimmy Woo is located at Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18, a side street from Leidseplein.
Bus: 170, 172, 142 from Central Station to Leidseplein.
Tram: 1, 2, 5 from Central Station to Leidseplein or 6, 7, 10 to Leidseplein.
Car: From the highway A10 take the ring Amsterdam turn (S109) direction Rai / Rivierenbuurt /Centrum.

Parking
Parking is possible in several car parks nearby Leidseplein: Q-Park Europarking at the Marnixstraat and Q-Park Byzantium beside the entrance of the Vondelpark.

Hotels
We have a special guest list arrangement with Amsterdam’s finest five star hotels. These are: Krasnapolsky, Amstel, The Grand, L`Europe, Okura, Hilton, Pulitzer, American and Marriott.

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Museum: Hermitage Amsterdam Celebrates Opening with Sumptuous Exhibition

June 20th, 2010 by admin

The inaugural exhibition of Hermitage Amsterdam, At the Russian Court: Palace and Protocol in the 19th Century, promises to be one of the most lavish ever presented in Europe, and one of the largest. With more than 1,800 objects on loan from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, the exhibition will fill the Amstelhof—the historic, newly restored home of Hermitage Amsterdam–from 20 June 2009 to 31 January 2010, as it recreates life at the Russian court during the nineteenth century: a period that spanned the reigns of six tsars, from the little-known Paul I, son of Catherine the Great, to the tragic Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia.

One entire exhibition wing of Hermitage Amsterdam will be devoted to the elaborate protocol of the nineteenth-century Russian court, with its public demonstrations of power and opulence. The other wing will tell the story of the grandiose dinners, parties and themed balls hosted by the tsars in the Hermitage. Among the objects that will bring these subjects to life will be hundreds of exceptionally rich ball gowns and other costumes, magnificent court paintings by Franz Xaver Winterhalter and Ilya Repin, extraordinary items of furniture including the famous Romanov throne, impressive pieces of jewellery by makers such as Fabergé, vast and valuable dinner services and the last tsarina’s own grand piano.

This spectacular exhibition, which will occupy 2.200 square metres, has been designed by Merkx+Girod Architecten, whose previous work includes the recent Rijksmuseum Amsterdam exhibition The Masterpieces (2008) and the exhibition Morocco: 5,000 Years of Culture in De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (2004). Inspiration for the design has been drawn from the two most famous rooms in the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, the Nicholas Hall and St George’s Hall. The decorations in these rooms will be reflected in the two great exhibition halls at the Hermitage Amsterdam.

The installation will include a number of interactive computer programmes, to offer information beyond the material found in the traditional text displays and the audio-tour. Another striking feature of the presentation will be the projection of images from the film Russian Ark, which was photographed entirely in the Hermitage in St Petersburg by the Russian director Alexander Sokurov. These images will combine with music and revolving display cases to create the impression of a nineteenth-century ball taking place within the Hermitage Amsterdam.

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New restaurant: Asialicious

June 15th, 2010 by admin

Amsterdam Finest: New restaurant in town

Asialicious
Spuistraat 73
1012 ST Amsterdam

Cuisine: Japanse

Reservations: http://asialicuous.nl

Asialicious is a new restaurant in the heart of the center of Amsterdam serving sushi and Indonesian food. This is the excellent place to go if you are craving for good sushi for lunch or dinner.

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Welcome

May 4th, 2010 by admin

Welcome to Amsterdam Finest!

On this website you will finest the finest addresses in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This website has been composed by the locals of Amsterdam to provide visitors that appreciate the finest things in life with the best experience… An insiders experience.

In case you want assistance organizing your stay in Amsterdam, you can contact the personal services organisation Pink Platinum via: www.Pink-Platinum.com or info [at] pink-platinum.com

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