Travel Spotlight

Upon Arrival: Amsterdam

However exciting it may be to have reached your destination, the first day of a trip can be a blur. Long flights are tiring, and hotels don’t always have rooms ready for check-in before mid-afternoon. Few travelers care to leap into their trip bleary-eyed, embarking on a full-day excursion, nor do they want to waste the day completely. In the spirit of finding a happy medium, we have outlined an ideal arrival day in Amsterdam, customized to where you are staying.

Hotel: Pulitzer Amsterdam or the Dylan

  • Late Breakfast: Grab a light bite at Pluk, a charming little coffee shop serving homemade pastries, cakes and açaí bowls.
  • Restore: Book an in-room massage at your hotel or head to the spa at the nearby W Amsterdam.
  • Perfect Lunch: Dine in the garden at the Pulitzer or opt for Amsterdam classic Pancakes!
  • Culture Moment: A canal cruise is one of the best ways to explore Amsterdam. The Pulitzer offers tours on its stunning, century-old cruiser, The Tourist.
  • Shop Around: The Nine Streets quarter, which boasts lovely boutiques and restaurants. Some of the prettiest streets to amble down are those that line the canals of Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht and Herengracht.
  • Caffeinate: Stop for mint tea or coffee at Winkel43, a local institution known for its delicious apple cake.
  • Lovely Stroll: Amble through the Jordaan neighborhood, one of the most coveted—and expensive—residential areas.

Hotel: Waldorf Astoria

  • Late Breakfast: Head to Café Droog, the second-floor eatery at iconic concept store Droog.
  • Restore: At the Waldorf’s plush and peaceful Guerlain spa and indoor pool
  • Perfect Lunch: Dine at the charming Buffet van Odette, which serves seasonal café fare.
  • Culture Moment: Visit the stunning Museum Van Loon, a double-sized canal house and former private home that dates back to 1672.
  • Shop Around: The Spiegelkwartier, which has fantastic antiques shops.
  • Lovely Stroll: Walk along Utrechtsestraat. Don’t miss Jan and MaisonNL for small accessories and home décor.
Related: Top Tables Amsterdam

Hotel: Conservatorium

  • Late Breakfast: Grab a bite at the charming Buffet van Odette, which serves seasonal café fare.
  • Restore: At the Conservatorium’s Akasha Wellbeing Center, which offers yoga and Pilates classes in addition to a large gym, small pool and full spa.
  • Perfect Lunch: For French bistro classics, opt for George WPA, and for something more upscale, try the restaurant at the Rijsmuseum, Rijks.
  • Culture Moment: Visit the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s most celebrated museum and the home of Rembrandt’s iconic work The Nights Watch.
  • Shop Around: The Spiegelkwartier, which has fantastic antiques shops.
  • Lovely Stroll: Amsterdam’s version of Central Park, Vondelpark is a 120-acre leafy retreat that is fabulous for biking, walking and enjoying the outdoors.

More Inspiration

Plan Your Trip With Us

We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities.

Get In Touch
Indagare employees walking up stiars

Enjoy 30 Days On Us!

Start your Self Planner
membership trial today.

Unlock access to 2,000+ first-hand hotel reviews, 300+ Destination Guides and the most up-to-date travel news and inspiration.

Already a member?

Welcome back,
log in to Indagare

Not a member?

Forgot Password

Enter your email and we’ll send you a link to reset your password.

Type the first 3 letters to begin