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What’s your name and what’s your job at MEININGER?
My name is Vera and I work at the reception of the MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West.
What is the question most guests of the hotel ask you?
We have maps of the Amsterdam city centre at the reception, so this is the first thing tourists want to look at. For a few seconds they are searching for the MEININGER Hotel. When they can’t find it they ask: Where are we on this map? The answer is: We’re not on the map! But you’ll be on the map very easy by taking a train or bus to Amsterdam Central Station. “Where is the Anne Frank House?” is also a very common question.
What is typical about Amsterdam?
The beautiful canals and the pretty houses that are build on wooden poles. Every canal like the Prinsengracht, the Keizersgracht, the Herengracht and the Singel has a lot to offer, like cosy café’s, nice little boutique shops and fine restaurants. Amsterdam is a very cultural city. Great music, movies, theatre, dance and art. Amsterdam has it all. Of course there are a lot of Coffee Shops too. You can have a big night out if you like, including eating typical dutch snacks like a ‘kroket’ or a ‘frikandel’ at the FEBO. A must try!
What do you have to experience in Amsterdam?
Visit the Rijksmuseum and filmmuseum EYE. Both great buildings. One is very historical and the other is very modern. In summer you’ll have to go to the Vondelpark. Everybody is enjoying this great citypark. Bring your own food, guitar, book or dog and have a good time.
What’s your insider tip for Amsterdam?
If you like movies go to Pathé Tuschinski near the Rembrandtplein. You have never seen a cinema like this. Have lunch at Blue in the Kalvertoren for a great view over the city. Go shopping at the ‘9 streets’. It’s a bit expensive, but the streets and cafés are pretty. You want to hang with the locals? Go to De Pilsvogel in neighbourhood ‘De Pijp’ or visit Bar Bukowski near the Oosterpark.