woensdag 4 augustus 2010

Like the cool new kid that doesn’t have to fit in to be respected

Like the cool new kid that doesn’t have to fit in to be respected, like the rebel defining “fresh and edgy”, like that guy with the black leather jacket that frays after each daredevil motorcycle rush… Amsterdam has always been that guy.

To the outsiders Amsterdam has the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll display that makes other European cities cringe with envy and gawk in a tourism awe. But to Aalborg Hotel and the locals, Amsterdam is a cute and quaint locale with parks galore, bustling market streets and buzzing bicycles. We don’t float through coffeeshops, and we don’t mingle with the red light district dames. The real Amsterdammers hang, converse, and soak in good company and good weather.

Aalborg Hotel prides itself in supporting the genuine face of Dutch culture. We ask you to ditch the mask tourists crave and see the pleasant side of Amsterdam that makes it a hub for arts, culture and relaxation. Here are three ways to do it.

1. Hang in our hood.

Aalborg Hotel is smack dab in the middle of De Pijp, a neighborhood known for its creative outlets, art galleries and cozy cafes. The Albert Cuypmarkt is a block away from us and is the place to dive into Dutch cuisine like fresh cheeses, herring sandwiches, fresh juices and stroopwaffle cookies. Drifting in and out of shops, and moseying over to Museumplein guarantees an easygoing afternoon of enjoyment.

2. Hang in the parks.

Vondelpark is by far the most popular for locals and visitors, but Amsterdam is riddled with greenery. Sports junkies should head to Westerpark for its wide-open field, and the Flevopark pool is packed on summer days. Just opposite Aalborg Hotel’s turf is Sarphatipark, a piece of paradise equipped with ponds, canopy trees and enough hungry ducks to gobble bread for an eternity.

3. Hang in the cafes.

When Amsterdammers have breaks they venture out for a café coffee with a friend. When Amsterdammers get off work they shuffle to a café terrace for a cocktail with a work buddy. Basically, when Amsterdammers have time off they relax and absorb the meaning of city living. Whether it’s a bike ride around the city or a canal cruise on a friend’s sloop the local’s style of Amsterdam prevails over the tourist’s.

Aalborg Hotel is wrapped with cafes, nearby parks and an overall superb location. Our environment is divine and genuine to the city on the inside and out – a luxury many businesses struggle to accomplish in a tourist town. Swing by and book your stay with us when searching for real Amsterdam. We’ll show you rock ‘n’ roll, and more.

by A. Sykes

woensdag 16 juni 2010

The World Cup has returned

The World Cup has returned, and Aalborg Hotel Amsterdam is celebrating by showing all games live at our bar, with drink specials like two-for-one brews and free shots to fans rooting for winning teams. We’re also handing out an array of orange gadgets to participate in and whole-heartedly support the sea of orange junk flooding the streets of Amsterdam.

Yes, those of us at Aalborg Hotel Amsterdam are proud of our treasure box of wigs, whistles and other whacky stuff. We can proudly shower our guests with Dutch football fan accessories knowing that our fine pick of thingamajigs took careful consideration. There’s a never-ending list of classy orange paraphernalia out there, and aside from noisemakers sounding like dying cats choices are never easy. Here are some tasteful runner-up doodads we thoughtfully, yet hesitantly, left for the masses to consume.

The Brulshirt: A shirt with a lion face and flap on the front that, when lifted, reveals a set of fangy wildcat teeth twice the size of a torso. The Brulshirt screams, “I’m ready to party… and eat your face off.” Perfect for mutes struggling to express themselves, and those who feel like hollering obscenities to tourists around Dam square just doesn’t get across a fan’s sincere level of excitement. A tempting buy, but we stuck with noisemakers.

Bongostampers: Cute, but it’s not very Dutch of someone to start stomping left and right when Holland scores. Nor is usual to celebrate a World Cup win by busting out a bongo set and banging the hell out of it at a party. We prefer jumping, leaning on friends and knocking over things. Although bongostampers are clearly a ladies’ accessory that says, “I’m a sexy winner… and wish my leg hair was this orange and fuzzy,” we show our support for fuzzy hair by way of wigs… the kind you wear on your head.

Shirt burgers: Weird-looking, orange and breaded mini burgers shaped like shirts. Anything in “mini” size is adorable to eat, but there’s something strange about biting into a piece of meat shaped like clothing. Plus, it’s like trying to eat a cake that looks like a piece of brown cardboard – who wants bland and roughness when eating a burger? And meat with orange breading? Why?

Aalborg Hotel Amsterdam welcomes all brulshirts, bongostampers and shirt-burger lovers to swing by for daily World Cup drink specials and show off their orange flair. In the meantime we’ll provide a wig-wearing, whistle-blowing vibe open to all things that point to “Hup Holland!”. And who knows what celebrations lie before us because, despite its peculiarity, bongo sessions ain’t all that bad.

- A. Sykes

maandag 7 juni 2010

Welcome to Aalborg Hotel Amsterdam

Welcome to Hotel Aalborg’s first blog posting. Yes, hotels can also scribble online about opinionated and intriguing subjects such as white linen fragrances, cleaning service gossip, and the latest ice machine technology on the market…

Okay, blogging about a hotel seems dull on the surface. But the truth is, witty and fresh reports on hip hotels are the next big thing. As a “pro” hotel blogger I’m certain there exist hotels with a string of good blogging, just like Hotel Aalborg.

For example, here are the top three hotel genres perfect for blogging:

1. Hotels that are haunted – It’s the classic reason to blog about hotels. Who doesn't love a spooky story before bedtime? Imagine if the hotel in Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining had a blogger, the stories and daily documenting would be endless. Phantom sounds of piano playing in the ballroom, reports about missing jewelry, and visitors terrified from paranormal activity in Room 237. And a blogger with ghost hunting as a side hobby, like whisperer Jennifer Love Hewitt, would be a perfect fit.

2. Hotels as a reality show set – The best way to squeeze juice from a “looking for love” reality show is to be the behind-the-scenes leak on everything too lurid for television. If the show was set in a hotel, the hotel blogger could dig up dirt and be the ultimate whistleblower. “That's not all Stacy stole from Julie's minibar in Room 103 – off-the-record rumors say her thieving past includes swiping BMWs from auto stores during test drives! Shocking and crazy tales never stop at our hotel!”

3. Hotels in Amsterdam – I’m serious. Hotels in Amsterdam have it easy since the entire city is something worth writing about. From the fresh art expos and electrifying live music to the latest drama with football hooligans and the Red Light District, Amsterdam’s canals flow with stories and happenings bloggers can barely keep up with. The city is a cultural hub from all corners: exotic dining, ongoing entertainment, creative people, romantic views, and a history dripping in antiquity and wealth.

Hotel Aalborg fits snugly in the No. 3 category, although we’re still open to Jennifer Love Hewitt blogs and reality shows. In the meantime, we aim to deliver an essential Amsterdam style with panache via blogs and beds, and we think you’ll like it. Not only will we help inform you on what’s going on in the city through our site, but we’ll also accommodate with a modern look ready to maximize your vacation to its fullest potential. It’s our well-rounded and honest approach on caring for visitors beyond expectations.

Welcome to Amsterdam, welcome to our blog at Hotel Aalborg.

- A. Sykes