De L’Europe hotel exterior with canal boat
the Conservatorium bedroom
the Conservatorium lounge
Andaz Amsterdam exterior
The Dutch are very family-orientated, making Amsterdam ideal for luxury family holidays. Children of any age are treated with respect and kindness, which makes a trip to Amsterdam with the family fabulous fun, easy and comfortable. Walking through its wonderful canal-side streets is a joy and the best mode of transport when navigating this very pretty city. (Most areas are very buggy-friendly so not a problem if little legs aren't up for too much strolling). You'll see breathtaking architecture; there are plenty of green parks; the canals are renound and seemingly endless. And, if you're up for it, the bike rules: bikes can be hired all over the city
Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam
Art-galore, chic clientele and a killer location on one of the main canals - staying at Hotel Pulitzer is like having the key to Amsterdam’s chicest address … this is the place to be!
Wrapped around three sides of one of the prettiest blocks in Amsterdam’s Canal District, Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam is spread across 25 restored 17th and 18th century merchant houses. Between houses, the colour of the walls change! Originally founded in the 1970s by Peter Pulitzer (grandson of the founder of the...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Hotel & Book »
The Andaz Amsterdam
The Andaz is a family-friendly hotel that is particularly prepared when it comes to babies, located in the heart of Amsterdam's cultural district.
The ultra-modern Andaz Amsterdam is situated on the Prinsengracht, right in the middle of the city’s cultural area. Within walking distance is the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank's House and the lovely Canal District; it is also perfectly located for a whole host of exclusive shops and cafes. The hotel...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Hotel & Book »
De L’Europe Hotel Amsterdam
Superbly located close to the centre of Amsterdam’s many cultural activities, the De L’Europe hotel offers peace and charm in an exceptional atmosphere.
Not only does the De L’Europe Hotel Amsterdam look amazing, but the place buzzes with guests and visitors year-round. The hotel’s guest services guarantee a stress-free, unforgettable family experience. The De L'Europe boasts some of the city's finest restaurants overseen by Executive Chef Richard van...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Superbly located in the heart of the Museumplein — the Museum Quarter — the Conservatorium is a late 1800s, architectural landmark.
Though built at the end of the nineteenth century, the Conservatorium was only later transformed into a “luxury lifestyle” hotel. The design of the hotel is spectacular, as is the attention to detail provided by the ‘Guest Host’. Aside from the sumptuous accommodation, he Conservatorium offers both casual...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam
Waterovenplein 6. 1051 PA Amsterdam.
Café restaurant Amsterdam is a huge restaurant. What was once a water pumping station now offers everything you could want in a delightful, family-friendly restaurant. While waiting for your meal, children will love exploring the building; the atmosphere is both eclectic and noisy. The kids can colour and draw in a special area designated for them or they can play outside. Café restaurant Amsterdam is very popular with the locals, so be sure to make a reservation.
Hotel de Goudfazant
Aambeeldstraat 10H. 1021 KB Amsterdam.
This isn’t a hotel at all but is a grand, converted warehouse with a magical ambience and a delightfully warm, inviting atmosphere. The restaurant, which serves French food, is a large open space, filled with minimalist modern furniture. The eating area is filled with long communal tables, plastic chairs and an enormous chandelier suspended from the ceiling. As well as the old cars and motorcycles, there is a ping-pong and pool table, so more than enough to entertain the kids while you eat in peace.
This restaurant has to be the authentic Dutch experience you just cannot miss. The boat tour includes all you can eat Dutch pancakes and there is a ball pit to play in. The colorful spread of pancake toppings has to be seen to be believed. The offerings are both savory and sweet and a savory buffet is available for parents.
Ijdijk 8, 1095, KM Amsterdam.
Praq Restaurant is just north of Amsterdam, near the Zeeburger islands, and easily reachable by taxi. You can choose from many classic recipes with peace of mind that everything served is organic. During the summer months, you can eat on the huge sunny terrace where pizza is made in a wood-fired oven. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is extremely lively and playful, so perfect with children in tow. Praq is very welcoming of children and there are high chairs available, as well as a playroom where kids can hang out and eat in if they so desire. This leaves you free to dine in peace should you so wish. It is wise to make a reservation, especially at weekends.
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE Amsterdam
De Kas was one a greenhouse and nursery. Today it is a glasshouse restaurant and nursery where edible flowers, herbs and vegetables are grown, so everything on the menu is either grown on-site, at the restaurant’s own farm, or from local producers. You can enjoy truly fresh cuisine while the kids go off to explore the greenhouse, or run about in the outdoor garden and wooden playground.
Visit the world famous Artis Zoo housed right in the city centre, which is home to everything from butterflies to vultures. Each day, the zookeepers give a talk about their work and, although the talk is in Dutch, all questions are answered in English.
Hire a bike or a tandem and cycle along the many little roads that lead to Old Amsterdam. The floating flower market is sheer joy, ablaze with colour and fragrance.
A picnic in the glorious Vondel Park is a must and you’ll often come across one form of entertainment or another; there are lakes, cafes and sculptures.
Anne Frank's House
Anne Frank’s house is a sober reminder of a difficult history but serves as both an inspirational and educational trio for families. Of course, the world famous art galleries and museums are also on your doorstep.
The emergency services can be contacted by dialling 112. If you call from your mobile you will need to say which city you are calling from. The OLVG is the main emergency hospital and is in the city centre (020 599 911.) Central medical services are open 24 hours a day and will assist you regarding doctors in the area. Call 0900 503 2042 for more information. Pharmacies are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5:30 pm. Each will display a list of pharmacies that are open 24 hours. Pharmacies Central Services can be reached on 0205 923 315
When to go
Any time of year is good for Amsterdam. In early December, Christmas starts and the trees are festooned with teeny lights. Special spicy biscuits and cakes are served in cafes along with Advocaat. Spring is ever popular, because of the fantastic array of tulips on display. Coach trips can be booked to the nearby tulip gardens and are well worth seeing. Summer brings out the musical events and open-air street shows. Autumn is mellow with early morning frosts hovering over the canals.