Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Discover Benelux | Amsterdam Highlights | Rembrandtplein & Amstel

Capital comfort Beers from the region, comfortable beds and a very modern, Amsterdam-inspired interior: IBIS Amsterdam Centre Stopera combines all the best parts of a trip to Amsterdam. It is situated in the centre of Amsterdam, close to the upcoming urban neighbourhood Amsterdam-Oost. The recently renovated hotel, situated along the picturesque canals of Amsterdam, is the perfect place for a holiday or weekend in the Dutch capital. With a modern and very digital interior, including a cocktail bar with locally brewed

beers and cocktails, the hotel combines the romantic feeling of the canals, the cosy yet urban vibe of Amsterdam-Oost and the spirit of technology. Via their online check-in desk, hotel guests no longer have to worry about waiting in line to check-in or have extra holiday stress. As soon as they arrive they can go immediately to their room with free Wi-Fi and comfortable beds. In the hotel’s premium rooms you can even enjoy great views over the canal. Their online check-in system may be one of the many great advantages of the Ibis Hotel in


Amsterdam, but that does not mean the hotel is not committed to personal services. On the contrary, operations manager of the hotel Jordy Burger explains: “Our motto is to make our guests feel as welcome as they can and to help them wherever and whatever possible during their stay in Amsterdam.” The hotel also offers numerous extra services, including bike rental. Burger: “After all, Amsterdam is best seen by bike.”

A true Thai experience in Amsterdam TEXT: XANDRA BOERSMA | PHOTOS: KRUA THAI

It is a hidden treasure in Amsterdam’s city centre: Krua Thai, which literally means Thai kitchen. You will find it in the Staalstraat 22, near Waterlooplein, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a nice dinner after a busy day discovering the city. Panya, his brother Prasan and wife Suwannee started their first restaurant back in 1991. With its great success, in 2003 they opened another in a better location. The second one, Krua Thai, is not just a restaurant: “We also have a takeaway store in the Utrechtsestraat 55,” Suwannee says. But what exactly is a Thai kitchen? “A healthy way of cooking,” Prasan explains. “Everything is made with fresh herbs and vegetables imported from Thailand, so we can give people that exact Thai experience. This means service is also a big deal for us.” And service they give, guests say. Warm and inviting

are key words Panya, Prasan and Suwannee have heard many times. To keep their restaurant up to date, they visit Thailand at least once a year. “We take the whole family and we always come back with inspiration for new dishes. Sometimes we even take home some new decor for the restaurant’s interior.” But are those Thai dishes too spicy for European taste? “We can adjust the spiciness for every customer, no problem.” No wonder tourists as well as locals love to visit this place regularly. One last suggestion?

“Taste the Miang Kham, a healthy Thai snack with wild pepper leaves and fresh herbs. It is our most popular dish.”

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