At the end of May, Mr. Deals and I are leaving the little one with the Grandparents and taking a 5 year anniversary trip to The Netherlands and Belgium! We were pretty open to anywhere in Europe, but with direct flights from Boston (that is where the Grandparents live) and low level awards available on Delta, flying in and out of Amsterdam was the winner. And to top it off, taxes and fees were only around $55/person!
With that being said, I am looking for some suggestions! Places to say, things to do, restaurants to check out, etc. Our primary itinerary includes 2.5 days in Amsterdam, 36 hours in Ghent with a trip to Brugges, and then a roadtrip through the Dutch countryside back to Amsterdam Airport.
Amsterdam: I have two nights here and am currently debating between the the Andaz, the Radisson Blu, and the Park Plaza Vondelpark. I recently applied for the Chase Hyatt credit card so I could use my two free nights at the Andaz, but I am not sure if I’ll be getting the best value – although I am not sure where else I will use them before they expire. The Radisson Blu will require only 50,000 points since I have the Club Carlson credit card and one of the best perks of the card is buy one, get one (when you use points). Or, I could stay at the Park Plaza Vondelpark which is also a Club Carlson property and would only require 44,000 points.
While I do not plan on being in the room much, I do want a nice, clean hotel. More importantly though, I want a great location. Anyone stay at any of the three hotels and want to share their thoughts? One other things to keep in mind is I have Platinum status at Hyatt and Gold status at Club Carlson. While neither is great and will get me much, some hotels are more generous with status than others.
We will definitely be renting bikes and heading out to the countryside and the windmills one morning. We will also make sure to visit the Anne Frank house and walk along the canals. Any other “must-do’s”? We aren’t very big on museums 🙂
Ghent: I already have the Ghent Marriott booked for two nights as it was only $150/night. The reviews seemed great and most importantly people raved about the location. I also have top tier Platinum status, so will receive complimentary breakfast. Although the reviews stated that it is a simple continental breakfast.
While we will be staying in Ghent for two nights, we will be taking a trip to Brugges as I heard it is absolutely beautiful. We are limited on time in both of these cities, so what is your number one suggestion?
Dutch Countryside: This is where I am at a complete blank. While we will have two days in the countryside on our way back to Amsterdam from Ghent, I have no idea where to stay that night. Any suggestions on a hotel (chain, boutique, airbnb), and things to do over the course of the two days.
Thanks all in advance for your suggestions. I will be sure to report back on it and share my suggestions as well.