Marco and I celebrated our wedding anniversary over the weekend. We booked two nights at the hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam:
It is a lovely 4 star hotel a few kilometers from Central Station. It is walkable, although after the initial walk we decided to take tram 26 back and forth (2 stops). As you can tell, most rooms had a balcony, which was definitely one of the highlights for me. I sunned outside for almost an hour the first day. Even the floor was nice and warm. It turned out to be a good choice, since there was definitely less sun on the second day.
In the distance you can see the Jan Schaeferbrug (bridge). It has quite an interesting design. You can read about it over on Wikipedia in Dutch (link). It has stairs on either side of the bridge and either side of the river, and a sloped ramp for pedestrians and cyclists on 3 out of the 4 sides. The 4th side doesn’t have a ramp, only stairs, since the construction literally goes through an old monument building, the Pakhuis de Zwijger (Dutch Wikipedia). You can also see more photos at bruggenvanamsterdam.nl (Bridges of Amsterdam).
Here is the bridge at night. The photo credit goes to Marco. His night photos are always better than mine! Although the photo makes the lighting look even more gorgeous than it was in real life.
The hotel also has a gorgeous indoor garden, owing to its Indonesian theming.
They are definitely going for “Instagram worthy” photos.
The garden is in the middle of the hotel with the rooms all around it.
Above: a look from above, down on the garden.
My occasional nemesis: there was a shortcut to get from the elevator to our room on the other side, but to do so you had to cross a narrow bridge made of reinforced glass. I was usually able to do it, although once when I was carrying a cup of coffee I did decide to take the long way.
Marco and I celebrated with a few cocktails at the Malabar on the 8th floor on Saturday night.
All in all, a great weekend and a great way to spend our anniversary!