Topics: BCI – Block Communications Inc.
Le Méridien stands as testament to a bygone era. Though shabby on the outside, the interior looks like one of David Lean's Arabian sets, and you half expect Peter O'Toole to stumble in demanding 'bed and sheets for the boy'. Despite the wealth of alternative options throughout the city, it sometimes feels as though the entire ex-pat community can be found around the pool for Friday brunch.
We've seen the future, and it's a bit trendy. Citizen M (M for 'mobile') is a new concept for those who want luxury on the cheap. A little way out of town – though definitely bikeable – this design hotel is stuffed full of iconic furniture (Eames recliners and the like) but not unnecessary grinning staff. Which would be a mighty triumph of style over substance, if it didn't seem to work so nicely.
Eden Amsterdam American Hotel
Spacious rooms have been tastefully refurbished in this grand art nouveau building in the museum quarter. Guests are greeted by 'Lady American' – a 1920s flapper on the carpet inside each bedroom – and can watch live footage from a webcam on the roof. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the 'Cafe Americain' – a stunning art deco room with Tiffany lamps, stained glass and recently uncovered murals inspired by 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.