Finding Travel Deals

Written by S. A. Baker

If your vacation time is coming up and you are planning on making a trip, then you will need to make some plans. Perhaps you are going to visit family? Or, maybe you plan to take your family to see an attraction somewhere? Maybe you are going to visit another country? Regardless of where you plan to go, you can find great deals on getting there, staying there, and even enjoying your time atrepparttar location.

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East Meet West at Blakes Amsterdam

Written by Carolyn Proctor

East Meet West at Blakes Amsterdam

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Don't forget to take an umbrella," calls a cheerful concierge at Blakes Amsterdam.

It's autumn in Amsterdam,repparttar air is crisp, and we are peering outrepparttar 138626 front door ofrepparttar 138627 hotel, contemplating a sky filled with low, gray clouds. In a stand next torepparttar 138628 door are a number of large umbrellas, all black in keeping with Blakes' black and white Asian décor. They are complimentary for Blakes' guests, a practical reminder ofrepparttar 138629 personal service for which this upscale boutique hotel is known.

Amsterdam is a city of as many bicycles as people. In Blakes' hand-laid herringbone brick entry courtyard is a stable of bicycles. These are available for guests to use to tourrepparttar 138630 city; you can feel right at home cycling withrepparttar 138631 residents along picturesque canal streets.

Upon our arrival at Blakes we received a refreshing fruit juice welcome. Monique, one of several attractive young men and women in tailored black suits inrepparttar 138632 reception area, asked, "Do you have any fruit allergies or sugar concerns?" before pouring our drinks.

The striking décor of Blakes Amsterdam has been created by London hotelier and internationally renowned designer, Anouska Hempel. The ambiance is high style, yet intimate and welcoming, an environment of luxurious escapism in an old European city noted for crowded accommodations.

The design ofrepparttar 138633 hotel building is an architectural makeover that respectsrepparttar 138634 past and embracesrepparttar 138635 future. Blakes Amsterdam was once a dignified 17th century canal house, a landmark on one ofrepparttar 138636 city's most famous tree-lined canals, Keizersgracht.

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