Everyone has that love/hate relationship with hen’s parties. When you’re on one its great, and you have the best time but if you come across one then it could be the worse time. (Yes, women and men can get quite rowdy).
WHEN TO GO
Myself, a group of other 6 hens and the bride flew to Amsterdam at the beginning of May to start our 3 day hen bonanza.
I have only ever been to Amsterdam previously in peak winter time (January, both times) so it was lovely to go when it wasn’t freezing cold. Don’t get me wrong, it was slightly nippy in the day and definitely coat weather in the evenings.
When we arrived super early on the Saturday morning, it was snowing and hail stoning but that soon passed and the sun came out. If you want blue skies and no jacket weather I would suggest going more towards summertime.
WHERE TO STAY
When we arrived at the hotel, we were told that there was something wrong with the booking and that it hadn’t gone through. After a slight panic, rooms were put on hold in this company’s sister hotel, Monet Garden Hotel Amsterdam. After rushing across Amsterdam and reaching the new hotel the rooms were available to book and turns out it was the hotel that the sister of the bride originally wanted to book. (Huzzah!)
The Monet Garden Hotel is like walking into a Ted Bakers wet dream. Pastels, check. Gold touches, check. Florals, check. It was beautiful. The main area which included a restaurant and also a bar was amazing, which no surprise is where we spent the most time.
For 2 nights, it cost £184. Which for the quality of the hotel, is brilliant. If you are on a budget, then this hotel is not for you. As it was a bank holiday weekend (in the UK) and there were a lot of tourist, I think that was the reason for the high price.
WHAT TO DO
On the first day we headed to a pancake house, called Pancakes Amsterdam. I had the American pancakes with Nutella and cream and I am going to make a big statement here, but they were the best pancakes I have ever had in my life.
Following on from there and a few gins later, we headed to our activity which was a canal cruise for 1 and a half hours with unlimited prosecco for only 35euros = £28.
The tour was booked through Dam Tours. During the tour the sun decided to shine, and it was amazing. The tour guide was lovely and could answering all the question we had regarding the city.
TIP: if you need to urinate regularly, please go beforehand as there are no toilets!
Day 2 consisted of the Sex Museum and also the Red Light Secrets Museum, wandering Amsterdam taking in all the sights, eating good food and drinking too much alcohol.
WHERE TO EAT
During my trip to Amsterdam, I ate a lot of food and drank a lot of alcohol. The first night after a long day we wandered around looking for somewhere to eat and stumbled across Sotto Pizza. The restaurant was very industrial looking but bright and clean, and was very busy which is always a good sign. The menu wasn’t in English, so we did struggle a little but I ate a Pesto and several cheese pizza and it was bloody lovely.
On the second day after our day of wandering, we came across a place called Adam & Siam for a bite to eat and some drinks. Located opposite The Amsterdam Dungeons, it was such a gem find. As we had a big meal planned for the evening, we just wanted something to nibble on. I ordered the Nachos, and I would 100% recommend. A little over a snack portion size, but hey I’m on holiday!
On the last evening, we booked ahead for a place called Palladium. Palladium is an all in one place, it was a restaurant/bar in the day but then had a DJ and a dance floor in the evening.
The place was an Instagram’s dream and had great cocktails! I had the Chicken Satay skewers with some size of olives and potatoes and it was lovely. Very filling and very cheap for the amount of food that you get.
After food, the staff members kept bringing over free shots as they could tell we were a bridal party with all our sashes and party accessories. Great service!
Although I’ve been to Amsterdam 3 times now, I can’t wait to go back!
Check out my things you need to know before visitng Amsterdam post here.
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