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27-February-2015

Spanish Masters in Amsterdam

The ‘Spanish Masters from the Hermitage. The world of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya’ exhibition can be admired in the Hermitage until 29 May. This exhibition draws attention to the broader context of painting in the Spanish Golden Century (second half of the sixteenth and the seventeenth century) and the echoes and continuation in subsequent centuries.

Spanish masterpieces were created during the reign of Philip II, the absolute monarch of a colonial empire who enforced strict rules for Catholic paintings. The period that followed was dominated by artists including Francisco de Zurbáran, also known as the Spanish Caravaggio.

A great many aspects of Spanish history are highlighted in this collection, such as the horrors of Napoleon’s conquest in 1808, bullfighting and Mediterranean pub life. The variation of the exhibition is also expressed in the alternation of Spanish painting styles: Baroque, Rococo, dramatic realism and spiritual minimalism.

9 most comfortable hotels

1 Ecomama Hotel * / ***

Valkenburgerstraat 124
Phone: +3120 770 9529
www.ecomamahotel.com

Ecomama perfectly marries the cosiness of a community place, sustainable ideals and all the comfort and luxury of a hotel. Its 7 different roomtypes tailor to a wide variety of people, from the El Cheapo for those on a shoestring, to a Double Deluxe for a romantic night for two. 

2 Lloyd Hotel */*****

Oostelijke Handelskade 34
+31205613636
www.lloydhotel.com

The Lloyd Hotel is an icon of Dutch design. It is the first one-to-five star design hotel in the world that caters to travellers of all stripes. Located in a transformed historic building it’s also a cultural hub featuring ongoing exhibitions, talks and events every month, available to all guests.

3 Hotel Parklane **

Plantage Parklaan 16
+31206224804
www.hotel-parklane.nl

Located opposite the beautiful Wertheimpark, this turn of the century mansion offers comfortable rooms, all with their own character and high ceilings to boot. 

4 Hotel Rembrandt **

Plantage Middenlaan 17
+31206272714
www.hotelrembrandt.nl

All of the 17 rooms in this hotel have reproductions of famous paintings of the master on their walls. The beautiful antique breakfast room and an international library give it that extra special something. 

5 Eden Lancaster Hotel ***

Plantage Middenlaan 48
+31205356888
www.edenlancasterhotel.com/

The tranquil and stately hotel is located opposite the zoo and next to a park. Its 91 comfortable rooms offer all you need.

6 Hotel Allure ***

Sarphatistraat 117
+31204283707
www.hotelallure.com

This brand new hotel offers 18 rooms in different sizes, but all are sleek, modern and comfortable. Located so you can easily reach all of Amsterdam.

7 The Bridge Hotel ***

Amstel 111
+31206237068
www.thebridgehotel.nl

Right on the river Amstel, next to the famous Carré theatre, this cosy 53-room hotel is one of the last privately owned hotels in the city. It offers the atmosphere of a small family hotel and a beautiful view across the river.

8 Amsterdam Tropenhotel ***

Linnaeusstraat 2C
+3120692 5111
www.amsterdamtropenhotel.com

Perfectly positioned between the Oosterpark and the Tropenmuseum, the Tropenhotel has the best of both worlds: tranquil green scenery and so many a truckload of great bars and restaurants close by. 

9 Amstel Hot

Professor Tulpplein 1
+3120622 60 60
www.amsterdam.intercontinental.com/

For full-blown five star luxury you can’t beat this beauty on the banks of the Amstel. Home to both rock stars and presidents, boasting award winning cuisine and a star-studded history, it’s definitely the summit in Amsterdam’s hotel land