The first ever Pestana hotel in the Netherlands, brings with it a bit of Portuguese flair and expertise. Since the founders, José Pestana and Manuel Pestana, opened their first hotel back in 1972, the Pestana Hotel Group has grown to become the biggest leisure and tourism group in Portugal, with many hotels across the world, including their Collection Hotels located in national monuments. As well as building a successful business, the company’s vision is for their hotels (and their Collection Hotels in particular) to be guardians of local culture and heritage.
The first ever Pestana hotel in the Netherlands, brings with it a bit of Portuguese flair and expertise.
The luxury Pestana Amsterdam Riverside is located in a historic monument, an old town hall and city archives, which has long dominated its stretch of the Amstel River. The exterior still boasts striking statues by the renowned eighteenth century Dutch sculptor, Bart van Hove.
The Pestana Hotel Group seems like a good fit to help this important neo-renaissance building find new life providing five star accommodation for visitors to Amsterdam, and hosting meetings and events in a stunning setting. The hotel’s rich decor pays compliments to Portuguese and Dutch history whilst ultra modern luxuries, such as a spa and gym, have not been forgotten. Top Dutch chef, Peter Lute, runs The Arc restaurant, its sleek interior fits a fine-dining experience, and there’s a small courtyard patio for alfresco moments.
We at MyHotelBike are pleased to provide the Pestana Amsterdam Riverside with a bespoke fleet of bikes to offer their guests so that they can experience the local cycling culture for themselves. The bikes, with a stylish matt black finish, are totally in keeping with Pestana’s luxury brand.
The simple, but elegant, black and white Pestana logo sits on the front mud guard and at night it’s even given its own spotlight when the front bike light is on. The logo and hotel details are also printed clearly on the side of the bike frame. And there are smart black and white details such as the luggage straps on the back wheel, a white trim on the tyres, and a black bell. The battery-powered light is accessible with a big, user-friendly button on the back, just one click and it’s on – perfect for tourists who may not be used to a bike’s various accessories.
Guests at the Pestana Amsterdam Riverside have no shortage of places to explore by bike. The Amstel River itself has some good wide bike paths to follow up and down. Just across the water you can spot the lovely Theatre Carré which hosts world class entertainment, and just beyond that, De Magere Brug (The Skinny Bridge), a large wooden drawbridge that’s not that skinny actually but has plenty of character.
Guests at the Pestana Amsterdam Riverside have no shortage of places to explore by bike.
Also along the Amstel sits the Hermitage Amsterdam art gallery, its fine facade spans the entire space between two canals so you can’t miss it. Another cultural hotspot, the Dutch National Opera & Ballet is housed in a more modern building, on the water, towards the centre.
Pestana Amsterdam Riverside is also close to the buzzing De Pijp district, the home of: the Albert Cuypmarkt, nearby foodie hangouts, lots of independent shops and the smaller Sarphatipark. It’s best to dismount to explore these in depth, though. Hotel visitors wanting a bit of green space can easily cycle to the city’s Vondelpark in 15 minutes, cycling through the famous museum district in the process.
So these handsome bikes roam the top spots of Amsterdam in style, always returning to their just as handsome base at the Pestana Amsterdam Riverside, with their happy guests of course.
Text by Cathy Leung
Photos by Achie Louni
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