The convention takes place at the Novotel Amsterdam City hotel. This hotel is within easy reach of the motorway and the RAI train, underground and tramstation. It is situated in a district with office buildings, on the boundary of the districts Buitenveldert and Rivierenbuurt, in the neighbourhood of the RAI event and fair centre. Although the hotel is not situated in the most entertaining neighbourhood of Amsterdam, there are lots of things to do and see within walking distance.
If you prefer staying in a cheaper hotel, the budget design hotel Motel One provides a good alternative. It is situated within 5 minutes walking distance of the Novotel.
A fifteen-minute walk (under the motorway, passing de RAI) will take you to Europaplein and Scheldestraat: a busy but cosy and enjoyable part of the Amsterdam Rivierenbuurt district. Here you will find dozens of restaurants with various international cuisines and in various price classes. Making reservations is often necessary. Some tips:
A one-minute walk from the Novotel will take you to the Amstelpark. It’s a varied park with beautifully layed out gardens, a valley of rhododendrons, a rose garden and an orangery. Apart from a city farm, you will find kangaroos there, a bat cellar, cows and other grazing animals and many different species of (water) birds. Cultural heritage enthusiasts can eat their hearts out too at wonderful exhibitions at Het Glazen Huis, Galerie Park Art and the Oranjerie. There’s catering in the Park too, such as a wine bar. At the park’s main entrance (opposite the hotel on the A.J. Ernststraat) you will find more information on all the opportunities the park provides. There’s no entrance fee, but mind you: the park closes half an hour before sunset.
The river Amstel flows behind the Amstelpark, along de Amsteldijk (Amsteldike) you can get a breath of fresh air in the outskirts of Amsterdam. You may want to stop for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat at Restaurant Klein Kalfje, next to the Amsteldijk
Architecture sight seeing
In the Rivierenbuurt district (on the other side of the motorway, seen from the hotel) you will find many schools and council housing in the Amsterdam School style of architecture, dating from the beginning of the 20th century. The Amsterdam School style is characterised by expressive and fantastic forms, related to expressionism. These buildings can be recognized by the conspicuous bricks, adorned gables, windows reminding you of ladders and often steep rooftops, sometimes extended with little towers.
Museum het Schip (a museum on the Amsterdam School architecture) is on the other side of town, but it has an annex in the Dageraad complex. This is a public housing complex built in the Amsterdam School style. Tours along the Dageraad complex are organised from the visitors centre. On request theme tours of 1,5 hours are organised in the Amsterdam-Zuid district for groups on several days.
On the northern side of the ring-road, between the high office buildings of the World Trade Center and the RAI, you will find the city park called Beatrixpark.
Shopping centre Gelderlandplein is closest to the hotel. It’s a 15 minute walk or an 8 minute bus ride on number 62. Clothing stores, shoe stores, perfumeries, food and beverages and restaurants can all be found there.
In Beethovenstraat in the Amsterdam-Zuid district, you can find somewhat more luxurious clothing stores and other shops. It will take you approximately half an hour to get there by underground line number 50 to Amsterdam-Zuid or you can take bus number 65.