HOTEL TIP: Cityden Up – Amstelveen, Netherlands

Planning an Amsterdam weekend getaway, business trip, or simply want to do some shopping and relaxing in an area near the airport? We have got just the hotel for you. Within instant reach of Amsterdam’s city center and Schiphol airport, in a city called Amstelveen, you’ll find hotel Cityden Up. Cityden has remodeled a former office building into over 80 modern hotel apartments with, most importantly, a comfort and price point that are unheard of in the urban center.

Hotel Cityden Up, Amstelveen

Overall, Cityden is a rather unique hotel-apartment brand that is committed to providing its guests with modern and, above all, comfortable rooms. The personal approach of the staff and the extensive in-room features will make sure you’ll feel right at home. All hotel apartments are smartly decorated so that guests can also choose to enjoy them for a longer period of time, making it suitable for both business and leisure trips.

Citizen Up hotel Lobby

The Room

All rooms at Cityden Up feature a fully equipped kitchen. Which, especially when you’re staying multiple nights, is a luxury on its own. Apart from to the extra comfort of being able to cook at your hotel room (whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner), it is a BIG budget saver. Even the fridge is rather large for hotel standards, so no need to squeeze everything in as one normally expects.  In addition, the spacious living area makes the room a pleasant space to get some work done or to sit back and relax.

The hotel has four room types – two of which are studios and two are suites. The room featured above and below is the comfort suite and is suitable for 3 people, as it has a convertible sofa bed. The separate bathroom is equipped with a walk-in shower and rain shower head. The cabinets are filled with towels of all sizes, so you’ll never run out.



Good hotel gyms are a rare find, and even though the gym at Cityden Up might be rather small, it sure is decent! The floor to ceiling windows create a light-infused room, which somehow contributes to an extra motivational boost. There are no strength machines, but all the essentials are there for a good cardio and free weight work out.

Citizen Up hotel gym

Roof terrace

If you liked the gym, you’ll love the rooftop.  There is nothing better than giving yourself a moment after a long day of exploring. What better place to seclude yourselves for a bit, than getting comfortable in this setting. Whether it’s warm summer nights or chilly winter evenings, get nestled in and unwind.

Rooftop terrace Cityden Up

Lucy’s Kitchen

Cityden Up features its own on-site restaurant and bar, called Lucy’s kitchen. Which next to a lovely breakfast buffet, also features an extensive lunch- and dinner menu. The restaurant opens on set times throughout the day, however, the bar opens early in the morning and stays open until late at night. Click here for more information on Lucy’s Kitchen.

For breakfast at Cityden Up in specific: it is diverse -think freshly baked croissants, salmon, pressed juices and yogurt with all the toppings you could wish for- and will cost you €12 ($14).

How to get there

Cityden Up is situated minutes away from the Amsterdam Zuidas Business district. In this area, you’ll not only find loads of restaurants, but there are also tons of public transportation options (station Amsterdam Zuid) that can take you anywhere in Amsterdam you’ll want to go. This also goes for anywhere else in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the hotel is conveniently located nearby a tram stop – one-minute walking distance-, that will take you directly into the city center within 15 minutes.

What is it going to cost you to spend the night at Cityden Up?

Cityden Up

Cityden Up hotel suite

Studio’s start from €90 ($103)| Suites start from €115 ($131)

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[Disclaimer: our stay at the Cityden Up hotel was on the courtesy of Cityden]


All prices as of 23’October 2018, converted on

BREAKFAST HEAVEN: 5 restaurants in Amsterdam you don’t want to miss out on

Where to find the best breakfast spots in Amsterdam

In order to explore the many tourist attractions in Amsterdam, you’ll need to have your body fueled up. So it is better not to skip the alleged, most important meal of the day. And, if you’re doing it anyway, you better do it right. At one of the following breakfast spots in Amsterdam:

1. Corner Bakery

More is more – must be the mantra that Corner Bakery operates under. This bakery, located on the corner of the Johannes Vermeerstraat, achieved quite the Instagram fame with their extravagant menu. Becoming highly popular amongst tourists, as well as the locals. So popular even that they’ve recently opened a second location to serve their yummy goodness. If you’re keen on a visit to the original location, best to do so during office hours as it tends to get crowded on the weekends.

Corner Bakery Amsterdam
Bali Bowl €9.95 – French Toast €9.95
Donut shakes Corner Bakery Amsterdam
© Cornerbakeryamsterdam

For lunch, at Corner Bakery we paid a total price of €41.45 / $51.5. Which included Eggs on toast, French toast, Bali Bowl and four cappuccinos. 11.60


Pancakes, pancakes, and more pancakes. YES, please. Whether it’s sweet, savory or sweet AND savory, they know how to whip up some tasty combinations at MOOK. These richly decorated pancakes, combined with one of their many freshly pressed juices, will have you, and your tummy, walk out the door fully satisfied.


Pancakes at Mook Pancakes
The Blue Magic Deluxe – €11.50 / $14.3
Pancakes Amsterdam
The Soul Flower – €11 / $13.7

For lunch, at MOOK we paid a total price of €36.50 / $ 45.6. Which included our pancakes, two coffees, and two fresh juices.

For more information on other menu items and prices visit

3. The Breakfast Club

What better place to have breakfast than at the Breakfast Club. Whether you’re in the mood for a breakfast burger -yes, apparently that’s a thing- or some eggs benedict. This place is such a success they have opened several locations across Amsterdam; east, south, and west. So wherever you’re located or planning to spend your day, a tasty breakfast is right around the corner.

Coffee The Breakfast Club AmsterdamThe Breakfast Club Amsterdam

For lunch, at The Breakfast Club, we paid a total price of €37.2 / $46.1 Which included the Breakfast Burger, Eggs Seaside, a juice and four cappuccinos.

4. Koala Republic

Playfully basic – is what comes to mind when describing Koala Republic. This naturally decorated lunch cafe is located ten minutes from the, at times hectic, inner city center, and therefore a great spot to bring your laptop and get some work done. Their menu is a feast for every day of the week and has a strong focus on serving guests good-food-that-is-good-for-you.

Koala Republic Amsterdam
Dragon Bowl 8 – Coconut pancakes 7.50
Koala Republic Amsterdam
YES, you can actually sit here. Unless you’re clumsy, like me.

For our lunch, at Koala Republic we paid a total price of €36.50 / $45.4 Which included Coconut Pancakes, Dragon Bowl, Coconut water, Juice, and two cappuccinos.

*All prices as of 27 January 2018, converted on