Art’otel Amsterdam: my luxury break

Ask a comper why they enjoy their hobby so much, and lots will say it’s the prospect of winning luxury prizes that you could never justify spending your own money on. A £600 pair of Italian designer shoes, a dinner date at the world’s best restaurant, a £1000 Selfridges hamper, a night at the Ritz, a week long stay in the Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo and £1000 of Laurent Perrier champagne are all prizes I’ve won that have given me a taste of the celebrity lifestyle – and winning a butler for Glastonbury festival was probably one of the most extreme VIP prizes I’ve won!

Last year I won a night’s stay in an Art’otel with one of my Movember photographs. They had just opened the amazing Art’otel Amsterdam so I decided that’s where I wanted to go. Unfortunately the prize was a single night’s bed & breakfast with no travel, so I had a think about how I could make this into more of a holiday. I remembered I’d won £200 to spend at in a low-entry Kidstart blog competition, and they had a special discount on rooms at £200 a night (usually £300), so I used that to book a second night.

I automatically convert my Tesco Clubcard points into Avios, and as I won several thousand in various Tesco & Avios photo competitions last year I had earned enough for two free British Airways flights from Gatwick to Amsterdam. Nana kindly offered to look after Ryland, and our luxury break was sorted!

The Art’otel was amazing – beautifully lit, cosy, luxurious and full of arty bits and bobs…


In the lobby, there was a well-stocked ‘library’ of inspiring art and design books.


Check out the motivational carpet.
Great advice for ambitious compers I’d say: “Life is short – live your dream!”


This ‘interactive digital curtain’ lit up when you touched it. Very swish!


The room was gorgeous, all mood lighting and mirrors.

When we checked in, we mentioned to the staff that it was our early Valentine’s break – a couple of hours later these chocolate-dipped strawberries were delivered to our room!

The next day we went swimming in the fabulous pool and a relax in the huge sauna…
(photo courtesy of @jase_li)

…and when we got back to the room they had delivered a complimentary
bottle of organic wine plus a bowl of popcorn! Movie night anyone?

Early morning breakfast tray – French Toast and berries
(I didn’t take a photo of the poached egg with avocado on rye bread, but it was delicious!)

Whilst in Amsterdam we treated ourselves to dinner at the lovely restaurant De Kas,
where we had the Chef’s Table right in the kitchen.

The chefs were a charming bunch…


…and even showed us round the greenhouse – this is their chicory stash!



The ‘cheese plank’ was a highlight and didn’t take me long to demolish!



And this pumpkin and violet dessert was out of this world!


The last couple of months have been pretty stressful at work for Rob and I, and this relaxing break was just what we needed. They’re opening an Art’otel in London next year, and a stay there will be high on my 2015 prize wishlist. As for this year – a stay at Claridges for my 40th birthday would be nice too!

Which hotel would YOU most like to win a stay at?

5 Responses

  1. HonestMum says:

    Wow looks amazing and you look beautiful yourself x

  2. vicky says:

    Looks amazing! I would be happy for a nights stay in any London hotel 🙂

  3. Looks like you had an amazing time, makes all the comping effort worthwhile. There is a little boutique hotel close to where I live called The Wizards Thatch, it looks so romantic I would love to stay there with my hubby 🙂

  4. jeniferjamie says:

    What a lovely win! I loved Amsterdam when I went as a teen – although my stay was very different in a hostel! I’ve not a specific hotel in mind, but being a stones throw from a sandy beach would be perfect! Good luck winning a Claridges stay for your 40th this year! 🙂

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