Bali Hot Spots

bali holiday tipsOur marketing dream team is visiting Bali in a few weeks for ‘inspiration’ so they collected some Bali hot spots from staff, friends and guests from all over the world…. And off course the Amstel House is always happy to share … 

SEMINYAK AREA
Not the real Bali / Indonesia and more touristy by the day but still nice for a couple of days (and sooo much nicer than party tourist ghetto Kuta!). Seminyak has nice shops, clubs and restaurants.

Potatoe head: Nice food and drinks, at the beach. Pricey and touristy but cool place and nice swimming pool at the beach front.
Kudeta bar: right at the beach. Like Potatoe Head, pricey and touristy but still a good vibe and great music for a Friday night drinks or lunch with friends.
La Plancha (at Double 6): local hangout, great for after beach drinks and beach parties
Batu Bolong: perfect little down to earth beach club to wind down with some corona’s after surfing
Echo Beach: great for surfing and lunch / drinks Continue reading

ibiza hot spots

Ibiza travel tips

Hippies to celebrities. Sun worshippers to clubbers. Ibiza is a favourite holiday destination for many. The list of local hot spots is endless but here are some of our favourite Ibiza hot spots.

FOOD & DRINKS

La Paloma: Yummiest affordable homemade food and good vibes. Pray they serve the chocolate lava cake when you go there! Continue reading

10 best travel apps

10 best apps for travelersAround a year ago we created a list with 10 genius travel apps for you. They are still genius but we thought we’d add a new list if 10 best travel apps we found to make your travels easier, cheaper or simply more fun. With the Amstel House free wifi you can start exploring these awesome apps from the moment you arrive at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin!

1. Happy Hour Radar
Never miss a good food or drink deal in your proximity with this app. Happy Hour Radar is for Germany, but there are Happy Hour apps for the US and many other countries available in the app store.

2. PackPoint
No more packing stress. Enter your destination, the length of your trip and what activities your trip will include and PackPoint will create a personal packing check list. It even takes the weather forecast into account!

3. Trover
It’s been called “the baby of Instagram and Trip Advisor”. The Trover app encourages users to upload their pics and tag them to their geo location providing recommendations and tips for that spot. Use it as your own log book, create a bucket list or simply inspire others! Continue reading

SINGAPORE HOT SPOTS

30 SinWhen you travel to Asia or Australia chances are you have an overlap in Singapore. Instead of sticking to the usual tourist tours, we give you the top 30 insider Singapore hot spots and hidden gem tips; the very best shops, restaurants, bars and museums in town.  

SHOPS
If the big luxury like brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton fall outside your budget and taste, then the neighbourhoods Tiong Bahru and Little India (especially Haji Lane) offer a great solution! You will find the smaller boutique shops here and cheerful coffee and lunch hot spots. Continue reading

packing light tips

lessons in packing light

Less is more they say, but as much as we’ve travelled, we always end up over packing. How many times have you come home with an overweight suitcase and only worn half of it? Chances are you’re arriving in Berlin with one of the budget airlines that charge you for bringing anything but hand luggage so we thought we’d share our tips for packing light with you. And yes boys, you could learn a thing or two as well! For 10 travel tips for girls, go here. If you need a complete packing list for backbackers, go hereContinue reading

5 best buys for backpackers

5 smartest gadgets for backpackersAt the Amstel House our super friendly (and smoking hot!) staff are here to help you with anything from planning your trip to hot spot tips in Berlin to cooking up the best burger BBQ in town. When it comes to packing tips, we’ve already created this handy packing checklist for you, but we recently conducted an extensive survey with our smart guests at the Amstel House bar and these are their top 5 best buys for backpackers tips: Continue reading

10 most remarkable and important events in the history of Berlin

Kennedy speech card Ich bin ein Berliner
Ok, we can all agree that a LOT happened in Berlin. To study all the major events that took place in our city in 20th century alone could take you years. So we’re not conducting a proper detailed history class here, but we do want to help you prepare for your Berlin trip by sharing what we think are the 10 most remarkable and important events in the history of Berlin.

Berlin and the bear
In the 11th and 12th century two towns were founded along the river Spree; the original Slavic town Berlin and a second town, Cölln. The area came under German rule as part of the Margraviate of Brandeburg, founded by Albert the Bear in 1157. It was Albert the Bear who gave Berlin the bear emblem. The two towns merged formally in 1432 into Berlin-Cölln with a little over 8000 inhabitants at the time.

The Hohenzollerns
In 1415 Frederik I became the first elector and his Hohenzollern descendants would rule Berlin as Kings of Prussia and finally as German emperors 1918. The last Hohenzollern emperor was Kaiser Wilhelm II. Continue reading

Berlin Startup scene & hot spots

Berlin startups coworking

A new start-up is founded every 20 minutes in Berlin. The vibrant atmosphere and cheap cost of living and the sense of community between start-ups is attracting creatives and tech savvy’s from all over the world to Berlin. Get inspired by these Berlin start-ups, learn where to meet them and who knows, maybe one day you will try your luck in the city of possibilities. And if you’re still exploring, come stay with us, we’ll be happy to hook you up with more local initiatives and opportunities throughout Berlin! Continue reading