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Although not as popular in the US, it seems like the rest of the world goes bonkers for a little soccer. And if you're a fan of the fast paced game, you know not to call it soccer, but football. So with a rich history of football, it makes complete sense for Buenos Aires to open up the first football-themed hotel for players and fans.
Rest assured The Hotel Boca isn't a sports bar turned hotel with a few footballs hanging from the ceiling or framed jerseys adorning the walls.This is a modern and avante-garde designed property with all the luxuries we adore . Public areas and the two restaurants are themed in the blue and yellow of the hometown team, Boca Juniors, and decorated with memorabilia from the over 100 year old club.
Each of the rooms and suites are decked out with great design and comfy living space that would impress even the highest level athletes. The simple layout is complemented with pops of team color, but in a way that would make you think you'd walked into a 'superfan's' closet. Think tasteful, not gaudy.
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There's a vibrant orange Vespa parked out front of the hotel, free WiFi inside, iPads available for complimentary use, a self-serve cappuccino machine, a location about two minutes away from the Rijksmuseum, sub-150€ nightly rates and beds so comfy we overslept...twice. Is this heaven? Nopeit's Amsterdam's Hotel JL No. 76, one of the newest hotels in the city and certainly one of the most overlooked (by Americans, that is).
The Hotel JL No. 76its name is its address, you seesits on the quiet Jan Luijkenstraat, an upscale residential street cozied between the huge attractions of Vondelpark (basically Amsterdam's Central Park), Museumplein and the luxury shopping street of PC Hooftstraat (Louis Vuitton is literally around the corner).
JL No. 76 is the shiniest star in the small crown of Vondel Hotels, a Dutch chain that solely focuses on their four properties in Amsterdam, but for comparison's sake, we'd say its attitude and design is closest to the American chain of Kimpton Hotels.
Now about that Vespa and those iPads....
It's Amsterdam Week over at our sister site Jaunted, so we're going a little Dutch ourselves. In Amsterdam, hotels don't just have one or two bikes available for rent. They have a whole rack ready and waiting out front. Biking is a way of life, it's how you commute, have fun, exercise and socialize. Therefore it's pretty easy to lay down the extra 13 Euros to take out one of the Hotel JL No. 76's bright orange Beicks and spend the day getting purposefully lost in Amsterdam's web of canals and bike lanes.
The Beicks used are standard Dutch city bikes, with wider tires for navigating cobblestones and tram tracks, but outfitted with a big black basket perfect for toting home wedges of cheese and bouquets of flowers and pairs of wooden clogs and bottles of Amstel or Grolschaka the makings of a pretty good time.
The Patou is a trendy little hotel on designer haven Hooftstraat, and as befits such a stylish gaffe, it eschews actual keys (too retro) and cards (too common) for these ingenious electronic key fobs.
Ingenious? Well yes. Because they are exceptionally light, hence easy to hoof around, have a nice leash to make losing them tricky (let’s face it, you’re in Amsterdam, and losing your key will be a pretty sure thing), and they don’t deactivate if you stick them next to your phone, as cards can do.