Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Inside Scoop on European Cities

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Inside Scoop on European Cities

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CONCIERGE, in French, means caretaker. And, in a new city, the hotel concierge can be like an old friend - especially in Europe.

Concierges are insiders and know the scoop on their city. They are overachievers who work compulsively to satisfy a guest's every need. If you take advantage of their expertise, they can help you see Europe like a European.

Unlike those at most hotels in the United States, European concierges are not submanagement trainees. They are professionals who take their positions seriously. They work hard to earn those crossed gold keys on their uniforms, the traditional concierge emblem.

Now, Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts has put together a booklet with tips and "secrets" from concierges from (where else?) Inter-Continental Hotels in 10 top European cities.

The Concierge Confidential booklet is available free by calling (800) 327-0404.

Here are some of the savvy travel tips from the booklet:



Dining : Les Quatre Canetons, at Prinsengracht IIII, for French cuisine; Le Pecheur, at Reguliersdwarsstraat 32, for fish; and Tempo Doeloe, at Utrechtsestraat 75, or Indrapura, at Rembrandtplein 42, for Indonesian.

Shopping: The Museum Quarter for antiques and art works; Magna Plaza shopping mall at NZ Voorburgwal or the De Byenkorf department store in Dam Square for china, chocolate, tulip bulbs and other Dutch treats.

Did you know? A visit to The Six Collection, one of Amsterdam's finest exhibits of 17th-century art at the home of the current Baron Six, is available by appointment.



Dining: Myrtia, at 32-34 Trivonianou, Strofilia, at 6 Karitsi Street, or Apotsos, at 10 Panepistimiou Street, one of the oldest ouzo bars in Athens, for mezedes, an array of hors d'oeuvres; and Dourambei, at 29 Akti Delaveri in Piraeus, for catch of the day.

Shopping: Pandrosou Street Market in Monastiraki for handicrafts, wood carvings, knitwear, brass, gold and silver jewelry, alabaster, pottery and handwoven clothing; Leoni in the Kolonaki section for blue glass ornaments and quality gifts; Mati, at 20 Voukourestiou Street, for fine handicrafts. …

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