"Lavish," "classical," and "cozy" all describe this 1895 landmark with a regal address on the Prinsengracht Canal and its fully modernized, spacious, and gracious Art Deco rooms that retain gables, beams, skylights, and other stunning details. Thijs, a popular restaurant, adjoins the hotel—a reminder that these premises, first opened as a shop in 1895, became renowned for fine dining after one of the partners, H. Thijs, apprenticed with the famous French chef Escoffier.
The busy location—happily all the majestic windows are double-glazed—is convenient to the major shopping areas and one block from nightlife-rich Leidseplein.
Aug 7, 2003
Last summer I reserved a room, showed up, and hated the place. Unfriendly desk clerk. Small dark ugly lobby. The room I was given had no air conditioning and was dark and old looking, the clerk was rude when I told him, he said it had a/c. He looked (and acted like it was a big imposition to him) and then agreed that it didn't have air conditioning). I walked out on this ugly hotel with only one employee (and rude)and went to another hotel. DON'T
GO HERE. There are so many hotels to choose from in Amsterdam there is no point to consider this place.