This cool Hyatt kid stands out for its exuberant design by Dutch design idol Marcel Wanders, and the large canal-facing lobby/bar is a destination in itself. Housed in a former public library on lovely Prinsengracht, you’re in the middle of the 17th-century UNESCO World Heritage Canal Ring and close to Anne Frank House and the 9 Streets shopping area.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Check-in on iPads can take a long time, and lines often form behind the standing desks in the reception area.
Wanders’ whimsical imprint is found throughout the hotel, and the rooms feature arty blow-ups of fish on the wall, as well as Delft blue knick-knacks and tulip chairs. All rooms have comfortable beds, Nespresso coffee machines, and plenty of closet space, many offer iconic canal views, and you can even bring your pet!
Raid your complimentary (alcohol-free only) mini bar or enjoy free wine every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the downstairs library.
You’ll find double-sided concrete vanities with sinks in the middle of your room, with a separate bathroom and toilet, and Zenology bath products.
YOU SHOULD KNOW You may or may not love the open-plan design of the sinks or stepping directly into the room out of the shower (smoked glass partitions help to preserve modesty levels).
The lobby is as theatrical as they come: think Old Amsterdam meets Alice in Wonderland. The design is whimsical, with an impressive Delft blue feature wall, a luminous lighting cascade with big bell-shaped lamps dripping with crystals, video screens showing original art 24/7, and cartoonishly red tulip-shaped chairs.
A clean, serene antidote to the hotel's otherwise over-the-top design, The Spa at Andaz Amsterdam focuses mainly on facials and massage, and the signature face & body treatment combines the two, with a vigorous full-body massage and refreshing mini facial using all-natural REN products.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Spa only has communal (!) showers, situated opposite the seating of the “relaxation area” with see-through shower doors. Thankfully, there is a spectacular Delft blue tile inspired floor to focus on as you make the walk of shame.
The 24-hour fitness center has everything you need, from Life Fitness cardio equipment, free weights, kettle bells, and exercise balls.
Bluespoon Restaurant is located right next to the lobby, with an open kitchen offering local, seasonal cooking, and service that is seamless if a little impersonal.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Continental breakfast is not included and can be pricey.
Also adjacent to the lobby, Bluespoon Bar does classic 20th-century cocktails inspired by the periods before, during, and after the Prohibition. It is decorated in Delft blue, with navigation motifs, plenty of twinkly chandeliers and large windows overlooking scenic “Princes Canal.”
Ask about the Bluespoon Conversation Starters, a secret cocktail menu, which changes on a weekly basis.
The canal district is not the best place to bring your car, but there is valet parking at a fixed rate per day (€65). Andaz Amsterdam is within comfortable walking distance of all the major sights and offers excellent access to public transport. Tram lines 1, 2, 5 (4-minute walk) and 7 and 10 (7-minute walk) will get you everywhere you need to go, or hop on one of the hotel’s free (!) bikes like a local.
With a perfectly good restaurant and bar on the premises, there’s not much reason to leave, but those canals deserve exploring too, and Restaurant Beulings (7-minute walk) offers top-notch cooking and charming service. Or head to zeitgeisty all-day eatery Libertine Café Café (6-minute walk), which offers New York-style Italian food in a moody, monochromatic setting. If all you crave after all that airplane food is something simple and clean, get your ramen kick at Fou Fow Ramen (4-minute walk).
Head to Pulitzer’s Bar (8-minute walk) for well-crafted cocktails with canal views, intimate fireplace nooks, and an Art Deco-style bar. Or, if you’re looking for local beers and the cozy atmosphere of a typical Dutch “brown café,” there’s Café De Doffer (2-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
With its spectacular décor and prime canal-side real estate, this one’s for devotees of Dutch design, who are willing to follow Wanders down that mad rabbit hole to Wandazland, where things may not always be practical but they’re certainly fun. Not everyone will get it, and that’s okay, but those who do will remember it.