Fodor's Expert Review Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam
Prins Hendrikkade 108, Amsterdam, North Holland 1011 AK, The Netherlands See on Map Fodor's Choice
A stay at the former office of the major Dutch shipping companies ensures quiet luxury in the city center. Glorious from the outside, with stone and brick decoration, the hotel's public spaces and guest quarters retain the distinctive style and warm colors of the Amsterdam School, a Dutch version of Art Nouveau. Original sculptures, wood paneling, and stained-glass art remain in lounges and the lovely breakfast room. The staff is friendly and professional.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While the original features are charming, in places the hotel can come across a bit dark by modern standards.
The spacious, high-ceilinged guest rooms retain a lot of original details along with vibrant fabrics inspired by traditional designs, plus modern amenities including complimentary minibars and Nespresso coffee makers.
Bathrooms are big and contemporary, with double sinks and soaking tubs (in some), and Rituals bathroom products in lovely scents such as “sweet orange and cedar wood”.
Small but with plenty of marble, stained glass, wrought-iron and warm wood, it’s a lobby to admire but not linger in.
Book a guided tour with an art historian, who will help explain all the little design details in this National Monument
There is a basement spa with treatments and massages, as well as saunas, a steam room, and a jacuzzi.
There's a small gym with everything you'll need for a decent workout.
Bar Brasserie Seven Seas serves an internationally-inspired menu with views of an old Amsterdam canal. A standard Continental buffet breakfast is also served here.
Centrally located in the Old Center, this hotel offers good access on foot to nearby nightlife hub Nieuwmarkt, Chinatown, and the adjacent Red Light District. Centraal Station, a short stroll away, will take you to the Museum District and other areas of interest.
While the three-story pagoda-style Sea Palace (9-minute walk) seems like a typical tourist trap, it’s actually a great place to grab dim sum and Peking duck. Or, if you’re so inclined, try the green herb-encrusted suckling pig cutlet with pearl barley and prune sauce at Dutch food specialist Greetje (6-minute walk). Michelin-starred seafood restaurant Bridges (13-minute walk) offers views of the oldest canal in Amsterdam and stunning art by revered Dutch CoBrA artist Karel Appel.
Visit the award-winning 11th-floor SkyLounge (6-minute walk) at nearby DoubleTree Hilton CS for cocktails and views of the IJ-river and Amsterdam gables against the dramatic Dutch skyline. Or if it’s old world charm you’re after, Café de Sluyswacht (10-minute walk) has been around since 1695 when it was a lock keeper’s cottage. Today, it offers pretty views of Oude Schans canal, local beer, and bitterballen (a typical Amsterdam bar snack).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam is a great choice for architecture lovers, with a wealth of whimsical maritime design details to discover every day.