Elegant enough to please a queen and extroverted enough to welcome A-listers like George Clooney, this grand hotel, with its palatial facade and regal guest quarters, has wowed just about everyone since it opened its doors in 1867. The generous staff-to-guest ratio, classically furnished rooms, elegant La Rive restaurant, terrific riverside terrace, cozy Amstel Lounge, and an endless stream of extra "little touches" (such as private canal tours on 100-year old saloon boats) ensure a truly baronial experience. A health center with indoor swimming pool is one of many modern amenities.
The 79 generously sized rooms and suites feature classic furnishings (some with antiques), beige tasseled curtains, and handprinted blue or red toile wallpaper, which matches the throw cushions and quilts. While the décor is traditional, all the modern conveniences are there, from Illy coffee makers to widescreen TVs and minibars stocked with local treats. The best rooms are those with views of the River Amstel.
Elegant marble bathrooms with separate fast-filling tubs and rain showers, and fluffy white towels monogrammed with the hotel’s signature crest.
Stock up on botanical Anne Semonin amenities in fragrances such as “exotic verbena” before you leave.
The magnificent lobby has a grand double staircase, marble floors, beautiful bronze period chandeliers hanging from high ceilings, and dramatic floral arrangements.
Yes, there’s a spa with pool, jacuzzi, wet and dry saunas, sunbeds, and a table with refreshments (water, juice, muesli, and fruit).
The gym offers all the amenities, with Life Fitness cardio and strength equipment, free weights and kettlebells.
At the time of writing, Amstel Brasserie was closed for refurbishment, but its classic brasserie-style food can also be ordered at elegant La Rive, the hotel’s riverside restaurant, which is known for its French-Mediterranean fine dining and impeccable service. The High Tea at Amstel Lounge is considered one of the city’s best; it’s served in a beautiful blue room with crystal chandeliers and river views on a tea service inspired by the building’s architecture.
Enjoy Amsterdam-inspired cocktails and locally sourced liqueurs and spirits at A-Bar.
Located in a quiet, residential neighborhood off the banks of the River Amstel, you’re just outside the busy center here, but within an easy walking distance of the Eastern Canal Belt, Plantage and Amsterdam Artis Zoo, De Pijp, Oost, and the Museum District. Near the hotel is a tram stop and a metro station with public transport that’ll get you wherever you need to go.
You won’t regret going to Graham’s Kitchen (8-minute walk), where a former Michelin-starred chef serves a delicious set menu in a casual setting (for a surprisingly accessible price!). Or why not try Indonesian rijsttafel (“rice table”) a feast of flavors from the Netherlands’ favorite adopted cuisine at Tempo Doeloe (10-minute walk)? Alternatively, popular Eastside eatery Rijsel (14-minute walk) is renowned for its rotisserie chicken and French-Flemish fare.
Admire the masterful mix of modern and art deco features inside Ysbreeker Café (4-minute walk) before snuggling up on fireside leather sofas or the large riverside terrace with a fine glass of wine (if it’s sunny). Or keep heading up the river to soak up some authentic Amsterdam atmosphere at 127-year-old Café Hesp (15-minute walk), one of the city’s most characteristic brown cafés, with over 20 beers on tap and much more by the bottle.
WHY WE LIKE IT
At InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam it’s old school class all the way.