In 2014, luxury chain Waldorf Astoria found a new home for its renowned service and signature culinary excellence in six monumental double-front canal palaces in Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage Canals. Since then, the hotel has won a series of awards, and remains a solid bet for those looking for timeless elegance, world-class amenities, and a dash of Dutch heritage.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has 93 spacious rooms, lofts, and luxury suites (with sizes between 300 and 1,324 sq ft) thoughtfully renovated with luxurious fabrics, furniture, fittings, and the finest linens in soothing blues and beiges. Some accommodations have period architectural features, but all feature large framed windows either overlooking handsome Herengracht, one of Amsterdam’s most iconic canals or (purportedly) the largest privately owned courtyard garden in the canal district. There are also Nespresso coffee machines, free Wi-Fi, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some may find the understated décor a bit boring. Aside from the original features and views, you wouldn't really know you're in Amsterdam. The beam-ceilinged loft rooms offer the most charm and sense of place.
Stocked with chic Salvatore Ferragamo bath products, bathrooms are exceptionally spacious; most come with separate showers and bathtubs with built-in TVs, while some have a Jacuzzi.
Glossy black double doors open to a high-ceilinged lobby with stucco ornamentation and original marble floors. Just beyond, you’ll find a carved staircase attributed to the architect of French King Louis XIV and Willem III, Stadthouder of Holland and King of England.
Every guest has access to Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam’s Personal Concierge Service, with access to VIP transport, exclusive theater tickets, private museum tours, and special dining arrangements.
There is a 40 m2 heated indoor pool with waterfall feature, a relaxation area with couches and fruit water, and access to the tranquil inner garden.
After a day clumping around the canals, this deluxe spa's sauna, steam room, and relaxation lounge will soothe body and mind. The only Guerlian Spa in the Benelux offers exclusive personalized treatments in relaxing treatment rooms, such as the all-new Orchidée Impériale Skin Light Treatment, a 90 minute facial that restores radiance through a fruit acid peel, manual microdermabrasion, a warming Orchidée Impériale Radiance sheet mask massaged in with glass "ice bubble" rollers, followed by a sculpting massage, based on the renowned Guerlian massage technique.
This is your chance to score exclusive Guerlian products that you won’t find anywhere else, such as hand-painted “Bee” bottles covered in real gold for your favourite Guerlian scent, the rare L’Art Et La Matière fragrance line, made with “noble raw materials” and the exquisite Orchidée Impériale Black Cream, “enriched with Blackimmune technology™” which is said to reinforce the skin’s self-defense system to combat aging.
The fully equipped gym features Precor cardio equipment, freestanding weights and exercise balls, as well as resistance- and strength training gear. Free water and fruit are provided.
From a leisurely lunch at garden-facing Goldfinch Brasserie, to afternoon tea in poised and polished Peacock Alley, or a blow-out seven-course affair at inventive 2-Michelin star restaurant Librije Zusje Amsterdam (book well in advance!) Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam offers some of the city’s best food and drink any time of day.
The magnificent Maurer Room, with its original rococo interior entirely intact, is available for private dining and exclusive meetings.
Subterranean Vault Bar, situated in the original vault of what was once the MeesPierson bank, offers creative cocktails that win first prize for presentation, but can be a little on the expensive side.
Located in a residential part of the Canal District near buzzing Rembrandt Square, this hotel offers good access to the eastern part of the Canal Belt and is walking distance from the eclectic De Pijp neighborhood and the Museum District. Trams 4, 9 and 14 (3-minute walk) will take you almost anywhere you’ll need to go.
Nearby Utrechtsestraat offers many options. For high end Italian food in a chic setting (and the best risotto ever) you can’t go wrong at Segugio (5-minute walk). Or why not try Indonesian rijsttafel (“rice table”), a feast of flavors from the Netherlands’ favorite adopted cuisine at Tempo Doeloe (3-minute walk). Alternatively, an easy 15-minute walk away, in a residential part of De Pijp, you’ll find Graham’s Kitchen, where a former Michelin-starred chef serves a delicious set menu in a casual setting (for a surprisingly accessible price!).
Mystique (2-minute walk) offers excellently crafted cocktails and stellar service, but if you’re keen on something even more exclusive, ask the barman about the secret speakeasy bar upstairs. For a slice of local history, a 6-minute walk will take you to Café Oosterling, which has been owned by the Oosterling family since 1897. If you find yourself wondering why the bar counter is so low, it was originally used as a shop counter to trade coffee, tea, and spices from the Dutch East India Company.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With a gorgeous Guerlian spa (still the only one in the Benelux!) and one of the best restaurants and cocktail bars in the city, Waldorf Astoria is a class act. Its historic Herengracht location and personal concierge service are icing on the cake.