Photos courtesy of Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
177 rooms, including 52 suites
Double rooms: from 289 euros
Suites: from 476 euros
Rates do not include breakfast or taxes
Open: all year
The hotel is about 1.5 km from Amsterdam’s central train station in the central part of the city.
On site: spa; indoor pool; hotel tour
Nearby: the attractions of Amsterdam. The hotel can arrange: horse carriage rides through the historic inner city; bike tours; boat tours along the canals
Yes. Inquire hotel for details.
In the heart of Amsterdam’s historic inner city, this five-star star still retains traces of its noble origins. You’ll notice it in parts of the architecture—like the tiny tower on the north roof, for example. Be sure to take the hotel tour, offered at ten in the morning.
Otherwise the atmosphere here is more of an elegant residence than a hotel. Decor is contemporary French, with sculptures, paintings, and objets d’art throughout the public rooms.
Without question, the major centerpiece of every guest room are the divine mattresses and linen (available for purchase!). Furnishings are contemporary. Classic rooms can be a bit on the small side, and as you go up the scale to superior rooms, luxury rooms, and junior suites, the square footage increases. Guest rooms have views of either the 17th-century canals, the garden, or courtyard.
Classic and superior rooms have walk-in rain showers, and if you’d like a tub to soak in, you’ll need to sign up for a luxury room. Toiletries are by Hermes. For the ultimate indulgence, suites come with personal butlers to pack and unpack for you, handle your dinner reservations, and plan your days in the city.
An afternoon tea of fresh scones and delicate sandwiches (and a glass of champagne) is served everyday in the Parisian-style Library Or, with its stained-glass windows and black-and-white marble floors, or on the garden terrace.
If you plan on dining at the hotel’s award-winning “Bridges” restaurant, you’ll need to make reservations far in advance. Seafood is the specialty here. They also run the “Raw Bar,” where chefs prepare oysters, scallops, lobster, sashimi, and ceviche right in front of you.
Great location in Amsterdam’s historic inner city—in walking distance to many museums and sites.