The plush red lobby stretches out into a lounge and culminates in a circular bar – make sure to be here after 3pm, when there’s live piano music. This is one of the few hotels in Amsterdam – if not the only – that has a swimming pool in the fitness center, and regardless of the unpredictable weather, you can enjoy a heated swim or soak with jet streams – a mix between a Jacuzzi and a thermal bath.
There isn’t a bad room in the building – since the hotel stands alone and open, you’ll always see the bustling streets or dreamy canal. There are three color themes – red, blue, and black – and each room follows its theme impressively with matching pillows, bedspread, curtains, carpet, and furniture.
The marble bathrooms are indulgent and comfortable – with heated floors, deep bathtubs, and the added luxurious touch of a rain shower.
The hotel is owned by the Heineken family, which means all Heineken beer (the locals will scoff, but foreigners have to get their fill) — and the downstairs bar/cafe, Freddy’s Bar, is where Freddy Heineken himself used to sit and relax (in the corner table by the windows.)
Enjoy afternoon tea at the Promenade, or a high-style dinner in the elegant restaurant Bord’Eau, where you can order wine straight from the hotel’s own cellar (book in advance).
They recently added a new wing to the hotel, which is known as the boutique section – set away from the main street in the back of the hotel, it is extremely peaceful and quiet, and tucked away corners with armchairs is the ideal place to curl up with a book. Or take advantage of the four computers they offer with free Internet here – also allowing you to be undisturbed.
This hotel can’t fit into a mold: it’s an excellent mash of old world and new world with a twist of modern luxury and classy, traditional elegance.
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-8
Amsterdam 1012 CP
+31 0 20 531 17 77