Known for it’s love of bikes, coffee shops, cheese and lots and lots of canals Amsterdam is the uber hip city that everyone wants to visit. As the number of visitors to the city has been on the up the options for luxury accommodation has kept pace and the last few years have seen buildings in the heart of the city reinvented into hangouts for the wealthy. Want to get to know the city more? Check out our 48 hour guide to Amsterdam & our luxury dining guide to Amsterdam.
This five-star boutique hotel leaves little to the imagination in terms of superior levels of customer service and an immaculate attention to detail. The Dylan is equipped with 40 rooms and suites. Each of these boasts an individual decor, so no two experiences will ever be alike. As the hotel is nestled within the tourist-friendly Keizersgracht district of Amsterdam, it is quite easy to visit all of the most famous attractions. While perfectly suited for more discrete requirements, The Dylan is also capable of handling larger events such as weddings and corporate seminars. The rooms provide modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, free wireless Internet and complimentary toiletries. When these amenities are combined with a world-class restaurant and competitive pricing, it is clear to appreciate why The Dylan enjoys such a positive reputation.
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Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Hotel Okura is associated with a modernistic appeal that will certainly leave guests coming back for more. This boutique property offers a host of different rooms and suites depending upon your requirements. 24-hour room service, complimentary wireless access and a coffee machine are only three of the benefits which you can expect to enjoy during your stay. There is also an on-site health club and spa; ideal if you wish to decompress after a long journey. One of the most unique aspects associated with Hotel Okura is that there are a variety of restaurants and bars to choose from. Local specialities, international dishes and tasty cocktails are only moments away.
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Seven One Seven
Hotel Seven One Seven offers up nine exquisite rooms and each of these has been modelled after specific artists such as Franz Liszt, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare. Although the roots of the building itself can be traced back to the 19th century, the inclusion of modern luxuries is able to cater to even the most discriminating of requirements. Many of their suites offer panoramic views of the Amsterdam canals and guests can enjoy an unforgettable dining experience thanks to an outdoor patio. The on-site staff is more than happy to provide its guests with advice on where to visit during their stay; offering an all-inclusive edge.
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Although the Hotel W franchise is an international chain, visitors can expect a top-of-the-line personalised experience during their stay. The W Amsterdam is actually comprised of two separate buildings; offering a bespoke taste of the traditional and the modern. There are no fewer than 238 rooms and this has allowed Hotel W to be one of the largest properties within Amsterdam. 23 of these are suites; offering up a superior sense of luxury and privacy. Management is primarily concerned with the personal experiences of their guests. You can therefore access amenities including (but not limited to) 24-hour room service, professional spa treatments, a high-end fitness room, a fully equipped business centre. and a pet-friendly atmosphere. The W Lounge and the exclusive X Bar are other possibilities which should never be taken for granted.
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Located on the Herengracht, the Walfdorf Astoria is the latest premier location for luxury accommodation in Amsterdam. This 93 room hotel was once 6 canal townhouses that were home to Amsterdam’s super rich and have subsequently been converted into one hotel (look out for where each house starts and ends with the gold line around internal walls in the hotel) . Rooms range from standard up to lofts and penthouses with views over the Herengracht canal and the beautiful gardens at the back.
The Waldorf Astoria is truly stunning and the painstaking attention to detail in the refurbishment has retained all the buildings historic features, while still keeping it contemporary and with all the latest features any luxury travel expects. Rooms are spacious and airy, (which is unusual for a city centre hotel in Amsterdam) – and include gigantic bathrooms finished in marble with bath and television, separate shower and twin sinks. Rooms have wifi, nespresso machine and entertainment centre and I liked the finishing touches with electric curtains and turning down service in the evening.
The hotel features a Guerlain spa with 3 treatment rooms, pool, steam room and sauna. The pool overlooks the gardens at the back and is an oasis of calm to relax in after a day exploring the city. The aptly named Vault bar was once the safe room in the building and it maintains a nod to the past with the safety deposit boxes still visible at the back of the bar. The hotel restaurant is run in collaboration with 3-star Michelin restaurant De Librije & the Goldfinch Brasserie.
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Built on the home of what was the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music the Conservatorium Hotel opened it’s doors in 2011 heralding a new level of contemporary luxury accommodation in the city. Part of the Set group of hotels and visioned by Milan designer Piero Lissoni the building has been completely restored to it’s former 19th century beauty. Located on museum square, a stones throw from the Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark, the Van Gogh Museum and shopping mecca P.C Hoofstraat its the perfect base for exploring Amsterdam. The hotel has 129 rooms over 8 floors ranging from superior rooms up to suites. The hotel like the Waldorf Astoria blends old world with new world and the main glass atrium which houses the brasserie and hotel reception is breathtaking.
The hotel is home to to the Akasha Holistic Centre which is a 1000sqm spa and gym that combines the best of eastern and western massage treatments, a 18m by 5m pool, whirlpool and Hamman sauna.
The restaurant and brasserie are under the direction of celebrated Dutch chef Schilo van Coevorden. The brasserie and lounge sits within the main glass atrium and offers all day dining as well as afternoon tea. Tunes restaurant is located within the historic part of the building and opens in the evening and the fabulous bar which I loved is next to the restaurant and is super modern and cosy serving cocktails, champagne and tapas.
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Hotel De L’Europe
The iconic De L’Europe Amsterdam is one of the city’s ‘Grand Dames’ hotels, found in an exceptional location, right on the Amstel river, and within walking distance to all the riches of the canal belt. The beautiful, historic Rondeel Building provides the classic setting for this luxury riverside hotel that offers extravagant guests suites; a two Michelin stars restaurant ‘Bord’Eau’; a Skins Institute spa; an informal riverside brasserie; and the signature ‘Freddy’s Bar’, named after the late Alfred Henry “Freddy” Heineken (since this property is owned by the Heineken brewing family).
Deluxe rooms start from 440 euros. As is often the case in Amsterdam’s top hotels, breakfast is not always included in the room rate.
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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
This is the Sofitel Legend flagship Dutch property, found in one of the capital’s most historic buildings. As the former Admiralty Building, the power base of the Dutch Maritime Empire, the hotel makes for a memorable first impression. This is, as the name implies, one of the city’s Grand Dame Hotels, with 177 guest rooms and suites.
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Grand Hotel Amrath
Probably one of the most spectacular examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Amsterdam, the Grand Hotel Amrath is a design masterpiece. The Shipping House was built in 1914, as the headquarters of the city’s eminent shipping companies. Together the different firms agreed upon a shared building that was to be a city landmark. The architect and designers were given surprising creative freedom, leading to construction of this remarkable building that hotel guests can now enjoy today.
The property has been carefully restored and is home to 165 luxury rooms and suites, each has generous proportions and historic, creative Art Nouveau detailing. French-Mediterranean inspired dishes are offered in the Seven Seas restaurant, whilst the bar/lounge is the place for cocktails with a canal view. The contemporary wellness area has a gym, pool, and spa.
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