Amsterdam: Where to stay in the "Little Kingdom by the Sea"
Choosing a hotel can be tough, and we get it. Since Amsterdam was going to be the last city we visit in Europe this year, we wanted to make sure we stayed at a nice hotel, one especially with a picture perfect view of the city. As soon as Andaz Hotel popped up on booking.com our eyes lit, and we knew right away that this is where we wanted to stay.
Located in the historic centre of the city, the five-star boutique hotel Andaz Amsterdam, Prinsengracht provides a unique refreshing taste of Amsterdam.
The hotel, is hip and stylish with contemporary furnishings and friendly staff. A few steps down the street from the hotel is Amsterdam’s famous Nine Streets, as well as the Anne Frank house, Van Gogh Museum and countless bars and cafes.
The staff was very welcoming upon check-in and our receptionist helped us plan a quick short tour for the few hours of daylight we had left the very same day we had arrived. Usually if we get to our destination at a decent time we try to go out and explore as much as we can before it gets too dark outside.
The lobby itself is impressive with huge light sculptures hanging in the air, and modern design all around you.
Going up the glass elevator you get a view of the beautiful Delft atrium wall, a sight that you never get bored of, despite taking the elevator many times.
The hotel features a spa, with fully equipped gym, sauna, rain showers, and relaxation area. As for a short stay and also due to covid we did not get a chance to take advantage of their amenities but if we ever visited Amsterdam again it would be something we would definitely try.
The hotel offers one restaurant, Bluespoon, which serves delicious food in a trendy, cozy decor with an open kitchen.
Breakfast is also served here and we thoroughly enjoyed their dutch pancakes, café machiatto and an omelette with our choice of fillings and freshly baked bread .
The hotel also has a small but pleasantly manicured garden for those in need of some fresh air that can be accessed through the Bluespoon restaurant.
We stayed in one of their premium "Canal View" rooms with one side of the room wall entirely glass, giving excellent views of the Prinsengracht canal, natural lighting and amazing sunset/sunrise views.
The room is equipped with a Nespresso machine and coffee capsules are complimentary. Minibar snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are complimentary, something that we experience for the first time in our travels.
The interior design of the room was chic, modern with some industrial art influences. We rarely appreciate the ‘beauty’ of a restroom until our stay at Andaz Amsterdam. Our wash basin was outside the bathroom, dead in the middle of the room. Despite the odditiy, we came to appreciate the overall aesthetic sense of the room.
It was delightful to read the stories about Amsterdam’s history on the bathroom walls while taking care of business inside (a smart trick to keep us off our phones).
In summary, our stay at Andaz hotel was exactly what we were looking for to end our 2020 travels. A five star, contemporary hotel with a view, friendly staff, good food and most important of all, 15 minutes walking from every major city attraction that Amsterdam has to offer.
Most Popular Facilities / Amenities:
Free WiFi, Parking, Spa, Fitness Center, 24 Hour Front Desk
The Nine Streets, Biblical Museum, Royal Palace Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Leidseplein, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam Central Station
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