Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – a concept by Hyatt
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Winner: Best Design
- The Jetsetter rate includes soft drinks and snacks from the minibar, local phone calls and faxes, a daily newspaper and a glass of wine during happy hour
- Every last detail of this quirky design hotel is Amsterdam-themed by Dutch design wonder Marcel Wanders
- Superb central location on the city’s most desirable canal
What To Know
- The freestyle check-in process, involving iPads and a welcome drink, is a nice idea but can be confusing if you’re looking for a desk and old-school deference
- The of-the-moment decorative flourishes won’t be to everyone’s taste
- Free WiFi
- Free bike rental upon availability
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
To accommodate the biggest private collection of video art in town, the lighting at the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is dim, but that’s about the only thing that’s muted about this daring, design-focused hotel, which bears all the giddy hallmarks of its extravagant creator, Marcel Wanders, dubbed the Lady Gaga of Dutch design. The decorative concept is “Alice in Amsterdam” and – from the Mad Hatter mural to the incredible hanging light installations in the central atrium – that’s very much in evidence.
Bed and Bath
Ichthyophobes approach with caution: Guestrooms feature giant murals of gasping herring, right above the immaculate beds. The walk-in shower – screened by a two-way mirror so the occupant can still see the bonkers room and beyond – is the enclosed element of the “bathroom,” which bleeds into the bedroom via a freestanding concrete table topped with a large mirror and a blue and white Delft pottery–inspired wash basin. The bespoke Amsterdam-themed wallpaper in the (mercifully separate) lavatory is a joy to behold, and it’s full of city trivia. Who needs a travel guide?
Like many members of Amsterdam’s new culinary fraternity, Julien Piguet, executive chef at ground-floor restaurant Bluespoon, prides himself on using locally-grown ingredients that haven’t been messed about with too much. This approach, along with the more-open-than-most open kitchen, makes for a robust yet glamorous evening meal — if you can get a table, that is. The light-flooded gym is worth a visit for its perky fluorescent paint job by Italian artist Daniele Innamorato, as is the lobby bar, which serves a mean peppery gin and tonic.
How to Get There
Great location on quiet canal near 9 Streets & Museums. Very interesting contemporary interior design of both common areas and rooms (theme is Alice in Wonderland). Excellent breakfast. Nice garden. Spacious comfortable rooms. Attentive staff
We spent 5 great days in Amsterdam with the Andaz as our base. The accommodation was terrific, providing deluxe amenities in a contemporary room. Comfy bed, luxurious towels, and a well stocked wet bar with complimentary waters, juices soft drinks and snacks, replenished every day. The guest lounge off the lobby provided morning coffee, tea and breakfast pastries, bottled water anytime and complimentary wine at happy hour. The restaurant is great although pricey. Food is also served in the bar. The staff are friendly, helpful and can arrange many outside services. This is a great location right on the canal, a 20 minute walk to the Rikksmuseum, 15 minutes to Anne Frank House, and surrounded by cafes and boutiques.
To be upfront and fully disclose this review I deleted a prior review which didn’t fully reflect the uniqueness of this great boutique hotel nor reflected the GREAT STAFF & CARE For their guests specially when encountering challenges during our stay. So rather than to dwell in the past allow me to comment on the present and how great the service, staff, location, restaurants, and overall ambiance of the hotel is. I can go on about the accolades BUT rather say thank you to the following very professional staff that made our stay a great one and didn’t allow a few errant matters to cloud our overall great experience. Sanne, Hendrik, Antonellis, and Christopher THANK YOU. You are the standard for excellence and care for the guests that make an experience great and unforgettable. See you again in near future when we return to Amsterdam!! Cheers.
There are not enough superlatives to describe this hotel. It is visually stunning from a design perspective with a huge nod to Dutch delft blue everywhere. The mood is cool without being hipster. The staff are young and friendly without being overly attentive. It is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed in. The location is in the heart of the canals and our room overlooks one. The room layout is unique with the sink being in the middle - some might prefer a traditional en suite bathroom setup. Great desk for office work and the bed was very comfortable. No noise to speak of made for solid nights of rest. The restaurant, Bluespoon, offers a sublime and creative menu for in hotel dining. This hotel is the best example of what a modern hotel should be. Truly exceptional.
Amsterdam is stuffed full of design-forward, boutique and boutique style hotels in enviable locations overlooking the picturesque canals with its tree-lined cobbled streets and barges gliding by. The city and the canal district sells itself so it begs the question: why stay at the Andaz vs any other offering similar on paper.
Clearly it benefits from being part of a much larger Hyatt hotel where clearly this is not a casually run hotel; there is an undercurrent of efficient, experience hotel running. Spoiled as I have been to enjoy a few truly boutique hotels in Amsterdam, the Andaz imports the best of boutique with its striking and quirky designs, focus on high quality features (whether its the choice of gins at the bar or books in the bedrooms) but coupled with the benefits of a larger hotel chain: decently stocked gym, business centres, spa, organised check-ins and check-outs etc. If you like a nice hotel but hate the soulless corporate atmosphere, the Andaz is a solid option.
The breakfast is generous with the expected continental options but also a shortlist of hot breakfast items including a thorough eggs to order menu and - fashionably - a vegan breakfast menu.
The bedrooms are large by large European city standards especially for Amsterdam and cities like Paris or London. This is not as large as those resort type rooms you would expect from a Thai or Dubai hotel - but - this is also a city centuries old with the practicalities and constraints that come with this. That said, you could easily spend a week in one of these rooms without feeling the wall closing in on you.
The location is perfect within moments of both Jordaan, Dam Square and Amsterdam Centraal (15 min walk).
Would I come back to the Andaz? Definitely for the reasons given.