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
- 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
Location was great right in the Canal Ring and within walking distance of the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum/Rijksmuseum. The hotel was beautifully designed and clean, and the staff was friendly. Our room was ready early, which was great since we had just come in from the US on an overnight flight. They also offered complimentary bottled water, juice and snacks in the hotel minibar and at the front desk. The open-concept bathroom layout was a bit unusual, but we got used to it. There was also a walk-in closet that was super convenient for storing and organizing luggage. Overall, I'd definitely recommend!
Bad service at the check-in counter. No welcome words and no help when asked.Curtains don’t close so the room doesn’t gets dark in the night because of the lights outside. Poor breakfast for a five star hotel. Hotel design is lovely and inspiring.
This place was great, what starts off looking like over the top extravagance is also surprisingly practical. Really, this place was designed for Instagram, which is fine, fortunately it wasn't populated with the superficial crowd. Our room was spacious and modern, although the bathroom was not for the faint of heart... kind of like a deconstructed bathroom, the toilet and shower each felt like they were in separate cupboards - the shower with a two-way mirror outwards. But it was fun and exceptionally located. Good fun.
Location perfect for exploring the city. Bike hire cheap with new bikes. Service was first class. Quirky decor makes it different to other 5 star hotels. Food very good. Beds super comfortable. Free soft drinks in mini bar. Lots of good reasons to stay here.Only slight negative is that restaurant is a bit soulless.
I have been invited to business meetings at Andaz and this has been a wonderful surprise : a lot of attention to details from the staff and an incredible design across all areas of the hotel, including very design and comfortable rooms. The food is yummy from breakfast to dinner and every corner of the hotel deserves a visit ! And the business area is absolutely different from any sad cold business center in other hotels. And all of this in the heart of Amsterdam ! Fantastic !