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
The hotel is excellently located, roughly 5 minutes from the Prinsengracht tram stop. If using public transport from the airport, take the train to Lelylaan and then change to tram #1. The transfer is extremely easy--walk outside and the Lelylann tram stop is right there. Using the bus to Leidseplein gives you a longer walk. If arriving at Centraal station, multiple trams stop at Prinsengracht.
We got to the hotel at 8am due to an early flight arrival. The staff welcomed us with free coffee/tea and excellent cookies while we waited for them to check our room availability. When they determined our room wasn't yet available, they told us to use the shower and changing facilities at the spa area for free. Afterwards, we went around sightseeing for a bit. The staff called us at 11:30am to let us know the room was ready.
The room itself was spacious and funky-boutique. Although our particular room faces the interior, noise was never an issue though. The bed was comfortable. The shower was large with good pressure and excellent toiletries. Free water and non-alcoholic drinks were available at the mini-bar. Umbrellas were available should it rain.
From the hotel, most places are walkable. Museumplein was about 15 minutes away while Anne Frank House was 7-8 minutes up the same canal. We did get the 48-hour GVB Pass to save some leg strength.
Overall, I could hardly find any faults with the hotel. 5* for hardware and location, 6* (if I could) for the friendly service throughout our stay.
This hotel is intimate and beautiful. Amazing modern Dutch decor. Would definitely want to stay here when i come back to Amsterdam. Awesome location as well. lots of little stores in the area and the boat cruises are about a 10 minute walk. Ana Frank house is also about 10 minutes from there.
First, the hotel is very well located. What we loved most was the unusual and "shocking" design of the hotel rooms and interior. The wacky Alice in wonderland theme was everywhere, from the menues to the walls. The rooms are very wll designed to give thefeeling that they are larger than they are. The free mini bar is always welcome too. Most importantly, the service and friendliness of staff was one of the best experienced in Amsterdam.
Stayed at the Andaz Hotel for 3 nights prior to our amazing river cruise with AmaWaterways. Hotelchrck-in was a breeze staff was friendly and warm. The room was modern, beautiful and clean. The restaurant had a great food and amazing staff. Their americano coffee was delicious hard to find in Amsterdam. The bar staff was “unique” they all demonstrated a passion for mixology, they made drinks according to your likes. A ordered a cosmopolitan from one of the gentlemen at the bar and he asked me if he could make me something similar but unique, I agreed and it was delicious great flavors enjoyable drink. Overall the Andaz is excellent, will be back and highly recommend to friends and family
From the time your cab brings you to the understated entrance, the staff here strives to make your stay enjoyable. Our corner room was decorated with a modern vibe and overlooked the canal. Inhouse restaurant "The Bluespoon"
was commendable with a well curated menu and friendly, competent service. A nice touch was the evening wine open bar centered in the library. Bar scene was lively and the front desk staff was knowledgeable and eager to please. All in all a very enjoyable 3 night stay.