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
Loved every minute of getting to stay in this lovely hotel. Such a stylish and individual experience. Customer service was above and beyond. A beautiful location on the Prinsengracht away from the bustle of the main drag.
This is one of the best hotels in the Andaz group. Elegantly appointed with a delightful internal garden/ courtyard or views to the canal. It never disappoints. You truly feel part of Amsterdam when you are here.
Outstanding from the time we walked through the door. Without question the most helpful staff of any place I’ve ever stayed. Great location, very unique. I would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Amsterdam.