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
Really enjoyed my stay here. The design of the hotel is refreshing, the breakfast spread was super, and room service was prompt. Only thing was the lift was very slow, other than that, I had a positive experience and would definitely come back again.
We were warmly greeted by Angeliki at the door. She set the tone for the entire trip. The staff was wonderful, the drinks exactly what we wanted. This hotel is centrally located in Amsterdam, an easy taxi ride from the airport, and close to the train station. Except for the airport, we could get an Uber within a few minutes.
This was my second stay at Andaz Amsterdam in just about a year and they continue to delight. I love the design choices and the location of the hotel. The design is bold and challenging at times and I love every bit of it. The service is impeccable and I think the location cannot be beat. We were able to walk everywhere and we were in the heart of the most romantic canal scenes for which you could possibly want. The room was extremely quiet and the view was calming and comforting. A true get-away.