De L’Europe Amsterdam
What We Love
- Rooms feature Dutch Masters replicas inspired by works at the nearby Rijksmuseum
- Innovative dining at the two-Michelin-starred Bord’Eau restaurant
- The blend of timeless European style and modern amenities
- Five upscale wining and dining options
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What To Know
- A city tax of 5 percent of the room cost, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Breakfast costs around $40 per person
- The Dutch Masters wing offers more contemporary rooms
- Advance reservations are highly recommended for Bord’Eau
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This 19th-century grande dame sits pretty on a bend of the Amstel River. Owned by the Heineken family, the iconic property features interiors that channel Hollywood glamour, with three-tier chandeliers and red carpets. The guestrooms are decorated with vibrant colors and textures and skillfully rendered Dutch Masters paintings based on the originals in the nearby Rijksmuseum. The luxe bathrooms have modern marble and under-floor heating. The salon-like vibe of Bord’Eau, chef Richard Van Oostenbrugge’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the river, is a hit with the city’s beau monde, which gathers for his inventive takes on haute dishes, like salmon with mustard ice cream or filet of sole with sea urchin and fennel. Hoofdstad Brasserie is a laid-back alternative, or you can splurge on a traditional afternoon tea at the chandelier-strung Promenade. Sip a signature Bloody Mary at Freddy’s or head outside to the all-weather Het Terras. The revamped Skins Institute – De L’Europe Spa offers saunas, a swimming pool and a fitness center equipped with Technogym machines, along with a host of treatment rooms and customizable beauty treatments.
In the Area
Stroll to bustling Rembrandt Square and get tickets for Pathé Tuschinski, a landmark theater that screens current films in an opulent environment, then explore the multitude of Dutch treasures contained within the famed Rijksmuseum, whose iconic works are reproduced on the walls of the hotel. Refuel with a sandwich at low-key café Pasta Tricolore, not far from another of the city’s famous art hubs, the Van Gogh Museum.
How to Get There
This is a really wonderful hotel in a fantastic location. Beautiful lobby, lovely breakfast room overlooking the Amstel River, nice spa area, excellent bathrooms and well appointed rooms of good size. Check in was efficient and thorough. Doorman does an excellent job. The front of hotel staff is excellent in all respects. I will even make special note of the head concierge, Eef...he is the best. No request is not handled promptly and efficiently. It is almost as if he already knows what you wish...he just takes care of it with ease and integrity. Wish he worked at every hotel I go to. He made us feel very welcome and treated us almost as acquaintances rather than temporary guests with bothersome demands. Many of the staff clearly enjoy their work and seem to almost take an ownership position in how they deal with the customer. That is high praise as most organizations can only dream of having workers who apparently love their jobs and make that extra effort to make customers feel appreciated and valued. Every time I walked back into the hotel I felt as if I had returned to our sanctuary from the hubbub of the city. The waterfront terrace was another pleasant spot for a respite from the hard work of being a tourist. We enjoyed snacks and drinks there more than a few times with a peaceful view over the river as the canal boats cruised by. Amsterdam is a wonderful city to visit and De l ‘Europe is a wonderful hotel to experience it from.
Ok, I have given all the good things about this wonderful property. Now the only problem I experienced. I was in a bit of a rush at checkout and failed to properly review the folio. When I did check the emailed receipt I discovered that my room charges for three of our four nights did not match the confirmation from the booking agency. The charges were somewhat higher than I had agreed to. The bill had several charge categories such as taxes, etc. and I thought maybe the total charges were in line with my confirmation, but I simply could not reconcile the differences. Spoke to the booking agent and emailed the hotel for clarification. Was unable to get anything of substance that would clear up the discrepancy. The hotel has agreed to look into the matter with their reservations department and promised to get back to me. That was a few days ago and no word to date. I really just want to know where the breakdown occurred. Was there a disconnect between the hotel and booking agency or was there simply a mistake made. In either case, I was charged more for three of the nights than I had originally agreed to through the booking site. I am hopeful that I will get this resolved and/or explained in the very near future. I only include it in this review as there is a problem somewhere that fellow travelers might encounter and I always seek to give complete and truthful reviews. I will be happy to follow up this review once the matter has been clarified. In any event, this is a truly wonderful hotel and to my mind the best place to stay in Amsterdam for a tourist who wants to walk to everything this city has to offer. I would absolutely return if in Amsterdam again.
We stayed with our kids for four nights at this amazing hotel. The location could not be any better. The lobby and the rooms are so unique and clean. Breakfast is out of this world with a great view on the water. The staff is extremely professional and helpful particularly the concierge. We have stayed at a lot of luxury hotels all over the world and this one is certainly top five !
Perfect to visit the city and to have a romantic experience of Amsterdam. We had a cosy room that make you feel in a Rembrandt painting, with a beautiful view. Service and staff adequate to the standard. The building is an historical one on the canal. They also arrange transportation to the airport and you can choose the car you prefer, so we went for a Tesla. A bit too expensive breakfast even considered the level of the hotel.