Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam
What We Love
- Free minibar and espresso maker in each room
- An idyllic location overlooking the canals and picturesque rooftops
- The wellness center has a pool, sauna, Turkish steam bath, and whirlpool
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What To Know
- WiFi and minibar are both free
- The hotel is situated very close to the central train station
- Entrance to the fitness center and relaxation area is free for guests
- The spa menu is extensive but treatments can be pricey
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Housed in the former headquarters of a shipping company, this canal-side gem retains many of the building’s historic features, like the paternoster elevators (this is one of only two buildings in Amsterdam with these wacky contraptions in working order) and the incredible stained glass ceiling in the Van Der Mey hall. The latter is one of many picturesque venues dinner guests can experience during the novel “walking dinner,” in which diners enjoy each course in a different space in the hotel. Other options: the rooftop, with its superlative views over the city and the romantic wine vault.
In the Area
When in Amsterdam, you should at least learn about one of the city’s most famous diversions at the Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum, which contains over a thousand artifacts, paintings, objects and books. Feeling hungry? Head to one of the city’s more boho restaurants, like the casual-cool Van Kerkwijk, located in a lane off Dam Square, where there are no reservations or menus–instead, waiters recite the dishes of the day, which might range from French classics like steak tartare to exotic African tagines. If you’d rather taste Amsterdam’s wild side, head instead to Getto, a drag queen bar-meets-funky-burger-joint, where the cheekily named burgers are retro and the acts are always entertaining.
How to Get There
Booked two adjoining rooms. Great location. Walked everywhere. Train station was convenient as we took the train to Brussels. Canal cruise was across the way. Good restaurants in the area. Concierge (Kevin?) was very helpful making suggestions and reservations for us. Our room was extremely warm and temperature couldn’t be adjusted. We kept the drapes closed during the day to see if it helped but it didn’t. Our kids’ room was a little cooler but not by much. No face or hand towels (didn’t know if this was standard or not for the hotel) were provided but there was one individually wrapped disposable face towel which l used but it was never replaced. Mini bar was free which included wine and beer. That was a plus!
Place rates 5 stars in some circles, but not in mine. The place is very convenient and just a couple of blocks from the Central Train station, so qiick and easy from/to the airport. Found my room a bit odd in that it lacked many modern conveniences. Although the bathroom was large it was quirky. It lacked such items as wash cloths and a place to place soap and shampoo inside the shower. This made for a soaking wet floor because of having to open the door each time I needed the soap. The mini bar was supposed to be refilled every day but was not consistently. Further, the room temperature could not be adjusted and any change to the thermostats did not seem to make a difference. In fairness, their was plenty of hot water for the shower and the water pressure was good. The check in staff, bell staff and concierge was excellent and very helpful.
Fantastic hotel, great location, it is quite pricey when in Amsterdam, you don't really want to spend your time indoors, but really can't fault the Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam. Can't recommend the place enough...
I booked two rooms here in June/18 for myself and family. Both were supposed to be "superior" according to our confirmation, and both were the exact same price for the full length of the stay. My room was large and spacious, and I have no complaints about the room or the cleaning we received during our 4 day stay. However my son who also had a superior room had quite a different experience. As he may submit his own review I won't repeat all of his concerns. There were a number of them. But since I payed the bills, I will note that his room was decidedly smaller. I mentioned this at the reception desk and was assured that, no, the rooms were the same size. This is a dumb thing to say when you are almost certainly just guessing and when most basic mortals can easily measure two rooms. I did, and my son's room was about 20% smaller than mine in square floor area. I will say that the concierge staff were uniformly helpful and polite. Top marks for them. And the reception staff were always friendly and courteous, tho not always able to actually help (as in the case of my son).
So my review is mixed. One good experience with a room, and one very poor one. My son, who's +/- 50 and has travelled a great deal in his career, has only twice before complained about the room he was given. This was the third time. That tells you something.
Beautiful hotel with unique Dutch architecture. Good location as I could walk around old town and was able to run along the canal right in front of the hotel. Also close to the central station where you arrive if you take the train from the airport to the city center or if you want to take an above ground tram.
The room was nice. Given the unique building some may find navigating the corridors a bit confusing. The staff accompanied me to my room the first time which was very helpful as you need to remember how to navigate once you are on your own. I used the fitness area and it had what I needed.