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
- READ MORE: 42 Things to do for Free in Amsterdam
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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We were there last Friday
We booked for superior room with a view and specifically mentioned for it!
We didn’t t got the view because of huge civil works in the hotel facade.
They did not explain it before reservation and even the arrival day.
Big disappointment when we opened the windows ...hidden behind the scaffold !..
We complained...nothing happened !
We had to pay for this room with no view.
In addition breakfast really bad : only industrial Scrambled éggs in powder, industrial cheese in slices , bad coffee.
On top of that : sad employees suffering also the cost saving policy of the hotel !
Even check out policy is amazing : last check out at 11 am ...and you have to pay each half hour to stay more !..
And last but not least : jacuzzi is cold ! ..
New concept they exlained!
Don’t go there .
Not al all the standards of a 5 star !..
Stayed 6 nights, after booking read a number of poor reviews, however, I found all but one of the complaints unfounded.
“Poor service..” I found service excellent, bit slow but this was because staff spent time with guests.
“Dated, poor decor of rooms, poor cleanliness.” room was spotless, huge with views over canal, bridge and town.
“Hotel was like a maze..” true ! But I found this fascinating and with no deadlines enjoyed trying to find my way around.
“Building work, scaffolding and hoarding exterior”.. there had been work but this is now complete.
As stated, room was huge with big windows and great views. Well appointed throughout great coffee machine, free minibar restocked daily. Electrically operated black out curtains (this was a bit weird as they automatically opened/closed at dusk/ dawn!! Warm room, huge and comfy bed, large bathroom with bath and shower plus separate shower cubicle.
Overall, had really relaxing stay, loved the hotel, wouldn’t hesitate to return or recommend.
The hotel seems very nice however the 1st morning around 7am workers started building a scaffold just below our 3rd floor room. That lasted until around 9am when we left for a day of touring. We returned later that evening and our room was HOT. Apparently the air was not working since I had it turned all the way down before we left. At this point I did not complain about the noise and I did not complain about the heat. I figured I'd deal with the A/C issue in the morning and since the scaffold was gone I was hoping the noise would not be an issue. To remedy the temperature in the room, since none of the windows opened, I opened our bedroom door which was at the end of the hall next to a door leading to a back spiral staircase. Their was no indication that the door was alarmed, just that it should not be used as an exit but to use the front exit. I was brushing my teeth and my wife was already in bed when this man emerged in my room telling at me asking me if I could read. He never identified himself and was more than rude, he was being a belligerent @$$. I explained I was just trying to cool the room down for 5 minutes and he continued with his tirade until I told him to get out of my room and if he wanted to put me in a room that had working A/C he could move our stuff at anytime. He said the hotel was old and I'd have to take it up with the front desk which I will do in the morning. I am a frequent traveler and NEVER in my entire life have I had such a horrible exchange. For a man to barge into my hotel room while me wife is in bed and I am in the bathroom brushing my teeth, to stand in the middle of my room telling at me was a truly unnerving and horrible experience. I will never come back to this hotel and no one else should either. He is lucky I did not get really scared and punch him. All he had to do was knock on the door and ask if I opened the back door. Problem would have been quickly resolved. Instead, he chose to barge in yelling. Never ever have I experienced that in a hotel and I certainly would not expect it in a supposedly 5 star hotel (which this is not). Like the rude man says, this is an old building and stuff doesn't always work but the staff scored a ZERO thanks to him. BEWARE.....