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
- 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 ended up at the Amrath totally by coinicidence. We had to suddenly leave the apartment we rented because of a utility issue. We didn't really have anywhere to go, and not being very familiar with Amsterdam, we just picked hotel at random. It was fantastic. The room was large, had a great view and lots of character. The fully stocked complimentary mini bar was a huge bonus. The modern bathroom was amazing, and this was the most comfortable bed we had over a 10 day trip. The building itself was very interesting. I wish we would have had more time to explore it. I would definitely stay here again.
Overall we had a good experience but I would not stay here again. The temperature was unusually hot and there was no air conditioning. Our room - 4th floor - faced the street and we had a breeze so the room was livable. Our friends on the 2nd floor were in a sauna. Luck of the draw. Check in was okay but the rate was not what we had confirmed - some 20 euro higher. When we checked out we were supposedly billed the correct amount - but the higher amount still turned up on my credit card.
The room was nice and comfortable - and the minibar was a nice plus. The downside - typical giant tub and the shower attachment sprayed water everywhere in the bathroom when it was used. The small glass partition that is supposed to block the shower spray is useless. The TV controller had dead batteries and it was a struggle in the evening to get them replaced - a simple request that took several visits late at night.
Breakfast was OK - nothing to rave about but a good spread to choose from . The desk staff was professional and generally helpful. The location was excellent for touring around downtown. However - given the cost - I think I would do better elsewhere.
My family and I spent 3 nights here this week and were pleased with our experience. A few negatives were it wasn't that accessible with a buggy for the baby, it was quite confusing to find your way to the room and I didn't find the bed comfortable but there were more positives. The location was good, the staff were incredibly helpful and accommodating and the room was spacious and clean. Our room although facing a residential street was very quiet. Overall we were very satisfied with our choice.