InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
What We Love
- Beautiful location, right along the Amstel River
- Design-forward Champagne Suites by Dom Perignon, with chilled bubbly upon arrival
- Dinner at La Rive restaurant, one of the city’s best
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What To Know
- Reservations are recommended for afternoon tea along the water at the Amstel Lounge
- Bikes are available to rent (at an additional cost)
- Guests can opt for personal butler service (at an additional cost)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Opened in 1867, the InterContinental makes a grand first impression with vaulted ceilings, marble floors, drop dead gorgeous floral arrangements and a grand staircase at the center of it all. The spacious guestrooms are equally decadent, decorated with antique furniture, beautifully patterned wallpaper and luxe linens. All rooms come with well-stocked minibars, plush robes, marble bathrooms with separate tubs, and 24-hour room service. Have dinner at the Michelin-starred La Rive, where chef Roger Rassin offers two tasting menus. Or opt for casual fare at the Amstel Brasserie, afternoon tea at the elegant Amstel Lounge, or drinks along the river on one of the hotel’s waterside terraces. Wind down with a massage at the health and fitness club, which includes a gym, a Turkish bath and a heated indoor pool overlooking the river.
In the Area
Cruise the canals in style on a private guided tour aboard one of the three beautiful boats moored alongside the hotel; catering from the restaurant is available. Or get around the city like a local, on a bike. Top to-dos include a visit to see the Dutch masters at the Rijksmuseum, pedaling through Vondelpark, shopping the Nine Streets and café-hopping around the pretty residential neighborhood of Jordaan. Save time for a drink at De Ysbreeker, just a short walk away from the hotel (the place, which opened in 1702, is so named in honor of its former patrons: men whose job it was to break the ice in the canals so boats could pass through).
How to Get There
We had a suite and it was on one of the top floors. The beds were comfortable. the living room area furniture is classic but dated. All the expected luxuries were included. The concierge was very helpful. Nice location to walk around and see the town.
This hotel is a touristic attraction. Even if you don´t stay here, you will take pictures of its lovely façade. The hearty breakfast buffet, the fancy diner, afternoon tea in the solarium, drinks at the bar, we enjoyed all their facilities and regret not to bring swimming suits for their beautiful pool.
Since my husband is Aspire member, we were upgraded to a spacious room with river view, The garland at the door and the miniature Christmas tree gave a cozy feel to our December trip.
The only but was the half flight of stairs in our room, which made it difficult to reach the bathroom at nights.
Three nights at the Amstel. What a magnificent hotel. Staying at hotels like the Amstel and previously the Le Grand in Paris one really feels that you are staying among history as I guess you rightly are! But with all the modern conveniences.
Check in was very professional and included walking us to our room and showing the facilities. Nice touch. The room was of beautiful and quite spacious. All facilities we required were present.
Location is quite central and we had no problems walking to nearby shops and tourist attractions.
The concierge services were very helpful finding out our onward travel and arranging a visit to one of the diamond merchants in Amsterdam.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Amstel and would have loved to stay longer in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
The spirit of Amsterdam with one look out of the window and perfect hospitality from A-Z. The receptionists not only kind but with personal engagement. The room very comfortable and with good taste arranged until the smallest detail. The breakfast fresh and inspiring. If you are curious and want to know more - the IHG application will lead you fast there...
For background, am just a Gold Eilte IHG member. Stayed at the Amstel for three days for business recently, first time. On the property itself, its nice but there are also many other new and better-facillitied places to stay in Amsterdam for sure. However, what prompted me to write this review was the staff, notably the front desk staff. Curt and abrupt and generally really unhelpful to the extent that I thought to myself 'You people really seem not to want to be at this job and so, why don't you just quit, so that you make way for better staff?'. Doorman never there when you need a cab, ever. Only redeeming part of the service is the housekeeping manager. Not returning unless I can help it.