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
My wife and I spent one night here before boarding a Viking River Cruise boat. The hotel concierge arranged an airport transfer for us when we arrived in Amsterdam and also had made a reservation for us at the hotel's fine-dining restaurant. Our room was spacious and luxurious, the hotel itself was very quite, and the location was excellent. Our dinner was first-rate, and the staff did a great job of explaining several exotic dishes. Both the hotel rate and the dinner tab were on the high end but were well worth it.
I have stayed in hotels all over the world and this may be my favorite hotel of all. The decor of this Old World hotel is beautiful and charming without being overly stuffy. The staff are exceptionally trained, helpful and professional. Breakfast is lovely and relaxing as is the terrace for lunch or cocktails. The location is perfect with taxis readily available outside and just a block or two from both a metro station and a tram stop. If I could give this hotel more than 5 stars, I would. We stayed 3 nights and I'm only sorry we didn't stay longer.
I'm really surprised this isn't higher on the TA list. This is an outstanding hotel with the kind of charm you don't see anymore. The staff is excellent and friendly without being to overly sweet. We booked through AmEx which I highly recommend as the room upgrade was especially appreciated. We were there for an anniversary and I don't think the hotel could have been nicer or done more to make us feel welcome. They really went out of their way. The breakfast is one of the nicest we've seen. If you're looking for something different I'd suggest reserving one of their vintage boats for a picnic along the canals. Ben is highly knowledgeable and an expert Captain. Very Impressed with everything and everyone.
Can’t rave enough about this hotel, its location and it’s staff. Check in was a breeze and the room and view was exceptional. Was able to walk to most locations. Breakfast buffet was an experience. Best of all was the staff especially the concierge. As usual didn’t plan well enough and required extensive help in arranging museum and dinner reservations. Concierge staff made up for our lack of planning and provided us with a special experience in Amsterdam. With the exception of the TV set that was too complicated this was one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed at. Kudos to the staff.
I spent six days at the Intercontinental and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I booked with American Express. The room was upgraded to a room with a view of the Amstel River which was spacious and bright with large windows that actually open! The breakfast buffet was excellent, with fresh fruit every day and a wide selection of delicious food as well as eggs dishes to order. The fruit smoothies were a treat. The lobby, tea room, and bar are very pleasant. The staff was very friendly and helpful, but not pushy. I loved the old elegance of the building and the quietly attentive service. I also liked that it is a little bit away from the very busy central square area but it still very well located to the museums and other attractions. I would definitely stay there again if I returned to Amsterdam.