Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
What We Love
- The magical setting in six 17th-century palaces on the Herengracht canal
- Chef Sidney Schutte’s two-Michelin-starred Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam restaurant
- Posh daily afternoon tea at the opulent lobby bar, Peacock Alley
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Spacious guestrooms start at 431 square feet
- The Guerlain spa is open to the public, so book ahead
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- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This 93-room jewel occupies six 17th-century canalside palaces and has one of the city’s most captivating settings, beside the UNESCO-protected Herengracht (Gentlemen’s canal). Show-stopping features include an original grand staircase built by Daniel Marot (architect to Louis XIV) and impressive 18th-century artworks in the private Maurer dining room. The light-flooded guestrooms, suites and lofts walk the elegant-traditional line you’d expect from a Waldorf Astoria property and are done in tasteful shades of cream, blue and gray. Each overlooks either the bustling canal or the tranquil private courtyard garden. The Guerlain spa opens onto the same gardens and offers results-oriented treatments as well as extravagances like the six-hour “Amsterdam Cures.” Post-treatment amenities include an indoor pool, a steam room and a sauna. The dining scene is as regal as the rest of the property. Spiff up for a seat in any of the three dining rooms: the newly minted Goldfinch Brasserie, the see-and-be-seen Peacock Alley, and the acclaimed Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam, all under the watchful eye of feted chef Sidney Schutte. If it all gets too much, retreat to the clubby-cozy Vault Bar, where your bartender will mix you a martini at a bar lined with lockers belonging to the original bank vault from which the bar takes its name.
In the Area
Amsterdam’s best museums are within a mile or so of the hotel. Purchase an I Amsterdam City Card, which gives unlimited access for two, three or four days to museums and attractions, along with free public transport and bicycle rental, then head to the wonderful Rijksmuseum, where you can get an invaluable primer on Dutch art, in particular gorgeous paintings by masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer. Next, visit the Hermitage Museum, a satellite of the St. Petersburg landmark that celebrates 17th- and 18th-century European masterworks and also hosts classical concerts. Don’t miss the harrowing but worthwhile Anne Frank Museum, which is housed in the hiding place of the young diarist whose story touched the world. Finally, take in the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s works at the Van Gogh Museum, and then treat yourself to some modern Dutch flavors in swoon-worthy 17th-century surroundings at De Silveren Spiegel, one of the city’s most beloved restaurants.
How to Get There
Terrible on all fronts. There were two front of house people who were helpful but still not up to par for the cost. The spa was a nightmare. Had a wonderful massage therapist but the management was rude.
We stayed in the Waldorf last week and I think this hotel is probably the best hotel in the city. From the greeting on arrival through to our departure several days later, the service was unbeatable.
As we were registering in the private room on arrival, we happened to mention in passing that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary during this trip - nothing more was said but on our anniversary the hotel sent champagne and strawberries to our room as a surprise.
The room we had was a large canal view room and it was in perfect condition with all the things you would expect from this class of hotel. It was kept absolutely clean and well serviced throughout our stay. Beds were large and comfortable in all respects and the pillows were great (there was a pillow menu for those that wanted different types).
We didn't have dinner in the hotel restaurant during this stay but the same room is used for serving breakfast and once again the service was professional and friendly attending to everything we needed perfectly. (As a measure of the care this hotel takes to provide the best service, the General Manager visited the restaurant during one of our breakfasts and went to every guest table to ask if all aspects of the hotel experience was meeting their needs. You don't often see a General Manager asking for direct feedback from guests!)
If you are looking for a well appointed, first class hotel with professional and friendly staff in Amsterdam then the Waldorf is a must - we will certainly be staying there again on any future visits to the city.
By the way, the hotel is centrally located, just a few minutes walk away from all of the main city destinations.
Congratulations to all the management and staff at the Waldorf Amsterdam.
It’s a Waldorf so you know it’s going to be nice. The location however is spectacular.
We had inroom dining, the food and the drinks were great.
The staff was very attentive and ensured you had all that you needed.
Don’t misunderstand me- the hotel is beautiful, perfectly located and our room was well appointed with a large bathroom; however, it is the friendliness and thoughtfulness of the staff that is the shining star of this hotel. Every member we encountered was lovely and took pains to ensure we enjoyed our time in Amsterdam. We will definitely be visiting again!
The level of hospitality at the Waldorf Astoria is unparalleled! From breakfast to Librije's Zusje, everybody is helpful, knowledgeable and attentive!
The quality of the food is up to the highest standards and the premises is gorgeous!!!
Thank you for making us feel at home in Amsterdam!!