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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
That is because the Waldorf Amsterdam sets the standard and should serve as THE benchmark of what a fine hotel experience should be. From check in to check out and every step in between, truly a flawless experience. Check in was pleasant and easy. They customized the experience to exactly what I needed. And then there is the restaurant. What a beautiful setting looking into the flower covered courtyard; and the food was superb! My room was appropriately sized with a nice view of the canals out front. And then there was the bed - so comfortable. Aaaaahhhh, soooo comfortable. Can’t wait to return!!
The physical beauty of the property combined with the world class staff make this the only property we will ever frequent in Amsterdam. Ever minute was a joy staying here. Nothing goes unnoticed. Each interaction was pleasant and professional. We stayed 4 nights and would have loved more time. Although we are diamond members, we felt everyone was treated with amazing professionalism.
We witnessed less than stellar behavior in some guests, but the staff always responded with amazing class and graciousness. Very commendable
I wish we could remember all the names of the people that took such good care of us. But Joanne and Jerome were especially accommodating. Thank you to all.
Additionally, the neighborhood is fantastic. Very calm and peaceful.
It was great experience to stay in this hotel. We got gift card for 2 nights in the hotel and to selecting Amsterdam was right decision. Excellent location, service, garden. Staff is very kind. Interior of the hotel is very specific, old and impressive. Food and service in the restaurant in the hotel is excellent. In the reception lady was very kind, she gave us some instruction about city since we were first time in Amsterdam.We really spent great time in Amsterdam including time in hotel as well.