What We Love
- Royal Palace views from the rooftop pool
- X Bar, an onsite gallery that doubles as an incubator for local art and fashion
- The shower cubicles were inspired by vintage Amsterdam phone booths
- Foie-gras filled donuts at The Duchess, the hotel’s decadent Mediterranean restaurant
What To Know
- The hotel is spread between a 1920s-era telephone exchange building and a former bank across the street
- A “W Insider,” the hotel’s version of a luxury concierge, can provide exclusive access to the city’s design scene
- For more spacious digs, book a room inside the bank building
- To avoid Amsterdam’s many gray and chilly months, visit between July and August
- Free WiFi
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
Unabashedly hip hotel in a pair of landmark buildings on the threshold of central Amsterdam
Bringing a dash of snappy in-a-New York-minute service to one of Northern Europe’s most laidback cities may seem misguided. But the jet-setting W brand is all too familiar with seamlessly pairing its Manhattan DNA with unique destination-inspired flair, making way for this cutting-edge hotel, which brings canal-laden Amsterdam its very first rooftop pool. Located on the sixth floor, the glass-encased perch—now a trendy social hub for locals and visitors—is also the site of the hotel’s reception desk and steakhouse-cum-lounge Mr. Porter. As a hat-tip to the buildings’ historic foundations, there are several souvenirs from the past including a brass elevator and copious amounts of copper piping (from its days as the Royal Dutch Post) in addition to retro-tinted touches such as regal marble steps and indoor street lamps. Instagrammable embellishments can also be found in the guest digs, with graffiti-etched glass showers and crafty address plates reminiscent of those used in rural Holland, on guest room doors. For a taste of Michelin-starred Nouveau-Niçoise fare, secure a reservation at The Duchess, the property’s Bell Époque-ish dining room.
In the Area
Comfortably sandwiched between the Singel Canal and the magnificent 17th-century Royal Palace, the hotel is within walking distance of cultural hotspots like the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum in addition to Dam Square, the city’s Times Square counterpart. Lesser-known Canal District gems like FOAM, an international photography museum situated in a former canal house, and Tales & Spirits, a creative cocktail lair, are also easy to reach on foot. To tour the Dutch capital like a true local, hop on one of the canary-yellow bicycles parked outside the hotel’s main entrance.
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I just love the W Hotels concept! From the moment you enter the property you can feel the party, young, energetic vibes in all of their details. What I really like from this hotel is all of the diffent moods you can experience in all its the floors. Big plus for its rooftop... you need to check it out!!
What a horrid place. Obviously trying to be uber trendy and just makes for a bad experience. My room (515) was literally almost impossible to find. When I ended up in the service basement trying to find it I was told with a shrug to go back up and start again. We spent around £15k on an evening for 40 and the food was terrible. I had what was meant to be a pancetta starter and a pile of cold, ridiculously over garlicky, spinach arrived. I very rarely turn food away but this was, literally, inedible. Then the duck main arrived - tough and cold. Not just warm; cold. This morning I had maintenance men in my room trying to fix a leak from upstairs. This made me 5 minutes late for breakfast and they wouldn’t make an exception. Kitchen closed - no hot meal available. What a ghastly place. Never, ever, again.
Stayed at the W the 2nd time in the last two years. Location is great and Mr Porter resturant on 6th floor of the Exchange building is a must. Rooms and service very during my stay. Last day nothing seems to work right from simple request for coffee capsules to turn down service and very slow response to internal hotel sms service. rooms design is adorable but also here whatever looks amazing on the web site is not so in reality. I use my Marriott SNA for upgrade to a suite. Got room 1407 spread over two floors- sounds amazing until you realized that the bedroom on top floor is small, shower is tiny and literally next to the bed. No windows at the bedroom ( only skylight) and living room with very high window and the little you can see if you really try hard is next door building...
Not sure if i stay there again but if i do defiantly do not worth taking a suite.
This is a very modern hotel (not always easy to find your room though), the rooms are very hip with concrete counters. The lighting around the vanity is challenging for older eyes. The location is fantastic, a short walk to many of Amsterdam's attractions.
The W is one of the best hotels in Amsterdam. From the outstanding food at the restaurants, awesome rooftop lounge to the great customer service and superb location, the W is the hotel to stay at. Special shout out to Adam the Concierge who helped me with a special task on my day of departure. Excellent hotel and staff.