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 write this with a bit of regret and anger. I recently stayed at the W along with the owner of my company our wives and some VIP colleagues. The Hotel was nice and accommodating. I could go on with more compliments however all are wiped away by theft! The owner of my company had over 1000 dollars stolen from his room. He had the money hidden deep in a zippered pocket in a travel bag. Ok so yes the in room safe would have been a better option but this does not excuse the thievery! It also does not excuse the way the hotel manager handled this. An offer of two free nights stay and the acceptance of liability is simply absurd for a gentleman that had his room and belongings rifled through for cash. This was not a “lone wolf” operation. They never are. The W Hotel in Amsterdam has a group of thieves working there. I travel quite a bit and I will tell you the W Hotel will no longer be on my list of hotels. Particularly the one in Amsterdam. So well done Hotel Mgr. Stick your head in the sand and ignore your very serious problem. Hey heres an idea ! How about you send a $1000 check to Mr D.?? You know fully who I am referring to. We will be back to Amsterdam but will NOT be staying in a hotel that employs thieves.
The last day of our stay I dropped my little huggie earring in the sink. My fiancé reported the incident to them not expecting much to be done as we were leaving in an hour. A day later they emailed him that they found the earring in the sink pipe and can mail it back to us with our preferred shipping method. Today I got my earring in the mail! Wow! I can’t recall a single hotel willing to do that even if they have it at lost and found! The staff at W Amsterdam are young, energetic and professional. It shows in their actions how much they want to make it a pleasant stay for guests even after they left. I would love to stay there again next time I go back to Amsterdam and recommend this trendy beatific hotel to anyone!
I stayed at the W Hotel in Amsterdam with my wife and a group of customers. I was given a beautiful room overlooking the canal. I left my Tumi carry bag out in my room a few times while I went out for walks or dinner. I'm not sure when it happened but someone stole hundreds of dollars in cash out of an envelope in a pouch deep in my bag. To get to this pouch the thief would have had to open up several zippers and go through a number of different areas of the carry bag. Yes, I know, I should have put the money in the safe if it matters that much to me. That's true and lesson learned. At least my costly lesson can help other travelers here on Trip Advisor to not get ripped off. I only realized the theft when we got to a later destination. Even if I would have realized sooner, what would I do, go to the front desk and tell them that someone ripped off cash from my bag? They would only say to me "you should know better than to leave cash in your bag." So at the very least some other people can learn from my costly mistake. Do not trust the housekeeping service in this hotel especially the turn down service. Yes they'll come in and clean out your room and clean out your wallet too if given the chance.