I stayed in this hotel from July 12 to 16 2012. The junior suite my wife and I stayed in came with a large furnished balcony overlooking the canal in front of the hotel and the city skyline. Our butler Ralph Kool made travel arrangements for my family to Berlin from the hotel. He did an excellent job. We slept very well in quality beds and bedding. The suite was fitted out well with beautiful furnishings, and an expresso maker. My daughters were really pleased with the shampoos, soaps and the body lotions. The turn down service was very good. My teenaged daughters enjoyed similar amenities to those in the suite in their room.
The hotel was at one time a palace, later the Dutch Imperial Admiralty and still later the building served as Amsterdam's city hall. The wedding chapel is a master piece. Take a guided tour of the hotel to see the bronze sculptures, the wood carvings, the stained glass and the many other works of art. This is much more than a high end hotel. It still has the atmosphere of a palace.
The Inner courtyard has a really nice outdoor cafe. A great place for cocktails. We enjoyed it for dessert after a night out on the town. Bridges restaurant is very popular. It is one of the best seafood restaurants in Amsterdam and the food and service are excellent. The portions are small by North American standards though. I was happier dining out at one of the many Argentinian Steak Houses near the hotel. Many locals apparently love the cuisine at Bridges because many frequent this restaurant for dinner on weekends. Reservations are required on Fridays and Saturdays. I recommend that you reserve before your arrival at the hotel to avoid disappointment.
The breakfast buffet is also in Bridges and includes freshly made fruit smoothies, quality champagne, many food options including made-to-order eggs and Belgian Waffles. The breakfast cost was 35 Euros per person if not included in the room charge ( I had to pay for my daughters but breakfast was included for the suite ) If your preference is for a continental style breakfast you may take it in the Library instead for about half the cost of the buffet. In my opinion it was worth my while to feed my teenagers at the breakfast buffet because there was a lot of food they enjoyed and they would skip lunch after filling up at breakfast. There are so many options I think that most guests should be able to find something they like at the buffet.
The pool is not very large but has a water treadmill for those who like to swim for exercise. The whirlpool is built into a corner of the pool so of course the water is pool temperature, which is not as warm as I like in a whirlpool.The sauna and the steam room are of very high quality and can be brought up to hot temperatures. I got a lot of use out of the cold water bucket because of the hot sauna.The fitness room is small but well equipped. My daughters and I enjoyed these facilities every day ( it rained a lot while we were in town ) and in my opinion warming up in the spa facilities was one of my favorite experiences at this hotel.
During our stay the hotel arranged a car service for us so we could visit some sites outside of Amsterdam including the Canadian WW2 War Memorial and Military Cemetery at Groesbeek, the Windmills museum at ZaanseSchanMuseum and the picturesque fishing village of Volendam. The car and our driver were outstanding. Johann was an excellent tour guide as well as our driver. I highly recommend him if you want a car service to get out of the city for a day trip.
The hotel is two blocks more or less south of the red light district and two blocks in an easterly direction from Dam square. We walked easily to the Anne Frank Museum and to the Van Gogh. One of the best shopping streets is also within easy walking distance. The hotel is on two quiet streets and at night we were not disturbed by the late night party scene a couple. There is a canal boat bus dock two blocks to the south west. we walked from the Central Railway Station to the hotel when we arrived but my wife found this walk difficult with luggage because the cobblestone sidewalks made it difficult to pull the bags on their rollers. We used a cab when we left. A 10 Euro fare is what it cost us to get to the Central. You don't need a car in Amsterdam and it is a compact downtown area that is easy to walk. Bicycles are also a much better option than cars if you don't want to walk. There are many choke points for cars in the down town area because of the canals and the many bridges. Even though cabs have special lanes reserved for their use on many streets they get held up in traffic and are slow to get around.The canal boat buses are another good transport option along with the trams.
There were always cabs at the hotel for those who wanted them. But this hotel is in a great location and this is a city ideally suited for walking in. There is so much to see and do and walking enhances the experience. The streets seemed safe but the hotel is very secure and is a great base for a stay in this wonderful city. I look forward to returning to stay in this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SOFITEL LEGEND THE GRAND AMSTERDAM.Furnished with French elegance and grandeur, the hotel welcomes a variety of visitors, from the trendy Amsterdam elite to royal brides or famous international movie stars. In each of the rooms, the restaurant, the hallways and the beautiful garden terrace, design and history captivate and seduce everyone into visiting. ROOMS & SUITES.Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam offers 177 spacious rooms, including 52 luxurious suites, amongst which 14 individually designed Suite Apartments: lodgings in 17th century canal houses. The rich history of the hotel is, as naturally, incorporated into the new architectural details in many ways. WELL BEING.Access to the relaxing SoSPA is complimentary for all hotel guests. It is the ideal place to unwind and pamper yourself. SoSPA houses an indoor heated swimming pool, a private Turkish steam bath, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, private treatment rooms and a SoFIT fitness area. INSPIRED MEETINGS.The 17 fully equipped banqueting and conference rooms, five of which are listed as historic monuments, provide the ultimate venue for meetings or conferences in Amsterdam. All rooms have natural daylight and are equipped with the latest technical facilities. BRIDGES RESTAURANT.The modern and trendy fish restaurant serves dishes with an emphasis on sea food and fish, mostly Dutch organic produce with a French twist. Bridges bar and lounge are the heart of restaurant, offering exclusive wines and vintage Champagnes. ... more less
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