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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012 EX Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #9 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Best in Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We just returned from an excellent four-night stay at the Sofitel Legend The Grand. As others have noted in their reviews, the location is excellent for experiencing Amsterdam. Given the poor weather during our stay, we were grateful to have so much within short walking distance of the hotel.

We were booked into a prestige suite, which was very large by European standards. The suite had two defined spaces -- a large living area and a separate bedroom. The living area consisted of a dining table, desk and television. The bedroom had a large king-size bed, a small couch, a television and ample wardrobe space for two people. Conveniently, there was a very large master bathroom, as well as a second, small half-bathroom. The two bathrooms made us much more efficient in the mornings. In general, the room was well-appointed and comfortable. The decor is very modern, which likely won't appeal to all visitors, but this seems to be the trend in renovated European hotels.

However, what really makes this hotel shine is its team of staff. Without exception, we found the staff at the hotel to be courteous, professional and committed to creating a positive guest experience. Notable standouts were the two butlers assigned to our room, Domingo and Bart; Wilhelmina in Bridges; and Eelke, the doorman. Truly an exceptional group, and we hope to see them again when we return.

Lastly, we booked a full-day private tour through the concierge, and we were glad we did. The concierge helped us develop the itinerary, and the tour itself was excellent. Although expensive, we were glad we made these arrangements through the hotel to get the benefit of their insight. One thing to note -- if you do make tour arrangements through the hotel, you have to pay for the tour in cash once its completed. It does not get charged to the hotel and added to your bill, like most hotels. We didn't realize this until our tour was nearly over, and given the price, we were a little surprised that they didn't accept credit cards. Fortunately, there are numerous ATM machines located within a block of the hotel.

In summary, this is our new favorite hotel in Amsterdam -- and perhaps the rest of the EU. We look forward to returning soon, and I have no hesitation in recommending other TripAdvisor members to stay here, too.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert-Jan W, General Manager at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave this extensive review of your stay at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam.

That you adored the decor of your room delights me. The famous French interior architect Sybille de Margerie is responsible for the interior design. Did you know that she drew much of her stylish inspiration from the lively colours of the famous mural by COBRA artist Karel Appel, which is displayed in the entrance to the restaurant area.

What makes me extra proud is that you mention our team of staff and some even specifically by name. Just as all our ambassadors, they take great pride in creating lasting memories and I have shared your divine words with all of them.

Your recommendation of our hotel here on TripAdvisor is highly appreciated and we are already looking forward to welcoming back.

Yours sincerely,

Robert-Jan Woltering
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Stayed there this week on a business conference. The hotel is lovely and the beds divine, but I found that even on the third floor the rooms on the canal side are very noisy. Great bar, but I can never understand why when a bar is packed full of (well behaved) residents that a hotel feels the need to close it. The public areas are very interesting, steeped in hostory, and the bathrooms faultless. I didn;t use the spa, so my spa rating should be ignored.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert-Jan W, General Manager at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you for reviewing your stay with us here on TripAdvisor.

It is a pleasure to read that you found our hotel to be lovely and the Sofitel MyBed to be divine.

I am sorry to read that you have experienced your room to be noisy. I truly hope that this experience does not affect your future decision in which hotel to stay at in Amsterdam.

All our ambassadors are looking forward to welcoming you back to Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam.

Best regards,

Robert-Jan Woltering
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the hotel for two nights to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The staff at the hotel made us feel very welcome and helped us celebrate with a few nice surprises when we arrived. The hotel is situated at the edge of the red light district but this was no problem. The suite we stayed in was great with everything we could have needed. The breakfast is amazing, the choice available was unbelievable. The best part was the staff, they made staying in a genuine five star hotel a nice and relaxing experience rather than a stuffy one.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert-Jan W, General Manager at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Thank you for choosing Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam for your wedding anniversary and for leaving a review on TripAdvisor.

It is a pleasure to read that the location of our hotel suited you. I hope that you have discovered all hidden gems in our direct neighbourhood.

Our ambassadors take great pride in creating a relaxing experience and are honoured by your great words.

We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to our hotel in the future.

Kind regards,

Robert-Jan Woltering
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This is the 3rd time I stayed under the wings of the Sofitel chain, but it is the 1st time to think about using TripAdvisor to thank you the service provided by the Sofitel Legend The Grand team. Extremely wonderful customer service! The room was so chic, perfectly clean and spacious. What a great location! You deserve it!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert-Jan W, General Manager at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
We are honoured that, for this stay, you have taken the time to leave your review of our hotel here on TripAdvisor.

Our housekeeping ambassadors make great efforts to ensure that all our guests can enjoy a spotlessly clean room or suite. Please rest assured I have shared your magnificent words with them.

Best regards,

Robert-Jan Woltering
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Absolutely wonderful! the service was outstanding, so was the room, very clean and spacious. The area might not be the best, but the hotel is convenientlt located next to the Dam square. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert-Jan W, General Manager at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and recommending us here on TripAdvisor.

It delighted me to read that the service we provided was ‘absolutely wonderful’ for you.

Regarding the location: have you used the extensive knowledge of our Clefs d’Or concierges?

Dear guest, we at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Amsterdam in the future.

Yours sincerely,

Robert-Jan Woltering
General Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed here a few weeks ago over New Years 2012. I have to say the hotel was good. Unfortunately nothing more or nothing less. I certainly expected better looking at the reviews the hotel gets on this website. We were staying for 5 nights over the new year period. Bearing that in mind the room that we were allocated was very small with only wardrobe space for one traveller over 2 days at best. We complained immediately but were only promised a different room the following day. Being unable to unpack the first night (due to lack of space and moving the next day) meant we could explore the area. This is where this hotel shines as the location is second none. Most things in Amsterdam (for a tourist) centre around the red light district and Dam Square and this hotel is right in the thick of it. Shopping? Right outside. Coffee Shop? On the doorstep. Good restaurant? Many within 5 minutes walk.
Once we moved rooms we found ourselves on the 4th floor in a much larger space(although no apology). Here we could actually unpack and put clothes away. I say this being almost apologetic for the hotel when at nearly 500 pounds a night I shouldn't be. Breakfast was included and being buffet style was good but not especially note worthy. We ate out every night so never experienced the hotel restaurant in the evening so cannot comment. The pool and gym is nice but quite small. Go at off peak times and you will enjoy.
To conclude, if you want a good hotel in one of the best locations in Amsterdam, which feels like a welcome safe haven from the madness and excesses of the city this is a good choice. Just bear in mind you will pay a lot of money for this.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Robert-Jan W, General Manager at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear guest, thank you for your extensive review of Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam here on TripAdvisor.

We are indeed conveniently located for all our guests. Luxurious shopping areas, beautiful museums and Amsterdam’s nightlife are all within walking distance. Additionally the main convention and congress centres are easily accessible.

I would like to express my true disappointment for the experiences you had with your room. This is not according to our usual high standard of service we offer to our guests. On behalf of all Sofitel Ambassadors, I would like to apologize for these discomforts.

I hope that you give us the opportunity to prove to you that are worthy to be your first choice hotel when staying in Amsterdam.

Yours sincerely,

Robert-Jan Woltering
General Manager
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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012 EX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Amsterdam
#4 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#6 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#6 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#8 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam 5*
Number of rooms: 177
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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