After several stays at truly dreadful hotels in Amsterdam, I returned to the Amstel, and was very pleased that little had changed. Indeed, while it is not cheap, I believe the prices are more in line with reality now than they were a few years ago. The decor is over-the-top classic in many ways, but this fits the historic building well. The location is lovely, with canal views presumably from many of the rooms, and it is remarkably quiet. The service is casual but efficient. The exception to this is breakfast, which is remarkably out of sync with everything else in the hotel: the service is uneven (one waiter is wonderful and helpful, one is surly, the other gossips loudly within earshot of diners), and the buffet spread is dull (as a guest at the table next to mine said: they can't do better than this in the best hotel in Holland?). That aside, I would recommend the Amstel as the best hotel to stay in Amsterdam.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since the day the doors opened in 1867, InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam has been revered the world over for its palatial grandeur and residential warmth. Located where the financial, cultural and shopping districts converge, the hotel is a short walk from the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Spiegelkwartier and the Royal CarrÃ© Theatre. The Anne Frank House and the 14th-century Begijnhof are easy to reach by public transport or taxi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam Hotel Amsterdam
- Intercontinental Amsterdam