I recently stayed at the Ambassade hotel with my 3 college age children. We picked the hotel because of many good reviews and because of it's location. It is in a nice area of town, one block off a main shopping street but a classic canal zone neighborhood. The hotel consists of series of linked row houses that have been converted into hotel suites. We had one deluxe suite for my wife and I and what they call a triple for the kids (a "living room") and a main bedroom. Given that the buildings date to the 1700s they have done a remarkable job keeping them modern. All have free wifi. The bathrooms are updated and the heating and cooling work well.
The people there were polite and usually helpful but professional. The breakfasts were extra but worth every penny with a nice buffet and cooked to order eggs. The breakfast area is charming and bright.
On the down side, the windows in our room were far from soundproof and Amsterdam rocks on weekends. Even in our neighborhood, partygoers were in the streets until 3 or 4 am and they SING! It is also not cheap, although we felt it was reasonably valued.
Overall a very nice stay, but expensive like most big cities in Europe. And beware of the cabs in Amsterdam. They are totally unregulated and very likely to rip you off. Most don't even have meters!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Over the years, the Ambassade Hotel has expanded considerably. Starting with just one canal-side building in 1953, it now has 57 hotel rooms distributed among 10 of these buildings. Eight of these canal-side homes are on the "Herengracht" canal, while two others are located on the "Singel" canal. Other buildings are in use by the Ambassade Hotel too, but for other purposes: a few houses further along the Herengracht is the hotel's Float & Massage Centre known as Koan Float and 150 meters further along the Singel canal you will find the hotel's conference room. Except for the building at 335 Herengracht, all the canal-side buildings are physically interconnected. So as not to unnecessarily damage the original character of these canal-side homes, small sets of stairs and landings can be found at various places in the halls and in some of the rooms themselves to bridge the differences in floor elevations between the buildings. Over the years, two lifts have been installed, making all rooms easily accessible. The Ambassade Hotel has a bar and restaurant/brasserie that specializes in the classical French kitchen. The canal houses have been carefully restored to maintain their authentic character and all rooms and suites have been stylishly furnished and decorated. The furnishings are predominantly Louis XV/XVI style with the use of colorful fabrics and in all rooms and public areas you will find original paintings by artists from the famous Cobra movement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambassade Hotel Amsterdam