I had stayed at Ambassade a few years ago upon the recommendation of a friend - and I loved it so much that I knew one day I'd return with my husband - and I did, last month.
I could only afford one night here, it's extremely expensive (my visa bill came in at $500 for one night - I think my rate was 295 euros + taxes), and we had a double room, canal view - but I'm glad we splurged because there's something about staying on the canal and especially on the Herengracht Canal - it's a lovely area for walking (well, all of AMS is good for walking), and we walked to a little restaurant where we were able to eat canal-side (it rained much of the week we were in Amsterdam).
The rooms are lovely and in the process of being re-done; breakfast is superb - my husband went to the restaurant and I enjoyed room-service while I sat by the open window and watched people cycling by. The cons of being so close to the street and to the water is the noise at night - but we were fine, there wasn't too much noise the night we were there.
While yes it's a labyrinth, it's charming and up and down and all over the place. I just love this hotel but I'm afraid I'll likely not ever be able to afford to go back.
Oh, one small thing - it seems that they try to encourage people to do a float-thing - a stress/spa thing - last time I was there they seemed to push it a bit, too. I chose not to do it - must be a money-maker, says the cynic in me.
Overall though, would definitely recommend. Rated 4 instead of 5 just because of the cost.
- 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 58 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 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