I stayed in the Ambassade Hotel for four nights in September 2011. I was visiting the city on business, but wanted to explore as much as possible during my free hours. The Ambassade is absolutely perfect in that regard -- an easy walk to several fine shopping areas (including the Bloemenmarkt), and a slightly more vigorous walk to the museum district, the Koninklijk Paleis, and the Centraal Railway Station. It's right on the Herengracht, one of the main canals running through the middle of the city, and convenient to several tram lines. I spent a lot of time walking all over Amsterdam during my visit, and I never found a place in the city where I would have preferred to be -- the location is perfect.
The hotel itself is almost perfect as well. During the five days I was there I encountered 8 or 10 different members of the hotel staff, and never was one of them less than friendly, gracious, and accommodating. They showed the perfect balance of warmth and professionalism. The room wasn't huge, but it was big enough and graciously appointed (the two apples and two bottles of water were a nice touch), with a very comfortable bed, good-quality linens, premium bathroom amenities, and a larger TV than I'm used to encountering in a European (or British) hotel. Breakfast was included with the room, and was exceptionally good: in addition to a very nice buffet including premium cheeses, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, fruit juices, etc., the table service included a bakery basket with several different kinds of bread, a plate of cold cuts and gouda cheese (both young and aged), and optional egg dishes. I ate way too much every morning.
The only two downsides to the Ambassade are more or less outside the hotel's control; one is minor, one is more troublesome. First, because the hotel is actually made up of several connected buildings, finding your way from room to room can be very difficult; I had to go up and down between floors a couple of times to get from my room to the entrance or the dining room, and got lost several times during my first couple of days there. If you are in a wheelchair or have difficulty with stairs, you might have trouble getting around inside this hotel (although there are elevators between all floors). Second, Amsterdam is a damp city and therefore rather buggy, and the hotel has neither air conditioning nor screens on the windows. That means that if you're visiting in summertime, you'll have to choose between sleeping in a warm, stuffy room with the windows closed or being eaten alive by mosquitoes. (I opted for the latter.) In fairness to the Ambassade, however, I'm not sure I've ever encountered a hotel (either in Europe or the US) that puts screens on its windows, and it would probably be silly for the Ambassade to go to the enormous expense of installing air conditioning, since it would be used so rarely. But still, the mosquitoes were a problem and they marred what was an otherwise fantastic stay. Those reservations aside, I would heartily recommend the Ambassade Hotel to anyone visiting Amsterdam -- especially in the winter when the bugs aren't out.
Ask for one with a canal view.
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.