On the Herengracht, or gentleman's canal, is this charming and quite pretty hotel which is actually a series of buildings all attached by a warren of narrow halls and stairs. Fresh flowers and art work throughout give the hotel an understated elegance. There is an elevator, so some rooms require no stairs at all. Ours was up a few steps with a stairwell INSIDE the room too, but it was very pretty in bright red with a high ceiling, plenty of light, and a large window opening onto the canal. Some late night canal revelers could be heard passing by, but not enough to discourage staying here. The front desk staff was very helpful with directions, arranging cabs, changing currency etc. We are not big breakfast eaters, so we did not try the hotel's 17 Euro breakfast. Instead we went to Toos & Roos just steps away for coffee, juice and croissants, or Broodje Bert a block over. The hotel is very well located, suited to walking, which we did during our 4 day stay, to the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum etc. It's surrounded by trendy shops within the "9 Streets" neighborhood. We would definitely stay there again. It probably didn't hurt that we had wonderful weather while there. Tip: In Amsterdam, all gratuities are included in restaurants, and taxis. Only if you receive exceptional service is a modest tip suggested.
- 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