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Ambassade Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Herengracht 341, 1016 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 345 hotels in Amsterdam
Oslo, Norway
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“Nice hotel by quiet canal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

The Ambassade is generally a nice hotel, with certain quirks that may be considered charming. Rooms are small-to-medium sized, with elements of creative floor planning. The hotel shows marks of having been expanded multiple times, with narrow, meandering corridors on slightly different levels. The stairs are extremely steep, typical for houses in the Dam. There is a single, small elevator, though.

The staff is attentive and friendly. Rooms and en suites are nice and clean, although somewhat dated. Wifi access in the rooms is included

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We booked this hotel at the last minute after making a mistake at another hotel that was unsuitable. We got a room over looking the Herengracht, it was picturesque, quiet, peaceful, with double doors opening over the street/canal. If you were to imagine a typical residential block in the heart of Amsterdam this street and building is it. Great location. Short walk from everything that most tourists want to do. The hotel is very quirky in a good way. It is actually several small old rehabbed buildings rehabbed into one hotel. Walking down a hallway is a trip. Up 3 stairs - down four stairs - turn left, turn right, etc... Staff was extremely responsive. Room was very spacious an nice. Pricey.

Room Tip: Try to stay in a room overlooking Herengracht.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Arrived here early in the morning and as they were full the night before was not able to get in my room straight away. They were very charming took my bags and promissed that they would do there best.
I first stayed at The Ambassade in 1986 and have returned a few times over the years. The hotel is in excellent condition, spotlessly clean and decorated in a very tasteful way. They are located right on one of the prettiest canals in Amsterdam. There is plenty to do right outside your door!
I had a room on the canal which i was worried would be noisy but I slept soundly.
One change was that you now have to pay for your breakfast. Gone are the days of filling up on an amazing dutch feast of cheeseand meats etc. I would say that it is a bit on the expensive side but the quality is very high and the selection including hot dishes cooked to order and sparkling wine was very good!
I am sorry that I was only staying one night. I will be back again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We had the best time at the Ambassade. Great location, close to shops, bars, restaurants, but quiet! Magic! Will return. Staff friendly and helpful. Clean. Breakast good but expensive; lots of cheap cafes nearby and a great European pancake/crepe place. On a canal and a great "only in Amsterdam" feel. Romantic and adorable. If you don't fall in love with this hotel, there's something wrong with you!

Room Tip: All the rooms are individually decorated. Try asking for a balcony. We had a lovely blue room under...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I concur with all of the positive, glowing reviews for the Ambassade Hotel. Indeed, I cannot say enough good things about the hotel – its location, the quality of my room, and the overall service provided. I loved the location, right in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic central canal district. That being said, I wouldn’t want to give people the impression that everything you might want to see in Amsterdam is within easy walking distance of the Ambassade. Central Amsterdam is fairly compact, but some people might feel that it’s a bit of a hike to get from the Ambassade to, for example, the Museum district. I love to walk, so distance wasn’t an issue for me, but if your main interest in coming to Amsterdam is, let’s say, to visit the Rijksmuseum, or the Van Gogh Museum, or to attend a concert at the Concertgebouw, accommodation closer to the Museumplein might be a better option for you. I should mention, though, that I believe the Ambassade provides bicycles for rent, so cycling the streets of Amsterdam could be an option, if you feel that certain distances from the Ambassade are too long to walk, and if you don’t mind braving the traffic, and sharing the streets, with all of Amsterdam’s native-born cyclists. :-)

My room at the Ambassade was absolutely wonderful, exactly as advertised, with a beautiful view of the Herengracht canal, a comfortable bed, and an immaculate, spotless bathroom with one of those über-trendy “rainfall” showers. Regarding rooms, be sure to book well in advance if you want a room with a canal view. Meanwhile, breakfast at the hotel was fantastic with a great selection of food: smoked salmon, yoghurt, fresh fruit, a selection of cheeses, a variety of breads and pastries etc. And one can order a cooked breakfast as well, with eggs done in any style. The cost of breakfast is about 17 €. Some may find that price a bit steep and I think some reviewers have commented that they found cheaper places for breakfast in the neighbourhood. No doubt there are cheaper alternatives, but I liked the convenience of being able to have breakfast in the hotel before venturing out for a full day’s sightseeing. And the dining room in the Ambassade is quite beautiful.

Check out the ground floor library at the Ambassade, which features copies of books of authors who have stayed at the hotel, many of them signed by the author. As a Canadian, I was intrigued to see a couple of books by Michael Ignatieff in the collection.

Room Tip: Book well in advance if you want to be certain of getting a room with a view of the canal.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birgu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Amsterdam will remain one of my favorite destinations overall; liberal but orderly, free spirited but civilized, the Dutch have struck a balance that evades most other countries. The hotel has the quaint feel of a bed and breakfast although, as in everything else in Holland, its impossible to tell size from appearances as the hotel is really five adjacent mansions on the 'Herengracht' canal; 'canal of gentlemen' where former wealthy merchants would reside. The canal outside our room was a treat in itself. The rooms; size is not their forte but they are well appointed, immaculately kept and furnished with most comforts that define 4 star for sure, in some respects 5 star. Breakfast is on the expensive side and without too many frills but was good start for the day. The staff are the hotel's forte; they are all pleasant and approachable and appeared to do their best to make our stay enjoyable; the breakfast servers especially were very nice with my son (rather picky eater) and very friendly.

I'd recommend this hotel, in fact I'd hope to return, one tip is to master the public transportation and get a bike early rather than late as this opens the whole city for you even if most places you'd want to visut are within walking distances from the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We had an agenda when we decided to visit Amsterdam. That was to be located in the most convenient area in the citycentre that would allow us to walk everywhere!!! The location was perfect for this. The hotel is a combined 6 or more original homes on the Herengracht canal and street. I will attach a picture of the view from our room. I loved our room but my husband is over 6 ft tall and the spiral staircase we had to take to reach our living area was hard for him to traverse and he had to watch bumping his head in certain areas in our 2 room suite. If steps are difficult for you….this suite would not be good. Also, if you are handicapped I would definitely speak to the hotel while booking so that they may recommend the easiest room for you. There could be a long walk for some rooms. The hotel is very safe and secure with their access through the main lobby in which the door remains locked. The staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast is elegant and delicious.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Herengracht 341, 1016 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Jordaan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#2 Spa Hotel in Amsterdam
#5 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#14 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#17 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ambassade Hotel 4*
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