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.
Book well in advance if you want to be certain of getting a room with a view of the canal.
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