I recently stayed here for a few nights with elderly parents. Apart from the great location, fabulous rooms and decor, and sumptuous breakfast, what makes Ambassade stand in a league of it's own is the quality of service from the staff. Enquires for directions to the local post office were met with an offer by the reception staff to package and post the items on my behalf, without any surcharge. When we mentioned we were headed to the Van Gogh museum, the same staff sold us tickets (again without any surcharge) then and there, telling us we would avoid lengthy queues at the museum: we walked straight past about 200 people and straight in as a result! These were many other instances of genuinely friendly and wonderful service.
The rooms were a delight, definitely ask for canal views. If the full breakfast is too much (it was for us), there are any number of cafes along the canals for a coffee and pastry in the morning. The receptionist did say we could ask for a half breakfast, although the breakfast staff, while providing it, did indicate this was not normally done.
This is definitely going to be my regular hotel for weekends in Amsterdam!
- 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 57 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 Ambassade Hotel has a bar and restaurant/brasserie that specializes in the classical French kitchen. 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