The location of this hotel is fantastic. It's close enough to walk to many of the major points of interest (shopping, restaurants, museums), on a lovely -- and fairly quiet -- canal and street, and convenient to the street car and bus. The renovated canal houses are lovely, and each room has individual style and character. Breakfast was excellent.
The staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, giving suggestions and advice, helping with reservations, offering advance purchase tickets to museums, etc.
A couple of warnings (echoing some other reviews): because of the nature of the hotel -- houses linked together that didn't have floors at the same level -- there are a lot of short flights of stairs. Even within the rooms themselves there can be stairs (down from door, steps into bathroom, etc.). For the able-bodied, no problem. Otherwise, it's best to call and make arrangements for rooms with as few steps as possible.
Also, while the location is perfect for seeing the city, if you plan to have a car and make excursions outside the city, you will have to plan ahead. There is no parking near the hotel, so cars have to be taken/brought by valet service, which can take some time and isn't cheap.
Overall, we had a great experience with this hotel!
- 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