My pet hate? Pretentious hotels that act like they are doing you a favour by letting you in! Nothing could be further from the truth in this gorgeous establishment, their warmth is matched in staff, ambience and setting.
In a picturesque setting of merchant's houses, in the quirky/arty section of town not the noisy hen/stag area the Ambassade is a straightforward walk from the Central Station.
We had the beautiful blue room 51, but I'm sure all rooms are gorgeous, even down to the Rituals toiletries. There is a library where authors who have stayed at the hotel have left signed copies of their works, very high-brow I didn't feel the need to get engrossed in too many but it was a lovely room. We loved afternoon tea in the formal drawing room, a beautiful mix of antiques, art and antiquities but not at all hands off don't touch, guests were always encouraged to feel at home.
Art adorns all the walls of the hotel, from sketches to modernist work - again they were accessible not prescriptive. They provided a very comprehensive list of recommended restaurants for the area, although we already had dinner reservations at Vlaming - which I will be reviewing in a mo!
Breakfast is exceptionally good, the hot chocolate divine! When booking we confirmed that my husband is gluten free (coeliac) no mention was made until very unobtrusively a basket of gluten free bread was seemlessly delivered to our table - that's attention to detail!
I could wax on but what I would say is my husband travels extensively for business, and we both agreed this is definitely one of our favourites - we will be back and we highly recommend the Ambassade.
- 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