We visited Amsterdam and the Ambassade for 3 nights in mid March. Booking took place through their webpage. With our booking we were notified about ongoing renovation in the reception area. Skeptical what that meant it was a positive surprise to find out that we were not disturbed by the daily renovations at any time! No noise, no dust, nothing.
The hotel has a central location at the Herengracht and the “9 streets “ shopping district. It consists of 10 Grachten (canal) houses from the 17th century. Charming old world ambience at the water is what you expect and what you get. That leads to the fact that there is no parking at the hotel. However, we were aware of that. A few words about parking in Amsterdam at the end of this review.
Central location but quiet, walking distance to all attractions, typical 17th century grachten huizen (canal houses), interior design is contemporary with nice touches of antique furniture, up to date technical standards, friendly and welcoming service.
No parking, steep staircases and narrow corridors could be an issue for some guests.
On arrival we checked in at a small reception off the closed main entrance (renovation). It was a seamless process by very friendly staff. We were escorted to our room and the luggage send up. This was helpful, because it could be difficult to find your way around the first time in these interconnected century old houses with steep staircases and rather narrow corridors. The modern lift circumvented most of it. Out of the lift, only a few steps up a bright lit corridor decorated with modern paintings and we reached our room on the 4th floor.
A charming room with high ceiling under a gable roof and Grachten view as we requested. The interior was lovely decorated with partly period furniture. Nice, a historical painting of the 10 Grachten houses forming this hotel. The room was not that large but adequate, same went for the closet space. Technical standards were up to date: free WiFi, TV, Led-lighting, air-con. As it was for the bathroom as well: underfloor heating, Led-lighted rainshower and a huge heated mirror that does not fog up. Space for two and fluffy bathrobes. Toiletry by Rituals.
We slept well in comfortable beds. It was very quiet for the central location and open windows at night caused no disturbance. Our room was clean and well kept all the time.
Was served in a high ceiling drawing room on the first floor lit by large windows facing the Gracht. However, to get a taste of Amsterdam we decided to have breakfast every morning in varying small cafes in the neighbourhood .
Other public rooms were a fine decorated lounge next to the breakfast room. For those booklovers there is a library with first editions signed by the authors who stayed at the Ambassade.
Throughout the hotel they were friendly, polite and helpful. Lois at reception was representative for all of them. Getting us tickets to the Rijksmuseum, recommending good restaurants, arranging a late check-out, putting bunches of flowers in vases and solving the parking problem.
And driving in Amsterdam is a challenge for three reasons: narrow oneway streets in the center, thousands and thousands of bikers (forget China) and very limited parking spaces. Fees beat Frankfurt airport parking hands down, around EUR 50 per day no matter where you park: street, car park or hotel garage if any. The solution for us was Park&Ride at the fringes of the city center. Easy to reach, safe, beats traffic jam in the center and incl. a tram ticket that shuttles you in 20 minutes anywhere into the center. Fee EUR 12 per day.
All in all the Ambassade was a good choice for us. Central location to explore Amsterdam, Grachten houses with well done interior decoration added to the local spirit, friendly and helpful staff. We would not hesitate to return once more.
- 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