Unlike a previous reviewer, we hadn't been warned that renovations were going on, and on our first morning we were woken at 7:00am (6:00 British time) to the sound of drills, sledgehammers and men handling equipment. The hotel was very understanding and changed our room for us, to a higher floor. A waitress in the breakfast room told us that there was some emergency work that needed to be done, and the rest of our stay was quiet.
This is an excellent and well-run hotel; it is well appointed, though it does involve a bit of a labyrinth trying to get about in it (as is is a series of many houses knocked together). The rooms are well-appointed and comfortable. It is not cheap, but it is well worth the expense.
The hotel has an extensive collection of art on display and the clock in the lounge is a beautiful long-case 18th century clock with an animated dial. The hotel also has a library of more than 3,000 presentation volumes signed by authors who have stayed there (many famous ones indeed).
We hope to come back.
- 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