My husband and I stayed for four nights in a lovely, spacious room overlooking the Herengracht canal. Though along the canal/street side, it was quiet. The staff, especially the young lady on the evening shift was delightful and helpful. They made restaurant bookings even before our arrival, and got our museum tickets so we won't have to queue at the Rijksmuseum. Our two sons were staying in a houseboat on Prinsengracht nearby but they joined us for breakfast at Ambassade one morning. The breakfast selection was excellent. There was a cold buffet with meat cuts, smoked trout and salmon, etc, and a sampling of special cheeses. They also cooked poached eggs and mini pancakes for us upon request. I do have issues with the following: 1) The shower stall design was such that water seeped from under the door and one had to be so careful stepping out because the outside of the shower stall becomes wet and slick. Also some of the caulking around the tub was a bit discolored and tired-looking; 2) The lack of a coffee/hot water appliance for making coffee or tea in-house. Sure, Ambassade room service delivered a beautiful hot tea tray with some cookies to our room when we ordered it via room service but for a price dearer than if I had just brewed it myself in-room. The hotel itself is exquisite. It is refined. I especially love the library. The modern art in the building is a perfect way to mix the centuries-old Amsterdam style with the contemporary. The Ambassade has a perfect location in Amsterdam. Except for my pet peeve of lack of hot tea making in-room (available in Japanese lodgings), this is an excellent 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 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