The De L'Europe is considered one of Amsterdam's premier hotels. It's located within the oldest part of the city, and comprises several buildings that have been subsequently linked together (which is the case with many hotels and institutions in Amsterdam). It's in a quiet location with a big stretch of canal-front of which the terrace and restaurant take full advantage. Most of the places tourists would want to visit are within a 15 - 20 minute scenic walk. (The railway station is about a 5 - 7 minute tram ride - the doorman correctly advised us it was as quick as getting a taxi.)
We had an interior room view, which was small and had a view across a small void to other rooms. The room was reasonably well-furnished, though the TV/DVD was housed on a mobile stand, rather than being wall-mounted. Given the size of the room, using precious floor space in a slightly awkward location (at the entry to the room and bathroom) seemed a little odd. There was ample storage space and a Nespresso machine. A small table was tucked into a corner of the room, but was not really suitable for much other than putting belongings on. As such, sitting somewhere other than the bed was not an option.
There was service at least twice a day, and the room staff, as well as the desk staff, were very polite and helpful. The desk staff quickly pointed out the main tourist sites on the map, as well as indicating more residential areas that may be of interest (e.g. the Nine Streets in Jordaan).
The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, which was lovely, but steeply priced at 32 euros per person. The hotel has a pool, which is small, and a small gym which was under renovation during our stay.
Overall this is a very good five star hotel, but in future trips I would look around for alternatives in this price range.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- De L'Europe in Amsterdam ,also referred to as The Grand Dame amongst Amsterdam's luxury hotels, is situated on the banks of the Amstel River right in the city center. Awarded as best hotel in The Netherlands by Conde Nast Traveler 2014, it is impossible to escape the city's rich history while staying at this iconic 19th century treasure. De L'Europe boasts a distinctive decor, enhancing each room and suite with a replicated Dutch Masters painting, hand picked in exclusive partnership with the nearby Rijksmuseum. Traditional old-charm co-exists with historic masterpieces in the grand Promenade, where the city's most authentic Afternoon Tea is served while river views provide a breathtaking backdrop to award-winning Bord'Eau (**), Hoofdstad Brasserie (Bib Gourmand 2014) and the authentic Freddy's Bar (Best Cocktail Bartender of The Netherlands 2014). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De l`Europe Amsterdam Hotel Amsterdam
- Hotel De l Europe
- De l Europe Hotel