This is hands down one of the best hotels I've stayed in. I mention this because I'm surprised that anyone would rate this less than four stars baring some glaring oversight on the part of the hotel staff. I've stayed in places from a Ritz Carltons to a hostel with shared rooms, so I have a pretty wide perspective here.
First, a note to my fellow American travelers. Yes, you may find the rooms at the Grand Amrath a little small, but do realize that this is typical for Europe. Ergo, I recommend suspending some expectations that your stay in beautiful Amsterdam at the Grand Amrath will be just as it would be at a comparable hotel in America. I especially would like to point out the irony of a previous commenter from New York City complaining that the closets are too small. You cannot fault a hotel for being representative of a culture on the whole. Just . . . relax.
So again I would like to say that this is one of the best hotels I've stayed in. The staff were friendly and helpful, especially the concierge. My stay was in August, which I learned during my stay was the month that the majority of Amsterdam closes up shop and goes on holiday. Therefore the hotel therefore was very quiet. But no bother, my partner and I went with the flow and adjusted our plans according and still managed to have a wonderful time.
My partner and I stayed on the ground floor just next to the bar and we had a view of the canal. Again, it was a quiet room. The heavy curtains, when pulled closed, blocked out any sunlight -- so well that in the absence of any sun, we accidentally slept in to 11 am. No worries, we were on vacation after all.
The free minibar was a welcomed bonus and was restocked daily. Two other highlights were the bed and the shower. The first was incredibly plush and we had three relaxing nights worth of sleep. The second, the shower, was one of those rain shower heads, which is liken to taking a shower in a waterfall. Since Europe is not known for its showers with heavy water pressure, this was an unexpected extra frill.
I went to bar one night for an after dinner drink, which was lovely, but did not eat any of the food at the Grand Amrath, so I cannot speak for that. But I should point out that if anyone would find fault with the food, do keep in mind that one doesn't usually go to a hotel for the food. And while I ate well in Amsterdam, it's a city that's not know for its cuisine either.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to other travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newest five-star deluxe hotel of Amsterdam in the monumental Shipping House. You can find us on the Prins Hendrikkade in the city center at only 500m from Central Station and 1100m from Dam Square. We have 165 rooms, of which 25 suites offer complimentary wireless internet, free minibar and from free access to the wellness center. Facilities furthermore include restaurant Seven Seas, meeting rooms and a bar/lounge. ... more less
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