This was our fourth stay at the Grand and 4 1/2 years since our last visit. Our last stay coincided with the beginning of the transition from the classic more traditional style of the hotel interior to its current modern open-plan arrangement. We knew on our last visit that the art-deco style decor and fittings of the restaurant were to be sacrificed in the transition so it was not a shock that the restaurant had changed. It was a shock to find that in contrast with the previous Albert Roux supervised restaurant, this new incarnation specialised in fish dishes, almost to the exclusion of anything else.One of us can't eat fish! (There appeared to be one vegetable item and one very expensive meat dish on offer on the menu). Fortunately there are plenty of options for eating-out in the area so there was no danger of starving. However, it was disappointing not to eat at the restaurant even once during our stay, as we should have liked. We probably bored the pants of the staff in talking about how beautiful the previous restaurant had been. Some staff remembered, some had seen pictures. It seemed to us like a huge loss. Other changes, in keeping with the modern theme, included low chairs rather than the comfortable chairs and sofas we remembered from earlier visits. On a positive note, a very welcome addition was the smoking room adjacent to the bar, where my husband could enjoy his new pipe purchased at the fabulous PGC Hajenius. Something of a well-kept secret - or so it seemed - this little room provided an alternative to standing in the desperate cold outside. Not to seem too old-fogeyish the hotel is bright and welcoming and there are wonderful photographic prints in the public areas. Our Superior room was modern in decor, of course, but very comfortable as before. The only negative was the temperature. Even when we turned the heat right down, it was too warm for comfort at night. We particularly appreciated the addition of a Nespresso coffee machine. It was wonderful to have coffee 'on tap'. We also appreciated the provision of mineral water daily - particularly helpful for us as we each take medication.The walk-in shower area was equipped with a grab-bar to accommodate disability - very helpful. The service was impeccable. Staff were friendly as well as efficient. Overall, this hotel is an excellent choice in terms of what it has to offer and in terms of its location. Though Dam Square is very near, there is plenty to explore by turning left, rather than right, on leaving the Hotel. Across the canal, before you get to the main thoroughfare of the Rokin, there are lots of places to eat and drink and interesting little side-streets and alleyways. As far as The Grand is concerned, on a nostalgiac note, I just can't stop wondering what happened to the beautiful art-deco fixtures and fittings!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SOFITEL LEGEND THE GRAND AMSTERDAM.Furnished with French elegance and grandeur, the hotel welcomes a variety of visitors, from the trendy Amsterdam elite to royal brides or famous international movie stars. In each of the rooms, the restaurant, the hallways and the beautiful garden terrace, design and history captivate and seduce everyone into visiting. ROOMS & SUITES.Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam offers 177 spacious rooms, including 52 luxurious suites, amongst which 14 individually designed Suite Apartments: lodgings in 17th century canal houses. The rich history of the hotel is, as naturally, incorporated into the new architectural details in many ways. WELL BEING.Access to the relaxing SoSPA is complimentary for all hotel guests. It is the ideal place to unwind and pamper yourself. SoSPA houses an indoor heated swimming pool, a private Turkish steam bath, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, private treatment rooms and a SoFIT fitness area. INSPIRED MEETINGS.The 17 fully equipped banqueting and conference rooms, five of which are listed as historic monuments, provide the ultimate venue for meetings or conferences in Amsterdam. All rooms have natural daylight and are equipped with the latest technical facilities. BRIDGES RESTAURANT.The modern and trendy fish restaurant serves dishes with an emphasis on sea food and fish, mostly Dutch organic produce with a French twist. Bridges bar and lounge are the heart of restaurant, offering exclusive wines and vintage Champagnes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam Hotel Amsterdam
- Accor The Grand Amsterdam
- Sofitel Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Sofitel