I was upgraded via Amex Platinum from a river view junior suite to a deluxe suite river view. It was one of the smaller suites #138 but it was prime property with a balcony over the river facing an intersection that gives you a good flavor of the living city, and very nicely decorated if you are into the color red. The bathrooms are very good in this hotel. Climate control in the room was also very good. Service was good throughout and I liked all the food and beverage outlets, having tried them all. At the gourmet restaurant, i was confused about the charges on the menu and got a bill that was about 40 Euro more than I expected. The manager, the moment he found out that I was perturbed, reduced the bill and let me know that he wants my return business. This was one of those 50/50 situations but the manager didn't want me unhappy. I really liked that. I saw several other suites in the hotel and they were all different and interesting; the provocateur suite on the 3rd floor of the dutch masters wing was a real cool suite that I'd want if I returned. Interesting design, bright and a great view. Two cautions -- when I checked out of the hotel, the valet put me into a taxi that wound up overcharging me to the train station telling me that there is a flat rate of 15 Euro anywhere in center city. I called the hotel afterward to let them know about this and to inquire if it were true and was told that I had indeed been overcharged (and for them to know about this so the next guest doesn't get the same deal). So don't assume that just because they put you into a taxi that you will be charged the correct rate; check before the taxi leaves the property. Second, the hotel's in-house handbook on the in-room iPad advertises a spa as of Fall 2011 and it ain't finished yet. Massages are given in your hotel room and the jacuzzi is an extension of the swimming pool at swimming pool temperature. One fellow guest was very irate about this; they gave him cocktails for 2 at the bar. I noticed though that the situation is honestly described on the hotel's website so I can't really complain. The hotel's gym is adequate. Third, if you hire a car and driver thru the hotel concierge, expect to be billed 90 Euro per hour. The service is being marked up quite a bit. That matters if you've booked a decent number of hours. But otherwise, the hotel deserves a rating of Excellent and it rates in the top 20% of city hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Amsterdam, in walking distance of the plush 19th century Museum Quarter, the pinnacle of sophistication and cultural bohemia with the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum and with its prime location on the banks of the Amstel river, De L’Europe is synonymous with Dutch rich history. Since the first official opening in 1896, De L’Europe has been favored by Amsterdam’s elite and the hotel continues to attract the world’s most celebrated names. Experience and explore a unique entrée into the Amsterdam of yesterday and today by arriving at De L’Europe. Admire true replicas from the Dutch Masters like Frans Hals and Rembrandt van Rijn in the Promenade whereas replicas of Dutch Masters like Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Floris van Dijck decorate the walls of the rooms and suites in the historical Rondeel building. Adjacent to the hotel, the suites at the contemporary Dutch Masters Wing offer a selection of modern colors that form the basis for replicas of Dutch Masters like Pieter Codde and Pieter Saenredam. Guests may enjoy culinary highlights at the two Michelin-star rated Bord’Eau Restaurant Gastronomique, the casual chic Hoofdstad Brasserie with an international twist and Hèt Terras, the city’s most popular Summer hotspot overlooking the buzzling city center of Amsterdam, complemented by exclusive wines from the private wine cellar ‘Les Caves De L’Europe’. Kick back and relax at the Amsterdam’s inspired gentlemen’s pub Freddy’s Bar to sample a traditional Heineken beer or sip on one of the signature cocktails. To complete your Amsterdam experience, indulge yourself with one of the bespoke beauty treatments at the Spa & Wellness ‘Skins Institute – De L’Europe’. Feel at home in an iconic 19th century treasure and be surrounded by cultural heritages while exploring a modern vibrant city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De l`Europe Amsterdam Hotel Amsterdam
- Hotel De l Europe
- De l Europe Hotel