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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Ranked #17 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Lush Lush Lush”
Reviewed 24 October 2010

A fabulous hotel - the room was total wow factor, walk in to a large bathroom on the left, storage to the right and then down 5 steps to the bedroom area - a brilliant use of space. So modern but not tacky, very stylish, amazing double height windows. After a morning of sightseeing we spent every afternoon lazing around on that huge sofitel bed, and have now invested in our own goose down mattress topper to keep the luxury going.

Skip the breakfast if you can, the restaurant was nothing special and better value elsewhere. Definitely visit the cigar shop a few blocks away (a worthy tourist trip in its own right) and enjoy in the hotel courtyard with a wine or two.

Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

Upon check in, the Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand offered us a free upgrade from the "Prestige Suite" we reserved, to their "Imperial Suite." Not knowing the difference, I accepted the offer, only to find that the difference was indeed substantial. The Imperial Suite was enormous and extraordinarily luxurious -- one of the largest hotel rooms in which I've ever stayed, and the suite was replete with fresh flowers everywhere, free gifts of wine, fresh fruit and bottled water, 1.5 baths, monstrous living quarters, a glorious master bathroom, a changing room, a steam shower, butler service, modern electronics everywhere, and THE most comfortable bed and pillows I think I've ever experienced. All the furnishings in the suite were modern and very new ... so much so that we actually considered whether we were the very first people to stay in that particular suite since it was refurbished. The hotel is very nice generally, but this upgraded room (which retails for about 3 to 4 times what we paid for our "Prestige Suite") helped make our stay in Amsterdam unforgettable.

If you can justify the splurge on the Imperial Suite, book it for a memorable experience. (In case there's more than one Imperial Suite, ask for the William the 5th Suite.)

Aside from the remarkable room, the hotel extrance is an old-style very "grand" courtyard, which leads into a modernly furnished and attractive lobby. The staff was outstanding throughout the entire stay. Areas of the newly refurbished Spa were still under construction at the time we were there, but The Grand offers a good-sized indoor pool -- quite unusual in Europe -- which was open and wonderful.

The only potentially negative we experienced was the corridors. While they look very clean, they are definitely old-style and had a slightly musty smell. This wasn't a problem for us because those same hallways led to our extremely clean and glorious suite. But the hallways did create a rather unusual dichotomy: Old-style architecture and entrance courtyard, very modern lobby, old-style corridors, very modern suite. Not a problem, just unusual.

Overall, we had a truly wonderful hotel experience and one we'll surely always remember among our all-time best. The Grand gets my strongest recommendation.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

A beautiful hotel with friendly staff. You sometimes get forgotten when asking for drinks, but everyone has a smile for you. Rooms are small but well furnished, and want for nothing. You are in the middle of town and next to red light district, but inside the hotel it is calm and wonderful. Some of the drinks are expensive, but overall there are few negatives for this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2010

We loved our room - it was large (even for American standards) and has got comfy beds. Staff were nice and helpful. It's situated in the heart of Amsterdam and is right to to plenty of restaurants and the red light district! (Once you're in the hotel, you don't hear a thing, however). The only downside is that breakfast and parking were overly expensive (at €32/person for breakfast and €50/day for parking), so beware.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

We often travel to Amsterdam and most hotels in the city are small, old, worn, as well as being expensive. We stayed at the Radisson Blu last year and although the rooms were big, it was rather dark in the room and felt more like a business hotel. This year we stayed at the Sofitel and we were very impressed by the renovations they've done. Just walking into the large front courtyard gives you a relaxed feeling right away making you feel at home. The hotel is conveniently located in the city centre of Amsterdam.

We stayed for 2 nights in interconecting Superior rooms. The bathrooms were brand new and large (no bath, just shower) but the rooms were compact. We have no complaints about the service, it was sometimes a bit quirky but we wouldn't say it was bad service. Staff were all very nice.

There are 2 iMacs in the cozy lounge by the lobby with free access to the internet. Otherwise in the room it's 17 Euros a day.

We had the buffet breakfasts on both mornings which had a great selection but at 32 Euros per person you'd hope so. We had dinner in Bridges one night and although the raw seafood platter was extremely good, the main course was average.

We'd definitely come back to this hotel again. It's very comfortable and a great place to stay in Amsterdam. The hotel has a similar feel to the Sofitel St James in London.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Remco G, General Manager at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, responded to this review, 6 September 2016
Dear guest,

Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay.

However, I regret to read that the main course of your dinner was not entirely up to your satisfaction. Please note that we have passed on your comment to our Head Chef.

We hope to see you again very soon.

With kind regards,
Remco Groenhuijzen
General Manager
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Reviewed 19 September 2010

I have stayed at the Grand a dozen times, but i had not been back since it was remodeled. Now I do agree that the bathrooms needed work, the showers were a joke, water all over the floor every time you used them. They have been improved greatly. My problem is with the rest of the room, very poorly designed. Try to get to the closet or the in room safe, almost impossible. The lighting is just TERRIBLE. The color schemes do not help being very dark. It is just not possible to sit in the living room of the suite and do anything but maybe watch TV. The spa was under construction but i did get a peak inside, nice addition. The Library internet area is probably the nicest addition but with just two computers it was constantly in use. The new restaurant, Bridges is touted as one of Amsterdam's finest, I thought that the breakfast buffet was nowhere near as nice as the former Roux offerings so we did not bother. We did enjoy the bar staff and the oysters, the staff could not have been better and more helpful. I think that maybe they should have fixed the bathrooms and changed the furniture and TV's but left the hotels charm alone. We used to enjoy hanging out in our Suite and having drinks and room service, but the ambiance has been ruined. I have stayed in many of the Suites and Jr. Suites but i have mixed feelings about returning, I have no idea what room I would request. I found the front office staff excellent as was the concierge. Anyone that goes to Amsterdam and does not buy their tickets to the Van Gogh from a concierge is making a very BIG mistake, you simply bypass the huge line and go to the fast track line, no waiting. My first hotel that I stayed at was the Hotel De L'Europe, which is also into a very large remodel, and i am afraid they are making some of the same mistakes that the Grand has made and have gone too modern.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2010

We stayed at the beginning of June and it was a fantastic hotel, the staff could not have been more attentive.

Only minor downside - my room faced one of the canals and was slightly noisy now and again, would suggest If you want a quiet room ask for a room overlooking the courtyard.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Property: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012 EX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District (De Wallen)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#7 Spa Hotel in Amsterdam
#8 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#8 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#13 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#25 Green Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam 5*
Number of rooms: 177
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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