The Andaz doesn't give much away from the outside, other than the giant model of a fairy tale young king visible through the heavily smoked glass window. Once you're inside the lobby though the style of the place, (by designer Marcel Wenders) is immediately apparent: crimson tulip shaped chairs, giant bells hanging from the top of the atrium into reception and a video installation based on Botticelli's birth of Venus.
Rooms are equally stylish but maybe a bit too quirky for some: not everyone may like the washbasin in a curtained off part of the bedroom itself, though with the shower and WC separate. Our room was well appointed: flat screen TV, music system, coffee/tea machine, efficient air conditioning and a comfortable bed. It's probably worth paying the extra for a canal view though the windows aren't panoramic.
Breakfast was either a buffet with a perfectly adequate choice of cereals, pastries, fruit , meats and cheeses or freshly prepared cooked selection.
Guests get free wine and snacks in the library from 5-7.00 PM,
Dinner in the restaurant was the biggest surprise and delight, featuring mainly produce sourced in Holland with its place of origin shown on the menu. We had white new season's white asparagus with smoked eel and the best grilled lobster I've had in years.
The location is very good for exploring Jordaan and the Western canals and it's not that far to walk to the museum district or the old town. It's certainly preferable to staying in the centre of town.
All staff, not just front of house, were enthusiastic, helpful and friendly and worked hard to engage with guests.
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