I have been visiting Amsterdam twice a year for over twenty years. The choice of five star hotels has gotten better and better. Recently, I stayed for six nights at the Waldorf Astoria. This is truly a great hotel. The transformation of the four or five townhouses into a hotel is beautiful. The public spaces are airy and a pleasure to be in. I visited several rooms and they were all spacious, comfortable and beautiful. My room was on the first floor overlooking the gardens. It was silent and the bed was amazing. The room was spacious and lovely with high ceilings and windows. The bathroom large and perfect. The gardens are incredible. The breakfast is the best I have ever had at any hotel. The buffet had everything you could want. The staff was friendly and helpful and the hotel has bikes for its guests which is a great perk. These bikes are very good.
I had worried that staying at a chain hotel like the Waldorf would mean that the hotel wouldn't have character and feel Dutch. This was not the case. This hotel has blended into the neighborhood and there were no signs I was staying in a Hilton. I watched a soccer game in the lovely bar and it was filled with Dutch residents from nearby homes in the area. This gives the hotel a very nice feel.
The spa and fitness center are outstanding. The work out room is airy and bright and has all of the equipment required for a great workout. It is clean and well kept. The Guerlain Spa has excellent treatments and rooms. When they were full and could not accommodate me for a massage, they booked me at an excellent day spa around the corner.
I have one issue with this hotel. I don't know who made the decision to make the beautiful and fantastic pool so ridiculously short. This was an error. Five extra meters and the pool would have been swimmable. As it is now it is a plunge pool. They could have made it longer because the steam room could have been where the showers are. I only book hotels with indoor pools because I swim while on holiday. That is why I am upset about this. The pool is the only flaw in an otherwise perfect hotel.
Lastly, the location is great. Five minutes by bike to museumplein. Near the flower market and all of the attractions and still tranquil on the beautiful Herengracht.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, a new and unique 5-star luxury hotel created by combining six 17th century canal palaces located on the Herengracht or Gentlemen's canal. Inspired by timeless Dutch history, the hotel brings authentic charm together with world class amenities and the personalized and legendary True Waldorf Service. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city, close to all major museums, theatres and shops, and only 25 minutes from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The setting of this storied destination is matched by its unparalleled facilities. Enjoy spectacular culinary dishes and the finest wines in the exclusive restaurant in collaboration with 3-Michelin star restaurant De Librije, or visit the stylish Peacock Alley or signature Vault Bar. Or unwind at our private garden and exclusive Guerlain Spa, featuring three treatment rooms, an indoor pool, sauna and fitness centre. Each of the 93 elegant rooms, including 17 suites with our Brentano suite as the grandest of them all (123m2), are dressed in exquisite decor and feature contemporary amenities for an unforgettable stay. Choose our Hotel to plan your next social event, featuring events rooms with unique features, like our Hooft Room of 155m2 overlooking the canal or our Maurer Room with original Rococo style decoration and 18th century wall paintings. For all kind of events, weddings, receptions, or special occasions, our dedicated events team will be glad to assist you, to make you day memorable in an exceptional atmosphere. ... more less
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