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Top 5 HOTELS: AMSTERDAM
WITH SUMPTUOUS ROOMS, ULTRA-CHIC DINING AND SULTRY LOUNGE BARS, THESE GLAMOROUS LONDON HOTELS HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER THAT YOU NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE.
1. The Conservatorium Hotel
Opened in late 2011, the sophisticated Conservatorium Hotel brings a sense of understated modern luxury to Amsterdam’s 5-star luxury hotel scene. With a breathtaking setting in a former music conservatory, acclaimed Italian architect and interior designer Piero Lissoni has conceived a living space which blends cutting-edge contemporary design with the building’s rich historic heritage. The central lobby and lounge areas feature soaring glass ceilings bound to impress - the perfect setting for a relaxing cocktail or afternoon tea. The Conservatorium Brasserie is a chic spot for all-day dining, while chef Schilo van Coevorden’s upscale Tunes Restaurant & Bar serves contemporary Dutch cuisine based on seasonally sourced ingredients. Don’t miss a visit to the Akasaha Holistic Wellbeing Center with its state-of-the-art gym facilities, a Pilates and yoga studio, swimming pool, and lengthy list of indulgent beauty treatments.
Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 570 0000 | conservatoriumhotel.com
2. Andaz Amsterdam Hotel
Nestled between two of Amsterdam’s major canals - the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht - the Andaz Amsterdam blends contemporary style with a distinctly boutique hotel feel. Surrounded by art galleries and fashion houses in the fashionable Jordaan neighbourhood, the hotel is set within a building which was formerly a public library. The hotel’s immaculate public spaces showcase exquisite antiques, designer armchairs, Delft-blue ceilings, clean-cut lines and graphic murals. Acclaimed designer Marcel Wanders give Dutch heritage a sleek 21st century spin throughout the hotel’s 122 rooms, featuring sunshine yellow armchairs, stylish wall-art and garden views. After a day spent exploring the city on one of the hotel’s free bikes, unwind at the spa before reserving a table at Bluespoon Restaurant with low-lit interiors and a farm-to-table culinary ethos.
Prinsengracht 587, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 523 1234 | amsterdam.prinsengracht.andaz.hyatt.com
3. Canal House
The cutting-edge Canal House Hotel is set across three 17th-century merchant's houses on the picturesque canals of central Amsterdam. Evoking the light and dark palette of traditional Dutch paintings, the hotel’s 23 guest rooms blend a contemporary colour scheme of purple, black and white with silk wallpapers and velvet draperies. Original fireplaces and beams, gleaming hardwood floors, and black or copper mosaic tiles complete the glamorous look. Most of the high-windowed rooms offer views of the hotel’s private garden (one of the largest in Amsterdam) or the picturesque Keizersgracht canal. The Garden restaurant offers one of the city’s prettiest al fresco dining and drinking spots during the warmer months. With a peaceful location in Jordaan, you’ll be only a short walk from the trendy Nine Streets shopping district, the iconic Flower Market, and Amsterdam’s city centre.
Keizersgracht 148 1015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 622 5182 | canalhouse.nl
4. The Dylan
Set within a former 17th century theatre where the famous composer Vivaldi once performed, the Dylan Amsterdam is one of the city’s finest design hotels. Acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel combines the building’s original 17th-century fixtures with sophisticated Eastern accents of black lacquer, cardinal red and mahogany, referencing The Netherlands' Asian colonial history. 40 cutting-edge rooms and suites feature marble bathtubs and luxurious four-poster beds while enjoying views of either the Keizersgracht canal or the hotel’s quiet inner courtyard. Chef Dennis Kuiper’s Michelin-star Vinkeles Restaurant serves inventive French-inspired cuisine. Located along the pretty Keizersgracht canal, The Dylan Amsterdam has one of the city’s most enviable addresses close to Amsterdam’s chic shopping district, The Nine Streets.
Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 530 2010 | dylanamsterdam.com
5. Sir Albert Hotel
Housed within a former diamond factory, the imposing red brick facade of the Sir Albert Hotel gives no hint of the irresistibly eclectic world that awaits within. Guests are encouraged to imagine themselves enjoying the antiquarian home of a charismatic, invisible aristocrat, where the concept behind the growing Sir Hotel family proves as quirky as its interior design. As a result, chic designer chairs, plush Persian rugs, funky canvases and library-worthy bookshelves blend together in a contemporary aesthetic. The hotel’s rooms feature ebony-hue wooden floors, luxurious Egyptian cottons and cow-hide chairs. With such playful concepts at work, it’s no surprise that the hotel’s award-winning Japanese restaurant, Izakaya, attracts the neighbourhood’s design-loving foodies. Surrounded by the vibrant restaurants and nightlife of the De Pijp neighbourhood, you’ll be situated in the heart of one of Amsterdam’s trendiest neighbourhoods.
Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, 1072 CT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 305 3020 | siralberthotel.com
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