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5 of the best luxury hotels in Amsterdam

With the recent launch of Eurostar’s first non-stop service from London to Amsterdam, the Dutch city is easier to get to than ever. It also boasts an impressive array of high-end hotels ideal for meetings and incentives. From historic Grand Dames, to quirky boutiques, here’s five of our favourites…

W Amsterdam
Split across two unique buildings, a former telephone exchange building and a bank, W Amsterdam is an intriguing design mix of heritage and contemporary style. Located in the city centre just off Dam Square, near the iconic canal district, W Amsterdam offers 238 rooms, including 23 suites, three WOW suites and two lavish Extreme WOW Suites.

The W Lounge is located on the sixth floor of the Exchange building and is the first stop for all arriving guests at the hotel. The cocktail bar, lounge and hip night spot, is the perfect place to grab a cocktail and enjoy the 360-degree views over the city. W Amsterdam has one Great Room for events accommodating up to 430 people, which can be split into three smaller meeting rooms. Restaurants include The Duchess, offering elegant dining, lunch and afternoon tea menus, and steakhouse come lounge bar, Mr Porter.

Andaz Amsterdam
Surrounded by the city’s iconic canals, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht boasts a prime spot in the historic centre of Amsterdam. The hotel’s 122 stylish rooms and suites offer views of the Amsterdam canals, the hotel garden, and the Observatorium. Guests can admire original artwork celebrating the city of Amsterdam, with more than 50 pieces of video art throughout the hotel, explore city sights on complimentary bicycles, or spend an afternoon relaxing at The Spa.

Bluespoon Restaurant specialises in farm-to-table cuisine with a distinctive Dutch twist. From 10-150 guests, the Andaz Studios can set the stage for any event, big or small. Planners can choose from six stylish spaces, each with an iconic design by legendary designer Marcel Wanders from the wild, to the wonderful. Catering services, from menu development to gourmet Bluespoon cuisine by Chef Sander Bierenbroodspot are also available throughout Andaz Studios.

Conservatorium Amsterdam
Located in the Museum Square district, right opposite the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, the Conservatorium hotel combines a landmark heritage building with contemporary design. Comprised of 129 luxury rooms and suites on eight floors, the Conservatorium features several popular restaurants and lounges including the buzzy lobby-level Brasserie and Lounge; Schilo Van Coevorden’s leading award-winning Asian-inspired eatery, Taiko; and specialty cocktail destination, Tunes Bar.

The 1,000sqm Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre is a spacious and tranquil urban retreat featuring a private Hammam and gym and offering a range of indulgent therapies, from nutrition to meditation, and Reiki to Watsu. The hotel’s six meeting rooms can cater to a range of groups, with the largest, The Symphony Room, able to accommodate 120 theatre-style and 100 for dinner.

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Located between two canals in the heart of the city, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam boasts a rich history – from a 15th-century convent to royal lodgings to Dutch Admiralty headquarters to the city hall of Amsterdam. The hotel, comprising 177 rooms including 52 suites with Butler Service, is also home to the award-winning luxury SoSPA. It also features the popular Restaurant Bridges, inspired by Ron Blaauw, a Parisian themed bistro, a typical Dutch brown bar, ideal for a post-meeting or pre-dinner drinks, and The Garden Terrace, for a relaxing drink, lunch or dinner during Summer.

When it comes to event spaces, The Grand is hard to beat, with 19 meeting rooms and banqueting halls on offer. Five of these are listed as historical monuments and were taken into use when The Grand served as city hall: the Council Chamber, the Burgomaster and Aldermans Chamber, the St. Cecilia and the beautiful First Class Marriage Chamber. A further 14 contemporary meetings rooms are located in The Princenhof Meeting & Convention Centre. Capacities range from 12 to 300 guests.

Sir Albert
Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam is a former diamond factory, designed around the ‘modern aristocratic’ lifestyle of its eponymous, but fictional, patron. The luxury boutique hotel is located in the lively De Pijp district near the Rijks Museum, and boasts 90 designer-styled rooms and suites with high ceilings and large windows. Upon arrival at the hotel, guests are greeted by a personal host in the cosy study for check-in – also home to a well-stocked library, a pleasant fireplace, and the perfect spot to relax with a cup of tea or Champagne.

Sir Albert Hotel is home to popular restaurant, IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar, which presents modern Japanese cuisine with South American influences. The menu features fresh sushi, sashimi and a variety of exquisite meat and fish, prepared on a traditional Robata-grill or in a Hibachi-fire bowl. Meanwhile, the Creative Space, provides the perfect backdrop for events from inspiring brainstorms to intimate soirees.

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