Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, six grand houses melded into luxurious wonder
The city of Amsterdam is a city of ships and boats, connected to the North Sea through the Noordzeekanal. The city fathers expanded this waterway to the Amstel River, the town moat, and beyond, and today, the canals of Amsterdam rival those of Venice. Famously colorful and delicately designed houses perch above these roads of water, and just west of the meeting of the Amstel with the Herengracht Canal stands the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. With a name synonymous for lavish accommodation and elegant style, the Waldorf delivers the finest in luxury service to its clientele, as befits a good royal Dutch guesthouse. The estate is a melding of six grand houses, all constructed by the ruling town burghers in the 17th and 18th centuries. The architects of the estate spent about five years in renovating and preserving the best of the Dutch Bel Etage styling of the palaces, and today their work shines in the fluted columns and abstracted globe of the grand lobby, as well as the hidden byways that offer privacy to celebrity guests.
A Perfect Sense of Lavish Pampering in Holland
The extensive and elegant surrounding of the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, open since 2014, comprises 93 rooms, lofts and suites, with penthouse options offered in the Brentano Suite and the King Grand Premier Rooms. Since each of the six palaces that were joined together to form the Waldorf had their distinct facilities, so every room and suite at the Waldorf is a unique expression of deluxe and elegant bespoke service. Dutch Delft Blue provides a frequent color accent to the fabrics of the rooms, and each bathroom features Salvatore Ferragamo bathroom amenities. The hotel is also the locale for the lavishly designed and popular Guerlain Spa, with its Finnish sauna, steam room, and swimming pool open to guests. The three treatment rooms are often booked far in advance, so call ahead for your massage or therapeutic visits. The Waldorf is blessed with an extensive agora in the center of the complex, where a visit to the Courtyard Garden, highlighted by a Baroque gazebo, provides a perfect tranquility for guests after a long day of touring.
A Bespoken Introduction to the Capital of the Lowlands
Within a city block north of the Waldorf stands one of the liveliest plazas of Amsterdam, the Rembrandplein, which will perfectly entertain travelers during a morning stroll. Bespoke tours of the city are easy to arrange with your concierge, and a chartered boat will provide some of the best views of the canal life of the city. Don’t miss the Oude Kerk, the Old Church in the center of the town, and one of the most popular museums in the world, the Van Gogh Museum, awaits you just a 100 yards away from the great Vondelpark, the most popular green space in the city. The staff will be glad to create any bespoke arrangements that will serve your specific interests, and the entire city is ready to be explored.
Fine Dining Above the Canals
When the Waldorf opened, the Librije (the Library) restaurant, regularly awarded three Michelin stars since 2004, generously arrange to create the Librije’s Zusje, the Library’s Little Sister, for the estate of the hotel. Since it’s opening in 2014, the Librije Zusje has already earned two Michelin stars, and Executive Chef Sidney Schutte has set his sights on a third star in the near future. The Goldfinch Brasserie provides lighter fare in a more informal setting, and the Waldorf also offers the delights of the Peacock Alley lounge and the Vault Bar, set in the space formerly held by a bank. Be sure to enjoy the hotel’s cuisine as you enjoy all of the other the treasures of Dutch life in the City of Canals by the North Sea.