Arrival Experience: This luxury hotel is located within a series of traditional Dutch townhouses and is considered one of the top hotels in town. The Waldorf Astoria touches are visible upon arrival in the top-hatted doormen assisting with luggage or umbrellas in the rain. The stairway leading to the reception area is but a dream considering staff are busy shuffling about to assist arrivals. Once inside, name recognition is a hallmark, but don’t expect it to be from the same staffer. Everyone here is at the top of Waldorf’s game, and this property makes the perfect pairing to those staying at the new Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol before or after a trip.
Dining: The hotel is the only one in the country to most recently maintain its two Michelin star rating leading to long lines for a reservation at Librije Zusje, which serves a mélange of Dutch and international cuisine. Of course, there is always a table for guests here at the breakfast restaurant (which opens to the terrace in season) thanks to its buffet offering of fresh, local cuisine and cooked-to-order options. Goldfinch Brasserie serves international cuisine that is perfectly designed for quick bites, which draws notable attention from local business folk. Like all other Waldorf Astoria properties, the Amsterdam is proud of its own Peacock Alley, which spreads from the front entrance to its back garden and creates a grandiose welcome. This is a signature touch of Waldorf Astoria, and even an afternoon tea service here is not to be missed as each property proffers its own regional experience.
Rooms: Accommodations here could not be more bespoke given the perfumery experience performed for each guest that checks in here. One of four perfumed smells is expressed into the guest’s space during the check-in experience. Soft carpeting and oversized beds with pillowtop mattresses and down duvets keep the guilty pleasure roster going. Bathrooms are equally impressive with heated floors and mirrors, showers designed for women with both rainfall showerhead and side spray options, soft towels, robes, slippers, and flat-screen TVs upon the walls. The most popular rooms are the loft units with cathedral ceilings, but all accommodations are equipped with classy amenities like free wireless high speed Internet, Nespresso machines, and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries.
Amenities: The hotel’s Guerlain Spa is a model for other hotels, and guests here are treated to sauna and steam room facilities unavailable elsewhere. Also unique is the indoor lap pool available to guests, which is certainly a surprise at this historic, canal-facing hotel. The most private arrivals can make use of the hotel’s private jetty. The Waldorf Astoria offers the largest private hotel garden in town, which is obvious once guests take a gander at it (that is when the oft wedding or social gathering is not taking place there). Meeting space is incredible here with space for groups of all sizes. What is most impressive is that small conferences can take place in space that was once a regal commune with original hardwood floors and wallscape still in place.