Hotel de l'Europe
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-8, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1012 CP
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Romance
Expert review of Hotel de l'Europe
For many years, the Hotel de l'Europe has offered a rather wonderful, time-warped, fin-de-siècle opulence. That is changing. The main, late 19th-century building is undergoing a complete and utter revamp, and is closed until spring 2011. My review, and the ratings, focus on the new wing, which opened in February 2010, and for the time being is functioning as a self-contained mini hotel, with its own entrance and facilities, and is undisturbed by work in the main building.
Right in the centre of town, alongside the Amstel river.
The 23 suites in the new wing, many of which have river views and are really palatial, provide some of the fanciest accommodation in the city. On show in each room is a much-enlarged detail from a Dutch Golden Age masterpiece - the painting dictates the rich, individual colour schemes of the room's furnishings. Expect lots of high-tech gadgetry, such as TVs that rise up at the foot of beds at the press of a button, state-of-the-art music systems, and Nespresso coffee machines. The mosaic marble bathrooms are fabulous, with rainforest showers and baths with a large TV at one end.
Under the present arrangement in the new wing, just a comfy and informal lounge/dining/drinking area. Its bar has been temporarily imported from Freddy's Bar (named after Freddy Heineken - the beer makers own the hotel), a very upmarket brown café in the main building.
A la carte breakfasts and brasserie-style meals are on offer in the new wing. You can dine in your suite if you wish.
A new indoor swimming pool - square, with a starlit ceiling, and river views - has opened in the new wing, as has the adjacent gym.
Staff are long serving, doormen are dressed in top hats, and concierges are enterprising, can-do types - on my last visit, one remembered me from the time I had previously popped in.
Over the years, royalty, celebrities, politicians, you name it. Given the high rates of the suites, currently those with deep pockets or on expenses.
The suites cost an arm and a leg. When rooms in the main building re-open, they are likely to be a little more affordable.
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- Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-8, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1012 CP
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool