Very convenient: the Centraal Station, where trains arrive from the airport, and from where trams depart to every corner of the city, is a mere five minutes' walk away, and the old heart of the city is right behind the hotel. However, the building lies alongside a dual carriageway, with a not particularly appealing view over the Oosterdok harbour and building work beyond. I stayed at the hotel soon after it opened, and my only real gripe was that my room faced the busy road. Definitely ask for a room on the Binnenkant side of the hotel, which should be quiet and have lovely views over the old city centre.
Grand, with lofty ceilings, and decorated in a style to complement the building's past, with rich, art-nouveau-styled wallpaper and fabrics. The rooms are also extremely comfy. We're talking big, cosseting beds, electronically controlled curtains, giant walk-in showers and deep baths. Included in the rates are the contents of your well-stocked mini-bar, which is replenished daily, and - an unusual freebie in a five-star hotel - WiFi.
The Seven Seas Restaurant is smart, with decorative upholstered banquette seating, but lacks natural light. A more relaxing place to pass the time is the clubby café/bar - panelled, with upholstered banquettes, and candlelit in the evening.
Eating and drinking
Extensive buffet breakfasts and reasonably priced French dinners in the restaurant; drinks, snacks, lighter meals and full-blown teas in the café/bar.
In the basement, there's an impressive "wellness centre", with a smallish but appealing swimming pool, jacuzzi, saunas, and a massage room.
Up there with the city's best hotels.
Who stays there
Couples on treat weekends, some businesspeople on expenses.
Rates are good value compared with the city's other top hotels. Breakfasts 25 euros per person extra.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Often good-value rates
- Fascinating, historic building
- WiFi and drinks from minibar included in rates
- The location has its flaws