Hotel de l'Europe

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Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-8, Amsterdam, 1012 CP, The Netherlands

Star rating:
5 star hotel

3.6

Ultra-luxurious suites in a new wing of this landmark, luxury hotel.

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.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
3.8
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
2
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
3.6
90%

Location

Right in the centre of town, alongside the Amstel river.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Eating and drinking

A la carte breakfasts and brasserie-style meals are on offer in the new wing. You can dine in your suite if you wish.

Leisure facilities

A new indoor swimming pool - square, with a starlit ceiling, and river views - has opened in the new wing, as has the adjacent gym. 

Service

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.

Who stays there

Over the years, royalty, celebrities, politicians, you name it. Given the high rates of the suites, currently those with deep pockets or on expenses.

Price advice

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. 

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

  • Very luxurious new suites
  • Central location
  • Excellent service
  • Most of the hotel is currently closed for renovations
  • Rates are sky high
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