Right alongside the Amstel river. Though in walking distance of the city centre, it's not as central as some of its five-star competitors - and major work on a bridge outside the hotel will cause some disturbance for many months to come.
The 79 rooms are classical in style. Delft patterns set the tone on wallpaper and upholstery, and drinks are laid out on a sideboard in proper bottles. Bathrooms are brown marble, and all have a separate bath and rainforest shower (all baths fill in two minutes precisely, apparently). Executive suites have James Bond-style TVs that appear at the press of a button.
The most pleasing space is the riverside conservatory lounge (popular for morning coffees and elaborate English-style afternoon teas), dominated by a giant crystal chandelier. Downstairs is the plush La Rive restaurant, and the club-styled brasserie (tartan carpet, book-lined walls). Both have riverside terraces.
Eating and drinking
La Rive (one Michelin star) serves French/Mediterranean dishes in fairly formal surroundings, with the five-course seasonal menu costing 90 euros (wine pairings 65 euros extra). The brasserie offers less complex food, such as Dutch oysters, Caesar salad, steaks.
A good-sized indoor pool is appealing positioned on the same level as, and with and windows on to, the river - as is the adjacent gym. There's also a sauna, Turkish bath and massage room.
Though I've found that management can be snooty if they don't like the look of you, staff are generally well trained and polite, and regular guests' likes and dislikes are noted for future stays.
Who stays there
Royalty, pop stars, businesspeople on fat expense accounts.
River-view rooms cost from around 50 euros extra per night. Breakfast costs 32.5 euros per person extra.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Gastronomic dining
- Attentive service
- Grandiose surroundings
- The hefty price tag
- Location not the best