InterContinental Amstel

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Address: Professor Tulpplein 1, , Amsterdam, 1018 GX, The Netherlands

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4

This stately late 19th-century riverside edifice is Amsterdam's most prestigious hotel.

If you want traditional luxury - by which I mean liveried doormen to welcome you, antiques in your room, refined Michelin-starred cuisine - and money is no object, then the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is the best choice in town.

Location
3.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.2
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
3
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

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.

Service

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.

Price advice

River-view rooms cost from around 50 euros extra per night. Breakfast costs 32.5 euros per person extra. 

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Gastronomic dining
  • Attentive service
  • Grandiose surroundings
  • The hefty price tag
  • Location not the best
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