A few weeks ago we stayed in what has become my favorite hotel in Amsterdam – the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht. This modern edifice sits on the Prinsengracht canal, less than a 10-minute walk from the Anne Frank House. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel! The extremely helpful staff is a big plus, and for those of you who don’t know, English in Holland is spoken fluently or near-fluently by virtually everyone. That is certainly the case at the Andaz.
The photo above is of the magnificent contemporary lobby. One wall of the elevator is glass, and as you rise up towards your floor you see a variety of mostly classic Dutch images signifying an ascent from the lower depths of Hades to Heaven. It’s really quite impressive, but I would not describe the lobby as hellish — quite the contrary! Check-in is done at a table with a laptop or iPad, and you sit down in the bar area with a complimentary coffee or soft drink while the process is completed.
Rooms are very comfortable, pretty, and modern featuring cool motifs — ours was fish as you can see from the photo below:
With all due respect to some of the amazing breakfasts we’ve had at other hotels around the world, this gets my vote for the numero uno (or as they say in Dutch, nummer een) hotel breakfast. Their spread is not to be believed, with tasty fresh breads, croissants, rolls, muffins, delicious cheese and fruit — and the cooked foods — from eggs any style to bacon, sausage, and the like — prepared delicately and bursting with flavor. Coffee and hot chocolate are of the highest quality. Below are some pics from the dining area:
The hotel’s location on this glorious canal is hard to beat as well. As I mentioned earlier, you are not only very close to the Anne Frank House, but also the West Church, Leiden square, and quite a few museums, such as the Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rembrandt House. The hotel is adjacent to the “Nine Streets” shopping area, filled with great boutiques, and there are many restaurants within a very short walk as well.
What more can I say? I will leave you with a picture of Amsterdam taken not far from our hotel (all photos in this post were taken by my wife Betty). We loved the Andaz, we loved Amsterdam, and we are already making plans for a return trip! If your travels take you to this vibrant and beautiful city, strongly consider staying at the Andaz.