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5 unique luxury hotels in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a cultural and business gateway, it is only natural there are many unique, luxury hotels across the city. In most cases, hotels are unique blends of old and new that transcend the usual definitions of hotels. They are neighborhood and historical combinations that give the traveler a unique lodging experience that combines luxury with the nuances and activities in a specific area. Pillows Anna van den Vondel Hotel If the museum district is your main focus, then it’s an easy walk through the park from the Pillows Anna van den Vondel Hotel. Situated on a side street, just off the tram line, this intimate hotel is a combination of three classic row houses. Each comfortably deluxe room is uniquely different because of the homes and hallways now link. This boutique hotel has excellent touches and bathrooms, and even art from the owner. The appeal here is you feel like you a guest in someone’s home, not a hotel. The common area serves a breakfast spread in the a.m. and treats and cocktails later in the day with a view of the back of the adjacent houses, and their park-like setting. NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky If a central hopping point is your best approach, then the hotel which combines both business and leisure in one luxury location is the NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square. From the perspective of inclusion, just about every amenity is at this hotel including excellent restaurants, bars, and extensive meeting space. Four hundred fifty-one rooms mean you can determine your own space and amenity needs, and all rooms have rain showers as an example of the little bit extra in each area. The Conservatorium Hotel The Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam has many accolades for the number one luxury hotel in the Netherlands. Placed in the Museum Square district, the Conservatorium boasts incredible architecture in a landmark heritage building with an elegant, modern design. The Conservatorium has their selection of restaurants, a bar, lounge, and 1,000 square-meter Akasha Holistic Wellbeing spa round out the experience. Nearby Attractions including the Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, Vondelpark and Amsterdam’s most upscale shopping – are a leisurely stroll. NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace Hotel History meets luxury at the NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace Hotel. This hotel is situated in the old center of the city, comprised of nineteen, 17th-century houses, which were remodeled into a hotel on the inside. The hotel also has a connection to the St. Olof’s Chapel – a 15th-century chapel initially built and used as a church. After years of neglect, it renovated into a congress and event venue, which opened in 1993 further adding to the offerings of the hotel. While the hotel has recently remodeled rooms, it is the luxury combined with the Central Station location that is the real draw to this property, Hotel De L’Europe Hit the heights of a European approach to luxury at Hotel De L’Europe which provides a unique historical site on the Amstel river. What sets this hotel apart are the guest rooms. De L’Europe features 111, regally crafted guestrooms and a peerless six-bedroom Penthouse suite. Contemporary amenities and classic design blend with luxurious comfort and the latest connective and entertainment technology. For a further feel of history, iconic Dutch Masters paintings have been carefully replicated to enhance the décor and feel of each room. Additional room comforts include the COCO-MAT beds combined with Arabesco-Carrara marble bathrooms to round out the luxury-stay experience.

Neil Wolkodoff

Neil Wolkodoff is a golf and travel writer from Denver, Colorado. He covers golf, dining, activities and accommodations from the luxury and unique perspective. He has even been golfing with goats.

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  1. The replicas of Dutch Masters paintings is a nice touch at the Hotel De L’Europe. Far too many hotels today are just branded carbon copies of a one size fits all blue print. I think that it is important for hotels to have some character and a real connection with their location. Then of course on top of that you want the comfort, luxury and service.

    1. Yes, that is one thing the luxury hotels in Amsterdam do quite well, having their own nuances and character!

  2. Pillows – what a great name for a hotel.

    I like the idea of cocktails and treats, usually a nice selection of canapés.

    Cocktails and canapés is becoming quite a trend in hotels. It tends to pull the guests together. You’ll get people staying on business talking to tourists and those who are there to see friends. If you are visiting you get different perspectives on the city and the hotel.

    1. A very good observation, and that is why I feel that while Pillows is a botique luxury hotel, it gets quite a few business travelers in that area of Amsterdam.

  3. Hopefully I’m heading to Amsterdam early in the New Year in pursuit of some new business. Obviously a lot of the time I’ll be out and about meeting clients but you also have to put in the hours preparing for meetings. You’ve got to have somewhere comfortable to work without distraction. Some of these hotels could be just what I need.

    1. Matt, they are all good in their own respects. My only advice is it’s about where you want to be centered. Some of the properties have better meeting rooms and options than others. That is another consideration. And yes, some of the hotels have better workspace in the rooms, which can easily be determined from internet photos.

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