Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht
Whimsy on the canal
What it is
A playful design hotel on one of Amsterdam’s prettiest canals.
What it isn't
Demure, easily digested, or quiet. This place has character and it’s not afraid to be bold.
What we think
In the center of Amsterdam’s UNESCO-protected Canal District, the Andaz overlooks the Prinsengracht, or Prince's Canal—fittingly, if you consider the property a precocious scion next to its more regal neighbors. The stylish new occupant of a former public library, the 122-room hotel was designed by Marcel Wanders in a style that could be thought of as the Dutch answer to Philippe Starck: bright red chairs reminiscent of oversized tulips, wooden clogs hung on bedroom walls, oversize photographs of fish. As at other properties under Hyatt's trend-conscious brand, the lobby is devoid of a check-in counter, opting instead for a fleet of dapper, tablet-toting gents who check you in and take care of any and all questions. The atrium-like space also hosts a buzzy, local-filled bar and, off to the side, Bluespoon, where Swiss chef Julien Piguet creates seasonal French-style fare that emphasizes its local origin. Check the menu for notes on the provenance of the ingredients—like the honey from the beehives up on the roof.
You're here because
You want to pair luxe comfort with a witty dose of tongue-in-cheek Dutch design.
As you ascend in the glass elevator, the Atrium carpet’s detailing becomes clear. It’s a map of the world from the Dutch Age of Discovery. And as you continue to rise, you realize that the the ceiling is, in turn, a rendering of the stars the explorers used to navigate.
Restaurants & Bars
Bluespoon - Farm-to-table European cuisine with a Dutch twist
Bluespoon Bar - Handcrafted cocktails and bar snacks in a speakeasy atmosphere
On the Prinsengracht, an easy walk (or hotel-supplied blue bicycle ride) to the Anne Frank House, Jordaan’s art galleries and cafés, and the high-end boutiques of Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets).