Housed inside a former shipping house beside the docks on Prins Hendrikkade, this five-star hotel has the ideal address. Set beside the water, it’s only moments from Amsterdam's central railway station and a mere 1km from the beating heart of Dam Square. You can reach Schiphol Airport by train in only 15 minutes, and a host of attractions lie within easy reach.
The beautifully tiled heated pool, with its star-spangled ceiling, is a wonderful place to unwind, and part of a spa that really knows how to pamper its guests. Two saunas, a whirlpool, fitness room and relaxation room are all free to use, and the list of rituals goes on and on. Hot-stone, sports, reiki and chakra-boosting massages are all available, as are beauty treatments using high-end cosmetics from renowned brand Babor.
Designed in the Amsterdam School style (a type of art nouveau), the rooms here have an elegant appeal, with plenty of pattern and colour. Thanks to the building’s former life in the maritime world, almost no two are the same either, but all have high ceilings, lots of natural daylight and views over the canal or riverside cityscape from your window. A range of categories include the stylish suites with their own living rooms, bigger bathrooms and cosy four-poster beds.
The hotel’s concierge is always at your disposal for sightseeing forays whenever the mood takes you. Hop-on, hop-off cruises along the vast network of canals that weave through Amsterdam are highly recommended, as are cultural highlights such as the Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Museum and stunning Rijksmuseum. If you want theatre tickets and restaurant bookings, staff here will be only too happy to help.
There are simply scores of great restaurants all within striking distance of your hotel, but if you fancy grabbing a bite closer to home then the Seven Seas is your port of call. Magnificent marble and stained glass create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for any meal, and the French-influenced menu is filled with gastronomic surprises. Come by day, and the High Tea with scones and pastries is not to be missed.
Prins Hendrikkade 108-1011AK Amsterdam