Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel in Amsterdam

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Updated: November 10, 2020

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Review of Andaz Amsterdam in Amsterdam.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – Whimsical boutique hotel with off-the-wall decor in the historic canal ring.

Sitting alongside Amsterdam’s loveliest canal, Andaz is whimsical and playful, courtesy of superstar Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. The decor takes its inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, Dutch culture, and Dutch maritime history, with crimson, tulip-shaped chairs in the lobby, a Delft blue feature wall, a glass-box lift, and original video art by the likes of Erwin Olaf. The whimsical decor is present in the light, bright rooms, with tulip armchairs, surreal fish-spoons above the supremely comfortable beds, and open-plan bathrooms. Nespresso machines, large walk-in wardrobes, and TVs with access to the hotel’s video art are nice touches. Service is professional and informal, and the hotel is ideally located for sightseeing, shopping, and dining out.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – Location

  • Address: Prinsengracht 587, 1016 HT Amsterdam.
  • Nearest Tram: Prinsengracht.
  • Area: Right in the heart of the historic canal ring. Busy Leidseplein square with its restaurants, bars, theaters, and clubs is a 7-minute walk away. The 3 main art museums of the Museum Quarter are less than 15 minutes on foot, while the Anne Frank House is 11 minutes away. Andaz is part of the trendy Nine Streets neighborhood, a compact grid of narrow streets packed with independent boutiques, restaurants, and bars. The nearest tram stop is on Leidseplein, with quick and easy connections to the Medieval Center, Red Light District, Centraal Station, and the Museum Quarter.
  • How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #1, #2 or #5 to Prinsengracht stop. Andaz Amsterdam is a 5-minute walk away.
  • Handy to: Nine Streets shopping, historic canal ring, Anne Frank House, Spui square.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – The Basics

  • Ages: Most guests tend to be couples on a romantic city break, but children of all ages welcome.
  • View: Of the 122 rooms, Standard rooms overlook the Observatorium-themed lobby, while the View and Deluxe rooms and the suites look out either over Prinsengracht canal or the hotel garden. Deluxe rooms come with private terraces with garden.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzi.
  • Laundry: In-room laundry service.
  • Parking: Parking onsite costs €65 per day.
  • Extras: There are free bicycles for guest use. Personal trainers are available, and yoga and Pilates classes can be arranged on request. There’s free wine for guests in the library between 5 and 7 pm, and the in-room minibars provide free non-alcoholic drinks. Ask for a tour of the video art.
  • When to Book: Reserve 3 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
  • How to Book: will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 020-523-1234
  • Website:

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: The on-site spa offers a range of tailor-made treatments and there’s a sauna and steam room.
  • Fitness Center: Fully equipped, high-tech 24-hour fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: One room adapted for disabled guests.
  • For Families: Kids under 6 eat free of charge, and there’s a 50% breakfast discount for children under 12. Babysitting services can be arranged.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: The Bluespoon Restaurant (6.30 am-10 pm) is airy and whimsical, just like the rest of the hotel, and overlooks the Secret Garden. It serves beautiful and creative farm-to-table cuisine; the 4-course Video Art menu (€70) – a multi-sensory experience – is a treat. • $$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: The Bluespoon Bar is part of the buzzy lobby and looks out over the canal. Adventurous mixologists create interesting original cocktails using Dutch jenevers and exotic ingredients, as well as serving classics with a twist.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Good buffet breakfast with a selection of hot dishes cooked to order available from the Bluespoon Restaurant between 6.30 am and 10.30 am; €29 per person.
  • Room Service: 24-hour room service available.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – Rooms

  • Room Types: Observatory Queen • Observatory King • Garden View Queen • Garden View King • Canal View Queen • Canal View King • Andaz Suite • Prinsengracht Presidential Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Andaz Amsterdam is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: Canal View Room 209 has excellent views of the Prinsengracht canal, while the palatial Prinsengracht Suite comes with Amsterdam’s largest canal view hotel terrace.
  • For Families: There are some interconnecting rooms; also, all suites, as well as 2 of the View rooms, have space for a baby cot or an extra bed (free for under-12’s).

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – Local Transport

  • Walking: Busy Leidseplein square, surrounded by restaurants, bars, and clubs, is a 7-minute stroll; Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace, and the Red Light District are less than 15 minutes away. The 3 main art museums are around 15 minutes’ walk away; the Medieval Center is just 2 minutes on foot.
  • Tram: The nearest tram stop off Prinsengracht, a 5-minute walk, offers quick and easy connections to the Centraal Station and the Museum Quarter.
  • Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Gs Brunch Boat – The world’s only brunch boat sets sail year round from Keizersgracht 177. Extensive menus are accompanied by mimosas and bloody marys, together with an hour and a half’s Amsterdam canal tour. Start location: 11-minute walk
  • Secret Food Tours – Sample raw herring, stamppot, stroopwafel, pancakes, and more on this walking tour of traditional Dutch food hotspots. Meet at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 11-minute walk.
  • Jewish History Amsterdam – Themed walking tours of Jewish Amsterdam; tours of the western canal ring typically start at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 11-minute walk.
  • Lovers Canal Cruises – Hour-long small boat canal cruises depart from the dock near the Anne Frank House. Start location: 12-minute walk.
  • Blue Boat Company – Open-boat cruises, themed kids’ cruises, evening cruises, and Hard Rock burger cruises. Start location: 12-minute walk.

Nearby Restaurants

Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • De Zotte – Oak-paneled watering hole, with over 130 Belgian and Dutch beers, including Trappist beers, and some rare and unusual brews. The food menu includes the signature Hartige Tart and Flemish steaks; get here early to nab a table. 4-minute walk.
  • Café Eijlders – Brown, stained-glass café that served as a gathering place for artists resisting the Nazis during WWII. A chilled-out spot for a drink; exhibitions and poetry readings sometimes held here. 6-minute walk.
  • De Admiraal – Amsterdam’s largest traditional tasting house, with 16 jenevers and 60 liqueurs. 7-minute walk.
  • Pulitzer’s Bar – Stylish art deco cocktail bar inside the eponymous hotel. Classic cocktails as well as expertly-mixed signature drinks. 8-minute walk.
  • Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Tiny cocktail bar with award-winning bartenders and killer signature cocktails. Try the Flying Dutchman. 8-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Market or Grocery

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – The Hotel

The hotel faces the Prinsengracht canal.

Evening view of Andaz Amsterdam across Prinsengracht canal; front-facing rooms get the best views but also some street noise.

The lobby features tulip-shaped chairs.

The tulip-shaped chairs in the lobby are a riff on Dutch flower-loving culture.

The hotel lobby showcases video art in several places.

There are numerous pieces of video art scattered about the hotel, including the lobby. Ask the staff for an art tour.

The cozy guest library also hold wine tastings daily.

There’s a cozy guest library with books on art and architecture; wine tastings are held here daily from 5 to 7 pm.

The tranquil garden sports an Alice in Wonderland theme.

The Alice in Wonderland theme prevails in the tranquil garden.

The spa section houses the sauna and massage and beauty treatments.

The sauna is in the part of the spa that offers various massages and beauty treatments.

The gym is fully-equipped, and has a skylight.

The fully-equipped gym comes with a skylight and is open 24 hours a day.

Bluespoon Restaurant specializes in farm-to-table cuisine.

Bluespoon Restaurant specializes in farm-to-table cuisine; it’s popular with guests and locals alike, and reservations are a good idea.

A popular cocktail at the Bluespoon Bar is the Long Life Elixir.

Long Life Elixir cocktail at the Bluespoon Bar.

Popular Bluespoon Bar in the lobby serves excellent cocktails using Dutch jenevers.

Part of the lobby, the Bluespoon Bar is a popular spot for evenings drinks; original cocktails using Dutch jenevers are a specialty.

Compact Observatory Rooms do not offer great views.

Observatory Rooms are the coziest (read: the most compact) and overlook the lobby, so if a view is a deal breaker, book one of the higher price categories.

Garden View Rooms overlook the Secret Garden.

The larger Garden View Rooms peek into the Secret Garden; garden rooms tend to be the quietest.

Some Garden View Rooms feature garden-facing terraces.

Some Garden View Rooms come with terraces overlooking the garden.

Canal View Rooms also feature fish-spoon decor, and have good canal views.

All Canal View Rooms share the whimsical fish/spoon decor with the rest of the rooms and benefit from great views of Prinsengracht canal.

Canal View Rooms have an excellent view of the Prinsengracht canal.

Prinsengracht canal, as seen from a tulip chair in a Canal View Room.

The Andaz Suite's open-plan bathroom also features a free-standing tub.

Like the other rooms, the Andaz Suite has an open-plan bathroom, but also comes with a free-standing tub.

The living area of the Andaz Suite is spacious.

The Andaz Suite has a spacious living area.

The Prinsengracht Suite bedroom features a fish/spoon decor.

The bedroom in the Prinsengracht Suite, complete with fish/spoon decor and large TV.

The Prinsegracht Suite has a large canal-facing private terrace.

The Prinsegracht Suite has the best view of the canal from its large private terrace.

The Prinsengracht Suite features a free-standing tub.

Open-plan Prinsengracht Suite bathroom has a free-standing tub.

The Prinsengracht Suite features an open-plan bathroom with twin sinks.

The Prinsengracht Suite comes with twin sinks in its open-plan bathroom.

Frozen Fountain sells unique homeware.

Near the Andaz Hotel is one of the quirkier stores in the neighborhood. Frozen Fountain specializes in unique homeware, and is worth a browse even if you’re not looking for anything specific.

Casa Peru is the Netherlands' original and best Peruvian restaurant.

Just south, at the confluence of 2 canals, Casa Peru is the Netherlands’ original Peruvian restaurant and remains the best of its kind in the city. Great for traditional dishes, plus people-watching from the canal-side terrace.

The Darling sells funky, locally-designed women’s wear and accessories.

Andaz Amsterdam sits on the western edge of the trendy Nine Streets neighborhood. Just north is one of the main shopping streets that stretches across the 4 historic canals. Boutiques to look out for include The Darling – funky, locally-designed women’s wear and accessories.

Denham sells men's denim wear, with a women's branch nearby.

Across the street, Denham stocks denim wear for men. The women’s branch is around the corner.

Keizersgracht canal connects clusters of boutiques in the neighborhood.

The bridge across Keizersgracht canal leads east to the next cluster of boutiques.

Marie Stella Maris sells eco-friendly and popular beauty and skincare products.

On the corner, Marie Stella Maris sells locally-renowned beauty and skincare products with an eco-conscience.

We Are Labels specializes in street wear.

Nearby, We Are Labels stocks street wear by mbyM, Global Funk, Norr, and more.

Scotch & Soda specializes in chic street wear.

Across the street is Scotch & Soda, the Amsterdam fashion label specializing in chic street wear for men and women.

Art Plein Spui is held on Sundays as an outdoor book and art market.

3 blocks east of the hotel is Spui square, one of the most popular gathering spots in the Medieval Center. On Sundays it hosts the Art Plein Spui, an outdoor book and art market.

The Seafood Bar is renowned for its seafood platters and outdoor seating.

While some restaurants off Spui are overpriced tourist traps, one consistently good option is the local branch of the Seafood Bar – great seafood platters with popular outdoor seating overlooking the square.

Café Hoppe offers a wood-paneled interior and an outdoor terrace.

Just off Spui, there’s a cluster of popular bars; Café Hoppe is a local institution, with a centuries-old, wood-paneled interior, plus an outdoor terrace for people-watching.

The Amsterdam Museum showcases the city's 1,000-year-old history.

A short walk north of Spui, the very worthwhile Amsterdam Museum walks you through 1,000 years of city history, complete with hands-on exhibits and dressing up opportunities for kids.

D’Vijff Vliegen serves modern Dutch dishes in a 17th-century canal house.

Also north of Spui, along Spuistraat that’s dotted with bars and restaurants, D’Vijff Vliegen serves imaginative modern Dutch dishes in an atmospheric 17th-century canal house setting; book ahead.

The Flying Dutchmen is renowned for its signature cocktails.

Before you cross the Singel canal to Spui, around a block south there’s a tiny cocktail bar – The Flying Dutchmen – a well-kept local secret. The signature cocktails, mixed by award-winning mixologists, are amazing and worth every penny.

Herengracht restaurant and bar is popular for its canal-side seating and modern European dishes.

Around the corner, on the banks of Herengracht canal, Herengracht Restaurant has a super-popular canal-side terrace that gets absolutely packed at lunchtime. It’s one of many restaurants in one of the most touristy parts of town, but the quality of the modern European dishes remains consistent.

Ron Gastrobar Oriental specializes in Asian-inspired tapas.

A couple of blocks south, on quiet little Kerkstraat, Ron Gastrobar Oriental is the sister restaurant of the stylish tapas place near Vondelpark. It’s a similar concept: all dishes are meant for sharing and all cost the same, but these are Asian-inspired fusion.

Heinen Delfts Blauw sells the famous blue-and-white Delft ceramics.

Half a block east of Ron Gastrobar, Leidsestraat is a busy tramway lined with gift shops. The neighborhood branch of Heinen Delfts Blauw sells all manner of the famous blue-and-white Delft ceramics – from collectors’ items to inexpensive small gifts.

Mark Raven Amsterdam Art sells Amsterdam-inspired memorabilia and t-shirts.

Across the street, Mark Raven Amsterdam Art sells sketches and drawings of Amsterdam cityscapes as well as locally-designed t-shirts.

De Zotte is known for its selection of Belgian and Dutch beers and signature dishes.

If you cross over to the north side of Leidsegracht canal and walk a couple of blocks south, just off Raamplein square is De Zotte, a characterful wood-paneled bar that’s a world away from the touristy bars surrounding nearby Leidseplein. Beer-loving Amsterdammers come here for the vast array of Belgian and Dutch beers, plus the signature dishes – Flemish steak and Hartige tart. Evenings only; get here early to grab a table.

Café Eijlders is a local institution known for its beer and poetry readings.

If you cross the bridge south of Raamplein, 2 parallel streets lined with bars lead towards Leidseplein, a bustling square surrounded by theaters, bars, and restaurants. Many bars cater largely to tourists, but some like Café Eijlders are local institutions. Eijlders is a traditional brown café where artists met during WWII to defy the Nazis, and it’s a good spot for a beer and occasional poetry readings.

Hosokawa is one of Amsterdam's best Japanese restaurants.

While many restaurants around Leidseplein are tourist traps, there are some notable exceptions. One is Hosokawa, a contemporary Japanese restaurant that’s one of Amsterdam’s best. Minimalist interior, great sashimi. Reservations a good idea.

Mendo is an excellent bookstore with a good selection of coffee table books.

A block and a half north of Andaz Amsterdam, another narrow shopping street stretches across the 4 historic canals. Shops worth looking out for include the excellent Mendo bookstore, particularly strong on coffee table books on art, design, and architecture.

Dutch Accent Gallery sells watercolor city scapes by local artists.

Nearby, the Dutch Accent Gallery sells watercolor landscapes of the city by local artists.

Restaurant de Struisvogel serves good French-inspired dishes.

Around the corner is the Restaurant de Struisvogel, a popular lunch stop for shoppers that serves French-inspired dishes.

Marqt is a well-stocked supermarket nearby.

Across the Keizersgracht canal bridge, Marqt is the local branch of the upmarket, well-stocked supermarket.

De Admiraal is popular for its selection of jenevers and local spirits.

Just along the Herengracht canal, De Admiraal is one of the best places in the city to taste a variety of jenevers and other local spirits. Great outdoor terrace.

Pulitzer’s Bar serves excellent cocktails by the canal.

Two and a half blocks north of the hotel, overlooking Keizersgracht canal, Pulitzer’s Bar serves excellent cocktails and has a great canal-side terrace.

Wil Graanstra under the Westerkerk Church is very popular.

A block north is busy Raadhuisstraat, where you can catch a tram to the Medieval Center and Centraal Station, and grab some tasty Belgian fries from the Wil Graanstra takeout beneath the church.

Koh-i-Noor is a local favorite for its curries and North Indian dishes.

Across the street is Koh-i-Noor, a curry house that’s been a neighborhood fixture for years.

Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam's most popular destinations.

Just north of Westermarkt is the Anne Frank House, where her family hid from the Nazis during WWII. It’s one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, so book your ticket online to skip the lines.

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