W Amsterdam – Sleek, modern, and couldn’t be more central, with Royal Palace views.
Occupying a 1920’s telephone exchange building and a former bank dating back to 1906, W Amsterdam is the epitome of urban sophistication. Inside, it’s all muted greys, strong lines, floor-to-ceiling windows letting in plenty of light, and welcome splashes of bold color. Room decor references local culture and history, from the bank vault minibars to the Piet Parra wall illustrations; most rooms have Nespresso machines. On-site dining ranges from expertly-seared steaks and burgers to refined Mediterranean fare. The young staff is well-informed and helpful, and the W Insider provides in-depth info on the local art and design scene.
W Amsterdam – Location
- Area: Super-central location just off the main Dam Square in the Medieval Center, and right next to the Royal Palace. Adjoining the historic canal ring; numerous dining options, bars, and shops nearby; walkable (or short tram ride) to the Anne Frank House, the Museum Quarter, and Centraal Station.
- Address: Spuistraat 175.
- Nearest Transport: Bus & Tram – Dam (50m), Metro – Rokin (600m).
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then the tram (1, 2, 5, 13, 17) to Dam stop, next to the hotel.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €50 from Schiphol Airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: The Royal Palace, Dam Square, Amsterdam Museum.
W Amsterdam – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be couples on a romantic getaway or honeymoon, or business travelers. No specific amenities offered for children.
- View: Some of the rooms and suites features views of Dam Square and the historical center, whereas others overlook Singel canal.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzis.
- Laundry: In-room laundry.
- Extras: Bikes for hire, turndown service, business center, X Bank shop selling the best of Dutch design, art and fashion.
- 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: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +31-(0)20-811-2500
- Email: Message them through their website.
- Website: marriott.com
W Amsterdam – Amenities
- Pool: Heated indoor pool with whirlpool and hot tub in the basement, plus rooftop WET deck with pool overlooking the Medieval Center.
- Spa: AWAY Spa offers massages and beauty treatments, and has an attached sauna and steam room.
- Fitness Center: 24-hour gym with Technogym equipment, HIIT fitness classes, and canal views.
- For Disabled Guests: 3 rooms adapted to guests with disabilities, plus elevators.
W Amsterdam – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: MR PORTER Steakhouse is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Attached bar gets busy in the evenings. Dress nicely. $$$ • THE DUCHESS serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Imaginative Mediterranean cuisine, including foie gras donuts. Belle Epoque ambience: stained-glass roof and sumptuous Roaring Twenties decor. No kids’ menu. $$$. • THE BUTCHER 9 Streets is all about American-style burgers, homemade milkshakes, and craft beer. $$.
- Lounge/Bar: The rooftop W Lounge bar serves adventurous cocktails.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. One of the best breakfasts in town, with an extensive buffet, imaginative salads, and hot dishes cooked to order; €30 per person. Served 7-10.30am at MR PORTER.
- Room Service: Available around the clock from THE BUTCHER and MR PORTER.
W Amsterdam – Rooms
- Room Types: Cozy Exchange • Wonderful Exchange • Fabulous Bank • Fabulous Canal Bank • Cool Corner • Studio Suite • Marvelous Exchange Suite • Marvelous Bank Suite • Fantastic Suite • WOW Suite Exchange • WOW Suite Bank • Extreme WOW Suite Exchange • Extreme WOW Suite Bank • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: W Amsterdam is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The Extreme WOW Suite Bank comes with the signature round W king-sized bed, views of the Singel canal, an excellent sound system, and a walk-in rain shower in the open-plan bathroom with Bliss Spa amenities.
W Amsterdam – Local Transport
- Walking: Easy walking distance to Anne Frank House, Museum Quarter, attractions in the Medieval Center and the Red Light District, Nine Streets shopping neighborhood. Numerous restaurants, bars, and shops within a few minutes’ walk.
- Tram: Direct tram connections from the Dam stop to Centraal Station, western canal ring, Jordaan, southern canal ring and Leidseplein, plus 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.
W Amsterdam – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Breda – One for special occasions. Multi-course, seasonal lunch and dinner menus by some of the city’s most creative chefs, plus 15 wines by the glass. Reservations essential. (200m).
- Lucius – Local institution, popular as ever after 4 decades. Expect refined seafood dishes, from the pike the restaurant is named after to steamed razor clams with chili. Reservations strongly advised. (250m).
- Ashoka Restaurant – Bright and breezy Indian and Nepalese restaurant with numerous vegetarian options. (600m).
- Haesje Claes – Low ceilings, dark-wood furniture, and Dutch classics – from smoked fish platters to stamppot (potatoes mashed with vegetables). (400m).
- FuLu Mandarijn – Good mix of Cantonese and Sichuan dishes in smart surroundings. Offerings include dim sum, sea bass in hot chili broth, Kung Pao chicken, and Peking duck with pancakes. (400m).
- D’Vijff Vlieghen – Characterful restaurant spread over 5 17th-century canal houses, renowned for its imaginative Modern Dutch dishes, and decked out with original Rembrandt works. Reservations essential. (400m).
- The White Room – Beautifully presented, seasonal, ingredient-driven creations from the Michelin-starred chef inside a stately 19th-century white-and-gold dining room. Multi-course tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays; weekday lunches a bargain. Dinner reservations essential. (500m).
- Van Kerkwijk – Intimate, subtly-lit little place with a daily changing menu of French classics, Moroccan tajines, curries, and other internationally-inspired dishes. (500m).
- Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis – Traditional Dutch pancakes in tiny 16th-century house, sampled by Anthony Bourdain in The Layover. Reserve ahead, as there are only 4 tables. (750m).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Café Schuim – Mural-bedecked grungy bar that gets seriously packed on weekends, and in the evenings. Younger crowd. (100m).
- De Drie Fleschjes – Characterful 17th-century tasting house that specializes in liqueurs and jenevers. The accompanying snack of choice here is meatballs. (400m).
- Café Belgique – Chilled-out Belgian beer bar, with 8 brews on tap at the carved wooden bar, and many more bottled options. (500m).
- Dante Kitchen & Bar – Vintage interior, high wooden bar and tall ceilings, a warm ambience, great cocktails, and numerous wines by the glass, accompanied by quality bar snacks. (500m).
- Bubbles & Wines – This sleek wine bar attracts a lively, stylish clientele with its 50+ wines and champagnes by the glass, and superb bar snacks. (500m).
- The Tara – Maze-like Irish pub that’s a big expat favorite. Good for catching football on the big screen. (600m).
- Café de Dokter – Amsterdam’s smallest pub, run by the descendants of the doctor who founded it in 1798. Expect candlelight, chandeliers, and atmospheric bric-a-brac, plus good whiskies and beer. (600m).
- Bierfabriek Amsterdam – Hip, brasserie-style microbrewery with private tap tables, 4 own brews on tap, and an accompaniment of rustic dishes. (700m).
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- By Popular Demand – Quirky, original gifts in the form of cool gadgets and hard-to-find home decor. (50m).
- De Bierkoning – Over 1,500 bottled beers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the UK. (75m).
- Magna Plaza – Upmarket shopping mall, best for fashion, jewelry, and souvenirs. (150m).
- Mark Raven Amsterdam Art – Mark Raven’s city scapes, posters, and t-shirt art. (200m).
- Concrete – Locally-designed t-shirts, trainers, and jeans. Also doubles as an exhibition space for street art and photography. (250m).
- Magic Mushroom Gallery – Branch of a popular smart shop chain, good for herbal ecstasy, ‘shrooms, marijuana, and accessories. (250m).
- Puccini Bomboni – Some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates. 1 of 3 branches. (300m).
- Reypenaer Tasting Room – Peruse the cheeses in the shop above, or descend into the cellar to taste 6 of their offerings (book ahead). (300m).
- Laundry Industry – Urban wear for men and women by the eponymous Dutch design house. (400m).
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