by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 28, 2018
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam – One of Amsterdam’s grand dames, overlooking the Amstel River.
In east Amsterdam, a short stroll across the Amstel from attractions in the Southern Canal Ring and the street market, bars and cafes of De Pijp, InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is one of the city’s grandest 5-star hotels. Past guests have included everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to the Rolling Stones, and its white marble and stucco interior exudes old-world grandeur. Rooms are spacious, with high ceilings and classic French-style interiors, antique-style furniture, smatterings of Delftware, mod cons such as Nespresso machines, and generous bathrooms with separate showers and tubs. Service is warm and professional without being stuffy, and there’s excellent onsite dining coupled with river views.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam – Location
- Address: Professor Tulpplein 1, 1018 GX Amsterdam.
- Nearest Metro: Weesperplein.
- Area: Centrally located, overlooking the Amstel River, within easy walking distance from Nieuwmarkt, and its cafes and bars; De Pijp with its bars, cafes and boutiques; Waterlooplein; and Hermitage Amsterdam. Walkable to the attractions of the Southern Canal Ring, and the nightlife around Rembrandtplein.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then metro #51, #53, or #54 to Weesperplein. InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is a 3-minute walk away.
- Handy to: Hermitage Amsterdam, Jewish Historical Museum, Albert Cuyp Market.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be a mix of couples on a romantic break, honeymooners, the odd celebrity, and business travelers. Families with older children are welcome, though there are no family-friendly facilities as such. A Bar is 18+.
- Views: Many rooms and suites have excellent views of the Amstel River and the Singelgracht canal. Front-facing rooms overlook the quiet, leafy Prof. Tilpplein street.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzis.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Parking: Onsite parking costs €65 per day.
- Extras: Turn-down service; concierge; exclusive tickets booked for the opera, theater, etc.; bicycle rental.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 or 4 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: 020-622-6060
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://amsterdam.intercontinental.com/nl/
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam – Amenities
- Pool: The large, heated indoor pool looks out over the river. Water aerobics classes available.
- Spa: No spa, but a wellness center with hot tub, sauna, and steam room. Massages available.
- Fitness Center: The compact fitness center has river views. Personal trainers available on request.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests.
- For Families: No specific family-friendly amenities.
- Activities: Walking and bicycle tours organized at extra cost. Private boat tours in the hotel’s three 100-year-old classic saloon boats arranged, with or without catering. La Rive restaurant offers gourmet cooking classes.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: With river views, La Rive (6.30pm-10pm) offers seasonal, French-Mediterranean fine dining, both a la carte, and as a 7-course tasting menu with expertly paired wines. Elegant decor; business casual dress code; reservations essential. • $$$$ • Amstel Brasserie (noon-midnight) is La Rive’s informal sister restaurant, with a crowd-pleasing menu of gourmet burgers, Caesar salad, grilled Dover sole, and steaks, and a daily changing 3-course menu for €45. • $$ • Overlooking the Amstel River, Amstel Lounge (8am-6pm) serves teas and coffees throughout the day, and Royal Afternoon Tea between 3pm and 5pm. • $$.
- Lounge/Bar: Open daily until 1am, A Bar specializes in unique cocktails made from local liqueurs and in-house ingredients. There’s a popular waterfront terrace, too.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. One of the most extensive breakfast buffet spreads in town, plus waffles, pancakes, and eggs cooked to order, is served in the breakfast hall from 7.30am to 10.30am; €36 per person.
- Room Service: 24-hour room service available from the Amstel Brasserie.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam – Rooms
- Room Types: Executive Room • Junior Suite • Executive Suite • Penthouse Suite • Champagne Suite • Presidential Suite • Rembrandt Suite • Royal Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Rooms at the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam are 100% smoke-free, but there’s a designated smoking area.
- Best Room: Decorated in classic French style, the Royal Suite overlooks the Amstel river from 2 sides, and comes with a grand canopy bed, spacious dining area, French balcony overlooking the water, and a palatial bathroom with separate rain shower and soaking tub.
- For Families: No family rooms per se, but there are several interconnecting rooms.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam – Local Transport
- Walking: Hermitage Amsterdam is 8 minutes’ walk away, as is the Portuguese Synagogue, while the Rembrandt House, the Opera House, and Jewish Historical Museum are just over a 12-minute stroll from the hotel. Walkable to the Dutch Resistance Museum, Artis Royal Zoo, Museum of Bags and Purses, Foam museum, and the bars, cafes, and boutiques of De Pijp.
- Tram/Metro: From the nearby Weesperplein stop, Centraal Station is 3 stops away by metro #51, #5,3 and #54. Also from the eponymous tram stop, trams #7 and #19 run west through De Pijp and along the Southern Canal Ring to lively Leidseplein, and along the southern half of the Jordaan.
- 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.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants and Cafes
- Bistro Baret – Bistro popular with theater-goers, showcasing a short, eclectic menu that includes steak and mussels in red curry. Reservations recommended. 3-minute walk.
- De Magere Brug – Bar-café facing the famous Magere Brug bridge. Good for a coffee, bottled Belgian brew, grilled fish and pasta dishes; popular with theater-goers. 6-minute walk.
- Ibis – Colourful Ethiopian restaurant, spicy meat and vegetarian dishes mopped up with injera (spongy rice pancake). 6-minute walk.
- Bagels & Beans – Reliable all-day bagel and coffee chain, with an emphasis on organic ingredients. 7-minute walk.
- Water en Brood – All-day, American-style brunch, including pancake stacks, plus homemade burgers, smoothies, and Dirty Bloody Marys. 8-minute walk.
- Beter & Leuk – Small, friendly vegetarian café, organic ingredients, vegan options. 8-minute walk.
- Marits Eeetkamer – Multi-course vegan tasting menus, locally, seasonally, and organically sourced. Stylish decor, organic wines, local beer. Reservations recommended. 10-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Bar Lempicka – American bistro specializing in French-American dishes such as steak frites. Large outdoor terrace, great for people-watching and afternoon beers. 1-minute walk.
- Amstelhaven – Great location right on the river, good spot for a coffee or beer (but skip the food). Leisurely service. 2-minute walk.
- De Ysbreeker – Terrific waterfront terrace, organic Gulpener beers on tap and by the bottle, quality bar snacks, and a crowd-pleasing menu of steaks, burgers, oysters, croquettes, and sandwiches. 4-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- MaisonNL Concept Store – Clothing, homeware, leather accessories, and more inside a hip gallery. 8-minute walk.
- Look Out – Super-hip men’s and women’s fashion by the likes of Fogal, Zenggi, and Soho de Luxe. 10-minute walk.
- Concerto Record Store – Huge music shop stocking CDs and vinyl in every imaginable genre. 10-minute walk.
Nearby Market or Grocery
- Albert Cuypmarkt – 3 blocks of street stalls, including numerous stalls selling fresh produce, and a few specializing in traditional Dutch edibles such as raw herring and stroopwafel. 9-minute walk.
- Waterlooplein Flea Market – Vast flea market (Monday to Saturday) selling designer knockoffs, antiques, jewelry, and more. Street food stalls also. 13-minute walk.