by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 13, 2018
See Also: The Best Hotels in Amsterdam
Waldorf Astoria – 5-star luxury in the heart of the historic canal ring.
Spread across six grand, double-front townhouses dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, the Waldorf Astoria is the only 5-star hotel in Amsterdam in a privileged location, facing Herengracht Canal within the UNESCO-accredited historic canal ring. Its interior is an elegant blend of original architectural features such as the grand staircase and heavy wooden beams in the characterful loft rooms, a muted blue and cream color scheme, and modern amenities: Murano glass lamps, espresso machines, state-of-the-art in-room entertainment systems. The 93 rooms are very spacious, with palatial bathrooms to match. The on-site dining is superb, and the service strikes that fine balance between formality and warm, personalized service.
Waldorf Astoria – Location
- Address: Herengracht 542-556, 1017 CG Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Rembrandtplein.
- Area: The Waldorf Astoria is located on a quiet street in Amsterdam’s World Heritage canal ring, overlooking Herengracht canal. The hotel is 3 minutes’ walk from lively Rembrandtplein and its bars and restaurants, and an easy walk or tram ride from the Medieval Centre and Centraal Station, the Museum Quarter, and a cluster of nearby museums and art galleries. The nearest tram stop is a 4-minute walk away.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #9 to Rembrandtplein stop, 4 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
- Handy to: Rembrandtplein, Hermitage Amsterdam, Museum of Bags and Purses, Museum Van Loon.
Walford Astoria – The Basics
- Ages: The Waldorf Astoria is very much a grown-up hotel, particularly popular with couples on a romantic break, and honeymooners. The Vault Bar is 18+.
- View: Many of the 93 rooms benefit from canal views, with better views from the loft rooms and suites.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some of the suites come with jacuzzis.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Parking: Parking onsite possible with prior reservation (€75 per day).
- Extras: Free bicycles for guests; Personal Concierge service that can obtain exclusive theater tickets, and make private dining, canal tour, and museum tour arrangements; turn-down service. The beautiful Maurer Room with original rococo interior can be booked for private dining and events.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 to 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: 020-718-4600
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/hotels/netherlands/waldorf-astoria-amsterdam-AMSWAWA/index.html
Waldorf Astoria – Amenities
- Pool: There’s a large indoor pool with a waterfall feature and inner garden access.
- Spa: Award-winning Guerlain Spa is the only one of its kind in Benelux. Exclusive personalized treatments offered, as well as access to the steam room, sauna, and relaxation lounge.
- Fitness Center: Fully-equipped fitness center with complimentary fruit and water.
- For Disabled Guests: One room adapted for disabled guests.
- For Families: No specific family-friendly facilities.
Waldorf Astoria – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Two Michelin-starred Librije Zusje Amsterdam (6.30pm-10pm, Tuesday to Saturday) is one of the city’s best restaurants, helmed by one of the country’s finest chefs, and serving a seasonal menu of expertly-crafted, original dishes. The 7-course chef’s menu (€158/€144 regular/vegetarian) is a worthwhile splurge. Reserve well in advance. • $$$$. • The garden-facing Goldfinch Brasserie & Lounge (5.30pm-10.30pm) serves a mix of classic Dutch and international dishes, with emphasis on meat, fish, and well-priced multi-course menus. • $$$. • The elegant Peacock Alley (9am-9pm) lounge is open all day, from breakfast buffet and light lunches to afternoon tea (3pm-5pm daily, June-August) and international dishes for dinner. • $$-$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: Creative cocktails are served at the subterranean Vault Bar, a former vault of what was once the MeesPierson bank.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. Excellent buffet breakfast with hot dishes cooked to order available from the Peacock Alley between 8am and 11am; €37 per person.
- Room Service: Room service available around the clock from the Peacock Alley.
Waldorf Astoria – Rooms
- Room Types: Twin Premier • Twin Grand Premier • Twin Grand Premier with Canal View • Queen Deluxe • King Superior • King Superior Plus • King Premier • King Loft • King Grand Premier Room • King Grand Premier with Canal View • King Grand Loft • King Deluxe • Backer Suite • Brentano Suite • King Junior Suite with View • King One Bedroom Suite • Roell Suite • Van Loon Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Waldorf Astoria is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The Neo-Renaissance Van Loon Suite retains original architectural features, such as the 17th century spiral staircase that connects the living room with the downstairs bathroom. The suite boasts sweeping city views, a private entrance to the Guerlain spa, and a palatial bathroom with rain shower and jacuzzi.
- For Families: No family rooms, though several suites have 2 bedrooms.
Waldorf Astoria – Local Transport
- Walking: Easy walking distance to Rembrandtplein and its nightlife, the Medieval Centre, Red Light District, and Leidseplein with its many bars, restaurants and theaters. Walkable to the Museum Quarter and De Pijp. Numerous museums, cafes, and restaurants just minutes away on foot.
- Tram: Direct tram connections to Centraal Station, De Pijp district, and Waterlooplein.
- 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.
Waldorf Astoria – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Guts & Glory – Experimental fine dining with an ever-changing menu, and wallet-friendly multi-course lunch. Reservations recommended. 2-minute walk.
- Café Van Leeuwen – Bacon cheeseburgers, grilled tuna steak, Dutch sausage with fries, and other bistro food in a canal-side setting. 2-minute walk.
- Tempo Doeloe – Upmarket Indonesian restaurant with an impressive rijsttafel (small dish) spread, and an excellent wine list. 3-minute walk.
- Van Dobben – Old-school Dutch restaurant, open since 1940, and specializing in meaty classics. 4-minute walk.
- Lo Stivale d’Oro – Family-run trattoria renowned for its pizzas, and popular with families. Occasional live music. 4-minute walk.
- Brasserie NeL – Family-friendly brasserie, good for anything from coffee and cake to light lunches. Stylish bar attached; live jazz on Monday nights. 5-minute walk.
- Pata Negra – Popular tapas bar, where the sangria and margaritas are as good as the authentic Spanish dishes. 6-minute walk.
- Roses by Sal – Latin American street food – tacos, quesadillas, empanadas – as well as ceviche, and excellent pisco cocktails. 6-minute walk.
- Pasta e Basta – Pre-set Italian menus, family-style live music, and singing. 6-minute walk.
- Bouchon du Centre – Rustic French-style bistro with a daily-changing menu. Good list of Rhone Valley wines. 7-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars
- Café Montmartre – Arguably the best gay bar in the city, with the crowd singing along to 80’s and 90’s pop and Dutch ballads, a friendly vibe, and drag night every other Friday. Happy hours 6-8pm. 3-minute walk.
- Café Bolle Jan – Enjoy your beer while listening to some rollicking live folk music at this lively bar. 4-minute walk.
- Door 74 – Dark-timbered, speakeasy-style bar behind an unmarked door (send a text message to gain entry), responsible for some of Amsterdam’s best cocktails. 4-minute walk.
- Mulligans – This authentic Irish pub has live traditional Irish music most nights, a fun vibe, and Guinness and Magners on tap. 4-minute walk.
- Bar Moustache – Hip, minimalist-style bar with numerous Italian wines by the glass, and a short and sweet menu of Italian dishes. 6-minute walk.
- Lion Noir – Original cocktails, and interior full of plants, bird cages, and taxidermied birds, and some of Amsterdam’s hippest A-listers. 7-minute walk.
- Taboo Bar – Gay bar popular for its pre-clubbing drinks, drag shows on Wednesdays (and €6 cocktails), and happy hours from 6-7pm and midnight-1am. 7-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Concerto Record Store – Huge music shop stocking CDs and vinyl in every imaginable genre. 2-minute walk.
- Mobilia Amsterdam – ‘Lifestyle studio’ stocking Dutch and international designs, from homewares to furniture. 3-minute walk.
- Look Out – Super-hip men’s and women’s fashion by the likes of Fogal, Zenggi, and Soho de Luxe. 4-minute walk.
- Vlieger – Upmarket, handmade stationary from Asia and Central America, Egyptian papyrus, and more. 4-minute walk.
- MaisonNL Concept Store – Clothing, homewares, leather accessories and more, inside a hip gallery. 6-minute walk.
- Galerie Lieve Hemel – Sculptures and realist paintings by contemporary Dutch artists such as Theo Voorzaat and Ben Snijders. 6-minute walk.
- Jaski Gallery – Sculptures, ceramics, prints, and paintings by members of the CoBrA (Copenhagen/Brussels/Amsterdam) art movement. 8-minute walk.
- So ART Gallery – Contemporary art prints, paintings, sculptures, and drawings, from the 1900’s to the present day. 8-minute walk.
- Renssen Art Gallery – Charcoal drawings and paintings by independent Dutch artist Erik Renssen. 8-minute walk.