Only open since 2007, the Grand Hotel Amrath has already earned a big reputation among previous guests. This new 5-star hotel is certainly one of the finest in the city and is probably a good choice for people who don’t mind paying a bit extra for this kind of luxury. The rooms are very large for the city and each has a 32” flat screen TV, extra-large beds, free drinks in the minibar, free wireless internet access, and even electric curtains. They even have a 5-room suite available that comes with its own staff. The hotel was created in the Shipping House building as a world class retreat so it’s excellent for a romantic stay or business travelers, but probably not well suited to travelers looking for a bargain.
Location and neighborhood
Prins Hendrikkade 108-114,
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1011 AK
The Grand Hotel Amrath overlooks the River Ij and is just east of Centraal Station, so it’s ideal for anyone arriving by train, and also by air. The fastest and cheapest way to get from Schiphol Airport to the city is by taking the 15-minute train ride from the station immediately below the airport. You could be in the lobby of this hotel about 30 minutes after you get your luggage if everything goes right.
The hotel is just across from the infamous Amsterdam Red Light District, but the hotel itself is in a very classy area just next to the temporary home of the famous Stedilijk modern art museum. The Red Light District itself is the most historic neighborhood in the city and it’s quite breathtaking, but there is the part with the prostitutes in the windows just about 5 minutes walk across from the Grand Hotel Amrath.
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As far as tourist attractions are concerned the location is not ideal. The famous museums are a very long walk to the south, but you can easily get a tram in front of the train station or a taxi from the hotel itself. The Kalverstraat pedestrian shopping area is less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and Dam Square and the Royal Palace are a short walk up that street. If you want a location close to tourist attractions you could find a better place, but for luxury and convenience to the train station and airport you can’t beat this place.
Deluxe rooms carry a normal price of €470 with €20 more for a city view. Superior deluxe rooms are €500 and €520 depending on view, and junior suites are €670 and €690.
Since the hotel is so new they ran an incredible winter special in early 2008. Rooms were only €209. They have yet to announce their low-season prices for the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009, but it’s safe to say they will be lower than the standard rack rates quoted above.