Best Hotels in the Netherlands
Charming accommodations (with a notable library) in a classic canal setting.
Opening its doors in 1953 in just one building, the Ambassade Hotel now resides in ten seventeenth-century houses, its 58 rooms and suites sprawling along the Herengracht Canal. The spacious lobby is decorated with an array of antiques, which contrast with modern art from the Netherlands’s Cobra movement. In addition, a library features ample seating, tabletop workspaces and an eclectic collection of international and Dutch-authored books, making the hotel a favorite mingling place for the city's literary elite. Each of the accommodations has a full bathroom stocked with robes, slippers and toiletries; a sitting area equipped with two cozy armchairs; and a desk, cable TV, Wi-Fi access and two telephones. A traditional Dutch breakfast is served each morning (for a fee). A festive, in-room champagne breakfast is also offered. For small gatherings, the meeting rooms can accommodate up to sixteen people and are equipped with amenities such as fax machines, computers, presentation materials, audio-visual equipment and even mints. The property houses Koan Float, a relaxation therapy spa where guests can float in a private pod filled with a steamy saline solution. To enable travelers to experience Amsterdam’s unique culture and historic sites, the hotel offers bicycles for checkout at the front desk.