The Andaz is situated in the heart of Amsterdam, in front of one of the many canals that the city is known for. This hotel exudes a sense of fun and quirkiness in the way it has been designed throughout. Upon arriving at the reception for check in for example, there are a couple of large Delft blue bells hanging from the ceiling and in front of the exposed elevators. And en route to your room, the corridors are filled with collections of video art, something I’ve not seen in any hotel before!
Our room overlooked the Prinsengracht canal and with a chair located in front of the windows, it was a great spot for a bit of people watching as boats, kayaks and the like worked their way through the maze-like route of canals. Given the unusually warm weather (in fact, it was sunny and warm every day we were here!), the canals were that much busier with more people picking up their bikes than using cars or public transport.
The influence of art throughout the hotel’s public spaces extends into the Andaz’s rooms and we loved it! Above the bed was a mural of a large fish from the side and the toilet walls were covered in Delft blue coloured wallpaper depicting historical tales of the city. Who needs magazines to read when you can be entertained by the many stories on the walls surrounding you.
The design of the room was also pretty cool. The shower, for example, was situated inside a large mirror cupboard in which you can see the room from inside the shower but not the other way round. Very clever Andaz, very clever indeed! The sink was also located on a table that doubled up as an extra large dresser table with a double-sided mirror and the closet was spacious enough to fit both of our suitcases with plenty of shelf space for shoes, shopping and the like.
While the room doesn’t take itself seriously and is full of clever design touches, it also has a very homely feel about it, helped by the bookshelves (complete with books for perusal when you want to unwind from a long day of sightseeing) surrounding the wall mounted TV.
Daily Breakfast Options
Breakfast is served in the ground floor Bluespoon restaurant overlooking the hotel’s garden courtyard, which has clear influences from Alice In Wonderland. The kitchen is exposed so you’re able to see chefs cook up your orders from the a la carte menu behind an array of choices of cereal, nuts, pastries, fruits, bread varieties (the walnut bread was especially yummy!) and crumbles.
While you may typically look to dine at restaurants outside of those offered by the hotel, I highly recommend you book dinner here for one of your evenings here because their tasting menu is worth it. I will be covering this in a separate review but suffice to say, it was one of our best dining experiences on this trip and one could easily mistake the quality and presentation of the cooking for that of a Michelin star restaurant!
If you’re in Amsterdam for a very short stay and have a preference for being in the centre of the action, then this place is ideal given its easy access to the canals, walking distance to nightlife offerings and short cycle distance to all the major attractions. I highly recommend checking out this hotel and also its sister location in Oost at the Hyatt Regency Amsterdam for two different but memorable experiences!
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1016 HT