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Ambassade Hotel

Ambassade Hotel

Located on the Herengracht, the Ambassade Hotel combines classic canal-side charm with a convenient location, just a short walk from the city’s main sights. The hotel once occupied a single house along the city’s main canal but has since expanded to include ten of Amsterdam’s distinctive canal houses.

The original hotel building has an elegant white façade, while the canal houses on either side are red-bricked buildings with tall windows. Inside, the hotel has a stylish and relaxed atmosphere, and as you enter, you’ll see a lounge with glass-protected bookshelves built into the walls — the shelves hold the owner’s personal collection of more than 5,000 signed books.   

The personal touches continue into the artwork, as the walls are adorned with the works of Belgian and Danish artists from the mid-20th-century avant-garde CoBrA movement, also collected by the owner. The artwork combined with the winding hallways makes you feel as if you’re walking through an art collector’s home, rather than a hotel.

Owing to the historical architecture of the canal houses, no two of the 56 rooms in the hotel are alike, and each room is individually decorated.

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

There are 56 rooms and suites at the Ambassade Hotel, with no two being shaped or decorated the same. The rooms are traditionally styled, though features pop like chartreuse drapes, red-cushioned chairs or teal bedding. There are seven categories of rooms, distinguished by size and views.

Some have views of the courtyard, while others have canal views. The Split-Level Superior room is on two floors, while the Triple and Quadruple rooms are good for families. The Grand Suite is on the top floor with a separate bedroom and living room, and the Apartment boasts a living room, dining room, bedroom, bathroom and full kitchen, as well as four large French windows looking over the Herengracht.

All rooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

Location

Situated on the Herengracht, this hotel is in a refined and stylish area of the city. It’s only a couple minutes’ walk to the city’s shops and bars, but its canal-side location is quiet and secluded. The canal itself is lined with 17th-century gable houses rising tall and narrow along a cobblestone street.

It's about a five-minute walk to Bloemenmarkt, an 11-minute walk to the Anne Frank House, a 15-minute walk to the Rembrandt House Museum, a 22-minute walk to the central train station and a nine-minute walk to De Wallen, the red-light district.

Food and drink

  • À la carte breakfast is served daily in the Brasserie Ambassade restaurant.
  • The Brasserie Ambassade offers lunch and dinner with a menu that serves classic French dishes with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients.
  • The Library Bar serves cocktails, beer, coffee and tea in a room filled with 5,000 books.

Facilities and activities

  • Bikes to rent.
  • Discounted wellness treatments at a nearby spa.

Accessibility

Most, though not all, of the hotel is accessible by elevator. However, there are steps throughout the hotel between the buildings and in many of the rooms.

Our opinion

We like this hotel not only for its excellent location, but for its focus on art and culture. The extensive collection of Dutch and Belgian artwork and the lounge full of books signed by visiting authors gives the hotel an intimate feel.

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