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Sofitel Legend The Grand

Sofitel Legend the Grand

An elegant and sophisticated hotel along one of Amsterdam’s central canals, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam offers a stylish place to stay near many of the city’s highlights. The grand stone building dates back to the 15th century, and the entrance is in a secluded courtyard, offering a quiet haven in the middle of the city. 

The lobby is simple and chic, with arched cream walls, dark furnishings and a bright marble reception desk, while stained-glass windows along the marble staircase recall the building’s past as a convent. The rooms combine French elegance with a contemporary feel, mixing muted shades of pink, red or green with original features like wooden beams.

The hotel is home to two restaurants: Bridges, which offers international cuisine, and Oriole, which serves a menu of Mediterranean cuisine. The Flying Dutchman bar offers pub food and snacks with a large drink menu, while Library ‘Or’ serves a fireside afternoon tea alongside shelves of books. There’s also a canal-side garden terrace where you can enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

The hotel has 177 rooms, including 52 suites. The rooms and suites are divided among Classic rooms, Superior rooms, Luxury rooms, Junior suites, Prestige suites, Canal House suites, Opera suites, Imperial suites and the singular Royal Suite. Even the smallest rooms are spacious, and all have a chic style with details like velvet armchairs, exposed brick and feature walls with patterned wallpaper.

All suites come with butler service, and Wi-Fi, air conditioning and en suite bathrooms come as standard in all 177 rooms.

Location

The Sofitel Legend Grand Hotel is located in De Wallen, or the red-light district, in central Amsterdam, nestled between two canals. It’s within a short walk of many shops, restaurants, bars, museums  and city highlights, including De Oude Kerk, or the old church, the oldest building in the city.

Food and drink

  • Bridges is a fish restaurant, with both à la carte options and a special chef’s menu. It offers a view out onto the canal.
  • Oriole is a more casual bistro, serving a Mediterranean menu that rotates seasonally.
  • The Flying Dutchman is a bar that offers a drink menu and quick bites.
  • Afternoon tea is served in Library ‘Or’, located off the hotel lobby.
  • You can enjoy afternoon tea or the services of Bridges and The Flying Dutchman out on the terrace during warmer months.

Facilities and activities

  • Wellness spa.
  • Sauna.
  • Indoor pool.
  • Gym

Accessibility

A fully accessible room is available.

Our opinion

We love this elegant hotel for its effortless blend of contemporary design and historic structure. Its courtyard entrance makes it a serene spot in the heart of the city.

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