Hotel de L’Europe – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
From its enviable riverside location, Hotel de l’Europe has been welcoming guests for over one hundred and twenty five years. Its classic and impressive exterior stands out amongst its neighbours, whilst inside you’re greeted with bold furnishings, antique mixed with contemporary furniture, gilt mirrors, bold fabrics and large Dutch master replicas on the walls. It is sophisticatedly plush, with a character all its own, maintaining that elusive old-school elegance whilst being fresh and modern. The service is impeccable – guests are treated like VIPs, and you’re steps away from all the major city attractions.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its' amazing location & feel of grandeur.
Style:Traditional Dutch meets contemporary living.
Location:On the banks of the Amstel – just a few stops on the tram from Centraal Station.
Rooms:97 stylishly decorated rooms & suites.
Swimming:In the spa pool.
Children:Very family friendly with children's menus available.
Open From:All year round.
Price:From €870 per room, per night.
The rooms and suites here are a tasteful mix of classic and contemporary styling. Starting with typically Dutch, cosy attic rooms, to grand suites with sweeping canal or cityscape views, they’re all a comfortable haven after a day of sightseeing. Original artwork hangs on the walls, the beds are draped in pretty fabrics, and antique and modern furniture make for an eclectic feel. We love the Diptyque bathroom amenities!
In each of its three restaurants, the focus is very much on showcasing the best of Dutch cuisine and local, seasonal and sustainable produce. Being not so far from the coast, expect plenty of fresh seafood on the menu too. Open just Wednesday to Saturday, Flore offers refined dining in a very elegant setting, and through the innovative nature of his cuisine, chef Bas van Kranen has gained two Michelin stars.
Brasserie Marie has a more contemporary style with a classic French menu, in the dining room or out on the terrace overlooking the Amstel. Authentic Italian is served at Trattoria Graziella, accompanied by a very good wine list. For pre-dinner drinks or before heading out in the evening, a drink at the atmospheric Freddy’s Bar is a must.
The centre of Amsterdam is not big, and therefore is easy to explore on foot. However, if you want to be like a local, then rent a bike (drivers are very respectful towards cyclists!). Everything you want to see is within easy reach – the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt’s House, the Hermitage, Anne Frank’s House, the flower market and Dam Square. Take the time to go off the beaten track (or canal). The Hotel de l”Europe is close to many of the smaller canals, where you get a fabulous feel of the Amsterdam of old.
If the weather is good, it’s fun to cycle all the way up the Amstel to the village of Ouderkirk for lunch, then cycle back the other side. For a slice of culture, you’ll pass plenty of windmills, as well as a slice of rural life here. Amsterdam is also excellent for shopping with many things you won’t find at home. The best way to see the city is from the water. Let the concierge book you a private canal tour, with your boat picking you up from the hotel’s private jetty. After your day exploring come back and relax at the hotels’ spa.
The hotel warmly welcomes families, and can accommodate an extra bed in certain rooms. Children’s menus are also available. The concierge team are on hand to suggest child friendly activities in the city and are happy to book anything for you. The NEMO Science Museum is a great interactive experience, and a visit to the very well-stocked Artis Zoo will be a highlight.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
On the banks of the Amstel – just a few stops on the tram from Centraal Station, or a 30 minute taxi ride from the airport.