Once Amsterdam’s main public library, the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht looks like a 1970s block on the outside. But inside, renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has transformed the space into a whimsical and grown-up homage to Alice in Wonderland. Decorated with oversized furnishings (including Wanders’ signature Tulip chairs and modern twists on chandeliers), Delft blue tilework and brocade upholstery (references to historic Dutch style), and avant-garde artwork, the design hotel hardly feels like part of a chain, even one as hip as the Andaz. Instead, with its serene herb garden full of quirky topiaries, a checkerboard mural, and chess-piece statues, the canalside hotel channels a fresh take on Amsterdam. But don’t worry, authentic Amsterdam is still out there; take the free bicycles for a spin along the waterways, and know that free snacks await you back in your room.
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Perched on Prinsengracht, one of Amsterdam’s main central canals, the Andaz is within walking (or bicycling) distance of nearly every major sight. The Anne Frank House is just up the canal, the Museumplein (home to the recently reopened Rijksmuseum) isn’t much farther in the other direction, and lively Leidseplein, the city’s main square, sits just around the corner. Located in the trendy Jordaan area, near the Negen Straatjes neighborhood, the surrounding area is filled with cool shops, restaurants, and bars, such as design store Frozen Fountain and hip restaurant Balthazar’s Keuken.
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Rooms: 122 rooms, five suites. From $385. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Bluespoon, an airy and elegant dining room, blends traditional Dutch decor—paneled wood walls, ornate chandeliers, Delftware dishes—with modern touches like an open kitchen, walls of windows, and sleek contemporary furniture. The farm-to-table menu showcases seasonal Dutch cuisine with an emphasis on seafood for three meals a day. Filled with leather sofas and cut-crystal glassware, the adjacent bar is a popular spot for locals and guests alike to sip tea and cocktails over light bites while watching the scenes of Prinsengracht go by. Spa and gym details: In addition to a well-equipped, 24-hour gym with personal training and yoga sessions available, the hotel’s spa offers a full range of beauty and spa treatments, as well as a sauna, solarium, and relaxation area.
Who's it best for: Lovers of boutique luxury and whimsical modern design. Our favorite rooms:The Canal View rooms are the most quintessentially Amsterdam, with their floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city’s iconic canals. Terrace Garden View rooms are serenely quiet, their windows looking out on the hotel’s private garden—as well as those of neighboring historic canal houses. Both kinds of rooms have Marcel Wanders’ signature Tulip chairs by the windows, for comfortable and stylish lounging. For art lovers:As you explore the hotel, keep an eye out for the many video-art installations; the hotel is home to more than 40 works (in addition to non-video pieces) by acclaimed contemporary artists.