One of Amsterdam’s original luxury hotels, a holdover from the late 19th century’s age of Grand Tours and neoclassical architecture, the imposing De L’Europe has been thoughtfully restored in keeping with both its opulent history and the Netherlands’ artistic tradition. A red-and-white brick landmark crowning the intersection of the Amstel River and several canals, the hotel bridges old and new visions of luxury. Its extensive art collection, consisting of both originals and copies of Dutch Masters, is curated in conjunction with the Rijksmuseum; many pieces were in the collection of Dutch brewing magnate Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, whose family owns the hotel. The museum-caliber artwork can be found not only throughout the see-and-be-seen common areas, but in many of the rooms, especially those in the gallery-like addition, known as the Dutch Masters Wing.
Rooms have decadent touches, including Carrara marble bathrooms with heated floors, personal iPads, and Coco-Mat beds. But, De L’Europe’s crowning attraction may actually be outside. A wraparound terrace offers waterfront dining overlooking the historic city, and many of the best rooms have private balconies with views of the rooftops.
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Ideally situated at the top of the Amstel River in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic center, the De L’Europe boasts some of the city’s most postcard-worthy views, surrounded as it is by picturesque canals. The best way to explore the area is on foot or bicycle, stopping into charming cafés and shops. The river is lined with waterfront restaurants and cafés, such as the trendy De Ysbreeker and Two for Joy. Sights like the floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt, as well as the Muziektheater, home to the National Ballet and the Dutch Opera, are all nearby, and the Museumplein is less than 20 minutes away on foot.
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Rooms: 111 rooms, 42 suites. From $438. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The white-tableclothed, two-Michelin-starred Bord’Eau overlooks the Amstel River and serves a menu of seasonal, French-inflected Dutch fare alongside selections from its extensive wine cellar. The all-day Hoofdstad Brasserie serves haute twists on bistro classics in a glam, vintage-inspired dining room looking out on the river. In the warmer months, seasonal favorites and refreshing drinks are also available on the canalside terrace. Lined with works by Dutch Masters, the private, gallery-like lobby Promenade is a popular spot for formal afternoon tea, snacks, and one of Amsterdam’s most impressive wine lists, accompanied by live music in the afternoons. The award-winning Freddy’s Bar attracts Amsterdam’s beautiful and wealthy to its glamorous scene for inventive cocktails. Spa and gym details: The Skins Institute De L’Europe spa offers a full range of beauty and wellness treatments. It also has an indoor pool overlooking the Amstel River, plus a hot tub, hammam, Finnish sauna, and modern gym with personal training appointments available.
Who's it best for: Lovers of classic luxury and Old World grandeur with quirky Dutch flair. Our favorite rooms:Not only does each of the extra-large Prestige One-Bedroom Suites take its color and design cues from the replicated Dutch Masters paintings that adorn the walls, but all have scenic views of the historic city center, some from private balconies. Take a load off:After a day of exploring, rest your feet in the traditional Dutch library, a high-ceilinged, wood-paneled affair whose bookshelves are filled with translations of works by famous Dutch authors.