The Iconic Amstel Intercontinental: Luxury on the River Amstel
You'll need deep pockets to stay at the Amstel, Amsterdam's landmark hotel that's overlooked the Amstel River since 1867, providing nightly luxury for royals and celebs from Queen Elizabeth II to Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones. But if you can afford the splurge, you'll sleep in palatial grandeur and be served by über helpful staff at this five-star establishment. Even if you're not a guest, you can dine like royalty at La Rive, the Amstel's Michelin-starred restaurant, serving French and Mediterranean cuisine in the grand dining room or on the waterfront terrace. More casual meals and drinks are on the menu at the Amstel Bar & Brasserie.
Crystal chandeliers and a regal staircase welcome guests to the Amstel's lobby, where staff attend to your every need. Mine included Wi-Fi, and the concierge quickly hooked me up with the hotel network, ubiquitous throughout the property.
Located a bit off the beaten path, in a quiet neighborhood within easy walking district of the Van Gogh Museum and Royal Carré Theatre, the luxury hotel has 55 guest rooms and 24 suites, all appointed with Dutch period furniture, plush drapes, Delft pottery and such modern amenities as flat-screen satellite TVs and iPod docking stations. For relaxation and beauty, an on-site health club features an indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, luxury treatments and massage services. An on-site fitness center offers cardio equipment, weights, and personal trainers for aerobic workouts.