Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam
Originally a 15th-century convent, with stints as the headquarters of the Dutch Admiralty and Amsterdam
’s town hall, the Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam—or simply, the Grand—presides over the heart of the old city. An imposing brick facade flanked by canals, within a stone’s throw of Dam Square and De Oude Kerk, the Grand would be a legend even without Sofitel’s designation. The grand entrance courtyard hasn’t changed since its construction in the 17th century, a heritage that gets a hat-tip from the hotel’s horse-drawn carriage, offering guests a different way to explore the city center. Even before the building became a hotel, landmark figures in European history stayed within these walls, including William of Orange. While interiors are starkly modern, the designers allude to this storied past in themed suites and color schemes. The private Canal House Suites—especially popular with the modern-day dignitaries and celebrities who frequent the hotel—may appear boldly contemporary, but accents like round windows and wood-beamed ceilings hint at their past as the private homes of Dutch admirals. History is everywhere at the Grand—even the Michelin-starred restaurant was once the town hall’s canteen—and it only enhances the brand’s signature five-star luxury.