Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
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We begin our European adventure with a sleep in and refresher after our flight from Singapore checking into Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam. The flight seemed to go on for ever! We took the red hop on hop off bus tour of Amsterdam followed by a visit to Anne Franks House. The rest of the day we spent exploring the side streets liming the canals, as …
... fun and I see why practically everyone in Amsterdam rides bikes. It is so well set up for it with bike lanes and lights all over the place.
We went past a few iconic places such as I Am sterdam sign, Anne Frank's house, and a cool building which had the latin words "Homo Sapiens Non Urinat in Ventum". Brilliant.
After what seemed too short we pulled up back at the hostel and ended our tour. We got ...
... getting a bucket of water thrown over me. We didn't give up and go enjoy a fruit and cream pastry masterpeice in one of the all night cafes before wandering around lost trying to find our way back to the ferry terminal.
Although if our Topdeck group had to race another tour bus from the ferry to the bus which would take us back to the botel I am sure we would have won even if I did run to the wrong side of the bus.
I am ...
... Apparently Mercedes will only use Dutch hides for leather seats as they don't have damage from barbed wire fences Arrive at our hotel with 3/4 an hour to get ready to leave again ... Ohh dear our room still dirty back to reception. Waiting ... Ok another room to use down the corridor and ohh dear room not ready either. Back to reception now 20 mins til we leave. Waiting ... Ok room for us to change in .... Quick lick and flick and back out. Hope our bags will be in the right ...
... the group had to leave because they had an early flight to somewhere else the next morning so everyone went outside and was hugging and saying goodbye and it was sad because we had just spent 27 awesome days together and made some amazing friends and now we were all going our separate ways :'( some tears were shed. Then we all went back to the hostel some time later for our final sleep on Top Deck. I am going to miss everyone a lot, there is no doubt about ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
MArvelous hotel, excellent location
Stayed 6 nights over the Queen's Birthday celebration, end of April. Excellent hotel, very well situated in old part of Amsterdam. Breakfast buffet is first rate. Rooms are big, well maintained, comfortable and quiet. Hotel is actually close to the red light district, but unless you're going to the red light district, you'll never know it's there, as just about anything you'd want to see takes you in the opposite direction. Can't beat it.
Is it bad to look like a Ritz?
Too American? Is that a fair comment? Beautiful hotel in a great location. Stayed here on family trip through Europe. While me teenagers loved the slippers and toiletries, their overall review was not as high as I might have imagined. Rooms were more "American" than most of the hotels in which we stayed. The rooms are starting to show some wear - wallpaper and carpet could use some work - but they are large, very comfortable and the staff is most helpful. It just looked like a Ritz Carlton. I know that isn't necessarily a bad thing, but maybe less "European" than other hotels.
A Grand Grand - and good for kayakers, too
Have spent a weekend at the Grand and can warmly recommend it. While it is upscale indeed it, has a friendly atmosphere and does a good job at making you feel at home.
Excellent food - loved the breakfast buffet. Prompt, courteous service.
We brought our folding kayak along to the Grand - not one raised eyebrow among the staff as we carried it through the lobby to assemble outside the hotel. Off into the gracht and off on a wonderful trip under 45 bridges.
Just returned from an 8 night stay at the Grand. Have stayed there before and absolutely loved it the first time, but this time I thought it was less than perfect. The "public" rooms - ie bars, reception area and restaurant were extremely nice, but our kingsize room, which overlooked the canal, was slightly shabby. Wallpaper was starting to come off in the main room, and in the room's office area. The room was also noisy from upstairs "cleaning" in the mornings. A very nice hotel, but I think it needs updating.
We have just returned form a lovely 12 day visit to Amsterdam, staying a the Grand Sofitel Demeure. The trip and hotel were very enjoyable.
Luxury in Amsterdam
Great central location on one of Amsterdam's canals. Walking in, the hotel is impressive, and the lobby is one of the nicest I've seen in the city. The room wasn't exactly as deluxe as I would have hoped for, but the high ceilings created an air of decadence -- although the stairs could be dangerous in the middle of the night! A bit noisy when I woke up in the morning, but generally, a good stay.
I took my parents and my girlfriend to Amsterdam and stayed at this prestigious hotel for two nights in October to celebrate my parents' wedding anniversary.
We stayed in the Sofitel in July 2003. It's a beautiful place to stay - the rooms are gorgeous, clean, beautiful furnishings. The bathrooms are luxurious with great toiletries. The rooms are quiet despite the fact the hotel is so central - 5 mins from the Dam Square and slap-bang in the Red Light district! However the street the hotel is on is very quiet and safe. One minor niggle - the outside courtyard is a lovely place to eat dinner. Until you see the mice running around out there!
The manager told us it was because the hotel is next to the canal and such an old building, the mice came in through the cracks in the walls!
It didn't bother me (the food was too nice) but a couple of people I was with were put off. All in all - a great stay. Apart from the odd mouse...!!
This is a top choice for Amsterdam. It's close to the train station but on a respectable, safe street. It's only a short walk to the most beautiful parts of Amsterdam -- the canals. And from there the Jordaan is easly accessible. The rooms are of high quality and very quiet. It's not cheap but then nothing in Amsterdam is. (If you want to save money, stay in nearby Haarlem and take the train!)
At check in for a 2 night stay the clerk informed me that my credit card had been declined and that I would have to pay in advance in cash for the stay - together with a cash deposit of 400 EUR! I insisted that the clerk swipe my card again for the cost of the 2 night room rate - my card was accepted - the clerk, despite allowing me to check my luggage into the room (having now paid in advance for my stay) still insisted on me paying a 400 EUR cash deposit for 'excess'. After walking to the ATM in sub zero temperatures I returned to my room only to find that the electronic room key had already been invalidated in case I should have tried to avoid fronting the cash! A disgraceful level of customer service that I have never encountered in any hotel - let alone a so-called '5 star deluxe' - avoid!