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 …
... the many canals. It is hard not to get emotive when passing the house where Anne Frank hid for some time with her family concealed behind a revolving bookcase. It makes it worse that the Franks were betrayed to the Gestapo in August 1944 & deported. Anne died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, just weeks before it was liberated. Her father Otto was the only one of their family to survive. After the war ...
... youtube in hopes of finding some evidence of the event. While caught up in other activity, we missed the opening street pride march but was fine with that as I was more looking forward to the canal parade a couple of days after. Had a spot picked out, close to our apartment, but just didn't plan well enough so got there too late (wanted to be seated with feet dangling over a canal bridge viewing floats approach and pass underneath ... next time for sure!). ...
... so we
were told),. .the usual tourist souvenir shops (but they are in all tourist cities), a wide variety of Cheese shops,.. and loads, and loads of history! It is an extremely easy city to
get around,.. even for two Aussie geriatrics on bicycles. We did the obligatory canal cruise (about an hour), then cycled around until about 5.00pm before returning for ‘wine o’clock’,
and dinner around 8.00pm. A further note on the ...
... Day two we found our way to a both haunting and moving monument, the Haus of Anne Frank. A sad but fascinating museum that pays tribute to the victims of the holocaust playing out the amazing story of Anne Franks' Diary and the seven others who lived in the secret annex during WWII. Quotations from Anne Franks' journal lined the walls of the rooms and passages we were passing through, giving us an idea of what life in the Annex was like, and the thoughts and feelings of ...
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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!