Sofitel Legend, The Grand Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Europe

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    600-year-old exterior, chic modern interior

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    600-year-old exterior, chic modern interior

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Why we choose Sofitel Legend, The Grand Amsterdam

With 600 years of history in one building, the Grand is a jewel among Amsterdam hotels

  • Holland’s first raw bar prepares every dish in front of you
  • Private boat tours give you unique insight into the city
  • Butler service includes unpacking, pillow menus and even bath rituals

There are two camps when it comes to luxury travelers: those who want the newest, shiniest hotel and those who want to stay somewhere historically important. While the Sofitel Grand Amsterdam is definitely in the latter camp—hello, 600 years old—it will also make lovers of all things modern happy with its state-of-the-art technology and luxe facilities.

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A canal view room.

What you need to know about the hotel

It’s the best of both worlds, with period elegance elevated by contemporary design

  • The hotel contains the Council Chamber where The Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix was married
  • The Grand’s sommelier is usually in the Vinothèque, where he’ll help you sample your way through the Concise or Grand wine lists
  • A daily history tour showcases the unique art and design elements in and around the Grand

French elegance and Dutch hospitality is the rule of thumb at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, where “legend” is actually appropriate. It dates back to the 16th century, though two convents were located on the grounds even before then—a history still reflected in a floor plan with two courtyards and a tiny tower perched on the north side of the rooftop.

Skipping ahead to this century, the Grand boasts 177 rooms and suites with fantastic views over the two canals flanking the hotel. Each room is individually designed with materials like mahogany, marble and steel, and while they’re all lovely, the suites are truly stunning—especially the Opera Suites and Imperial Suites (named for former royal occupants like William of Orange and Maria de Medici). The amenities aren’t so bad either. The So Spa covers two floors and offers traditional treatments as well as an indoor heated swimming pool and a wet zone with a Turkish steam bath and sauna.

Where is it and what's nearby

This landmark property is located between two canals just steps from the Royal Palace

  • Amsterdam has been a diamond center for 400 years, and its Diamond Museum is a thrilling peek into that glitzy world
  • The Singel flower market is a colorful, year-round attraction where the merchandise is still displayed on barges
  • The Museum District (Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum) also boasts drool-worthy luxury boutiques and labels

Like most modern European cities, Amsterdam is a blend of old and new. It has more than 40 museums that celebrate and commemorate everything from the Anne Frank story to Rembrandt’s life and work to cocktails (a deliciously interactive experience). Shopping is also a big pastime in the capital city, where your best bets are high-end jewelry (not surprising in the City of Diamonds) and antiques.

Its adjacent canals might suggest a more remote location, but the Grand is actually in the city center. In fact, it’s only about 100 yards from the Red Light district; you decide whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

How to enjoy Amsterdam

This flat land of windmills, waterways and waterworks is made for cycling. Everyone’s at it, from grandmothers with handlebar baskets stuffed with bread and flowers, to speedy youths clad in figure-hugging orange Lycra

  • Visit The Tuschinski Theater in Amsterdam; one of the most beautiful movie theaters in the world it features marble, stained glass and an ornate facade
  • The impressive Oosterscheldekering storm barrier off the northern coast is just one of the ways the Netherlands protects itself from flooding
  • The Hague is packed with stunning architecture from the spires of the Peace Palace to the lovely parliament building Het Binnenhof

In the country’s capital Amsterdam, do as the locals, hop on a bike and roam the quaint canal side lanes. Discover the 9 Straatjes, nine little streets packed with small and exclusive boutiques selling everything from antiques and curios to handbags and jewelry. For a hauntingly moving journey into Amsterdam’s history, visit the Anne Frank House where the Jewish teenager hid with her family and another in a secret annex during the Second World War, only to be betrayed and killed months before the war’s end.

No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without some exposure to art. The world-renowned Rijksmuseum has an impressive collection of Dutch masters and the Van Gogh Museum houses the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh, including Sunflowers and Self-Portrait with Felt Hat. Head out of town in springtime to catch sight of spectacular flower fields. Some of the best can be found behind the dunes between the cities of Leiden and Den Helder.

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    When to visit Amsterdam

    The largest national party of the year takes place in April, King’s Day. Catch the Flower Parade first in mid-April where a caravan of flower-decorated floats parades from Noordwijk to Haarlem. At the end of April, join in street parties and festivals throughout the country as the Dutch celebrate their national holiday.

  • A word from the hotel

    Dutch fish with a French twist is the motto at The Grand. Treat yourself to our Ocean Platter with the finest seafood.
    Executive chef in restaurant Bridges, one Michelin Star!

  • A word from the hotel

    The Grand is a property where you really feel the 600 years of history right in the heart of this historic city, within walking distance of all major highlights.
    Remco Groenhuyzen, General Manager

  • We say

    Luxurious, stylish and relaxing. Period elegance meets contemporary design.


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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with Sofitel Legend, The Grand Amsterdam, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for up to 2 in-room guests
  • USD $100 equivalent food & beverage credit to be utilized during stay

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Maria de Medici Imperial Suite


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