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Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Amsterdam

It’s just 25 days to go until the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards. And after the much-talked about VMAs, the EMAs is expected to present much more surprises. Amsterdam is the city of choice for this year’s EMAs. The iconic city of fun will surely be packed with music fans from all over the world. And for the music enthusiasts and music icons with posh taste and much cash to spare, here are the top 5 luxury hotels to check out:


Location: Prins Hendrikkade 108, 1011 AK Amsterdam
Suites start at: approx. $700/night

Opened in 2007, the Grand Hotel Amrath is a five-storey building that epitomizes the Amsterdam School of Architecture with its turrets. This landmark was one the headquarters of the major Dutch shipping companies, where Henry Hudson sailed to discover “Manna-Hata” or Manhattan.

The Grand Hotel Amrath has 164 opulent rooms and suites. Some of the most talked about luxurious features of the hotel include marble staircase, high stained glass ceiling, decorative wood panels and architectural ironmongery. The Grand Hotel Amrath was the winner of the 2013 Travelers’ Choice Awards of TripAdvisor.


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Location: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam
Suites start at: approx. $750/night

Located just south of the city center, beside the Amstel Canal, The Okura is the tallest hotel in the city with 23 floors. Most of the hotel rooms have the best views, especially the top-storey bar Twenty Three.

The spacious rooms at The Okura are tastefully design with a modern flair of light tones and wood panels. The hotel also boasts of four restaurants and two thirds of Amsterdam’s Michelin stars. The Okura also has a top-class gym and spa and stunning Japanese garden for the ultimate tranquil experience.


Photo credits: www.okura.com


Location: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012 EX Amsterdam
Suites start at: approx $900/night 

The Sofitel Legend The Grand is legendary for many reasons: the building used to be Amsterdam’s town hall, monumental buildings between two canals have served as a 15th-century convent, the headquarters of the Dutch Admiralty in the Golden Age, even the site of the current Queen Beatrix’s wedding reception in 1966. It is located at the oldest part of the city, away from the hustle and bustle of Dam Square.

This hotel currently has classic luxury feel with lush rooms of mahogany furnishing, marble floor bathrooms and burgundy fabrics. Sofitel Legend The Grand also has a central courtyard garden, spa (with sauna and steam room) and large banquet hall with specialty in French cuisine.


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Location: Professor Tulpplein 1, 1018 GX Amsterdam
Suites start at: approx. $1,000/night

The Amstel Intercontinental is located on the scenic and quiet Amstel. Since its opening in 1867, The Amster Intercontinental has been tagged as one of the most luxurious and most expensive in the whole of Netherlands. It is grand as a palace but warm as a home with 79 guest rooms, 24 suites and 2 restaurants.

The Amstel Intercontinental’s notable indulgent features include limousine and motor yacht services, Amstel Lounge with crystal chandeliers, 15 meter heated pool and La Rive , a Michelin-starred French restaurant.


amstelPhoto credits: www.amsterdam.intercontinental.com


Location: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14, 1012 CP Amsterdam
Suites start at: approx. $1,200

Hotel de l’Europe is a 1896 neo-Renaissance landmark on the Amstel River bend. During its 2-year renovation, the 111-room hotel has expanded and has been opulently updated with rooms of Prussian blue, saffron and coral colors and Old Master paintings on the wall. The suites are equipped with touch buttons, Bose sound systems and all-marble bathrooms to name a few.

The Hotel de l’Europe gives a luxurious old-world feel not just with its plush carpetting, glittery chandeliers, red-lacquered tables and even its gallant staff
(who wear top hats too!)


leuropePhoto credits: www.leurope.nl

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