JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht
Prinsengracht 587, 1016 HT Amsterdam, Netherlands
24th September 2015

Opened in 2012 to great acclaim, Andaz is the business-friendly Hyatt Hotels’ more artsy brand. The 122-room property is decorated entirely by Dutch design wunderkind Marcel Wanders.

Location
The hotel is located right on the Prinsengracht Canal, making for some picturesque views. Positioned away from the more touristy areas, RASK felt we were in “authentic Amsterdam”.
The hotel is a 25-minute taxi journey from Schiphol Airport and about ten minutes from the Central Station. The tram runs on Leidsestraat, about one block away.
Who stays?
The quite youthful and exuberant atmosphere seems to attract both the monied hipsters and the more pared down Hyatt regulars; none of this is a bad thing, mind.
Style and Character
Design is, of course, key here. It's no mean feat to combine an almost "Alice in Wonderland"-feel with luxury, but it all works superbly here.
Service
Check-in takes place beneath three huge white bells, and the welcoming front office attendant checked us in without fuss.
We were also granted early access to the room. A personable and professional friendly bellboy took us, and our bags, to the room. In fact service was impeccable throughout. Room service orders were prompt and front office, restaurant and bar staff were all gracious and friendly. RASK particularly enjoyed our little welcome gift of Dutch caramel waffles, delivered in a little blue and white tin!
Rooms and Suites
RASK’s room is best described as gorgeous and whimsical. Our canal-facing Superior Room designed by Marcel Wanders was full of fabulous little details and beautifully finished. Fittings and furniture were fantastic. Highlights included the table and bright yellow chair right next to the window, and the open plan bathroom.

Rooms were shower only, which was cleverly hidden in an opaque glass encasing. The WC was also found within an enclosed “compartment”, while the sink and bathroom table were placed in the middle of the room.

Our canal view came with an unexpected bonus - front row seats to the city’s annual Canal Gay Pride!

The flatscreen television worked perfectly and had a good selection of channels, and the wifi worked without a hitch (although we had to keep logging in).

In this city of canals, it will make sense to spring for a canal-facing room – but other rooms face the gorgeous inner courtyard and garden; charming and serene.
Food and Drink
At ground floor level, the Bluespoon Bar beckons: it opens into the lobby and is a great place for a cocktail.

The Bluespoon Restaurant is “open kitchen-style”, offering a wide selection of food and drink throughout the day and evening. RASK recommends the delicious eggs Florentine in the morning.

RASK also particularly loved the Library. Open 24 hours a day, with wine, water, coffee and cookies available, this was a wonderful place to while away an hour or two, browsing the impressive selection of coffee table books – and admiring the canal-side spectacle.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The hotel’s only fault. The gym was colourfully decorated, but below-par for such a high profile property, and the spa area was minuscule. There is a small co-ed sauna and steam bath - enough for the busy executive, but not sufficient for the leisure traveller in search of a relaxed spa break.
Perceived Value
Amsterdam's top accommodations don't come cheap, but the pricing seems right here at the Andaz.
Verdict
Definitely up there with the best hotels of Amsterdam – no mean feat. RASK would chart the room as one of the most fabulous we have ever stayed in – a delightful experience all round!