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W Amsterdam, Netherlands
Just a stone's throw from the Royal Palace and Dam Square, this hotel, unusually, is housed in two distinctly different buildings in the centre of Amsterdam. One is named Exchange - a telephone exchange building dating from the 1920s - and the other, Bank - a former bank dating from 1906 which is situated across the road. Each have their own design hallmarks and oodles of space - both in public areas and many of the 238 guest rooms. Between them, they offer top restaurants, buzzing bar areas, a stylish lounge, a modern spa, fitness room and both a rooftop and indoor pool. There are numerous nods to Dutch culture and design. However, the open plan nature of many bathrooms won't be to everyone's taste.
The uber-central position means it's easy to shop, visit sights and hit the bars and restaurants.
Explore the sights on foot, including Dam Square and Anne Frank's house (10 minutes) and the museum quarter (20 minutes).
By plane: direct flights from London and Manchester take around 1 hour 15 minutes. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from Schiphol airport and a 10-minute walk from central station. Parking costs €60 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
The hotel attracts a wide range of visitors but mostly a younger, design-conscious crowd enjoying the copious use of music and buzzing ambience. We loved the swish rooftop bar.
Service & Facilities
Swimming lengths in the rooftop pool is certainly a step above a trip to the municipal baths.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Art gallery
- Free Wi-Fi
The contemporary design of the rooms at the Exchange building are funky and fun - with lively colours used, such as bright reds and yellows, and metallic accents.
Cozy, Fabulous, Wonderful, Sublime, Marvelous, Cool Corner Suite, Studio Suite, Marvelous Suite, Fantastic Suite, WOW Suite, Extreme WOW Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
A cocktail at the rooftop W Lounge is a great experience. The slow-cooked lamb ossobuco at Mr Porter is sublime.
W Lounge: Cocktail and champagne bar, serving light bites. Open daily, from 11am.
The Duchess: Michelin-starred restaurant, nouveau Niçoise Cuisine. Open Thu-Sun, 12-10pm.
Mr Porter: modern steakhouse with island bar. Chic atmosphere, resident DJ sets. Open daily, 9am-10pm.