by Lissa Poirot
The building that houses the Grand, a Sofitel Legend hotel, dates back to the 15th century when it was used for the royal family. Renovated by a French designer, the Grand is a luxury, five-star hotel with French themes and 177 guestrooms including 52 suites. Royal Suites, located on the third floor of a former canal house, features beamed ceilings and funky shapes with courtyard views. Another Canal House style of suites are available that includes fully equipped kitchenettes. Three of these suites offer a private entrance. Opera Suites, just over 800 square feet, overlook the gardens. Imperial Suites, over a thousand square feet in size, have been welcoming legendary guests since 1578. These suites offer two bedrooms, a separate living room, two bathrooms, and butler service.
Of the more traditional guestrooms, Classics are the smallest, providing 269 square feet. The sizes increase in Superior and Luxury rooms, with Junior Suites providing a king bed and a lounge area in nearly 500 square feet.
Amenities at the hotel include afternoon tea served daily between 3 and 5 p.m., butler service, private hotel tours offered daily, horse and carriage rides around Amsterdam, bike rentals, and private boat tours of the canals of Amsterdam. Guests may also enjoy the full-service spa facilities and fitness center. Guests of the spa have access to the hotel’s indoor pool.
Dining at the Grand includes Bridges, which as the former Town Hall canteen. The seafood restaurant features sommelier service and is the recipient of a Michelin star. The French-inspired Le Petit Bistro is the newest dining facility, opening in 2014. Featuring an indoor garden setting, it is adjacent to Bridges. Seasonally, the Garden Terrace provides outdoor seating with menus from both restaurants. For traditional pub fare, visit the Flying Dutchman.
Our Editor Loves
- Historic and luxurious location
- Large suites with kitchenettes
- Michelin dining onsite
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Perfectly situated hotel with historic pedigree but modern and funky decor. Rooms are of good size and mine had a lovely view over the canal.
Restaurant options are excellent.
Especially noteworthy was the excellent service. A rare combination of formally efficient whilst friendly.
A great choice in Amsterdam
On Sunday, November 10, 2019 at around 10:30 am, I went to the Sofitel Hotel in Amsterdam with my wife. We wanted to have breakfast in the hotel's restaurant, we are regular customers of Sofitel hotels and particularly like the quality of their service. We were dressed neatly, worthy of consideration, in my opinion. We told the lady at the reception that we wanted to have breakfast at the hotel, the lady replied that the restaurant was full but that she would still ask. She was particularly embarrassed. She had trouble concealing her lie. She picked up her phone as if to call the restaurant and then without even calling it, she put the phone down and told us "no it's not possible it's full". My wife and I left humiliated. We knew that was not true. Is this a facial offence? Aren't we respectable enough for a place like this? A contempt for class? Am I too black? Or maybe I didn't look rich enough?
I am a black man and my wife is a white woman. The question is asked...even if I have my answer.
Disgusting and unacceptable...even more so in 2019.