Located between two gentle canals in the heart of the city, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam boasts a rich history. From a 15th-century convent to royal lodgings to Dutch Admiralty headquarters to the City Hall of Amsterdam. The Grand offers five-star luxury in a unique ‘Amsterdam’ ambiance, furnished with French elegance and grandeur. The rooms, restaurants and bars, the banqueting halls and the beautiful Garden Terrace captivate and seduce everyone into visiting the hotel.
The interior of the hotel is designed to meet the highest demands of modern-day travelers. The hotel is a blend of French elegance and Dutch stylistic elements. The tulip and butterfly are recurring themes and an abundance of magical natural light filters through this city palace.
The French interior architect Sybille de Margerie, famous for her work at the legendary Hôtel de Crillon in Paris and Hôtel Cheval Blanc in Courchevel, drew much of her stylish design inspiration from the lively colors of the famous mural by COBRA-artist Karel Appel, which is situated at the entrance of the restaurant area.
ROOMS, SUITES AND CANAL HOUSE SUITES
Most guests of Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam are already familiar with the classic arched lobby ceiling, the authentic courtyard, the stunning inner garden and the library. Many guests are now also discovering how the contemporary design elements blend magnificently with these authentic features.
The hotel boasts beautiful stained glass windows, marble staircases with rosewood handrails and monumental meeting rooms and banqueting halls representing different architectural styles, in particular the 1920s and 1930s. The rooms and suites are also designed to create a harmonious blend of the historic and modern stylistic elements of the hotel. The rich heritage of the site has been carefully preserved while ensuring that the accommodations are equipped with the advanced technology expected by today’s traveller.
The Grand has 52 suites in total, ranging from Junior Suites, Prestige Suites and Opera Suites to the highly exclusive Imperial Suites. For the design of the Imperial Suites, Sybille de Margerie drew inspiration from the legendary people who stayed at The Grand, resulting for example in the William of Orange Suite and the Maria de Medici Suite. The result is a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary design features, including typical Dutch style elements. Needless to say, the suites are also fully equipped with the latest technology and features.
The suites are regularly visited by heads of state, spiritual leaders, celebrities, artists and ambassadors from all around the world. Guests feel privileged to stay at these unique locations, steeped in history and infused with memories of a distant past.
The Imperial Suites have a spacious sitting area with large dining table and 65-inch flat screen television, a large bedroom with spacious bathroom equipped with a very own Hamam (steam bath). The suites are decorated with works of art that evoke memories of the legendary people that have visited The Grand. The Imperial Suites can be interconnected with a Superior room. The suites are ideal for presidential couples and anyone travelling with a large entourage. All suites include Butler Service, as do the Canal House Suites.
The most prestigious suite of The Grand is the Royal Suite. This suite is located on the third floor of a former canal house and overlooks the hotel’s authentic courtyard.
All 177 guestrooms are individually decorated, using natural tones like beige, lilac and cream and materials like mahogany, marble and steel, some with typical Dutch classical-style brick walls.
The interior was designed by the well-known French architect Sybille de Margerie, who collaborated on the design of the rooms with nine students from the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven. Works by the Dutch ‘Droog Design Group’ have also been incorporated into the interior design; functional furniture, presented as a ‘piece of art’.
Canal House Suites
Twelve Canal House Suites are situated in the former official residences of famous Dutch admirals, such as Michiel de Ruyter. In these suites you go back to a metropolitan history dating back to the 17th century. The timeless elegance of cream-coloured walls, wooden ceiling beams, warm autumn colours and a subtle mix of classic and modern furniture. Various Canal House Suites feature a fully-equipped kitchenette. Additionally, several apartments have a private roof terrace or a ‘split level’ layout. Three apartments offer a private entrance at the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.
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