Andaz Amsterdam: Part 2 – First Impressions

The hotel is located on one of Amsterdam’s canals in a leafy part of town away from the drunken parties in pubs around Leidesplein and Central Station. This clearly makes it an attraction for guests not wanting the party scene to keep them awake. It does mean that it is also a 15 minute walk from the nearest tram stop. If you had heavy luggage or trouble walking – remember the pavements and bridges force a lot of up-and-down walking – then I could get the train to Central Station and a cab to the hotel.

a city street with boats and buildings


The modern building has been converted to the hotel.

a flag on a pole

Close up exterior

The hotel is beautifully located with great views from the bank for the canal. Several canals converge nearby making the area interesting from a photography standpoint.

a water way with a tower in the background

View along the canal

There are about 6 steps up (ramp available) to the hallway which leads to Reception. The hallway is quirky with lots of miniature traditional Dutch door, as shown below.

a long hallway with black doors

Entrance Hall to the Andaz

As always with the Andaz, there is no formal front desk, and the staff are roving with iPads to check-in quests – look for smart young people with iPads, they are you people.

There are actual workstations for them to operate, under three huge bells, hanging five floors from the roof.

a group of bells from a glass caseI was checked-in quickly and given my room key. The lifts are behind reception and took me to the 2nd floor. You need to use your room key in the lift to select the floor.

Stepping out of the lift you are met with a huge painted number confirming your floor:

a white drawing on a wall