It is my pleasure to welcome you to the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam. My Concierge team and I are truly delighted to be able to look after you while you stay with us and we will be more than pleased to assist you in any way.
The Intercontinental Amstel Hotel has been the most prestigious Hotel in the country for almost 150 years. The tastefully decorated rooms, easy layout of the Hotel, Michelin awarded restaurant, tranquil ambiance of the Healthclub, make it a very comfortable and enjoyable place to be! Our beautiful terraces during the summer months are a real treat, while throughout the year our exclusive saloon boats outside the Hotel will enable our guests a tour of the historical canals.
Whether you are a first time or seasoned traveller, a boat trip in one of our authentic saloon boats along the canals in the morning is an unbeatable experience. We will arrange for you to meet the captain of the hotel vessel in the lobby and take you down to our own quay where the boat is moored. The skipper will then set off to show you Amsterdam's most beautiful canals while you enjoy a full breakfast or just some coffee. It's a wonderful experience - cruising past the many glorious old houses, warehouses and mansions that line the canals, passing under the countless small bridges that span the waterways. You can either be dropped off at the reopened Rijksmuseum, or be taken back to the hotel just in time for lunch.
A table with spectacular views over the river Amstel will be waiting for you at our Amstel Brasserie. After lunch you can walk along the canals to the Hermitage or Van Gogh museum. Enjoy the latest collection at Hermitage on display and then, if you wish to buy an old master piece or some unusual antiquities as souvenirs, we suggest you to finish your afternoon walk along the Spiegelkwartier antiques district. Cross the bridge opposite the Rijksmuseum to get to this charming quarter or do some shopping in the nine streets area where you can find all the boutique shops. After this, return to the hotel for our famous Afternoon Tea.
To finish the perfect Amsterdam day, we recommend a visit to the Royal Concert building (Concertgebouw), located right across the Museumplein. A concert by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in this venue is a real treat. The acoustics are among the best in the world. For dinner we give you two choices: either start off the evening with a pre-theatre meal in the restaurant adjacent to the Concertgebouw, called Keyzer Bodega, or for an after concert dinner a table with spectacular views over the Amstel River is waiting for you at our Michelin awarded restaurant La Rive. Unwind with a signature cocktail after a packed day at A bar.
Bicycles are the fastest and most efficient way to explore the city, however they can also be a bit of a nuisance when walking around the city. Before crossing the road, make always sure you look in all directions as you cannot normally hear their approach.
Please always arrange the taxi through the hotel, concierge desk. It will be the pleasure of Aad and his team to provide the best taxi service.
Service is always included in The Netherlands. Only when the service has been exceptional, it is customary to leave a gratuity of 5-10 per cent of the total amount. This applies for restaurants, taxis and the entire service industry
Amsterdam is a very flat and compact city and as a result the city centre is easy to walk around. If you get lost, simply find a nearby main canal (Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht or Prinsengracht) and walk in the direction of rising house numbers, which will finally bring you back onto the Amstel river. When reaching the Amstel river, you should be able to see the Intercontinental Amstel Hotel on your right.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Originally, the hotel was to consist of four wings built around a glass-covered inner courtyard with access for coaches on Sarphatistraat. Of the preliminary design only the westerly wing, facing the river, was actually built. Unfortunately, Dr. Sarphati died before the property was completed. When the hotel opened in 1867 the most expensive rooms were on the ground floor as lifts did not exist yet. In the first years of existance, the Hotel owed its exceptional clientele of royals and celebrities to Dr. Mezger who started his practice in the Amstel Hotel during the opening years. In the Amstel Health Club of the hotel you can still find a remembrance plaque.
AMSTERDAM'S THREE CROSSES
The city's official motto "Heldhaftig, Vastberaden, Barmhartig" (Valiant, Resolute, Merciful) which is displayed on the coat of arms, was bestowed on it by Queen Wilhelmina in 1947 in recognition of the city's bravery during World War II.
Amsterdam: 17th Century
In the 17th Century Amsterdam was the most important city in the world in terms of trade. The most successful businessmen had houses on the main canals and in the nearby countryside along the rivers, like the Amstel and the Vecht. The inner ring of city canals has been nominated by UNESCO as World Heritage List.
Amsterdam: Capital City
Although Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands, the Houses of Parliament, ministries and embassies are all based in The Hague.
Built in 1648, this former town hall was built during the Golden age of the Netherlands but turned into a Royal Palace in 1800 by Napoleon's brother Louis. As the Amsterdam soil consists mainly of marshy subsoil (peat) it was built on 13.600 piles driven 20 metres deep.
WHAT TO PACK
Summer time is usually mild, winter time is usually cold with occasional periods of rain. Appropriate clothing is necessary. A cardigan, summer jacket or raincoat is recommended.
It is recommended to exchange some money to cover airport incidentals and transportation to the hotel. Best Euro rates are given from nearby ATM machines. Changing dollars can be done at the cashier or from the GWK exchange offices at the main stations or at various places in town and also from cashier desk in the hotel itself.
From the ring road (A10) take the exit S109 (RAI). At the traffic lights turn right and follow the signs "centrum". Turn right at the next main junction, where you will find yourself driving on the President Kennedylaan. Keep on following this road which leads onto the Amsteldijk. At the end of the Amsteldijk you will have to turn left and immediatly turn right and again right at the end. Cross the bridge of the Amstel river and immediately turn right again. You have now arrived at your destination. The InterContinental Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam. Valet parking is available to our guests. € 6 per hour / € 65 per day.