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Sleepover: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

How to compete with other luxury hotels in the higher segment? Little details, that count for a lot. The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam understands this very well. Here's my full recap on my sleepover at the Waldorf: 

First impressions
The centre of Amsterdam isn't my favorite place to drive. It's busy, bikes pop up out of nowhere and parking next to the canals is just plain scary (I'm so afraid I'll drive in the water). Luckily, Waldorf Astoria offers valet parking. You only have to worry about your handbag and the rest is taken care off. The check-in ritual is one of the better ones I've experienced. We even got to chose the fragrance for the turndown, something light and sweet to fall asleep in. A hot towel, some drinks and the biggest smiles behind the desk. And the dresses of the ladies...! Hello Jan Taminiau! Gorgeous waving dresses with the map of Amsterdam's city centre. Little details, again.  

The room
There's no place like home, right? But, a hotel can feel homely as well. There are in total 93 luxury rooms in the hotel, with the biggest being as big as any pied-à-terre in a cool, international city. The room I had (#131) was very spatial. I really enjoyed the desk because I had to do a lot of work. The bathroom was filled with great essentials and things you sometimes forget to pack. Oh, did I mention we walked in on a bottle of cooled Champagne, freshly baked Madeleines and a chocolate key to invite us to the vault? Walking around the room with soft slippers in the morning was just the cherry on top of a great sleep and stay. Breakfast was served from 7 until 10.30 and offered a large range of typical breakfast dishes. I went for a lot of coffee and the vegetable omelet, together with my delivered newspaper the perfect way to start a hectic day. 

Great history
The hotel can be found on the Herengracht, as part of the UNESCO site - views of the canals. The six canal houses that make up the Waldorf Astoria have great history. It's legacy can be found all over the hotel. Little signs, the black and white strips across the walls (reminder that you walk into the next canal house), the fresh tulips in the room and old details all tell us the story of life in the 17th and 18th century. It took a few years to completely renovate the property, but it was well worth it. This year the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam celebrates it's 4th birthday, but is already a household name. It's not without reason the hotel is on all the top lists concerning interior, service, food & beverages and spa. 

A lot to do
If you're in Amsterdam for leisure, make sure to spend some time in the hotel. There's a lot to do! You can book appointments for the Guerlain Spa, relax at the pool, enjoy tasty cocktails at the Vault bar and have dinner at the two Michelin star restaurant "Librije's Zusje". The restaurant is quite popular, so if it's full you can always book a table at the Goldfinch Brasserie. This restaurant shares the same kitchen as Librije's Zusje, so you are in for a treat! 

The verdict
My stay at the Waldorf Astoria was in one word: wonderful. The entire staff is easy to talk to and are helping you however they can to make your stay the best. The concierge tipped us for some great places to go in the neighborhood. I'm normally quite picky where to eat, but he understood our criteria perfectly. It's not the cheapest place in town, so I won't be staying here every time. But for a special occasion I'll be ready to check in!

This blogpost is written in partnership with Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. The opinion in this blog is mine and represents my true sleepover experience. If you have questions about this sleepover I'll be happy to answer them!  

Sleepover: Hotel V Amsterdam

Countless times I've visited Hotel V at Nes for a breakfast meeting, afternoon drink or as a second living room whenever I'm in the capital city. That's one of the reasons why I was very curious about their newer hotel in Amsterdam Oost. This one opened late 2016 and is as beautiful as its older sibling in the city centre. I booked a night in one of the suites, here's my full report. 

First impressions
You can only make one first impression. Quickly after I entered the parking garage I saw a sign with my name on it. The simplicity of such a sign instantly makes you feel welcome. The lobby of the hotel feels warm and cosy and were full of beautiful peacock chairs (that I now need to have). I was early and couldn't go into my room, but I had a complete city to explore so that didn't matter at all. I left my luggage got some info on how to go from the hotel to my next meeting the quickest and left. 

Sound and safe
When I returned the personnel remembered me, which I think is very lovely. The suite is located on the second floor, all the way in the back (a corner room). Hallways to the rooms are guests only and only accessible with your room card, the key only works if your room is in that exact hallway. What makes sure there's less traffic on the floors (nice and quiet) and makes you feel safe. 

Pass out blissfully
The room. Oh men! Wonderful! Everything breathes relaxation and designed simplicity. The suite offered a large double bed, a relax area, working area and a nice walkin shower. Enough space to set up your stuff if you're working, to enjoy some well deserved me-time or to pass out blissfully. 

Misty mornings
We slept with the curtains open and woke up bright and early with a misty view of Amsterdam. Time for breakfast! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. And hotel breakfasts are even better. The breakfast is included in the hotel fee and The Lobby, the restaurant and bar area of Hotel V. Cravings were understood. Fresh coffee, and a pick of one savory item and one sweet. I opted for the eggs Florentine and French toast. A great way to kickstart your day. 

Sleepover gone great
We had arranged an late checkout the night before, so we had all the time in the world to walk around. Spot all the beautiful details in the hotel and spoil ourselves with our temporary home. Well rested and our bellies full of deliciousness we exited the hotel with smiling faces. A great sleepover. Of course I took loads of photos, have a look!