Amsterdam’s canalside 9 Straatjes district boasts, err, 9 sweet streets of fash, food and tons of vibe. What better perch to navigate the nabe than the pretty Andaz Prinsengracht?
Housed in a historic, former C.17th public library and redesigned by local Marcel Wanders, the Andaz is an atmospheric melding of old and new; with a light-filled lobby-cum-observatory boasting soaring blue ceilings, and 122 stylish, wired-up rooms oozing that quintessential, quirk-chic Dutch touch.
Add plush king beds, all-natural Zenology toiletries, and beaut canal, garden, or observatory views, and it’s impossible to make a misstep with any of the stunning suites. Beyond, famous farm-to-forker Bluespoon restaurant has ingredients fresh-picked from the hotel garden plus delicacies sourced from around the region, not to mention Bluespoon Lounge right next door, handy for a crafty pre or post gargle. For a relaxing pamper session, hightail it to one of the treatment rooms at Urban Spa, or if a breath of fresh air is in order, either step out the door and straight to the riverside, or head out back to the muralled garden. But to really experience Amsterdam like a local, get a leg over one of Andaz’s bicycles for some canal-side cruising.
Go on, Alice, your Wander-land awaits…
Andaz Prinsengracht, Prinsengracht 587, Canal Ring, Amsterdam. +31 020 523 1234, andaz.hyatt.com