When I had an extra night in Amsterdam, I didn’t know exactly where to stay in downtown Amsterdam, but after some research I found one. The other night I stayed in The W Hotel in Amsterdam, and it was such a cool experience, I had to dedicate a whole post to it!
First off, let’s set the stage. I am primarily a business traveller. As such, I usually stay in generic hotels that have little creative license in their decorations and all look the same. With the exception of the lobby, a Westin is a Westin.
This was an entirely different experience.
When I walked into The W Hotel the other day, delirious from little sleep, and ready for a day of wandering one of my favorite international destinations, I was floored by the ridiculously trendy lobby. Adorned with coffee table books, interesting light fixtures, flowers in boxes and unique seating arrangements, it felt more like a hip club than a lobby. The huge centerpiece fireplace adds a cozy feel to the modern interior, and while the inside is spectacular, if you take a look beyond the windows and you have nearly 360 views of the most storied landmarks in Amsterdam – Nieuwe Kerk and The Royal Palace. It is an intimate view you can’t get many other places in the city.
After check in (and thank you to The W for accommodating me despite my reservation snafu) the room was just as cool as the lounge, and totally different than any other room I have stayed in before. The pictures speak for themselves, but my favorite features were the rain shower, the bed (heart eyes emoji) and the blackout shades. The shades were so powerful that I slept that night and my alarm went off 12 hours later, I had no idea it was daylight outside! I was so confused.
The hotel is still under construction as they are finishing a second tower across the street in an old bank. While not completely open yet, I ventured over to check out The Duchess, a tea room. It is absolutely stunning in there. I wanted to move in and curl up in a velvet chair with a tray of treats immediately. The stained glass window in the dining area of the restaurant made it so bright and inviting! And the gorgeous faux flowers looked so real I almost didn’t know the difference. I will definitely be back for a proper high tea, one of my absolute favorite indulgences!
While the hotel is great now, it is going to be a knockout when it is all finished!
This post is not sponsored (only supported by my vast collection of hotel points) and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you to The W for a great stay! I’ll be back.