The Unconquered Earth

Never Constant, Ever Changing...Discover Earth's Hidden Gems.
Hotel/Timeshare Reviews

Hotel Review: American Hotel Amsterdam

When I found out that I would be traveling to Amsterdam in May, I searched for a hotel that would be right on one of the canals, be central to visiting a lot of the museums, and be unique in some way. I didn’t realize that so many hotels might meet those criteria. However, I found that the American Hotel Amsterdam appeared to be a great option.

The American Hotel Amsterdam was built in the late 1800s in the heart of Amsterdam on Leidseplein (Leidse Square) in the southwest of the canal ring. An expansion was added to the hotel in the late 1920s. Upon arriving, I was immediately impressed by the friendliness of the staff and the art nouveau inspired hotel. There’s an instant homey feeling when you check-in instead of some ostentatious grand entrance overwhelming your senses. During my discussion with General Manager, Mr. Max Hermers, I discovered a few things about the hotel that were not mentioned on their website.

First, the American Hotel Amsterdam was the first hotel in Amsterdam to take on the American hotel model of having an en suite bathroom, as opposed to the European model of having a communal bathroom at the end of the hall used by all the guests on that floor. Second, it was the first hotel in Amsterdam to have an elevator (hand operated). Thirdly, not all hotels can boast the historical nature of hotel guests returning to where their great-grandparents celebrated their honeymoon! And lastly, the hotel has generally maintained an very high occupancy rate, according to Mr. Hermers.

The hotel has 175 rooms, some of which are currently undergoing renovations. I stayed on the 4th floor in a spacious balcony room overlooking the Singelgracht Canal. The room had just been renovated, keeping with the art nouveau theme of the hotel. It was calming to leave the balcony door open at night and sleep with the breeze coming off the canal below. The king size mattress and soft linens made it even easier to sleep comfortably through the night.

The room had an open-planned bathroom concept; although the luxurious soaking tub/tiled walk-in rainfall shower area and the toilet area are in their own separate enclosed spaces. The double sinks were in the room hallway with rather dim lighting, making it a challenge for women to apply make-up or men to shave. However, there is a small sink in the toilet area that has excellent lighting and a mirror. All rooms are stocked with nice cotton robes and slippers, with plenty of soft cotton towels. The WiFi was consistently strong in all hotel areas during our 4-night stay and was free to all guests.

The hotel has one restaurant, Café Americain (intertionally spelled this way), which serves reasonably priced and delicious food in their famous art nouveau setting. Breakfast has a rather average and small buffet-style offering for the price (EUR 22.50) of standard pastries and breads, cheeses, and meats, with tea or coffee. But I suggest choosing off the a la carte menu – pancakes with elderflower syrup, whipped cream, and powdered sugar, along with a side of crispy bacon from local monastery pigs. For me, it was such a perfect breakfast, along with great coffee (of course), that I ate it several times during my stay. The sun streaming in through the original stained glass windows made the breakfast taste even more heavenly.

At dinner, the ambiance in the restaurant transports you back to the early 1900s, with the lighting lowered in the antique wall sconces and Tiffany-like ceiling lights. The roasted chicken in its Café Americain sauce and the codfish baked in citrus oil with mushrooms and caramelized onions in a bouillabaisse sauce were both excellent.

A spacious area of outdoor seating is offered overlooking the fountain, as well as the indoor seating. In addition, the hotel Bar Americain (which also has seating inside and outside), has welcomed many international celebrities, as supported by their framed pictures covering the walls.

The hotel is only a 10 minute walk to the Rijksmuseum (and the “I Amsterdam” sign), Modern Art Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. In between the hotel and museums are a number of great restaurants, including Sushisamba (Japanese) and Bakery Café/Ristorante Pizzeria which were both enjoyable.

Directly off to the northeast from the hotel in Leidseplein square are more places to eat than you can count. Hungry for a steak one evening, we ate at the New York Steak House there that has second-story seating on the balcony overlooking the square where we sat watching people hustling about on their daily commute home.

Guests at the American Hotel Amsterdam can use the sauna and exercise facilities on the lower level of the hotel. A mezzanine relaxation area offers a bookcase full of books and plenty of comfortable armchairs looking out the window to the canal or over the staircase that opens to the lobby below. I appreciated the historic photographs that hung on the hotel lobby walls, as well as the various antique objects that were displayed in the lobby curio cabinets and trunk.

The closest parking is in the Q-Park Byzantium about a 5 minute walk across the canal from the hotel. I was traveling by car to Belgium after leaving Amsterdam, so I did use this parking garage for a few days. It is rather expensive at EUR 68 per 24 hours, but you do get a discounted rate if you consult the concierge.

Public transportation from the Amsterdam Central Station takes you to the Leidseplein stop in about 10 minutes, which is right in front of the hotel (take Trans 1, 2, or 5). From the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, take bus 397 to the Stadhouderskade stop, which is about a 3 minute walk from the hotel.

27 Comment

  1. I as well as my pals appeared to be viewing the excellent tricks from your web site while at once got a horrible feeling I never expressed respect to the website owner for those strategies. All of the young men were definitely as a result glad to read them and now have unquestionably been loving these things. Thank you for truly being really kind as well as for selecting varieties of outstanding topics most people are really desirous to understand about. My honest regret for not expressing appreciation to you sooner.

    1. Thank you so much….I appreciate your support comments. Plan on writing new travel posts shortly.

  2. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this superb blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this website with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

    1. Thanks for being so kind. I appreciate the support in spreading the word about my site. I haven’t traveled lately due to Covid (and knew others were in the same boat) but have many more articles that I was debating whether to post. You’ve revived my passion with your comments! Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind remarks. I appreciate the support. Hope to travel more soon.

  3. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The design and style look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Kudos

  4. I’ve been surfing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site
    owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will
    be much more useful than ever before.

  5. Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to help
    with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some
    targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good success.
    If you know of any please share. Appreciate it!

    1. You need to have the “Yoast SEO” plugin for the best help in that area, I think. That’s what I use, and it is really good!

  6. Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was super
    long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing.
    Do you have any tips for beginner blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

    1. Thanks for your support. The main tip I give beginner bloggers is to get VERY proficient with SEO; read everything you can on the subject and use a good plugin (I use Yoast) to guide you further.

    1. There are a thousand travel blog sites that are set up in various ways. I’m sure your Google search could find any number of good ones. They all have a different focus…just find the ones that suit your needs. Thanks

  7. Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.
    Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the way,
    how could we communicate?

  8. You can certainly see your expertise in the work you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as
    you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

  9. Hi, I do think your website might be having web browser compatibility issues.
    Whenever I take a look at your web site in Safari,
    it looks fine however when opening in IE, it has
    some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide
    you with a quick heads up! Aside from that, fantastic website!

  10. Definitely imagine that which you stated. Your favourite reason appeared to be at the web the easiest factor to consider of.
    I say to you, I definitely get annoyed even as other folks
    consider worries that they plainly do not realize about. You managed
    to hit the nail upon the highest as neatly as defined out the entire
    thing with no need side effect , other people could take a
    signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thanks

Comments are closed.