IN THE CENTRE OF AMSTERDAM
Fifteen elegant canal-side houses in the centre of Amsterdam. Over the years, the Ambassade Hotel has expanded considerably. Starting with just one canal-side building in 1953, it now has 55 hotel rooms distributed among fifteen historic UNESCO-canal houses. Most of these canal-side homes are on the “Herengracht” canal, while some others are located on the “Singel” canal.
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The historic heart of Amsterdam is known for its beauty throughout the world. The canals with their stately seventeenth-century mansions contribute to Amsterdam’s traditional charm and are also appreciated as an important part of our cultural heritage. In 2010 the canal district was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The placement on this list signifies international recognition of the unique value and beauty of the canal district. During both summer and winter, the enchantment of the canals attracts many visitors from all over the world.
5 Reasons to Stay with Us
In the heart of Amsterdam yet quietly located.
55 unique rooms in beautifully restored canal side houses.
An impressive collection of art and literature.
An exceptional dining experience, delicious food and excellent service.
Truly excellent service with a personal touch.
Art & Literature
“Cobra stole my heart… and, as always with the big loves of your life, it came like a bolt out of the blue. Suddenly, my breath was taken away by the sight of all these amazing things: the colours, the freedom, the playfulness, the unconventional, the experiment, the intuitive. … I hardly knew where to look next. It wat overwhelming – all those hundreds of artworks in countless variations. Oil paintings, work on paper, sculptures of all types and sizes that dripped with passion… in forty years they had lost none of their power, on the contrary. I stood there rooted to the spot and I got goosebumps all over.” – Wouter Schopman, owner
Enjoy lunch and fine dining in a beautiful restaurant, surrounded by colourful paintings from famous Cobra artists. Restaurant Ambassade offers classic French dishes with a modern twist, in combination with fine wines. Or enjoy a stylish drink in our Libary Bar with 5000 signed books. In our Library Bar we serve classic cocktails, a selection of the best beers and delicious cappuccinos.
The Ambassade’s central location on the Herengracht makes it an ideal place from which to explore the city. Many museums and sights can be reached on foot in just a few minutes. Likewise numerous cafés, restaurants, shopping streets and the famous Amsterdam flower market. We highly recommend trying out the locals’ most popular means of transport. At the Ambassade Hotel you can rent a bicycle for € 17,50 a day. Please reserve one in advance or at the reception desk. The reception staff will give you a city map of Amsterdam and its surroundings.
The Ambassade Hotel feels responsible for the impact it has on the environment. As a host in world-heritage, the hotel plays a role in the sustainable quality of life in this extraordinary place. More generally the Ambassade Hotel recognises that the vitality of the environment is essential for the vitality of the organisation. The Ambassade Hotel is proud to have obtained a Green Globe certification in the spring of 2017.
View the Sustainability Management Plan here (PDF), the sustainability infographic, or see real-life examples of our CSR intentions below.
Frequently Asked Questions
When did the hotel open its doors?
The hotel exists since 1953.
How many books does the Ambassade Hotel have?
More than 5000, almost all first editions, all signed by the authors, while staying at the hotel.
How did the tradition begin?
The Ambassade Hotel has always been home to the Dutch publishing houses, that almost all used their offices on Herengracht. Around 1985 these publishers decided to reserve rooms for their authors at the Ambassade Hotel when they came to Amsterdam to promote the Dutch translation of their books. This tradition still exists today and we are very grateful to the publishers and other cultural institutions that always find us.
Of how many nationalities are the writers that are represented in the hotel’s library?
The collection of books represents authors of at least 75 different countries.