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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam is both historic and cutting-edge, set in a 15th-century Dutch building that has been renovated with gorgeous modern interiors by a French designer. This combination also highlights Sofitel’s unique ethos: hotels that feel truly local, but always with a high-end French influence.
You can see this throughout the hotel. For example, the hotel includes a Michelin-starred hotel, Bridges, as well as an accompanying bistro. But it also includes a Parisian themed library cafe, Library ‘Or’ and a traditional Dutch “brown cafe” style bar. These are tied together by a refreshing garden terrace, which is perfect for observing the historical Dutch architecture of The Grand.
The rooms and suites were designed with the students of the Design Academy of Eindhoven, which drew from the building’s prestigious past and its beautiful original features. The result is a 21st-century style with Golden Age flair. The rooms range from Standard to Luxury, but if you are going to be staying at The Grand, you might as well go all out on one of their suites – the ones overlooking the canal are the most sought-after.
Indeed, the gay friendly hotel directly faces one of central Amsterdam’s canals and is right next to the red light district. Long-standing gay bars The Queen’s Head and Cafe’t Mandje are under 10 minutes away. The largest and most popular gay clubs, NYX and Church, are 10 and 15 minutes away respectively.
♥ Historical 15th-century building with a real sense of heritage
♥ Michelin-starred restaurant on-site, as well as more casual options
♥ The canal-facing rooms and suites are classic Amsterdam