Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Sofitel is our top business-friendly pick in Amsterdam for its 21 conference rooms (the hotel can help arrange translation services and teleconferencing), as well as its 177 contemporary but homey rooms with Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, and wonderful beds. Bathrooms are sleek, and most have walk-in showers. Hotel features include a high-end spa with indoor heated pool, a modern fitness center, business center, and Bridges Restaurant. Room service is on offer 24 hours a day and a kids' program includes baby toiletries and cribs.
Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Hotel Pulitzer is a charming luxury property in the Canal Loop of Amsterdam. The hotel features a dozen meeting spaces, including a banquet hall and the gorgeous Baroque-style Saxenburg room. All guestrooms are unique with warm design touches such as exposed brick walls and wood floors. Most rooms are flooded with natural light, and some have canal views; those that don't overlook the hotel's garden. One drawback is a pesky fee for Wi-Fi in rooms, but it's free in the lobby and the small business center. The hotel has a grill restaurant, bar, and 24-hour room service.
Conservatorium Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Conservatorium Hotel delivers a true five-pearl experience in Amsterdam's residential Museum Quarter. It's a great pick for small events, offering six meeting rooms (the largest of which can fit 120 people), all with high-tech features. Plus, business travelers of every stripe can likely appreciate the beautiful design and gorgeous rooms. he rooms are decorated in earthy neutrals and every detail was considered, from the placement of the electrical outlets to the reading lights by the bed to the high-tech controls for the lighting and blinds; some rooms have duplex layouts and exposed structural beams. Bathrooms are gorgeous, with rainfall showerheads, stone tile, LCD mirror TVs and micro cotton towels. The big, modern fitness center, stylish indoor pool, and lovely spa, all located below ground, are highlights. It's a premier choice for business travelers looking to trade a central location for added space and quiet.
Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Aan de Amstel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Tall and modern in design, this unmistakable 368-room hotel is a reliable choice near Amsterdam's business district. Because of the suburban location, and the 14 multi-use meeting rooms, it attracts a core group of working travelers who have their own vehicles (parking is available for a fee). TOverall, the decor is tasteful, and three unique restaurants and a Dutch "brown" bar provide nice places to unwind. During summer months, guests can enjoy after-work drinks on the waterside terrace set along the picturesque Amstel river -- by far the best view from the hotel. As far as guest rooms are concerned, the difference between room types is quite dramatic. The standard rooms have an eclectic slightly dated feel, whereas the Privilege rooms have contemporary flair, with designer fixtures and additional amenities. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and workaholics can burn off steam in the sauna and fitness center.
Hotel Casa 400 Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Hotel Casa 400 is a clean, sleek business-friendly spot situated in Amsterdam's Amstel district, on the fringes of the city and about 15 to 20 minutes from museums and the maze of canals at the city's center. It's a basic but modern property, with 13 conference rooms (they can be connected for large events), and a vast, bright atrium-style lobby windows facing an inner garden and colorful modular seating. The rooms are mostly white with a piece or two of artwork and basic amenities (flat-screen TVs, tea kettles, and mini-fridges). They're more comfy and functional than stylish, with cozy white beds and modern all-white bathrooms. A trendy bar and lounge upstairs features stylish seating offset by rustic wood floors. Circles, the cafe-like main restaurant, has a cool covered outdoor terrace. Bike rentals are a nice perk.
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy has a unique history and an equally unique way of providing value stays to guests. The 117 rooms have their own classification system; one-star rooms, for example, are small pod-like rooms with no bathroom or amenities. Guests who stay in these rooms must share a communal bathroom, which unfortunately has limited facilities. Two-, three-, four- and five-star rooms are significantly bigger and include their own bathrooms. There are a number of meeting spaces that can fit up to 100 guests, and amenities include a trendy bright-red bar and a ceiling-high gift shop. Outside, visitors can easily walk to a handful of transportation options.