Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Old Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Pros

  • Central location in the heart of the Old Center of Amsterdam
  • Historic building was once a 15th century convent and city hall
  • Contemporary rooms with sleek bathrooms and Nespresso machines
  • Excellent spa with hammams, an indoor heated pool, and treatment rooms
  • Bridges Restaurant, a raw bar, a cocktail bar, and 24-hour room service
  • Canal-side garden terrace and bar
  • Modern fitness center
  • Cozy library with bar service
  • Kid-friendly amenities include cribs and baby toiletries

Cons

  • Some rooms are small
  • Only low band Wi-Fi is free
  • Most rooms have a walk-in shower only
  • Street-facing rooms can experience noise

Bottom Line

The Sofitel is an upscale property in the heart of the Old Center. The building has a rich history; it has been both a 15th century convent and a city hall. The 177 rooms are contemporary and homey (though some are on the small side) and feature 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, and Bridges Restaurant with a canal-side garden terrace for dining al fresco. Room service is on offer 24 hours a day and a kids' program includes baby toiletries and cribs.

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 Location

In the heart of the Old Center, near major attractions and public transport

The Sofitel is located in the heart of the Old Center. While some guests complain that it is too close to the Red Light District, and that some streets around the hotel can feel a little seedy at night, the area is safe and very convenient for those who want to be within walking distance to major attractions such as the Dam Square, the scenic Canal Ring neighborhood, and museums. For longer distances, there are two tram stations and several bus lines within a five-minute walk from the hotel.

The name may suggest otherwise, but Old Center remains the bustling center of Amsterdam's activity today. It is a popular tourist destination with museums, shops, restaurants, and the infamous Red Light District. Once divided by a now dried-up river, Old Center has two main parts: the Old Side and the New Side. Both sides feature gorgeous medieval architecture, and they overlap in places, but each side has its own vibe. The New Side is home to the most activity. The Old Side is home to a burgeoning Asian district (Amsterdam's version of Chinatown) as well as the Red Light District.

Marked by cobblestone streets, canals, and an abundance of coffee shops (which are most often known for something other than coffee), Amsterdam is both a quiet and lively city without the pretention of some other European metropolises.

  • 21-minute drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • 3-minute walk to dozens of restaurants and shops
  • 4-minute walk to Dam Square, home to the National Monument and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • 4-minute walk to the Red Light District
  • 5-minute walk to the Dam and Spui tram and bus stops
  • 6-minute walk to the Amsterdam Historical Museum
  • 7-minute walk to the Royal Palace of Amsterdam
  • 7-minute walk to the Rembrandt House Museum
  • 14-minute walk to Anne Frank House
  • 20-minute walk or a 14-minute tram ride to the Hard Rock Café
  • 21-minute walk to the Rijksmuseum
  • 21-minute walk to the Heineken Brewery
  • 25-minute walk or a 17-minute tram ride to Vondelpark
  • 9-minute tram ride to Stedelijk Museum
  • 15-minute tram ride to the Van Gogh Museum
  • 16-minute tram ride to designer shopping along Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat
  • 30-minute tram ride to Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Center

 Bottom Line

The Sofitel is an upscale property in the heart of the Old Center. The building has a rich history; it has been both a 15th century convent and a city hall. The 177 rooms are contemporary and homey (though some are on the small side) and feature 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, and Bridges Restaurant with a canal-side garden terrace for dining al fresco. Room service is on offer 24 hours a day and a kids' program includes baby toiletries and cribs.

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Address

  • Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197 , Amsterdam, 1012 EX Netherlands

Room Types

  • Imperial Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Luxury Room
  • Opera Suite
  • Prestige Suite
  • Suite Apartment
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 177
Pool: No
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Old Center, Amsterdam
Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197 , Amsterdam, 1012 EX Netherlands
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