Hotel De L’Europe, owned by the Heineken family, is located right in the heart of Amsterdam, with amazing canal views and a vintage euro-chic flare. You enter this hotel through a splendid lobby decked out in red carpets and white sofas and lined from one end to the other with artwork and elegant chandeliers. At the end of the room beyond the bar is one of Amsterdam’s most picturesque views of the Amstel River.
Designer Rooms and Opulent Bathrooms
Rooms at De L’Europe are spotlessly clean and decorated in contemporary furnishings that call out classic Dutch design elements. Our room was outfitted all in blue with blue and white figurine wallpaper that evoked porcelain. The carpet was a sea of blue, crowned by a gold-accented wooden headboard, high ceilings with paneled mood-lighting, and mirrored closets with gold veins. The best part of all were the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the canals. Rooms come with luxurious little extras like iPads, Bose sound systems, plush slippers, and fresh flowers. Bathrooms aren’t any less sumptuous at De L’Europe. Enclosed in marble, they feature adjustable heated floors, custom bath products, marble rainforest showers, and a bathtubs with stunning canal views.
Hotel De L’Europe is home to award-winning Freddy’s Bar and the Hoofdstad Brasserie, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner canal-side with an open air terrace. The breakfast spread includes fruit smoothies, hot breakfast classics, fresh-baked pastries and a menu of ready-to-order dishes. But Bord’Eau restaurant is the star of the show. In the salon-style dining room overlooking the Amstel River, Executive Chef Richard van Oostenbrugge and Sous Chef Thomas Groot preside over the kitchen, preparing fanciful dishes like Rabbit with Mediterranean crumble and risotto of celeriac, or scallops ‘cru’ from Erquy with black truffles and cream of Jerusalem artichoke. Plus this Michelin-star-awarded restaurant boasts a wine list with over 1,000 wines from around the globe.
Dishes at Bord’Eau are artfully prepared and served on tableware designed by French chef Anne-Sophie Pic. A simple cup of soup becomes a work of art when served in a teacup that is perfectly balanced upon a stone dish by a magnet. You’ll dine mermaid-style upon seafood concoctions served inside exotic seashells arranged upon a bed of kelp. For dessert, candied balls will populate your plate, some made of ice cream and others that crack open with the consistency of eggshells. Most creative of all? At the end of the meal a little garden of wheatgrass is wheeled out—and the best part is that it’s filled with tiny desserts shaped like flowers, mushrooms, and butterflies!
Hotel De L’Europe is the perfect luxury retreat for a trip to Amsterdam. Here you’ll sleep among rooms that are as artistically inspiring as the city of Amsterdam itself—with its legendary canals and world class museums, abuzz with creative energy from the likes of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. I’d say you’re definitely in for a treat.