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Will Waldorf Astoria Make A March Opening in Amsterdam?

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  Site Where: Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam, Netherlands
January 2, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (2)

Having scoped out the other big Amsterdam opening that starts (and ends) with a W, we kept on walking and turned down the city’s Herengracht canal until we hit up the row of patrician houses that is being transformed into the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam.

About this time last year we gave you the first preview of the 94-room hotel, which is planned for a March 2014 opening. What we could see through the windows does not tell the full story of the hotel’s progress of course, but the public spaces and the downstairs kitchen we spied certainly seemed to need some work still. Let’s just hope that March opening will be happening, especially as it should kick off three consecutive months of openings for the brand, with Beijing and Jerusalem scheduled for April and May.

As much as work is still in progress, you can start to see the classic features of the building, with beautiful ornamental fireplaces in most of the canal-facing rooms. Like all Waldorf Astoria Hotels, there will be a Peacock Alley, in addition to the Vault Bar and a to-be-named gastronomic restaurant. Speaking of food, all outlets in the hotel will be managed by Jonnie and Thérèse Boer, the Dutch couple of 3-Michelin star restaurant De Librije.

The 94 bedrooms are split across a number of different categories, with a variety of them facing the canal. Signature suites include the Brentano suite, named after a Dutch merchant who lived in one of the houses in the 18th century, and the Backer Suite, named after the family that created the 17th-century painted ceiling in its living room.

Other unusual features for a canal-side hotel in Amsterdam include an indoor swimming pool and a large private garden, which you can see among the renderings below. Reservations for Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam are not open yet, but we expect rates to be upwards of €300 ($411) a night.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter, Renderings: Waldorf Astoria Hotels]

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No way... Just cycled and it looks far for the completion... I think it is already postponed till september 2014...

Looks like it

Reservations have just opened on the website from August 20: seems the 300EUR a night we guessed might have been conservative. Weekend offers start just above that, but rates shoot up to the 450-500EUR+ mark from there. While new hotels tend to be conservative with the date from which they accept reservations, and we think they'd aim to move it up for soft opening if they can, March seems indeed unlikely. Shame.

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