Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam becomes the first Sofitel Legend in Europe

After two years of extensive renovations, The Grand, Sofitel’s historic and iconic Amsterdam hotel, is now officially the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. This is Sofitel’s second Legend property in the world and first in Europe. The Legend locations are properties housed in registered buildings with at least 100 years of history. The newly opened five-star luxury hotel features 177 rooms including 52 suites, an award-winning seafood restaurant and an urban So SPA.The Sofitel Legend’s history goes back to 1578, when The Grand welcomed celebrated authors, actors, ambassadors and heads of state. It used to serve as the city’s convent headquarters and has hosted several royalty including Prince William of Orange and French Queen Maria de Medici. In 1966, Princess Beatrix and Claus Von Amsberg were married in the Council Chamber. The building was restored as The Grand Hotel in 1992. In 2008, Sofitel commissioned French interior architect Sybille de Margerie to redesign this iconic structure. De Margerie’s inspiration came from the colors of the famous mural by COBRA artist Karel Appel, displayed in the hotel’s restaurant and she utilized brick for some walls to tie in the Dutch Classicist style. The hotel’s 52 suites have undergone complete transformations. The Legendary Imperial Suites and Suite l’Appartements cater to elite clientele who frequent the hotel. The ultra-exclusive Imperial Suites include butler service, a spacious lounge, a bedroom with adjacent guest room, two bathrooms, a Hammam, and a large dining area. The Suite l’Appartements have individual entrances offering the privacy and seclusion expected from many of The Grand’s famous guests. Bridges, its award-winning restaurant, is located in the space which formerly served as the canteen of the Town Hall. Home to the first raw bar in the Netherlands, it’s there where Chef de Cuisine, Aurelien Poirot prepares fresh Dutch fish with a French twist. Guests can dine in the Restaurant, the Raw Bar, the Cocktail Bar, the Vinotheque or the courtyard garden. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s library and refurbished So FIT fitness center.

[Luxury Travel Magazine]

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