Located between two gentle canals in the heart of the city, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam boasts a rich history. Furnished with French elegance and grandeur, the hotel blends sleek design with five star facilities. There are 17 extraordinary meeting and banqueting halls as well as 52 luxury suites with Butler Service. This is the perfect spot for an executive conference or a discerning business meeting.
The Grand Hotel Amsterdam oozes elegance and sophistication from the minute you arrive in the courtyard and enter their historic lobby. Known for its service and attention to detail, the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam event spaces are top choices for locals and tourists alike. Centrally located in downtown Amsterdam, the hotel offers a range of suites and rooms, many with park or canal views. The Library Or is situated in the lobby, located directly by the entrance to the hotel.
This beautiful room features eye-catching lamps with precious gold leaf inlay, while dotted around the open fireplace are comfortable sofas and deep armchairs to relax in. The flagship Maria de Medici Suite is a testament to the rich history of the Grand, with its Dutch contemporary architecture, wall paintings and 20th century decor. Each of the Imperial Suites is connected to a Superior Room, separating the spacious living room from two double bedrooms and includes a walk-in closet. They feature two exquisite bathrooms, of which the master bathroom has mosaic walls, together with a steam room and a freestanding bathtub.
The hotel boasts no fewer than 17 meeting rooms and banqueting halls, of which five are listed as historical monuments. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries the Princenhof originally housed the city's most important guests. At present the Princenhof has 12 conference rooms, including a state of the art executive board room and the Admiralty, which provides luxurious event catering.
Other features of the hotel include the Michelin star restaurant Bridges, a Parisian Bistro, Amsterdam's first Raw Bar, a Vinothque, Library 'Or' and the intimate brown cafe.
Since 1578 Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam has welcomed celebrated authors, actors, ambassadors and heads of state. Originally the site for two convents, the Grand was built in three sections, which is still evident from the two courtyards and central element.
St. Cecily's Convent was founded in 1411 at the northern part of the property and St. Katherine's Convent was to the south. In 1578 the building was transformed into lodging for Princes and Lords and it was renamed 'Princenhof' (Court of Princes). By 1795, Holland was under French occupation and in 1806, the French Emperor Napoleon appointed his brother Louis King of Holland. In 1808, Louis demanded the City Hall of Amsterdam on Dam Square as his Royal Palace.
The city authorities had to move from the Dam Square to the Princenhof, where it served as the Amsterdam City Hall. On March 16th 1992, the building became the site of The Grand Amsterdam. The old Council Chamber, Marriage Chamber, Karel Appel's mural 'Inquisitive Children', the beautifully carved wooden doors of the Burgomasters and Alderman's Chambers, the stairwells and stained glass windows have all been preserved and are now listed monuments.