What was opened in 1916 as the head office of several major shipping companies has been turned into five-star Grand Hotel Amrâth. The main reason to visit is the gorgeous 'Amsterdam School' architecture.
Many of the original details in this eye-catching building opposite Central Station have been maintained or restored. These include the marble staircase, original glass-fronted hatches where people bought boat tickets, and large stained-glass panels in the roof depicting scenes of nautical navigation and exploration.
On the first floor is Grand Hotel Amrâth's bar and lounge. This provides a genteel if slightly stuffy setting to enjoy a light meal or cup of coffee before exploring the building.
The menu does not break any new ground and the prices reflect the hotel’s five-star status. However, the food is tasty enough and the dishes are presented with a flourish by amiable waiters. Even a cup of coffee is served on a silver tray with a white crockery sugar bowl and buttery biscuit.
On the day menu, sandwiches and wraps cost between €8 and €11; salads and light meals between €11 and €16; while a more substantial steak jumps up to €32.50. Two-, three- and four-course meals are available in the evening, or swankier food is served at the Mediterranean-inspired Seven Seas Restaurant.
For guided tours of Grand Hotel Amrâth, with accompanying high tea or brunch, visit the Het Schip museum website.
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