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OLD-WORLD GLORIOUS; HOTEL DE L’EUROPE Posted on 06 March 2019.

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A scene unfolds…the director in a thick English accent yells cut, actors drop character, and the camera crew begin musing about. The only thing left unchanged is the Hotel De L’Europe in all its opulent glory. When Alfred Hitchcock shot “Foreign Correspondent” in 1940 he included this Amsterdamian dutchess as part of his vision. Built for the world’s elite; the top movers, shakers and movie makers – today Hotel De L’Europe Amsterdam remains characteristically classic; your first point of contact being a top hatted doorman in tails. Located on the Amstel River, the century old hotel appears bold and unique – Dutch influence running thick in its architectural viens. Upon entering, royal red carpets, tall light-lined ceilings adorned with three-tiered glass chandeliers create a strong, yet elegant statement worthy of her five star status. Although these old-world traits are abundant and rightfully celebrated, they do not eclipse the need for modern flair. The Dutch ensure both classic and contemporary coexist in a manner distinct to Hotel De L’Europe. All 111 beautifully crafted guest rooms come in quirky colours – cherry rouge, ice blue, canary yellow and and burnt orange. These eccentric tones are carried throughout the expanse, splashing on plush cushions and bedspreads spread atop Coco-Mat double layered mattresses. Unabashed hues are complemented by strip backed geometric designs. And yet, what centres the entire abode is the large premium reproductions of Dutch Masters; their original paintings hung proudly in the nearby Rijksmuseum. De L’Europe remains a place of utmost quality, style and suave. Notable amenities include in-room iPads, docking stations, integrated Bose sound systems, heated mosaic floors and Nespresso machines. True cultural enthusiasts opt for the limited (23) Dutch Masters suites. Here, lavish wallpapers match the intrepid palette whilst flat TVs fold into cabinets to retain harmony and ensure a classical aesthetic. Panoramic views of the charming city and the enchanting Amstel River with its many canals and cobblestone sidestreets abound. Another manifestation of Dutch haute culture, art and atmosphere is instilled in the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant, Bord’Eau. Gastronomy is taken to a higher level here, with dishes looking like intricate pieces of art. Bord’Eau’s inventive gusto paired with sommelier expertise and recommendations from an 800-label cellar, promises an unforgettable dining experience.  Every hotel experience hinges largely on the bar ambience and stocklist. It is fair to say De L’Europe’s Freddy’s Bar ensures both these fronts are covered. International and  local glitterati (like Hitchcock) congregate here – listening to the live pianist whilst exploring Freddy’s extensive whisky and cocktail list. Dark navy interiors with gold accents linger in Freddy’s Fumoir (smoke room). View a worldly selections of cigars, shears, matches and wood sticks – Dutch Martini or a New Amsterdam Sour in hand. Other exclusive features include bespoke Le Spa body and skin treatments. A fully equipped fitness studio, pool, Spa boutique and inspiring event spaces are also available for use at your discretion. Distinct from the homogenised mass of hotel chains, De L’Europe Amsterdam refuses to reduce it’s services to a mere business interaction. Here, you will find old-world chivalry, class, and character. Take a virtual tour here. 

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