Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam Becomes First Legend in EuropeJune 29, 2011 By: David Eisen
Following two years of extensive renovations, The Grand, Sofitel's historic and iconic Amsterdam hotel, officially became Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. This is the brand's second Legend property in the world and first in Europe. Legend locations are housed in registered buildings with at least 100 years of history.
Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam features 177 rooms including 52 suites, and an urban So SPA. Since 1578, The Grand has welcomed celebrated authors, actors, ambassadors and heads of state. It served as the city's convent headquarters and hosted royalty including Prince William of Orange and French Queen Maria de Medici.
In 2008, Sofitel commissioned French interior architect Sybille de Margerie to lead the redesign. De Margerie's inspiration came from the colors of the famous mural by COBRA artist Karel Appel, displayed in the hotel's restaurant. In addition, she utilized brick for some walls to tie in the Dutch Classicist style. For the rooms, de Margerie collaborated closely with students of the Eindhoven Design Academy.
The hotel's 52 suites have undergone complete transformations, including the Legendary Imperial Suites and Suite l'Appartements, which cater to elite clientele who frequent the hotel. The Imperial Suites include butler service, lounge, a bedroom with adjacent guest room, two bathrooms, a Hammam and a large dining area. The Suite l'Appartements have individual entrances offering privacy and seclusion.
Bridges, the hotel's signature restaurant, is located in the space which formerly served as the canteen of the Town Hall. 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.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi became the first Legend in July 2009. Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan and Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara will launch as Legends in late 2011.