New Look: Amsterdam’s De L’Europe

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Amsterdam’s De L’Europe put in the work and now you get to reap the benefits. We hear the hotel, part of The Leading Hotels of the World, has reopened after an $88 million restoration.

Word is the urban—and urbane—hotel has combined 19th-century architectural elements with 21st-century amenities (think iPad directories of the hotel, heated bathroom floors and sensory lighting).

Designer and architect Cees Dam kept De L’Europe’s historical exterior intact, but completely rebuilt the interior.

While guests can select from seven room and suite styles, we’re most excited by what we hear is Amsterdam’s only six-bedroom signature suite with private wraparound terrace overlooking the water.

Also gaining attention is the brand-new all-suite Dutch Masters Wing, which has four different layouts of waterside studio lofts or one-bedroom apartments. The wing’s atrium streams sunlight over its three high-ceilinged floors, with open corridors and common areas (we hear it’s reminiscent of a glass-topped greenhouse).

Art Note: All guest rooms have meticulous reproductions of Dutch Masters paintings from the collection of—and in collaboration with—the nearby Rijksmuseum.

The hotel’s culinary offerings are also not to be missed. Bord’Eau (a nice play on words, we think) offers fine dining with locally sourced ingredients, while Hoofdstad Brasserie is an open kitchen with views of its chefs in action. In the summer, take a meal out on the Terrace, where diners peer out over the canal as they feast.

Note: Oenophiles will love the hotel’s wine list of 1,000 old- and new-world labels, as well as an exclusive De L’Europe house wine blended from several Bordeaux varietals. Head Sommelier Dannis Apeldoorn offers tastings, seminars and tours by appointment.

Stay Tuned: We hear the hotel will add a new spa by fall. Luxury travel advisors can reach out to Director of Sales and Marketing Lisette Hassell.

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