Arguably the finest address in town, the 93-roomed Waldorf Astoria is built into a collection of six 17th century canal palaces, owned by the city’s wealthiest merchants during the Dutch Golden Age. Set alongside the UNESCO World Heritage listed Herengracht, it is an impressive sight. The opulent the Mayors Suite. built in 1665, it boasts its own private entrance and exclusive use of the spa, your own private chef and butler for up to 15 guests. Step back in time on the grand staircase designed by Louis XIV’s architect Daniel Marot, admire 18th century art in the Maurer dining room or drape yourself on some of the grand furniture. The hotel hosts opera and theatre shows in its private courtyard.

Meet by the clock at Peacock Alley for drinks before a gastronomic experience at Sidney Schutte’s two Michelin-star Librije’s Zusje or one-starred Spectrum for the superb Rib-eye. Part of the hotel used to be a bank so guests can enjoy a nightcap at the Vault Bar among the original safety deposit boxes. Rooms have private canal or courtyard garden views for privacy yet are close to city amenities.

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