From the photo – see below, click to enlarge – it looks a bit like your grandma’s bedroom, I admit. You need to trust me, however, that this is a real luxury hotel and well above your average InterContinental. From the Michelin-starred restaurant to the formal breakfast to the beautiful swimming pool to the lovely lobby, this is a classy place.
The prices are also far higher than your average InterContinental – €500 per night on a cheap day – so I used a free night voucher from my wife’s IHG Rewards Club Premium Mastercard which was about to expire.
She is Spire Elite but not Ambassador, so those are the benefits I got. It turns out, like InterContinental Paris Le Grand, Amstel does offer special benefits to Spire Elite members. We normally say that IHG status is ignored by InterContinental hotels but that is not always the case.
This is what the hotel offers to Spire Elite members, even on reward stays:
Early check-in at 10am, subject to availability
Late check-out to 2pm, on request and subject to availability
Room upgrade, subject to availability (I got upgraded from a street-side room to a riverside room)
These benefits were in a letter I was given at check-in so they are ‘official’.
Do note that the InterContinental Amstel is not in the city centre but on the edge, although nowhere is that far away in Amsterdam. I walked up from Dam Square and it was only around 15 minutes.
The hotel is convenient for the Van Gogh Museum, Rijkmuseum and the luxury shopping district, and a metro station is just seconds away. You are guaranteed to be a long way away from your nearest drunken tourist in the evenings, which possibly makes it worth the detour. It worked well for me as it was a 20 minute walk to the RAI conference and exhibition centre.
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