As mentioned, a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be taken to Amsterdam for 24 hours with SuperTrash and stayed at The Andaz. I wanted to give the hotel it's own post as it was just such a good place to stay. When our schedule was at hectic as it was all we really expected was a place to rest our heads, which is why being put up in such a lovely place really was an extreme surprise.
From beginning to end, The Andaz was brilliant. It is situated in Prinsengracht by a beautiful little canal on a typically Dutch street, very pretty from the outside considering it used to be a public library! When I first walked into the room I was a bit confused as to where the shower was (as it's behind what appears to be a mirror) but aside from that loved the quirky decor - very similar to any of the Morgans hotels if you've ever stayed there. Fully equipped with everything from shampoos to Nespresso machines (oh and soft drinks in the mini bars are included, total win) I couldn't have been more impressed.
We ate there for dinner and breakfast in the Bluespoon restaurant and both were outstanding - so much food we didn't really know what to do! Breakfast really did put the 'b' in buffet - everything available from freshly cooked hot options to fruit, muesli and meats. For anyone looking to "do" Amsterdam for the weekend, it's smack bang in the middle of a lovely area with shops and cafes very nearby. More historical location like the Anne Frank museum are a short walk away (though do book ahead as it was fully booked when we tried).
All in all, an extremely worthwhile visit - fully recommend! Amsterdam was super easy to get to with a 50 minutes flight from Heathrow to Schiphol - and as terminal 5 is such a doddle these days we were door to door in a couple of hours!
*Rooms are available at The Andaz through Mr and Mrs Smith from £237 per night here