I’m not really a W Hotel girl. Yes, they are luxurious and super comfortable hotels. But usually they are a bit flash, a bit loud and a bit ‘trendy’ for me. But then I went up to the W Lounge (6th floor) for the new-ish W Hotel in Amsterdam and, while the interiors aren’t really my style, I could quite happily admit that this was a very cool place to come for a drink.
Firstly, the views. They are quite ridiculous, especially in a city which doesn’t have much of a cityscape. With the W Hotel’s enviable location right in the centre of town, the views are directly of the Dam Palace and Amsterdam’s beautiful centre.
Secondly, the terrace. Yes, it’s small and I can imagine it overflowing with people in the summer months. We came on a sunny day in December and we had the whole place to ourselves. There is a long pool, which you can swim in (guests only) and while it’s clearly not for children’s recreational use, I can’t think of a better wake up than a few laps in the pool with the view of the palace.
And lastly, the vibe. While I mentioned above that I find the W Hotels a bit too loud, that doesn’t mean that they’re not fun. And the W Lounge is certainly a lively place to be in the late afternoon and evening. Even if you’re not outside the huge windows mean you can still enjoy the views of the city, while fireplaces and comfy sofas mean it’s a great place to visit all year round. The ideal place for a pre-dinner cocktail.
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