InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

The InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam Hotel, commonly referred to as the Amstel Hotel, is a hotel in Amsterdam, capital city of the Netherlands, on the east bank of the river Amstel.

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
The Amstel Hotel on the bank of the Amstel river
Location within Amsterdam
General information
LocationAmsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates52°21′36″N 4°54′21.6″E
OwnerKatara Hospitality
ManagementInterContinental Hotels Group
Design and construction
ArchitectCornelis Outshoorn
Other information
Number of rooms55
Number of suites24
Number of restaurants2 (1 restaurant and 1 brasserie)

In 2007, it was the only hotel in the Netherlands on the list of World's Best Hotels, and was ranked in 90th place.[1]

The Amstel Hotel is part of the InterContinental Hotels chain. In 2006 the building was sold to Morgan Stanley. In 2011 the Lebanese businessman Toufic Aboukhater bought the hotel. In 2014 the hotel was acquired by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality, but is still operated by the InterContinental Hotels Group[2][3]


Restaurant La Rive had earned one or two Michelin stars in the period 1993–2016.[4][5][6][7][8][9]


Samuel Sarphati, a physician and city planner, took the initiative to build the hotel, although he died in June 1866 before the hotel opened. The architect was Cornelis Outshoorn. Originally it was planned to build the front of the hotel facing the present Sarphatistraat. Due to financial problems, only the wing along the Amstel was built.[10]


In late September 1992, the Amstel Hotel was reopened after a two-year renovation. During the closure, craftsmen, artisans and engineers restored the entire hotel, at a cost of over ƒ70 million.[11] The former 111 rooms were changed in 55 luxury rooms and 24 suites.[12]

In 2017–2018, there was a major renovation of the facade and roof. Beside technical and safety improvements, it was also used to reconstruct the historical looks of the hotel. Both the original colour scheme and the once disappeared lions are now (2018) present again.[13]

In October 2004 a test revealed the presence of legionella in the water system. As a precaution the hotel was evacuated and the guests transferred to other hotels.[14][15] Several measures were undertaken to prevent a repeat of the incident, including the installation of special filters.[16]


Media related to Amstel Hotel at Wikimedia Commons

  1. "Amstel Hotel In Top 100 Of The World's Best Hotels 2007". Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  2. "Het AmstelHotel is verkocht". Het Parool (in Dutch). 8 April 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  3. "Katara Hospitality Confirms Acquisition of Five Hotel Properties". Katara Hospitality. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  4. "Historical overview Michelin stars 1991 t/m 1996" (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  5. "Historical overview Michelin stars 1997 t/m 2000" (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  6. "Historical overview – Michelin stars 2001 t/m 2005" (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  7. "Historical overview Michelin stars 2006 t/m 2010" (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  8. "Totaaloverzicht Michelinsterren 2011" (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  9. Bluiminck, Nathalie (12 December 2016). "Michelin 2017: 'Sterverlies voor La Rive is megaschok'" [Michelin 2017: 'Losing a star for La Rive is megashock']. Misset Horeca (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  10. "Amstel Hotel" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. "Nieuw Amstel Hotel kost 25 miljoen meer" [New Amstel Hotel costs 25 million more]. NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). 25 April 1992. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  12. "Hotel Amstel-Intercontinental Amstel Hotel" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  13. "Amstelhotel Amsterdam pronkt weer na opknapbeurt" [Amstelhotel Amsterdam is showing off after renovation]. Monumentaal (in Dutch). 26 March 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  14. "Amstel Hotel na ontdekking van legionella dicht" (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  15. "Amstel Hotel evacuated in Legionnaires' scare". Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  16. "Amstel Hotel weer open" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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