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There are many reasons to visit Amsterdam—from its top-notch museums to its thriving nightlife, and of course, the vibrant floral spectacle that this design-forward city turns into each spring. The Dutch capital is an inspiring year-round destination.
And if this wasn’t enough, the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam may have just given the best excuse to get on the next flight to Amsterdam. The luxury property unveiled The Mayor’s Residence, a private nine-bedroom palace within the renowned five-star hotel. And just like most structures in this ancient city, the residence has a fascinating history. Built in 1665 for Hendrik Hooft, one of Amsterdam’s most influential mayors, the palace was first decorated by Hooft’s wife and then by the prominent De Wildt family, and to this day retains some of the original features that make it an architectural masterpiece.
Set across three floors, overlooking the UNESCO protected Herengracht canal, it spans 10,161 square feet and has nine elegantly decorated bedrooms. Highlights include Neo-Renaissance interiors and a stunning 17th-century spiral staircase. And even though the residence is part of the Waldorf Astoria, it has its own private entrance on the canal (as well as one to the hotel’s award-winning Guerlain Spa).
Guests of the palace also have a dedicated staff of five—a butler, a private chef, a spa therapist, a concierge, and a housekeeper—to take care of their every need. And if you’re in the mood for a fine dining experience, you don’t have to travel far. The two-Michelin star restaurant Spectrum is literally next door.
The nightly rates for the Mayor’s Residence start from €24,450 (or about 28,722) and include a number of private experiences—daily breakfast for up to 15 guests, exclusive use of the spa (yes, they will shut down the spa to ensure your privacy) as well as unlimited spa treatments and access to its three treatment rooms, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, and relaxation room, and an additional €1,000 food and beverage daily credit.