WALDORF ASTORIA AMSTERDAM
Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam hotel.qantas.com.au/ waldorfastoriaamsterdam
In the heart of the city’s World Heritage-listed canal ring, the fifive-star Waldorf Astoria is old-world luxury at its fifinest. The 93-room hotel comprises six 17th-century canal houses (one was the headquarters of a private bank you’d imagine in a Bond fifilm) and is a triumph of understated opulence with marble flfloors, stuccowork and a magnifificent 18th-century carved timber staircase. Impeccable service, spacious guestrooms and a central location make this the quintessential business stay. ↓
Business facilities All rooms have a desk but Peacock Alley lounge is a cosier place to take your laptop. There are seven function rooms. Wi-fi Fast and complimentary.
Food and drink Goldfinch Brasserie’s one-hour business lunch is perfect for quick meetings, while two-Michelin-starred Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam is one of the city’s best fine-diners. Have a cocktail at Vault Bar in the old bank vault.
Fitness and wellbeing There’s a small, well-equipped gym (24/7) and the awarded Guerlain Spa.
Run route For a five-kilometre loop, head north-west on Herengracht, turn left at Brouwersgracht, left at Keizersgracht then left at Reguliersgracht.
Coffee nearby Klaver 4 café (Utrechtsestraat 69) is open from 8am (10am on Sunday).