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Spuis­traat 175, Am­s­ter­dam ho­tel.qan­tas.com.au/wams­ter­dam

Like the city, this fi­five-star ho­tel is pro­gres­sive, hip and fun, with a dis­tinct his­toric side. It’s split be­tween a for­mer bank with stained-glass fea­tures and el­e­gant tim­ber ac­cents and an in­dus­trial 1920s tele­phone ex­change with con­crete flfloors and brass pip­ing – the best of both worlds. The Ex­change build­ing has 172 slick, min­i­mal­ist rooms, a trendy lobby-cum-bar over­look­ing the Royal Palace and a buzzy at­mos­phere; the Bank build­ing is more re­fifined with its grand en­trance, pala­tial restau­rant The Duchess and 66 lux­u­ri­ous rooms. Dam Square and the trendy 9 Streets dis­trict are right on the doorstep. ↓

Busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties The Great Room is a con­fer­ence space for 430; it can be split into three meet­ing rooms. Wi-fi Fast and com­pli­men­tary.

Food and drink In the Ex­change build­ing, the rooftop Mr Porter restau­rant is achingly cool; nowhere else will you get an in­door fire pit, DJ booth, cosy ban­quettes and panoramic city views with your steak. In the Bank build­ing, the spec­tac­u­lar stained-glass atrium gives The Duchess restau­rant a so­phis­ti­ca­tion matched only by its French-Ital­ian fu­sion menu.

Fit­ness and well­be­ing Work out in the Fit gym (24/7) then re­lax in the Away Spa’s steam room. Al­ter­na­tively, try the icy plunge pool.

Run route For a five-kilo­me­tre run, cross the Raad­huis­straat, head north along Sin­gel then turn left at Haar­lem­mer­straat. Con­tinue un­til you cross the Willems­brug and en­ter Wester­park. Do a loop of the lake then re­turn via the same route.

Cof­fee nearby Scream­ing Beans (Sin­gel 276) serves slightly bit­ter brews from its own roast­ery.

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