Nestled on the bank of the Amstel River, Pestana Amsterdam Riverside offers guests a sophisticated taste of this charming city. It’s in the heart of De Pijp, a neighbourhood renowned for its independent restaurants, cafes and boutiques, as well as the famous Albert Cuyp Market.
Once inside, the busyness of the city is soon forgotten, and an elegant hotel is revealed. The building’s original purpose as a 19th-century town hall is evident upon walking into the lobby (a grand affair with high ceiling and prominent staircase), which sits next to a tranquil lounge that makes the most of its location, with large windows framing views across the river.
Original design continues to play a part throughout the hotel, with decorative wall features and chevron parquet flooring a mainstay. Contemporary art, free-standing bathtubs and modest furnishings in neutral tones bring this hotel into the 21st century, as does ARC., the restaurant and bar which draws crowds from all over Amsterdam. Occupying a glass-walled atrium and garden patio, ARC. boasts sleek banquette seating and polished concrete flooring, with grey, black and green tones setting the scene for a rich sensory experience. Take a seat at the dark wood-panelled bar for a cocktail before moving to your table for dinner. Headed up by famed local chef Peter Lute, the French-inspired menu is one of the most interesting in Amsterdam.