The Dutch people are humble and modest… luxury is not usually their thing… but when they do indulge they exceed all expectations… a fact proved at Legend Le Grand the spectacular Sofitel Hotel in the heart of Amsterdam.
Located between two quiet canals, Legend offers envious views of the picturesque city, while offering the guests discreet and relaxing accommodation. The venue is stylish and smart but certainly not showy or ostentatious. Walking in, I was amazed by the quirky, individual design, innovative artworks and impressive sculptures occupying every corner. Above the main reception desk, a stunning swarm of white butterflies provide light. The hotel was busy, the main hall a hub of excitement and chatter when we arrived early on Friday afternoon. We were kindly escorted up to our gorgeous and very spacious suite. A huge bright and airy living room, pristine with magnificent views of the canal and street below. Our room was supplied with a Nespresso coffee machine, mini macaroons, wine and water all there for our enjoyment.
Through a small corridor, we discovered the beautiful bathroom, bedroom and wardrobes… I was speechless. The classy bathroom was immaculately designed with a TV above the bath and a pillow on one side of the tub – a genius invention! I tried to act cool, but the smart green Hermes toiletries in the bathroom were just too thrilling, I couldn’t conceal my delight. As part of the prestigious French Sofitel brand, the designer toiletries were a fitting match. I proceeded by spending ten minutes trying each product and taking numerous photos, which I won’t bore you with. Sure enough these products were better than any I have tried in a hotel before, and both of us were amazed by the soft and silky shine it gave to our hair.
The bedroom was as plush and luxurious as imagined… a soft mattress to sink into and pillows that ensure a good night’s sleep. Despite the long itinerary for must see things in Amsterdam, we couldn’t resist spending some of the evening in our room, cherishing every moment with long hot baths, lazing on the sofas watching the huge TV and drinking our way through the rich roasted coffee.
And the luxury continued outside our room, champagne in the heavenly courtyard and breakfast in the elegant acclaimed Bridges Restaurant (which by night is one of the city’s most popular fish eateries). A vibrant display of fresh fruit and pastries greeted us on Saturday morning, choosing was quite a challenge: delicious food of the highest quality, the sweetest orange juice, buttery croissants and finest, smoothest coffee. Everything you need before a day out exploring.
The hotel has wonderful facilities, the intimate Marriage Chapel is a rare and special place to exchange vows while the SoSpa downstairs will relieve you of all your worries and stress, and we were particularly impressed by the beautiful and exotic pool.
Aside from the faultless facilities, it is the staff at Legend that make the hotel such a special place… they have a rare quality of professionalism paired with friendliness and an unrivalled knowledge of the city. Before we had even stepped inside our room, we had potential plans for the whole weekend, with bookings for the hottest club, newest cocktail bar and most important sights. All of which you will find mentioned in my later post, Things to Do in Amsterdam.
When staying at Le Grand expect to see celebrities, royals and diplomats… anyone who is anyone resides at this legendary building, a hotel whose history is just as remarkable as it’s bright and promising future. A landmark of Amsterdam and a palace of luxuries, I treasured every second of my stay there.
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