Hotel Online
News for the Hospitality Executive


Sofitel's 177-room The Grand Completes Renovations and Becomes
Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, the Brand's
First Legend Property in Europe

PARIS, June 29, 2011 -- Following two years of extensive renovations, The Grand, Sofitel's historic and iconic Amsterdam hotel, officially became Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. This is the brand's second Legend property in the world and first in Europe. Legend locations are housed in registered buildings with at least 100 years of history. The five-star luxury hotel features 177 rooms including 52 suites, an award-winning seafood restaurant and an urban So SPA.

Since 1578, The Grand has welcomed celebrated authors, actors, ambassadors and heads of state. It served as the city's convent headquarters and hosted royalty including Prince William of Orange and French Queen Maria de Medici. In 1966, Princess Beatrix and Claus Von Amsberg were married in the Council Chamber. The building was restored as The Grand Hotel in 1992.

In 2008, Sofitel commissioned French interior architect Sybille de Margerie to lead the dramatic redesign. De Margerie's inspiration came from the colors of the famous mural by COBRA artist Karel Appel, displayed in the hotel's restaurant. In addition, she utilized brick for some walls to tie in the Dutch Classicist style. For the rooms, de Margerie collaborated closely with students of the renowned Eindhoven Design Academy.

The hotel's 52 suites have undergone complete transformations. The Legendary Imperial Suites and Suite l'Appartements cater to elite clientele who frequent the hotel. The ultra-exclusive Imperial Suites include butler service, a spacious lounge, a bedroom with adjacent guest room, two bathrooms, a Hammam, and a large dining area. The Suite l'Appartements have individual entrances offering the privacy and seclusion expected from many of The Grand's famous guests.

Bridges, the hotel's award-winning restaurant, is located in the space which formerly served as the canteen of the Town Hall. Home to the first raw bar in the Netherlands, it's there where Chef de Cuisine, Aurelien Poirot prepares fresh Dutch fish with a French twist. Guests can dine in the Restaurant, the Raw Bar, the Cocktail Bar, the Vinotheque or the courtyard garden.
Guests can also enjoy the hotel's library and refurbished So FIT fitness center.

Highlighting iconic, historical properties throughout the world, Sofitel Legends blend the French roots with the local culture of each property. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi became the first Legend in July 2009. Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan and Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara will launch as Legends in late 2011.

For more information, visit

Lisa Vernal


Receive Your Hospitality Industry Headlines via Email for Free! Subscribe Here  

To Learn More About Your News Being Published on Hotel-Online Inquire Here

Also See: Sofitel Luxury Hotels Opens 493-room Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich in Guangzhou, China / July 2011

Sofitel Luxury Hotels Shares Secrets to Social Media Success with Top Five Facebook and Twitter Tips For Hoteliers / March 2011

Sofitel Luxury Hotels Opens 147-room Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa in Mogador, Morocco / March 2011

Sofitel to Open First 5 Star Hotel in Cambodia in a Decade, the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra; Didier Lamoot Opening General Manager / March 2011

Sofitel to Open Three New Locations in One Week: The Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, Austria, Sofitel So Mauritius, Mauritius and Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, Cambodia / December 2010

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Appoints Max Binda to Resident Manager / November 2010

Under a Sale and Management-back Arrangement Accor Sells the Sofitel Grand Hotel in Amsterdam at a Enterprise Value of EUR92 million (US$ 142 million)/ May 2008

Sofitel's Ambitious Strategic Plan: Two New Sister Brands, Robert Gaymer-Jones Named Sofitel's New COO / November 2007

To search Hotel Online data base of News and Trends Go to Hotel.OnlineSearch

Home | Welcome | Hospitality News
| Industry Resources

Please contact Hotel.Online with your comments and suggestions.