InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam in Amsterdam
The InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam Hotel or Amstel Hotel is a five-star hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on the east bank of the river Amstel.
In 2007 it was the only hotel in the Netherlands on the list of World's Best Hotels. It was ranked on the 90th place.
The Amstel Hotel is part of the hotelchain InterContinental Hotels. In 2006 the buildings of this chain were sold to Morgan Stanley. In 2011 the Lebanese businessman Toufic Aboukhater bought the hotelbuildings. The hotels are still operated by the InterContinental Hotels Group
The hotel is a five star hotel with all luxeries involved. The hotel has 55 rooms ans 24 suites. Besides that is has a bar, brasserie, fitness room and a swimmingpool.
Restaurant La Rive has earned one or two Michelin stars since 1993.
Samuel Sarphati, a physician and city planner, took the initiative to build the hotel, although he died in June 1866 before the hotel opened. The architect of the building was Cornelis Outshoorn. Originally it was the planning to build the front of the hotel towards the present Sarphatistraat. Due to financial problems, only the wing along the Amstel is built.
In late September 1992, the Amstel Hotel was reopened after a two-year renovation. During the two year closure, craftsmen, artisans and engineers restored the entire hotel, at a cost of over ƒ70 million. The former 111 rooms were changed in 55 luxery rooms and 24 stylish suites.
In October 2004 a test revealed the presence of legionella in the watersystem. As a measure of precaution the hotel was evacuated and the guest tranferred to other luxurious hotels. Several measures are undertaken to prevent a repeat of the incident, like the installation of special filters.