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Your Key To Amsterdam Netherlands 2024 Les Clefs d’Or Award Nominee

Immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, renowned for its captivating canals, rich history, sophisticated infrastructure and thriving cultural scene

In thinking how to better present Amsterdam to our guests, you tap into my own fascination walking these quaint streets, filled with history and the visual outlines of many adventurous journeys that have taken place since the Golden Age. This is what we call the 17th century when Amsterdam grew from a very humble fisherman’s village always flooded by sea and the rivers, into a powerful and wealthy nation of commerce and social splendor during the early renaissance in Europe.

In that time, you could be a Catholic, but your rituals should be performed in secrecy. One of the attractions you may visit is called “Our Lord in the Attic”. Or the secret Catholic church found in the Begijnhof. Noteworthy is that across from the chapel inside the Begijnhof is the old English chapel which was visited by the Pilgrims before the journey to America in the Mayflower.

In the midst of this prosperity, the city of Amsterdam became the epicenter of the old world where beautiful canals were dug, offering parcels to build sumptuous houses in the 1600’s. Our most bespoke tour, is to view these places from a private salon boat that slowly goes through the city canals with a private captain. Either during the day or in the evenings, while enjoying a beautiful meal and some drinks. Especially winter period the Amsterdam Light Festival is in full swing.

Amsterdam is a mixture of the old and the modern. Contemporary art is displayed right next to the world-famous works of the Dutch Masters from the Golden Age; Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer to name a few, have their place of pride in the Rijksmuseum. What I truly love to share, is one of the most unique and unknown places; Six House. Of all collectors of Dutch Golden Age art throughout the ages, the Six family has had one of its members portrayed by Rembrandt himself, but also, centuries later their descendants still live on the grand premises of their mansion by the Amstel. They own the most splendid works of art, silverware and furniture; a collection that was inherited and added to by generations of family members. This extraordinary address with a river view, houses the most comprehensive private archives of finance, politics, artistry and society of the prosperous years of the Dutch Golden Age.

And by ending the day, I cannot forget to recommend a local cuisine. Step into a 1600’s house where you meet the history of the Golden Age with the local taste with the ingredients from the countryside. Even if you had enough museum visits during the day, this is a must-try.

Amsterdam that has a vibrant pulse, with so many stories and places to stroll into. It is infinitely much more than just art and culture. When my guests leave, I see that they take the city in their hearts home with them. Amsterdam, a city you can never forget.


Nathaniël van Stein is a candidate for the 2024 Les Clefs d’Or Award. This article has been published in its original form.

Meet the Author
Nathaniël van Stein

Started my hotel career back in 2013, where I had my first glimpse of a Clefs d’Or Concierge. The passion that he had for the job was memorable. An impressive passion for the job, which I really admired. The possibility to work with several Golden Key Concierges in multiple five-star properties around the Netherlands, made me fortunate. From that moment my future was clear, I wanted to become a Hotel Concierge. Inspired by this Elite society, I had the privilege to receive the keys back in 2020 and officially became a Clefs d’Or Concierge. Absolutely, a remarkable highlight in my career. Being a Concierge it has it all, simply not only a profession, but a lifestyle. Connecting with my worldwide network throughout the years and build-up strong relationships. Especially the close interaction between guests with the requests they have, and become their key to the city. Presently, Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is my home where I proudly work with a prominent team. Our passion and dedication able us to make unforgettable moments for each of our guests.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Nestled in the heart of the city, along the iconic Herengracht canal, you will find the six historic palaces that collectively form Waldorf Astoria. The hotel’s exceptional location situates guests within convenient walking distance of prominent attractions such as Museum Square, entertainment venues and various shopping districts. From the meticulously designed interiors that pay homage to the nation's rich history and art, to the picturesque views of the canals and gardens. Prioritizing the comfort and satisfaction of our guests above all else. This commitment is evident in the exceptional quality and attention to detail found in each of our 93 rooms. Upon arrival, guests are invited to select a personalized fragrance from Cire Trudon for their nightly turndown service, adding an extra touch of indulgence to their experience. For a truly rejuvenating escape, our luxury spa offers a tranquil oasis where guests can immerse themselves in the 'World of Guerlain'. Indulge in a culinary journey at our two Michelin-starred restaurant, Spectrum, where exquisite flavors and innovative dishes await. Alternatively, experience the iconic tradition of Afternoon Tea at Peacock Alley, where delectable treats and a refined ambiance create a memorable experience. As the day winds down, guests can unwind and savor the moment with one of our Vault Bar's signature drinks. Nestled in a cozy and inviting atmosphere, it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy the evening.


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