As well as housing fantastic accommodations, there’s the Michelin star restaurant Bridges, Amsterdam’s first Raw Bar, a Cocktail Bar and Garden Terrace, the Vinothèque, Library ‘Or’ and a cosy brown café, making it the perfect stop for the discerning business traveller or for a luxury stay in Amsterdam.

The history of this luxury hotel is deeply entwined with the past of the city – from a 15th-century convent to royal lodgings to Dutch Admiralty headquarters to the city hall of Amsterdam. Now, after a careful renovation by French designer Sybille de Margerie, it is a place of hospitality, art and culture. Bold colours set off creamy marble; contemporary lights glimmer on graceful arches and stained glass; rosewood handrails sweep up to luxurious suites and rooms. Its magnificent banqueting facilities include the Council Chamber where the Netherlands’ former queen, Princess Beatrix, married in 1966.

All 177 rooms have a legendary Sofitel MyBed and a modern bathroom with walk-in shower. Dressing gowns and slippers are provided for extra comfort. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire hotel, while extra flourishes, such as poetry and fragments of the rich history, captivate and seduce anyone who visits the hotel.