Amsterdam is one of the loveliest cities of Europe and is filled with many great hotels. For Hyatt fans, which is the better choice, the Hyatt Regency or Andaz Prinsengracht?
I’ll compare the hotels on the following five metrics:
- Food + Beverage
In terms of comfort, you cannot go wrong with either hotel. Beds are excellent at both properties and rooms are comfortable. The guest room at the Andaz is more eclectic looking (to put it mildly) and you might find the open floor plan a bit less comfortable than a totally separate bathroom at the Hyatt Regency.
Verdict: Hyatt Regency (slightly)
Both hotels have a fitness center and sauna. Neither hotel has a swimming pool. Both have inviting common areas. All non-alcoholic beverages and snacks in the minibar at the Andaz are complimentary, but the Hyatt Regency has a snack bar downstairs that features tasty treats. While the Hyatt Regency has an attractive Regency Club, the Andaz offers a complimentary happy hour for all guests as well free coffee and tea throughout the day. Both hotels have nice outdoor garden areas were you can enjoy a drink or snack during the warmer months.
The Andaz is located in the heart of central Amsterdam, surrounded by beautiful architecture and within walking distance of many great restaurants, bars, and museums. The Hyatt Regency Amsterdam is located in a more quiet part of town and only two minutes from a Metro stop. If you do want to walk to the Museum Quarter, give yourself about 20 minutes.
Food + Beverage
The Bluespoon Restaurant and Bar offers an upscale dining experience for lunch and dinner at the Andaz. Think tasting menus, farm-to-table, and craft cocktails. In the mornings an elaborate breakfast buffet is offered. Over at the Hyatt Regency, Mama Makan Restaurant fuses Dutch and Indonesian food for lunch and dinner and also offers a nice breakfast breakfast buffet in the morning. I like that the Hyatt Regency offers an extensive room service menu at prices that are far from the highway robbery you often pay at nice hotels.
Verdict: Hyatt Regency
I found service generally excellent at both properties. I have a lot more stays at the Hyatt Regency than Andaz, but appreciate that both accommodated my early check-in requests. Both also recognize Globalist status and will offer upgrades when available.
Which property do I ultimately prefer? I greatly prefer the location of the Andaz, but continue to return to the Hyatt Regency because it offers the better overall value proposition. Often it is 1/3 to even 1/2 the price of the Andaz and still manages to give guests superior comfort and amenities. But you cannot go wrong at either hotel.