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Love on the Canal: Honeymoon on the Venice of the North

By Suzanne Scharff


The Waldorf Astoria debuted its luxury brand just a few years ago in the picture-postcard city of Amsterdam. Having acquired six canal row houses with 17th-18th century patrician lineage along the desirable Herengracht Canal– prominent designers transformed the historical homes into 98 uniquely and luxuriously appointed guestrooms and public spaces. The result is a seamless blend of treasured architecture with modern amenities and an opulent setting for an unforgettable honeymoon.  

Waldorf Wedding Outside

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We Simply Adore

  • The Location – Herengrecht, one of the most important canals has a celebrated history as the address of the rich and influential merchants and governors
  • Peacock Alley – a grand tea room to see and be seen
  • Daniel Marot Staircase – magnificent and imposing named after Louis IV architect
  • On-site, Guerlain Spa – replete with a gorgeous pool and perfect for relieving any jet lag

Waldorf Peacock Alley

Waldorf Pool

Note to Self

  • The Herengracht is part of the canal ring and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Waldorf-Astoria offers Americans the comfort of a familiar brand with spacious, modern accommodations and bathrooms
  • Biker-Beware! There are more bicycles than people. If you choose to rent a bike – it will basically say student driver for your own protection and theirs

Waldorf Bed

Waldorf Bathtub

Out and About

  • Your ideal location puts you within walking distance of charming cafés, boutiques and antique shops
  • The three major art museums (Van Gogh, Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum) are all open for the 1st time in years
  • If a visit to Anne Frank House is on your agenda–let the concierge know ASAP and can most likely secure your tickets without a long wait.

Waldorf Outside


Get The Dish

With so much to celebrate, honeymooners will delight in the many stunning venues on-site to relax and toast to their new life together. Start your day in high fashion at a white-clothed table with gleaming silver and feast on a glorious bountiful breakfast buffet.  Lunch and/or dine overlooking the serene gardens at the inviting and posh Goldfinch Brasserie – named after the best-seller novel written by Donna Tartt about The Goldfinch painting by Dutch artist, Carel Fabritius. Have a glorious high tea at the celebrated Peacock Alley, drinks at the fashionable Vault Bar and end your evening dining at the illustrious Michelin 2 starred – Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam restaurant.  

Waldorf Dining Room

Here’s the Scoop

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a fascinating city with more bikes than people and more canals than Venice and is truly a convivial, fashionable and easily accessible European destination. The Waldorf Astoria is equally captivating and provides all the right gorgeous amenities to ensure a most charming, festive and luxuriating honeymoon.  Prost!!

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