Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam – First Look

Last week we were treated to a sneak peek of the much anticipated Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam ahead of its opening next month. Having visited many months ago when the project was a building site I was excited to see the transformation within. And what a transformation it has been – the six canal-side town houses Waldorf Astoria have taken over have been impressively and sensitively morphed into a gorgeous boutique hotel. Aside from furniture encased in protective plastic covers much of the hotel looks ready for business. Already the staff welcoming us for our preview had things running like clockwork.

Waldorf Astoria have come up trumps with their choice of property – alongside Herengracht, one of the prettiest canals in town, the former town houses are steeped in history and offer gorgeous views from the huge windows – giving you the feeling that you really are in the heart of the city.

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Think beautiful stuccoed ceilings, light filled rooms, and lots of original details that have been uncovered in the renovation process.


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One of the Suites, the Backer Suite, has a stunning painted ceiling, evocative of Rembrandt and dating back to the seventeenth century. We saw the final stages of its painstaking restoration – it’s going to be a very special ceiling to sleep under.

There’s a tranquil garden behind the hotel, onto which the private club-like restaurant looks.


A surprise is the sleek, modern spa, found in the depths of the hotel. With sauna, steam, sensory showers and a beautiful pool, it’s going to be an impressive cutting edge oasis amidst the historical property.

Large and light filled guest rooms are each individual due to the shape and characteristics of the buildings – even the entry level rooms are extremely spacious and super elegant.

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Love this suite which feels like your own private apartment on the canal.


Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam opens in May 2014, joining Waldorf Astoria’s prestigious collection of hotels around the world.

We can’t wait to stay the night next time!

Visit www.waldorfastoria.com for more information.

A Sneak Peek Of Park Hyatt Vienna, Austria

Grifco were fortunate enough to recently visit Park Hyatt Vienna, which is scheduled to open on 1st June 2014, marking the first ever Hyatt hotel in Austria. Despite being partially hidden behind the construction during our preview of the hotel, the 100-year-old building is magnificent in appearance.

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Park Hyatt Vienna is located in Vienna’s new pedestrian Goldenes Quartier and on the Am Hof square; a central location minutes away from the important city sights surrounded by luxurious shops and fashion houses. The area is brilliant for business and leisure guests of Vienna. We put on our hard hats (safety first!), and had a look for ourselves around the making of Park Hyatt Vienna.

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We toured the hotel’s bar ‘Pearl,’ Ballroom, lobby, ‘Lounge’, Whisky and Cigar Lounge ‘Living Room, restaurant ‘The Bank’, the spacious Arany Spa, several different styled guestrooms and a gigantic penthouse equipped with an outdoor terrace. Although it was still very much under construction when we visited, it is clear to see that Park Hyatt Vienna is filled from top to toe with hints of Viennese culture, art, history and of course, Park Hyatt’s sense of intimate yet understated elegance. Here is a look at some of Park Hyatt Vienna’s gorgeous interiors, fabrics, carvings and materials integrated into the hotel’s design:

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We craned our necks to gaze up at the magnificent ceiling in the hotel’s Ballroom.


Every detail in the hotel’s interior colouring, textiles and resources have been meticulously sourced to reflect the connection with Viennese culture.


The building that Park Hyatt Vienna will occupy was formerly an Austrian Hungarian Monarcy Bank, which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The subtle historic design influences around the hotel, like this dramatic wooden embellishment, are truly remarkable.

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We were able to see some of the luxurious hotel fabrics being used…


… along with lush metallic tiles, which will be present in the hotel’s spa.


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The Bank will be home to Park Hyatt Vienna’s all-day dining restaurant. It is a former cashier hall boasting an extraordinary sense of space. Check out the ceiling!


The highly esteemed and passionate team at Park Hyatt Vienna let Grifco see the first glimpses of their incredibly glamorous staff uniforms, which looked as if they were right off the runway.

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Functional whilst highly fashionable, the hotel’s employee uniforms are designed by Magdalena Adriane and Nina Eiber from enVie heartwork.

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Whilst Park Hyatt Vienna is still making final alterations to the hotel and their employee uniforms before the grand opening, we are most impressed with what we have seen so far.

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Grifco are waiting with high anticipation for Park Hyatt Vienna to officially open on 1st June 2014! For further information in the meantime, please see vienna.park.hyatt.com