Apr152016

Andaz Amsterdam Suite Upgrade on Hyatt Points + Cash rate

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is a Hyatt Gold Passport category 6 hotel for 25,000 points per night. Booking the Points + Cash rate allowed me to use a Diamond Suite upgrade from last year that was going to expire March 1 without a 2016 booking. The Points + Cash rate was 12,500 points + $150.

While paying 12,500 points + $150 might be a significant discount on the 904 EUR ($1,017 USD) published room rate for the Andaz suite and even a discount on the 401 EUR ($453 USD) entry category room rate, this Andaz hotel stay ranks in the top 5 for most expensive hotels I ever booked.

Andaz Suite-1

One feature of the Andaz Amsterdam King Suite is a selection of books on the shelves in the room. This is a tribute to the building’s former life as a public library prior to the conversion into the Andaz a couple years ago.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is in one of the most desirable tourist locations for Amsterdam on the canal ring. Our suite did not face the canal and the window view was a side view overlooking other residences.

Andaz Ams entrance

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht hotel website Andaz Suite description.

Andaz AMS Suite Hyatt site

Photo in the Andaz Suite picture looks like it is same suite we stayed in.

Andaz Suite-TV wall

The TV in living room is wall mounted on partial partition between bedroom and living room. There are sliding doors on both sides of the partition.

One of the first things I did to rearrange the room was slide the table with the ceramic lamp to block the passageway. I bumped into the low standing table twice and I was afraid I would knock the lamp over onto the hardwood floor. I don’t even want to think about the replacement cost.

Andaz Suite TV-wall-2

We blocked the passage on one side of the partition to the bedroom with the table.

Andaz Suite-desk

My primary memory from the desk is finding out that I while I was flying to Amsterdam, someone was staying in New York on my dime points after phone hacking their way to three nights using 185,000 of my hotel loyalty points in Club Carlson and IHG Rewards Club.

Andaz Suite-entry

A cool feature of the entry way is a closet that also has a closet door in the bathroom that opens to the same space.

Andaz suite closet  Andaz Bathroom closets

Possible to access our suitcases from entry hall or bathroom.

Andaz Suite bed

The fish décor is standard in the rooms I have stayed at in Andaz Amsterdam. Honestly, I don’t like the imagery at all. And I am a lover of seafood cuisine.

Andaz Suite bedroom window

There was a direct view from a rooftop deck across the alley into the bedroom. We kept the curtains closed most of the time.

Andaz Suite bedroom TV

View from Andaz Suite bedroom.

Andaz suite bath

The bathroom was one of the nicest features of the Andaz Suite. The standard room we stayed in last year at this hotel had an open room bathroom sink. I preferred the separate bathroom in the suite.

Andaz bath combo

This was our Andaz Amsterdam room in 2015 with a sink, counter and shower in an open space layout in the main room. The open door in the photo is the toilet and separate from the sink in the middle of the room.

Andaz Suite bathrrom sinks

Andaz Suite bathroom has dual sinks, towels in drawers, a stool and a weight scale.

Andaz bath sinks

Andaz bath products

Zenology bath products.

Andaz rainshower   Andaz shower   Andaz toilet-2

The toilet has interesting Amsterdam historical facts to read.

Andaz Minibar and Coffee   Andaz iron

Snacks and nonalcoholic beverages in mini-bar are complimentary. There are no ice machines, but room service quickly brought us a full ice bucket at no charge.

Andaz mini-bar   Andaz beer

There was some space to add our personal food items in the refrigerator.

The fitness center is in the basement level through the Andaz Spa.

Andaz spa hallway

I went to the fitness center a couple of times, but never saw anyone at the front desk for the spa. The fitness center was small with about four pieces of equipment including stair stepper and treadmills and weights. One nice feature of the fitness center was a refrigerator with cold still and sparkling water. There was a bowl of fruit in the spa entrance.

Andaz spa

Andaz spa treatment room.

As a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member we had complimentary breakfast at BlueSpoon Restaurant. We both ordered off the menu rather than take the buffet.

Andaz Dining room

Bluespoon Restaurant in Andaz Amsterdam is where the breakfast buffet is served. The Bluespoon bar off the reception desk in the lobby is a popular place.

Andaz bar

There was a wine happy hour when we arrived, but neither of us wanted any alcohol after the overnight flight from USA.

Andaz Reception

Andaz reception desk is simply a couple of tables in the open lobby space.

Riding in the glass wall elevator is visually entertaining.

Andaz Amsterdam Atrium

We love the location of Andaz Amsterdam on the Prinsengracht and the short walk to the entertainment area around Leidseplein, but similar to Radisson Blu Amsterdam, the sky high room rates will likely keep us from staying here much in the future. We enjoy the InterContinental Amstel for its old world historic hotel charm and my new go to budget hotel is the Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre as long as it is available for 3,000 Wyndham Rewards points and 54.50 EUR.

Amsterdam Hotels

A History of Wellness at Amsterdam InterContinental Amstel Hotel (Mar 5, 2016).

InterContinental Amstel Hotel Amsterdam wellness on the river (Mar 10, 2016).

Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Amsterdam (Feb 29, 2016).

Hotel Review: Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre on Wyndham Rewards GoFast rate (Apr 7, 2016).

W Amsterdam Fine Dam Views (Feb 4, 2016).

After drinking up at W Amsterdam rooftop bar, go downstairs for toilets (Feb 17, 2016).

Best Western Premier Amsterdam Hotel Couture hotel review (Jan 31, 2016).

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station SkyLounge views (Jan 28, 2016).

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Nice hotel! We are planning to visit Amsterdam next summer. I wish someone would address how to book a family of 4 in 1 room using points. Is this possible in Europe? I see very few rooms that hold 4, and they are always an upgraded room so not bookable using points. Ideas?

  2. @JP – that is a tough find. I know it can be done in some Nordic Choice Hotels where there are family rooms. Wyndham Rewards points can be used for some hotels offering family rooms.

    I checked some hotels in Norway after reading your comment and found reward rooms allowing up to 5 persons in large rooms when using Choice Privileges points, but most hotels have a 2 person limit for rooms using points.

  3. We were thinking of spending some time in Norway too, so thats good to know. I don’t currently have Choice Points, and their system won’t allow me to check availability without points (grr!). We have plenty of time, so I might get the Choice cc to get a chunk of points and go from there. Thanks for the response.

  4. I booked two stays in early March at a Rodeway Inn and EconoLodge in Monterey for $85 for the two nights to earn 9,000 Choice Privileges points. I had 0 points and also could not see Choice Privileges reward availability. Once you have 6,000 points, then Points + Cash availability will show you room types.

    http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2016/03/03/choice-privileges-stay-twice-earn-8000-points-mar-3-to-may-5-2016/

    With 6,000 points you can book a Points + Cash room at a 20,000 or 25,000 points hotel and buy points at $7.50 per 1,000 points. A Points + Cash reward for a 20,000 points hotel is 6,000 points + $105 to buy the remaining 14,000 points.

    If you cancel the Points + Cash reward, then you have 20,000 points to spend.

    http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2016/03/07/how-two-36-econolodge-nights-get-me-to-20000-choice-privileges-points/

    The $85 I spent for two hotel nights in Monterey for rooms I only walked into and then went back home allowed me to book a 10,000 points reward night at Quality Inn Stockholm Arlanda Airport last week. I was upgraded to a suite, free breakfast included and free airport transportation shuttle. The lowest hotel room rate for a standard room was $163 USD.

  5. The cheapest I could do this locally would be $95 for 2 nights for the 9,000 points. Nice strategy to get “starting points” but still more expensive than FREE! I have plenty of time, so I think I will get the credit card for a free 32K points (just received targeted mail), and then add points using the book/cancel cash + points strategy. Thanks for your help. Norway looks incredible!!

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