THE DUCHESS, inspired by the splendour and eminence of the Belle Époque, took residence in Amsterdam in the summer of 2015. THE DUCHESS resides in one of the best-kept historic gems, the former KAS Bank in W Hotel Amsterdam, providing guests with the elegance of traditional London hospitality balanced with Viennese grandeur.
The royal nature of THE DUCHESS is captured in the refined flavours from Southern France and Italy, known as Nouveau-Niçoise Cuisine. The custom-made Molteni kitchen is an impressive centrepiece fit for a royal, where exquisite dishes are created alongside decadently delicious desserts. THE DUCHESS menu is one of intricate simplicity with eclectic classics such as luscious Fruits de Mer platters, rotisserie and grill specialties and homemade ice-cream coupes prepared at the table.
The heydays of a historic cocktail era are relived when one is seated at the majestic marble bar of THE DUCHESS. The punches, highly creative adaptations of French and Savoy Apéritif and refreshments inspired by the roaring twenties and thirties embody the eminence of long-lost times. The exclusive Mariage Frères tea and champagnes are to be enjoyed in the elegant Tea Room during afternoon tea, featuring an array of delicate sweets, macaroons, éclairs, truffles and cotton candies. Afternoon tea at THE DUCHESS reminds one of an Alice in Wonderland tea party with an abundance of teacups, teapots and cake tiers.
THE DUCHESS balances the elegance and sophistication of a distant royal past with the comfort and intrigue of our time. The past and present do more than co-exist; they enrich one another.