The past and present collide at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. Offering five-star luxury in one of Amsterdam’s most historical venues, the hotel has long enchanted its guests with priceless experiences of hospitality and indulgence. Stepping into the iconic Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam means going back in time. Its exterior long treasured by the people of Amsterdam, the Oudezijds Voorburgwal complex has stood witness to major historical events and periods in the Netherlands, welcoming notables and royalty. Serving as a convent in the 16th century, The Grand is known by many as the former City Hall and Dutch Admiralty headquarters – before it opened its beauty to the public and became a hotel in 1992.