Which would be a mighty triumph of style over substance, if it didn't seem to work so nicely.
Eden Amsterdam American Hotel Spacious rooms have been tastefully refurbished in this grand art nouveau building in the museum quarter.
Each of the 224 guest rooms are decorated in gentle, earthy colours and fitted with high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs.
The attached souk – if not traditional – houses some of the city's hippest eateries.
Meeting rooms and lobbies are still adorned with Oriental rugs and chandeliers, high tea is served daily in the Palm Court and lavish weddings for the rich and famous are held in stadium-sized banquet rooms.