After a wait of 11 years, Donna Tartt’s new novel, The Goldfinch, has finally arrived. We were fascinated to learn that the book opens in an Amsterdam hotel, which turns out to be none other than the Ambassade, a charming boutique hotel on Amsterdam’s beautiful Herengracht. The story centres around an art fraud. Indeed the title is a reference to the Dutch painting by Delft master & Rembrandt pupil Carel Fabrituis ‘Het Puttertje’ (1654).
Looking at the history of the Ambassade, it’s not hard to see why. Long known as the ‘writer’s hotel’, the Ambassade has historic ties with the literary world and the neighbouring cluster of publishing houses, who tend to book their authors into the Ambassade for their Dutch book launches. The hotel itself, as well as being in centre of the Negen Straatjes district, has some of Amsterdam’s most famous book shops and literary cafés on its doorstep.
The hotel’s legendary library boasts unique collection of books signed by resident authors, of which there have been many, far too numerous to mention here but including authors such as Salman Rushdie, Paul Auster, Isabel Allende, Günther Grass and Nathan Englander. In fact, most of the recent winners of the Nobel Prize for literature have stayed at the Ambassade.
There is much to recommend the Hotel Ambassade a base for your stay in this intriguing city, with its easy elegance and charming ambiance, combined with a great location. Surrounded by all that loveliness, who knows what your stay at the Hotel Ambassade will inspire you to create or discover!