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The PLANET 21 program

With PLANET 21, AccorHotels has made 21 commitments in favour of sustainable development. Intrinsically linked to sustainable development, the name PLANET 21 refers to Agenda 21, the action plan adopted by 173 Heads of State at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

  • It also echoes the urgent need to focus efforts in the 21st century to change our production and consumption patterns with the goal of protecting our planet, its people and their environment. Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam meets the Planet 21 Gold performance level

  • In today’s uncertain world, where food-related, hygiene and environmental threats abound, AccorHotels provide guests and employees with a healthy environment and a haven of tranquility.

    • • Balanced dishes served in the restaurants
    • • Eco-friendly cleaning products for cleaning rooms

  • To protect the environment, AccorHotels is reducing its water use and recycling its waste. In addition, the Group has already planted three million trees as part of a global reforestation project supported by the United Nations.

    • • Reuse of towels suggested to guests
    • • Faucets fitted with water flow regulators
    • • Recycling of batteries*
    • • Recycling of paper and cardboard *
    • • Recycling of glass*
    • • Recycling of food waste for compost or energy
    • • Equipped with rainwater recovery systems.
    • • Certified sustainable paper for hotel printing purposes
    • • Use eco-friendly gardening products
      *sorting carried out at the hotel

  • Caused mainly by the burning of fossil energies, CO2 is one of the greenhouse gases most responsible for climate change. AccorHotels is committed to reducing its energy consumption with the goal of limiting its carbon footprint.

    • • Energy-saving light bulbs in the reception areas
    • • Energy-saving light bulbs in the rooms
    • • Central switch in rooms for greater comfort and energy savings
    • • Double glazed monumental windows to reduce energy emission
    • • Equipped with a timer for common area air conditioning

  • By fully integrating sustainable development into its operating procedures and offers, AccorHotels is responding proactively to emerging customer expectations and supporting the development of new business models, making PLANET 21 the crucible for the hospitality industry of the future.

    • • HVAC control system
    • • Automated power supply in rooms activated by the key card
    • • We offer our guests bikes or electric scooters

  • Firmly rooted in its host communities, AccorHotels contributes directly to their economic development, which it shares, and protects what is most precious, yet so vulnerable: their children and the natural ecosystems in which the hotels are located.

    • • Protecting children through training on sex tourism
    • • Local food products promoted in the restaurant
    • • No endangered seafood to appear on our restaurant menus
    • • Training on responsible actions toward the environment
    • • Sustainable trade products offered in the hotel
    • • Supports different local projects organized by the Amsterdam department of the Dutch Red Cross with the emphasize on social welfare.

  • AccorHotels’ robust expansion is underpinned by the extraordinary social, cultural and professional diversity of its 170,000 employees. The Group is committed to helping them to expand their skills and responsibilities with the goal of offering them motivating, rewarding careers and enhancing their employability.

    • • Organize an employee opinion survey every two years
    • • Training session for employees

  • Through its commitments to franchisees and suppliers, AccorHotels is engaging partners in its sustainable development strategy and integrating them into the responsibility chain.

  • Positive effects of responsible tourism are a major benefit for the environment. Find out more on

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We are continuously working on our service level and the quality of our hotel and restaurant. We see these awards and nominations as signs that we are on the right path

(Remco Groenhuijzen, General Manager).


For the fifth year in a row, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam is a proud recipient of the 2018 Certificate of Excellence. TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence honours accommodations, restaurants, attractions and holiday homes that consistently offer great service and is based on reviews. It is therefore a nice expression of confidence in our business success and our commitment to always deliver top performances. To be eligible, a company must have a general TripAdvisor Global rating of at least 4 out of 5, have a minimum number of ratings and be listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. We therefore would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your trust and your loyalty!

  • AWARDS 2018
    - Hotel of the Year Awards 2017/2018 Top 20 Hotel Worldwide

    - Hotel of the Year Awards 2017/2018

    Best Luxury City Wedding Hotel Worldwide

    - Hotel of the Year Awards 2017/2018

    Best Luxury Hotel Netherlands

    - Prestigious Venues 2017/2018

    Top 100 Hotel Worldwide (no. 12 ranking)

    - International Hotel Awards 2017/2018

    Best Luxury Hotel Netherlands

    - International Hotel Awards 2017/2018

    The International Five Star Standard

    - Travel and Hospitality Awards 2018

    Historic Hotel of the Year

    - Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2018

    Luxury Eco-Friendly Hotel of the Year
    North Holland, The Netherlands

    - Prestigious Star Awards 2017/2018

    Best Venue In The Netherlands

    - Fodor’s Best 2018

    Most Storied Hotels in Amsterdam

    - Fodor’s Best 2018

    The Best Hotels Near Historic Sights in Amsterdam

    - The Guide Michelin 2018

    One Michelin star

    - Lekker Restaurant Top 500 2018

    Ranked nr. 30 in the top 100 - best restaurants in The Netherlands

    - GaultMillau 2018

    15 points

    - Verkiezing Leukste Restaurant 2018

    Gold Award

  • AWARDS 2017

    - Hotel of the Year Awards 2016/2017

    Top 100 Hotel Worldwide

    Best Luxury City Wedding Hotel Worldwide 

    Best Luxury Hotel The Netherlands

    - Prestigious Venues 2017 & 2018

    Ranked 12th in the world’s Top 100 

    - Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards

    Best Eco Friendly Hotel in Europe

    Best Culinary Experience in Netherlands

    - Haute Grandeur Global Spa Awards

    Best Health & Wellness Spa in Netherlands

    Best Signature Spa Treatment in Europe

    - Wold Travel Awards

    Netherlands' Leading Business Hotel 2017

    - Prix Villégiature

    Best Service in a Hotel in Europe

    - International Hotel Awards 2017/2018

    Best Luxury Hotel Netherlands

    The International Five Star Standard

    - HR & Training Awards 2017 - CV magazine

    Best Business Meeting & Training Venue - Amsterdam

    - World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 Luxury Eco / Green Hotel - Western Europe
      Luxury City Hotel - Western Europe

    - World Luxury Restaurant Awards

    Best Head Chef of Europe

    Best Wine Selection of Europe

    Luxury Seafood Restaurant of Western Europe

    - Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice-winner

    - Experts’ Choice Award

    - Top Choice

    - Verkiezing van het Leukste Restaurant

    Nicest restaurant of Amsterdam

  • AWARDS 2016

    - Hotel of the Year Awards 2016/2017

    Best Luxury Hotel Netherlands; Best Luxury City Wedding Hotel Worldwide and ranked nr. 21 in the Top 100 Hotel Worldwide

    - World Luxury Hotel Awards
    Luxury City Hotel – Europe 
    - Haute Grandeur Global Awards
    Best Historical Luxury Hotel – Global and Best Culinary Experience
    The Netherlands
    - The Luxury Travel Guide Awards Luxury Historic Hotel of the Year - Europe
    - Prestigious Venues Awards Most Prestigious Meeting Venue
    - World Travel Awards Netherland’s Leading Business Hotel and Netherland’s Leading Hotel
    - TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2016  
    - Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award  
    - ZIWA - Zankyou International Wedding Award  
    - World Luxury Restaurant Awards Luxury Seafood Restaurant – Europe; Best Wine Selection –
    Europe and Best Head Chef - Europe
    - Guest Review Award

  • AWARDS 2015

    - Prestigious Star Awards

    Most Prestigious Meeting Venue 2015

    - Sofitel Art de Noël Competition
    Regional Winner Europe 2015
    - Tripexpert
    Experts’ Choice Awards 2015
    - Hotel of the Year Awards Best Hotel Netherlands 2015
    - World Luxury Hotel Awards Best Luxury Historical Hotel in the Netherlands 2015
    - Prestigious Star Awards  
    - Most Prestigious Meeting Venue 2015  
    - World Travel Awards Netherlands' Leading Business Hotel
    - Expedia Insiders’ Select 2015  
    - Tripadvisor Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence Award
    - Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice 2015 Winner
    - Most Cozy Terrace of Amsterdam  

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