This building is a magnificent art-nouveau beast. The founder of the original hotel, Cornelis Alidus Anne (CAA) Steinigeweg had helped establish a Dutch settlement on Grand Island, New York, hence the 'American' in the name. Designed by architect Willem Kromhout, today's hotel is an expansion of the original 1880s Viennese Renaissance–style building, which was covered in symbols of Americana. Life-sized statues on the facade represent the five continents.
You can, of course, stay at the luxury hotel. Its Café Americain is a heritage-listed showpiece, with a beautifully restored art-nouveau interior featuring stained glass, exquisite light fittings and murals; it's long been affectionately dubbed 'Amsterdam's living room', and is open to non-guests.