Hotel Piet Hein
Vossiusstraat 52-53, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1071 AK
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Art, Relaxation, Sightseeing
Expert review of Hotel Piet Hein
With big cream leather sofas, vases of tulips and candles everywhere in the lounge/lobby, the Piet Hein is the kind of hotel where the moment you walk in, you feel you've chosen well. By and large, it lives up to its initial promise.
Across a quiet street from the eastern end of the Vondelpark. PC Hooftstraat's fashionable shops are just round the corner, and the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are a few minutes' stroll away.
Comfy and good-looking, with black, grey and white decor, and decent modern furnishings. The rooms come with a nautical theme - Piet Pieterszoon Hein was Dutch admiral who performed heroic deeds back in the 17th century - with a rope motif often appearing on carpets, and photos of modern-day yachts on walls. Cheapest, oldest rooms are in the original villa (they don't have air-conditioning); the best of these have big bay windows overlooking the Vondelpark. Slightly larger "deluxe" rooms lie in a modern annex to the rear, while the classiest and newest rooms (mostly described as "advantage deluxe") are in another interconnected annex that opened in 2007.
The lobby/lounge strikes just the right balance between being smart yet relaxing, and includes a bar that stays open till late, and a Dutch-style communal reading table with newspapers and magazines and computers with free Internet access. A recent improvement to the hotel is a larger and lighter breakfast room, where more pictures of sailing ships set the tone. In summer, you can have your breakfast, and drinks, out in the big courtyard garden.
Breakfast - a good buffet spread - is the only meal served (until a very civilised 11am).
Mostly tourists from all different countries, but some businesspeople on weekdays too.
Rates bounce around a lot. They can be a steal in the off-peak winter months, but can be 40 per cent higher in the summer months.
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- Vossiusstraat 52-53, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1071 AK
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Room Service