Hotel Piet Hein

Vossiusstraat 52-53, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1071 AK

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Hotel Piet Hein bedroom

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#25 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Location:
4
4.0
Bedrooms:
3.7
3.7
Eating/drinking:
3.6
3.6
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3.6
3.6
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Art, Relaxation, Sightseeing

Expert review of Hotel Piet Hein

Stylish but reasonably affordable hotel in a 19th-century villa overlooking the Vondelpark.

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. 

Location: 

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.

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

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.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast - a good buffet spread - is the only meal served (until a very civilised 11am).

Service: 

Courteous, helpful.

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Who stays there: 

Mostly tourists from all different countries, but some businesspeople on weekdays too.

Price advice: 

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.

Pros: 
Some flair
Can be good value
Good location for shopping and museums
Cons: 
Bedrooms can be small

More information on Hotel Piet Hein:

Price from:
£60
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Vossiusstraat 52-53, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1071 AK
Amenities:
Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Room Service

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