Hotel V Frederiksplein
Weteringschans 136, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 XV
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, Singles, Romance
Expert review of Hotel V Frederiksplein
Amsterdam is, In my opinion, crying out for more fresh, modern and affordable places to stay like the V Frederiksplein - a newish hotel (it opened in 2008) converted from a 19th-century stationery store and offices.
On a busyish street just off the southern canal ring, with plenty of enticing bars and restaurants on Utrechtsestraat a short stroll away.
With their grey duvets, edgy graphics and Betonlook floors (a matt-effect poured plastic - much nicer than it sounds), the bedrooms have a minimalist, pared-down style. They come with compact but good-quality shower rooms, with mop head showers and pebbled walls. You need to bear in mind, however, that the cheapest rooms are in the basement so have limited natural light (they should be flagged up as "souterrain" when you book), and that these and standard rooms are small. Also note that front-facing rooms can be bothered by noise from passing trams.
The reception/lounge/breakfast area/bar is a single, striking open-plan space, with a gas fire topped by a circular copper chimney as its focal point, picture windows on to the street, and cow-hide walls behind the reception desk and bar. There are Apple computers to use without charge, and free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
Good help-yourself continental breakfasts include croissants, fresh fruit, cereals, and the coffee is freshly brewed. Drinks and snacks are available at other times from the bar.
Excellent. The management makes a point of employing staff who are engaging and clued up on Amsterdam.
Youthful, style-savvy travellers.
It's worth paying a bit more for larger rooms, which usually cost from 20 euros more. Rates include breakfast and city tax.
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- Weteringschans 136, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 XV
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet