King's Villa Hotel
Koningslaan 64, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1075 AG
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Romance
Expert review of King's Villa Hotel
Backing directly on the Vondelpark, the city's big green lung, this early 20th-century villa - which until recently went under the name of the Hotel Toro - is one of my top recommendations for an affordable place to stay in the summer months.
The hotel is in a quiet, affluent neighbourhood - the British Embassy is just down the street - alongside the western end of the Vondelpark. To reach the must-see museums on Museumplein, it's a four-minute tram ride from the nearby stop, and if you cycle through the park it won't take many minutes more.
Comfy and cosy, if a tad old-fashioned: think chocolates on pillows, puffed up cushions on beds, chandeliers. The best "deluxe" rooms have sofas and skinny balconies. Some standard rooms, such as those up in the attic, have cramped bathrooms with small whirlpool baths, and are best avoided.
A refined lounge and breakfast room, which, with their lacquered mirrors, ornate stained glass and showy chandeliers, have the feel of a small-scale country house. Classical music plays much of the time. A little garden borders one of the park's small lakes, with a decked terrace (breakfast and drinks possible in warm weather) right at the water's edge. On a recent visit, I spotted a heron across the water.
Breakfast is the only meal available - a decent buffet spread, though as in many Amsterdam hotels, a bit steep at 17.50 euros a head. Free tea and coffee is on offer during the day.
There are bikes for hire.
I've always found staff here helpful.
Middle-aged couples predominate.
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- Koningslaan 64, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1075 AG
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Outdoor / Adventure
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Room Service