Roemer Visscherstraat 1 , Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1054 EV
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Art, Nightlife
Expert review of Owl Hotel
The end-of-terrace, 19th-century townhouse, with a stuffed owl in an alcove on the facade, has been run as a hotel by the same family since the early 1970s. "We're not the Hilton," said one of its owners self-deprecatingly, when I stayed recently. But that's why I like the place: it's modest, homely, welcoming.
On a peaceful residential street, just a block from the Vondelpark, the city's main park. The many bars of the Leidseplein are under just five minutes' stroll away, and the Rijksmuseum hardly any further.
With leather armchairs, decent reproduction furniture and the odd Impressionist print, these are simple and somewhat old-fashioned, but nonetheless well kept. Basins are sometimes in the room rather than the bathroom. Bedrooms at the rear are very tranquil. Consider trying to bag numbers 26, 36, 46 or 56 - which are some of the largest rooms and are at the rear.
The interconnected bar, lounge area and breakfast room are attractive and restful spaces, with lots of flower displays and pot plants. French windows open on to a sizeable and leafy patio garden, where guests often eat breakfast in the summer. Guests hang out in the public areas all hours of the day.
Food wise, just breakfast is on offer - a fairly simple continental buffet, with nothing hot apart from boiled eggs.
Friendly and helpful, though can be a bit bumbling at times.
Mature, culturally-minded tourists of all nationalities - when I stayed, a Danish tour group accounted for most of the guests.
Prices vary much less according to season than at most Amsterdam hotels.
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- Roemer Visscherstraat 1 , Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1054 EV
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