Sandton Hotel de Filosoof
Anna van den Vondelstraat 6, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1056 GZ
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds
Expert review of Sandton Hotel de Filosoof
As hotel themes go, the Filosoof's is, as far as I am aware, unique. Created some years ago by a professional philospher, its 38 bedrooms are named after thinkers, philosophical works or movements, and come with murals and a selection of books relevant to their names. Moreover, serious discussions take place from time to time in the public areas. On my last visit, I stumbled in on a philosophy seminar (aimed more at locals than guests) in the breakfast room.
Slightly out-of-the-way: the 19th-century terraced houses the hotel occupies lie in a residential street alongside the Vondelpark. Leidseplein, a major focal point for the city's nightlife, is four minutes' away by tram.
If you opt for a cheapest rated room (called "cosy"), such as Aristophanes' The Clouds, expect something small and simple. By contrast, go for a suite and you may be in a separate building across the street and need to navigate steep stairs, but the accommodation is likely to be palatial - the Leonardo da Vinci suite, for example, has a giant sitting room and lovely big bathroom.
Are extensive, characterful and relaxing, albeit a bit scruffy in places, and include a bar, library, conservatory, and breakfast room. There's also a pleasant garden to the rear that you can sit out in.
Breakfast is the only meal on offer. It's a buffet, and I've heard very mixed reports.
Since the hotel was bought a few years ago by Sandton Hotels, a Dutch chain, service has, in my experience, become rather hit and miss.
Deluxe rooms cost around 20 euros a night more. Breakfast 15 euros per person extra.
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- Anna van den Vondelstraat 6, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1056 GZ
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