Sandton Hotel de Filosoof

Anna van den Vondelstraat 6, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1056 GZ

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A room at the Sandton Hotel de Filosoof

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

I write for The Daily Telegraph, The .... Read more
#36 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.5 out of 5
Location:
3.3
3.3
Bedrooms:
3.5
3.5
Eating/drinking:
3
3.0
Public areas:
3.5
3.5
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3
3.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds

Expert review of Sandton Hotel de Filosoof

Thought-provoking hotel in a quiet spot near the Vondelpark.

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.

Location: 

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.

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

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.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is the only meal on offer. It's a buffet, and I've heard very mixed reports.

Service: 

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.

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Who stays there: 

 Cultural types. 

Price advice: 

Deluxe rooms cost around 20 euros a night more. Breakfast 15 euros per person extra.

Pros: 
Quirky
Often good value
Cons: 
Not exactly central
Could do with sprucing up in places

More information on Sandton Hotel de Filosoof:

Price from:
£50
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
Anna van den Vondelstraat 6, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1056 GZ
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet

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