Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken

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Address: Jan Luykenstraat 58, , Amsterdam, 1071 CS, The Netherlands

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.1

Classy but keenly priced hotel, perfectly placed for art lovers.

If you want a mid-priced, mid-sized, well-run and comfy hotel with no nasty surprises, as close as possible to the city's two most popular repositories of fine art, then the Jan Luyken is ideal. (Bilderberg is the name of a chain of 20 Dutch hotels, by the way). I've visited the hotel numerous times over the years, and stayed here, and have found standards to be reliably high.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.7
90%
Leisure facilities
3.7
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

The three interjoining late 19th-century salmon- and red-brick buildings are on a quiet residential street, about three minutes' walk from the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Equally close are the trendy shops on PC Hooftstraat.

Bedrooms

An understated contemporary style sets the tone: expect large, dark wood bed headboards, plumped up cushions, sophisticated lighting, good-quality music systems, and smart bathrooms with white tiling and black-and-white floors. Standard rooms can be on the small side, while superior rooms can be really spacious, and in some cases have balconies large enough to sit out on. There are also business rooms with desks equipped with a filing tray, calculator and stapler!

Public areas

A rather swish little bar, with blue-and-white striped carpeting and French windows on to a pretty, creeper-covered courtyard patio, lies off the back of the reception. There's also a smart but rather soulless sitting room, and, downstairs, a mirror-lined breakfast room.

Eating and drinking

Decent buffet breakfasts include hot dishes and mini Dutch pancakes. Cocktails, tea/coffee and light snacks are served in the bar and on the patio.

Leisure facilities

A "spa" room, with sunbed, massage chair, sauna and whirlpool bath, is rented out for 90-minute sessions for 35 euros.

Service

Enthusiastic and correct.

Who stays there

A refined, middle-aged or older lot.

Price advice

Superior rooms cost around 30 euros more than standard ones. Breakfast costs 15 euros per person extra if you book it in advance online, more if you pay at the hotel. 

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Art

Pros & Cons

  • Smart bedrooms
  • Proximity to art museums
  • Good service
  • Internet access costs extra
  • Breakfast is expensive
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