Hard to fault: in the lovely western Canal Ring, close to the trendy little shops of the Nine Streets district and the many appealing bars and restaurants of the Jordaan.
The 41 bedrooms vary in look from minimalist white-on-white affairs, to intensely colourful spaces with raspberry ripple stripes. Standard rooms do not stint on style or comfort (most have big four-poster beds), but the more expensive rooms are amazing. I was once fortunate enough to spend a weekend in a giant beige-and-white loft suite with a forest of exposed timbers. I would add, however, that the rooms are so precisely designed that you can feel you're spoiling their look by relaxing too freely in them.
These are furnished with as much flair and perfectionist attention to detail as the bedrooms. There's a chic bar with velvet chairs and open fire, and an elegant, long and beamed gallery lounge, which leads through to a restaurant in the 18th-century bakery (the original bread ovens are still visible). In good weather, you can also eat and drink out in the pristine courtyard.
Eating and drinking
Vinkeles, the hotel's restaurant, has a Michelin star. The cuisine is contemporary French, and as you might expect meals are expensive - expect to pay upwards of 65 euros a head.
The hotel rents out bikes; there's also a gym and in-room massages are on offer.
Dressed in slick black suits, staff can look a bit intimidatingly trendy, but I've always found service to be friendly and keen.
Who stays there
Fancy suites cost at least double standard rooms, but can be worth it. Breakfasts from 28 euros extra per person.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Celebrity spotting
- People watching
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Sophisticated restaurant
- Memorably stylish throughout
- Arguably a bit pleased with itself