Could hardly be better. The lovely Nine Streets shopping area is just along the street, and lots of tempting bars and restaurants are round the corner on Spuistraat.
Each of the 92 bedrooms is individual, in size, shape, furnishings and even wallpaper patterns. Standard rooms do not generally have a canal view, while the newest and most luxurious rooms come with whirlpool baths. Some bedrooms face Spuistraat, which can be noisy with late-night revellers.
The interconnected lounges and panelled library are plush, with the eye drawn to glittering chandeliers, ornate clocks, a fish tank, and a flickering fire on a TV screen. The lounges offer lots of space and are immediately relaxing - on a recent stay, I noticed a fellow guest fast asleep in an armchair.
Eating and drinking
Extensive buffet breakfasts include smoothies and chocolate sprinkles (popular in the Netherlands). Free hot drinks, and biccies and cakes, are on offer throughout the day and evening, plus there are jars full of sweeties everywhere to help yourself to. Pricy but extensive buffet breakfasts include smoothies and chocolate sprinkles (popular in the Netherlands).
Generally very good, though more attention to guests' needs at breakfast would be an improvement. The owners are much in evidence: when I last stayed, I came across Caroline Mann-Esselaar, part of the third generation at the helm, hard at work fussing over some the bedrooms.
Who stays there
Middle-aged tourists of all nationalities; mostly couples, though some families too - there are a fair number of family rooms.
Low-season Sunday night rates can be a bargain. However, rates for peak-season Friday or Saturday nights can be pricey. Buffet breakfasts cost 16 euros per person extra.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Relaxing and spacious public areas
- Bags of character throughout
- Great location
- At times, rates can be overpriced