Across a quiet street from the eastern end of the Vondelpark. PC Hooftstraat's fashionable shops are just round the corner, and the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are a few minutes' stroll away.
Comfy and good-looking, with black, grey and white decor, and decent modern furnishings. The rooms come with a nautical theme - Piet Pieterszoon Hein was Dutch admiral who performed heroic deeds back in the 17th century - with a rope motif often appearing on carpets, and photos of modern-day yachts on walls. Cheapest, oldest rooms are in the original villa (they don't have air-conditioning); the best of these have big bay windows overlooking the Vondelpark. Slightly larger "deluxe" rooms lie in a modern annex to the rear, while the classiest and newest rooms (mostly described as "advantage deluxe") are in another interconnected annex that opened in 2007.
The lobby/lounge strikes just the right balance between being smart yet relaxing, and includes a bar that stays open till late, and a Dutch-style communal reading table with newspapers and magazines and computers with free Internet access. A recent improvement to the hotel is a larger and lighter breakfast room, where more pictures of sailing ships set the tone. In summer, you can have your breakfast, and drinks, out in the big courtyard garden.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast - a good buffet spread - is the only meal served (until a very civilised 11am).
Who stays there
Mostly tourists from all different countries, but some businesspeople on weekdays too.
Rates bounce around a lot. They can be a steal in the off-peak winter months, but can be 40 per cent higher in the summer months.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Good location for shopping and museums
- Can be good value
- Some flair
- Bedrooms can be small