King's Villa Hotel

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Address: Koningslaan 64, Amsterdam, 1075 AG, The Netherlands

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.8

An utterly tranquil place to stay, alongside Amsterdam's main park; rates can be great value.

Backing directly on the Vondelpark, the city's big green lung, this early 20th-century villa - which until recently went under the name of the Hotel Toro - is one of my top recommendations for an affordable place to stay in the summer months.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.4
90%
Leisure facilities
3
90%
Service
3.6
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Bedrooms
3.7
90%
Public areas
3.9
90%

Location

The hotel is in a quiet, affluent neighbourhood - the British Embassy is just down the street - alongside the western end of the Vondelpark. To reach the must-see museums on Museumplein, it's a four-minute tram ride from the nearby stop, and if you cycle through the park it won't take many minutes more.

Bedrooms

Comfy and cosy, if a tad old-fashioned: think chocolates on pillows, puffed up cushions on beds, chandeliers. The best "deluxe" rooms have sofas and skinny balconies. Some standard rooms, such as those up in the attic, have cramped bathrooms with small whirlpool baths, and are best avoided.

Public areas

A refined lounge and breakfast room, which, with their lacquered mirrors, ornate stained glass and showy chandeliers, have the feel of a small-scale country house. Classical music plays much of the time. A little garden borders one of the park's small lakes, with a decked terrace (breakfast and drinks possible in warm weather) right at the water's edge. On a recent visit, I spotted a heron across the water.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is the only meal available - a decent buffet spread, though as in many Amsterdam hotels, a bit steep at 17.50 euros a head. Free tea and coffee is on offer during the day.

Leisure facilities

There are bikes for hire.

Service

I've always found staff here helpful.

Who stays there

Middle-aged couples predominate.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

  • Genteel country-house atmosphere
  • The quasi-rural location
  • Can be very good value
  • You're not in the thick of things here
  • Bedrooms a bit old-fashioned
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