Right in the centre, yards from the concentration of appealing bars and restaurants on and around Spui, and with one of the city's best museums - the Amsterdams Historisch Museum - across the street.
Dark-wood modern furnishings predominate, with a splash of red from throws on beds. In most cases, floors are boarded. Decent quality bathrooms have light fittings and tiles in Dutch Art Deco period style. Some rooms look on to the Singel canal, while those facing Spuistraat can be disturbed by trams. I recently stayed in a room looking on to an internal courtyard, which was very quiet but a bit gloomy. Superior rooms are larger and with a canal view. There are also a fair number of good-sized family rooms.
Lots of space (much more so than in old canal hotels). A glass-roofed courtyard serves as a big lounge, and is decorated in period style with geometric patterns on the carpet and walls - as is the pillared breakfast room. Off the entrance is a split-level bar (pity about the pop music).
Eating and drinking
Buffet breakfasts are extensive - croissants, fresh fruit salad, hams and cheeses. Next door is D'Vijff Vlieghen - a touristy, upmarket restaurant with historic dining rooms and modern Dutch cuisine - that is under the same ownership as the hotel.
When I stayed, check in was brisk and efficient, and staff were generally on the ball.
Who stays there
Tourists from all countries; some tour groups.
Superior rooms cost 25 euros extra a night. Breakfast is included in some deals at weekends. When priced separately, it costs 19 euros per person extra - you may prefer to pop out to a nearby café instead, where a coffee and croissant will cost a quarter of that.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- More space than in many Amsterdam hotels
- Rates can be good value
- The central location
- Breakfast overpriced