Owl Hotel

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Address: Roemer Visscherstraat 1, Amsterdam, 1054 EV, The Netherlands

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.8

Reliable, inexpensive place to stay, well placed for museums, the Vondelpark and nightlife.

The end-of-terrace, 19th-century townhouse, with a stuffed owl in an alcove on the facade, has been run as a hotel by the same family since the early 1970s. "We're not the Hilton," said one of its owners self-deprecatingly, when I stayed recently. But that's why I like the place: it's modest, homely, welcoming.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.6
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
3
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

On a peaceful residential street, just a block from the Vondelpark, the city's main park. The many bars of the Leidseplein are under just five minutes' stroll away, and the Rijksmuseum hardly any further.

Bedrooms

With leather armchairs, decent reproduction furniture and the odd Impressionist print, these are simple and somewhat old-fashioned, but nonetheless well kept. Basins are sometimes in the room rather than the bathroom. Bedrooms at the rear are very tranquil. Consider trying to bag numbers 26, 36, 46 or 56 - which are some of the largest rooms and are at the rear.

Public areas

The interconnected bar, lounge area and breakfast room are attractive and restful spaces, with lots of flower displays and pot plants. French windows open on to a sizeable and leafy patio garden, where guests often eat breakfast in the summer. Guests hang out in the public areas all hours of the day.

Eating and drinking

Food wise, just breakfast is on offer - a fairly simple continental buffet, with nothing hot apart from boiled eggs.

Service

Friendly and helpful, though can be a bit bumbling at times.

Who stays there

Mature, culturally-minded tourists of all nationalities - when I stayed, a Danish tour group accounted for most of the guests.

Price advice

Prices vary much less according to season than at most Amsterdam hotels.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Nightlife
  • Art

Pros & Cons

  • Relaxing public areas
  • Peaceful, convenient location
  • Homely atmosphere
  • Bedrooms rather dated
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