Slightly out-of-the-way: the 19th-century terraced houses the hotel occupies lie in a residential street alongside the Vondelpark. Leidseplein, a major focal point for the city's nightlife, is four minutes' away by tram.
If you opt for a cheapest rated room (called "cosy"), such as Aristophanes' The Clouds, expect something small and simple. By contrast, go for a suite and you may be in a separate building across the street and need to navigate steep stairs, but the accommodation is likely to be palatial - the Leonardo da Vinci suite, for example, has a giant sitting room and lovely big bathroom.
Are extensive, characterful and relaxing, albeit a bit scruffy in places, and include a bar, library, conservatory, and breakfast room. There's also a pleasant garden to the rear that you can sit out in.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is the only meal on offer. It's a buffet, and I've heard very mixed reports.
Since the hotel was bought a few years ago by Sandton Hotels, a Dutch chain, service has, in my experience, become rather hit and miss.
Who stays there
Deluxe rooms cost around 20 euros a night more. Breakfast 15 euros per person extra.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Often good value
- Not exactly central
- Could do with sprucing up in places