Sandton Hotel de Filosoof

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Address: Anna van den Vondelstraat 6, Amsterdam, 1056 GZ, The Netherlands

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.5

Thought-provoking hotel in a quiet spot near the Vondelpark.

As hotel themes go, the Filosoof's is, as far as I am aware, unique. Created some years ago by a professional philospher, its 38 bedrooms are named after thinkers, philosophical works or movements, and come with murals and a selection of books relevant to their names. Moreover, serious discussions take place from time to time in the public areas. On my last visit, I stumbled in on a philosophy seminar (aimed more at locals than guests) in the breakfast room.

Location
3.3
90%
Eating/drinking
3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
3.5
90%
Public areas
3.5
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Service

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

 Cultural types. 

Price advice

Deluxe rooms cost around 20 euros a night more. Breakfast 15 euros per person extra.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Escaping the crowds

Pros & Cons

  • Often good value
  • Quirky
  • Not exactly central
  • Could do with sprucing up in places
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