The College Hotel

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Address: Roelof Hartstraat 1, , Amsterdam, 1071 VE, The Netherlands

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4

Former school turned into a gorgeous looking, trendy hotel.

The hotel's name has a double meaning. Not only was the handsome, late 19th-century building, with its arched corridors and decorative brickwork, once an educational establishment, but also many of the current staff are students from local hotel management schools. There's nothing remotely institutional about the place now, by the way: this is one of the most stylish hotels in the city.

Location
3.7
90%
Eating/drinking
4.1
90%
Leisure facilities
3.2
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

Set back from a fairly busy road in the south of the city. It's a brisk five minutes' walk to the Museumplein (where you'll find the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum), and a stroll in to the multi-cultural Pijp neighbourhood (good ethnic restaurants and a great street market).

Bedrooms

The 40 rooms are masculine in tone, in grey and beige colour schemes, with big brown leather headboards over beds, chaise longues, and silk curtains. First floor rooms have high ceilings and tall windows, while those up on the attic floor above are cosier but darker, as they have small windows. Bathrooms are in understated brown marble - some have just baths, some showers (of the big mophead variety).

Public areas

Local trendies hang out in the softly lit, soothing and relaxing bar lounge - especially on Sunday evenings in the winter months when there's live jazz. The restaurant - formerly the school gym - is a wonderful space: vaulted, whitewashed, and with an open kitchen along one side. Off the bar and restaurant and set round olive trees lies a large outdoor terrace, much used in summer for both eating and drinking.

Eating and drinking

The College Restaurant serves fairly ambitious Dutch cuisine with international influences, in the form of dishes such as venison with sauerkraut and a juniper sauce. Service can vary from overattentive to inattentive. Simpler dishes, such as salads, sandwiches and slices of apple pie, are available in on the bar menu, as is afternoon tea (scones etc).

Leisure facilities

In-room massages are on offer. Bikes and Vespa scooters can be rented.

Service

When the hotel opened, a large proportion of staff were trainees, so service was notoriously erratic. Things have improved, now that a higher proportion of staff are fully qualified professionals. Nonetheless, you shouldn't expect consistently five-star service.

Who stays there

Mostly businesspeople weekdays, holidaymakers at weekends. The bar and restaurant attract lots of locals.

Price advice

Breakfast 19.5 euros per person extra.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

  • A cool bar
  • Stylish throughout
  • The location isn't the best
  • Some staff are learning on the job
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