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Hotel Vondel 4.0

Vondelpark, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

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Pros

  • Stylish rooms with minibars, some with small balconies and hot tubs
  • Historic building with charming architecture including slanted walls and exposed beams
  • Beautiful common areas combining historic interior architecture with modern furnishings 
  • Stylish restaurant adjacent to the lobby with contemporary decor
  • Situated on an attractive street lined with 18th century townhomes
  • Near Vondelpark and the popular shopping and pedestrian district Leidseplein
  • Shops and restaurants within walking distance
  • Pretty garden with sitting area
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Quirks of an old building (low water pressure, thin walls) may not suit all guests
  • Ongoing construction may be disruptive
  • Geared towards tourists and may not have check-in efficiency required for business travelers
  • Basement rooms draw complaints due to dining area noise and lack of privacy from street-facing windows

Bottom Line

The 86-room Hotel Vondel is an upscale boutique, part of a small Dutch chain, located on a narrow street near Vondelpark across from a row of 18th century townhomes. The property, which combines design objects and contemporary lighting with the charm of a historic building, has cozy rooms that highlight the architecture of the structure in the form of slanted walls and exposed beams. There is a stylish restaurant adjacent to the lobby that receives praise from guests, and the hotel itself is situated about a six-minute walk from the Leidseplein, one of the most popular tourist and shopping areas in Amsterdam. Noise is a problem for some in this building, particularly in basement rooms that face the road and have the reception overhead. There is a nice garden with a sitting area and free Wi-Fi. 

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Scene

Upscale, stylish boutique in a renovated 18th-century building

The Hotel Vondel is a four-pearl boutique that blends traditional architecture with contemporary decor. Reclaimed wood floors in the lobby, black-and-white diamond marble tiling in the hallways, and steep staircases characterize this handsome historic building, which has been renovated and furnished with contemporary art, modern design lighting fixtures, and indoor flower planters. A tufted leather couch provides a comfy place to sit by the main reception, and the adjacent Joost restaurant, accessible through the lobby as well as a street entrance, is decorated with large modern lights and design-oriented knickknacks. Overall the atmosphere is intimate and stylish, though noise can be an issue for some rooms. 

Location

A few minutes’ walk to Leidseplein, on a historic street that receives plenty of foot traffic

This hotel is situated on an attractive street lined with traditional 18th-century homes and other hotels, a few minutes walk outside the canal district, and a 20-minute stroll from the Anne Frank House. Though the street is small, it receives a good amount of foot traffic in the day from tourism, though tends to empty out at night. There are a good number of small eateries and bars in the streets surrounding the property. A bus leading directly to the airport (45 minutes) can be boarded about a five-minute walk from the hotel in the Leidseplein area, which is also one of the most popular tourist and shopping areas in the city. Several tram and bus stops sit within a couple of blocks.

Rooms

Simple but elegant rooms with exposed beams, black doors, and wood trim

Jointed desk lamps, painted wooden beams, and lacquered pine built-ins are just a few of the custom touches in these handsome rooms, the smallest of which may be on the snug side. Beds tend to be mounted on elevated platforms, and the modern bathrooms have wide, dark-grey tiles, black marble vanities, and rain showerheads in shower/tub combos flanked by glass half-doors. While some rooms are tucked under the eaves, others are flooded with light by large French doors that open up onto balconies. All rooms have air-conditioning, a safe, a Nespresso machine, and a minibar stocked with liquor and snacks. Larger rooms have a wood canopy bed, a hot tub, and a sitting area, and the largest have a separate living area. The occasional piece of framed contemporary art brings additional character to the inviting rooms. 

Features

Restaurant, sitting area in lobby, and garden in the summer

Joost, the adjacent restaurant off the lobby, features a contemporary atmosphere with reclaimed wood floors and handsome lighting fixtures. There is a high tea menu and attractive shelves lined with knickknacks. There is an outdoor garden for alfresco drinks in the summer, some meeting space available, and a pleasant seating area with contemporary furniture and art near the lobby. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. 

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Address

Vondelstraat 26, City Centre - Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, North Holland Province 1054 GD, The Netherlands

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