Having read previous reviews (mice in restaurant, toilets smell of drains, noisy rooms, unhelpful staff, jacuzzi not worth the extra...) I almost cancelled our reservation before travelling last week. I am so glad that I didn't! The Hotel Vondel is a great little boutique hotel and does not deserve such harsh reviews. We are discerning travellers with a keen eye for detail. I had booked an Exec room with a jacuzzi (room 531). The room was on the top floor, which was perfect as we're not keen on having people above us.It was spotlessly cleaned, and thoroughly cleaned every day of our 4 night stay. The bed (two twins together, very typical) was very comfortable and the pillows were perfect, I usually suffer from a stiff neck in hotels but there was no problem here. Room temperature was perfect, but windows opened and there was aircon when needed.After a day of walking, the jacuzzi bath was fantastic and we used it at least once every day. Rain shower was soft, loo was spotless and absolutely did not smell of drains! There's no amazing view from this room, but you can hear the blackbirds and wood pigeons in the morning which was good enough for us. In the main areas, the lobby areas are quirky and comfortable for a pre-dinner drink while you're waiting for your cab. The bar and restaurant are tastefully decorated and again, spotlessly clean. As for the staff, they couldn't be more helpful. They booked cabs for us every night and served drinks (complimentary one if you book on line) with a genuine smile and excellent English. Our only comment was that you sometimes get a faint whiff of cigarette smoke. Not the hotel's fault, they impose fines, but some guests are obviously determined to break the rules. A quick blast of the aircon sorts it out. We didn't breakfast in the hotel, lots of local choice but our recommendations: turn right, then right again for Friday Next - organic eggs, bacon, fresh bread and juice; straight over and over the road for canalside bacon and cheese pancakes; turn right then left and look for the shop selling coffee beans and machines - excellent coffee and fresh muffins further back in the shop. The hotel is in a good area and we walked to all the main "sights" from it (comfy shoes and post-walk jacuzzi assisting). There's minor neighbourhood noise at weekends, but it is minor, and good natured. All in all, if you expect perfection you will always find fault (indeed some people seem to delight in doing so) but this is a well-priced, comfortable, clean and friendly hotel in an excellent location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Vondel is nestled among Amsterdam's lively centre. The hotel offers outstanding accommodation at an excellent location. Distinguished by its extraordinary interiors, the hotel has a very stylish and unique ambiance. The 86 guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide comfort for everyone's taste. Start your day with an extensive breakfast buffet at Restaurant JOOST, or just stay in and enjoy it in your room. The bar extends into a charming garden for guests to relax during the summer months. The hotel its exclusive and intimate size doesn't prevent it from possessing an array of facilities oriented towards both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is located a stone's throw away from the Leidseplein, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum right in the museum quarter & fashion district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vondel Hotel Amsterdam