The Neighbour's Magnolia was thrown up during a search for Hotels in Expedia, and I thought why not?
On a previous trip to Amsterdam I stayed a stone's throw from Centraal Station. This Hotel is around 20 minutes from the Station (take Tram 2 to Cornelius Schuystraat); during the journey You get to pinpoint a few iconic Amsterdam landmarks that You may wish to visit - the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh and Leideseplein are all within walking distance.
The Hotel itself is conspicuously tucked away on a beautiful tree-lined residential street.
Steps from the front door to the Lobby are steep, as are the steps up to the rooms (not sure if there's a Lift), but I was pleasantly impressed at how chic the Hotel is.
The Reception aka Living Room is light and airy, the rear doors opening onto a small balcony, framed by the neighbour's Magnolia tree (hence the name). There's a Mac to satisfy any communication needs (the Hotel offers WiFi in the Living Room and all rooms free of charge), and an amazing vintage Vinyl collection complete with turntable should You wish to take it back to the old school.
Snacks and drinks are readily available from the honesty bar, and a Continental Breakfast is served daily - expensive at €14.50 although a €4 discount is offered if You request Breakfast the day before.
The Gentleman that greeted me on arrival was lovely; took my bag and offered me a much needed cold drink! We sat and chatted for awhile whilst He went over my reservation details and pointed out local attractions and things I might wish to see and do. The key card to Your room is presented in a very handy pocket sized Map of Amsterdam.
My room was on the first floor. It was a lot smaller than I expected, but I actually didn't mind. The Bathroom was clean and simple, although the 'open plan' all-in-one aspect threw me slightly!
The Bed was comfortable and whilst under the window, didn't get draughty - however, with the room situated at the front of the building traffic noise (trams especially) could be an issue, as well as the smell of exhaust fumes that mean You can't have the window open for long periods.
What irked me most was the bumps in the night; slamming doors and Elephants in the room above - extremely loud and at random times, often startling me out of sleep!
Nonetheless my stay at The Neighbour's Magnolia has been lovely.
I'm still undecided as to whether I'll take Sparky home with me, but I know that next time I visit Amsterdam, I'll definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The cosy boutique hotel The Neighbour’s Magnolia (formerly Hotel Zandbergen) features 21 restyled modern rooms in soft pastel tones, with large beds, a desk with a brightly coloured HAY chair and a flat-screen TV. Each room has a private bathroom with shower or bath. Some rooms have a balcony or terrace overlooking the garden. We can put a private mini fridge on request in your room, as well as tea and coffee making facilities . Many additional features you can just take yourself from the colourful hallways. For our single (female) travelers , we have created a comfortable and above all safe environment. The hotel itself is in located in a typical Amsterdam listed building from the early 1900s in residential Amsterdam Oud-Zuid and is one of the few independent and privately owned hotels in Amsterdam.The homely LivingRoom with reception service is furnished and decorated with a unique combination of vintage and contemporary pieces of HAY furniture. Here guests can enjoy our continental breakfast. Complimentary tea , coffee and mineral water is waiting for you upon arrival. From the Honesty Bar in the casual setting of the LivingRoom guests can enjoy a Nespresso coffee, soft drinks, beer, wines, savoury and sweet snacks. Many excellent restaurants are located just outside the hotel on the Cornelis Schuytstraat or on the Willemsparkweg.Wi-Fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Tickets to various attractions in the area you can get at the front desk where you can also rent a bike (and a packed lunch if you like). By the way, dogs are very welcome too.The famous art-packed Museum Quarter is a 10-minute walk away and houses the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. It’s also close to the renown and exclusive shopping area of the P.C. Hooftstraat. The Amsterdam canal area is easily accessible on foot or by public transport. The tranquil Vondelpark and the Leidseplein entertainment area offer an amusing stroll. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zandbergen Hotel Amsterdam