The Hotel Van Onna's main strength is its location... nestled away on one of the quietest and prettiest canals in the Jordaan area, yet only a stone's throw from some of Amsterdam's playgrounds and cultural highlights. Anne Frank's House, for example, is at the end of the street! The Damrak is a mere 10-15 minute walk away, depending on how busy it is and how quick a walker you are.
The staff at Van Onna, as repeated many times throughout this page, are superb. A family run B&B and nothing is ever too much trouble.
We stayed on the third floor at the front of the hotel with some wonderful views of the canal. The only problem here was that the local cathedral liked to play "Jerusalem" and other random tunes at seemingly random times, even well into the early hours!! Being at the front of the hotel and having single-glazing, it is easily heard!
All in all, a perfect B&B to use as a base to explore this wonderful city at reasonable prices. No surprises, either nasty or good... but its location simply cannot be understated.
Strongly recommended in the local area is the bar "Cafe Chris" (one of the oldest bars in Amsterdam!) and the night-bar Cafe de Koophandel nearly directly opposite Van Onna which doesn't open until 10pm. Both of these places are proper local haunts and turned out to be our best night ever. Tourists who make the effort to get off of the beaten track and seek out the real Amsterdam are well rewarded!
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- Also Known As:
- Van Onna Hotel
- Van Onna Amsterdam