Hotel JL No76

Museumplein, Amsterdam, Holland Book from Book from £87 per night

Cool but casual boutique hotel in a pair of converted 18th-century mansions, set in the heart of Amsterdam’s museum and fashion district
From the outside, the elegant townhouses which form Hotel JL No76 (the name is an abbreviation of the address - Jan Luijkenstraat 76) look like every other building on this leafy residential street. But step inside and you enter a stylish and contemporary haven, created in May 2011. Upstairs the guest rooms have cutting-edge touches - vibrant wallpaper created by Dutch artist Barbara Broekman, super-sleek bathrooms, plenty of technology. This cool design continues downstairs, where funky modern art abounds. Yet the ambiance is distinctly laid-back: the serve-yourself cappuccino machine and honesty bar in the lounge are perfect for a post-sightseeing slump, and the restaurant buzzes with conversation. Relax in a comfy armchair, flick through the selection of newspapers, or take a drink out to the little courtyard garden.

Bicycles and Vespa scooters are available to rent, but the hotel is only a short walk from the city’s top museums, the designer boutiques of P.C. Hooftstraat and the buzzy nightlife of Leidseplein, as well as world-class concert hall Concertgebouw and the green expanse of Vondelpark. All in all, a hip, homely and highly convenient base for exploring Amsterdam.

Highs

  • The imaginative design amuses the eye: oriental rugs sit under contemporary paintings, Buddha statues next to quirky animal sculptures
  • Central location that's ideal for style-seekers and culture vultures, but families are welcome too
  • We loved the bathrooms; all have rain showers, and Executive Rooms and above come with Jacuzzi bathtubs and TVs to watch while you soak
  • Our 2012 revisit was largely spent in the pretty garden, which provided a lovely sanctuary from the city - if weather permits, start your day with breakfast in the sun
  • Friendly, helpful staff who will advise on what to see and how to get there

Lows

  • Rooms near reception and the lifts can be noisy
  • The restaurant’s lunch and dinner menu is quite limited, but there are plenty of eateries nearby
  • Some rooms are located in the basement and have small windows with views of passing feet
  • The showers can be slow to drain
  • We’ve heard mixed reports about breakfast, but we enjoyed it

Best time to go

Weather-wise, spring and autumn are the best times to visit Amsterdam. Summer can get hot and humid, but there are plenty of festivals, including the annual Grachtenfestival, a celebration of classical music performed on and around the city’s canals in the third week of August.

Our top tips

Explore the Albert Cuyp street market in the trendy district of De Pijp near the hotel. The mile-long stretch of colourful stalls sells everything from cheap vintage clothing to farm-fresh produce. Stop for coffee and a delicious cake at delightfully kitsch patisserie De Taart van m’n Tante.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Foodie
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 38
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
  • Scooter hire
Room: Executive Deluxe

Rooms

The bedrooms are clean-lined and contemporary. Plain walls - teal in my spacious Executive Deluxe Room, soft purple or muted grey in others - are offset by feature wallpaper from Dutch artist Barbara Broekman, who based the colourful and intricate designs on her embroidery work.

All rooms come with ample storage space, Nespresso coffee machines, flatscreen TVs, iPod docks and DVD players (there’s a complimentary DVD library at reception). Comfy kingsize or twin beds with padded headboards, all-natural COCO-MAT mattresses and soft linens ensure a good night’s sleep. Standard and slightly larger Executive Rooms look out onto the quiet street or the garden, though some are located in the basement and have a restricted view. Executive Deluxe Rooms overlook the street, with a pair of chic armchairs nestling in the floor-to-ceiling bay window. There’s also a Family Room with a kingsize bed and a separate sleeping area with bunk beds for 2 children.

Bathrooms come with powerful rain showers, The Spa Collection toiletries, and sleek fittings. It’s worth upgrading to an Executive Room or above for the luxurious Jacuzzi tubs (big enough for 2) and the in-bathroom TVs. Note that in all rooms the twin sinks are set in the bedroom rather than the bathroom - not to everyone’s taste.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

JL No76’s convivial restaurant, JAN Eat & Drink, looks rather like an upscale diner, with leather banquettes, glossy white tables and low-hanging chrome lighting. Unlike most diners, however, it’s filled with contemporary paintings and quirky animal sculptures (a trio of meerkats, a large china bull).

It’s here that the daily buffet breakfast is served from 7am to a leisurely 11am (extra cost). There’s a wide selection of fruit, cheeses, cold meats, cereals and pastries, as well as hot dishes - omelettes, pancakes, French toast - from the à la carte menu. If the weather’s good, you can take your breakfast out to the garden (also the perfect spot for a drink or snack from the hotel's well-stocked honesty bar).

The lunch and dinner menu (available in the restaurant or via room service until 10pm) is international in flavour, with pasta dishes and steak sandwiches alongside Dutch staples such as fish croquettes. We found the selection rather limited, but as you’re in the city centre there’s no shortage of places to eat out.

Amsterdam is famed for its Indonesian restaurants, and Sama Sebo on nearby P.C. Hooftstraat is one of the oldest and best. Sample the famous rijsttafel (‘rice table’), an extravaganza of meat, fish and vegetables served in small but mouth-watering portions. For more typical Dutch fare in a contemporary setting, try De Blauwe Hollander at Leidsekruisstraat 28.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating: Restaurant
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore the cultural highlights of Museumplein. Within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel is the unparalleled collection of Golden Age art at the Rijksmuseum, and the excellent Van Gogh Museum

  • Visit Anne Frank’s house, the 17th-century canalside house where the young Jewish girl and her family hid for 2 years during World War II. Arrive early or book in advance to avoid the long queues

  • Shop in the international designer boutiques that line Amsterdam’s haute-couture shopping street, P. C. Hooftstraat, just a short stroll from the hotel, then browse the chic boutiques of Jordaan’s Nine Streets. If your budget's limited, rummage at the Waterlooplein flea market

  • Join a hop-on, hop-off canal tour, starting from the Rijksmuseum mooring, or try the canal bus for a cheaper option

  • Chill out in Vondelpark, the city’s largest and most central green space. It holds a festival of free open-air performances in summer, and its lakes, lawns and meandering paths are ideal for cycling, strolling and picnics

  • Stop for a coffee or beer and watch the world go by from one of the many cafés and bars lining the city’s most historical canals (the Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizergracht), or in picturesque Jordaan

  • Take in a concert at Concertgebouw, which is said to have some of the best acoustics in the world, or at Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, a state-of-the-art music complex in Amsterdam’s trendy eastern docklands

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Live music
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome, and baby cots can be added to the Executive and Executive Deluxe Rooms, free of charge. No extra beds are available, but there is a Family Room with bunk beds for 2 children.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Family Rooms

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available on request.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 12 independent reviews from i-escape guests

8/10
Rooms
8/10
Food
9/10
Service
8/10
Value
8/10
Overall

Great service - excellent attention to detail. Lovely staff.

10/10, , November 2015

The room was stylish and comfortable with very high ceilings. Staff were friendly and helpful. The location was excellent. RON Gastrobar and Restaurant Sinne, good value Michelin-starred restaurants, are not very far from the hotel.

9/10, , October 2015

The location is perfect for museum-goers and easy to get to from the train station by tram. The hotel is immaculate and well-staffed. Problems were immediately taken care of. The honesty-bar /expresso-bar in the lobby is a very nice touch, and it is well-stocked and convenient. Espresso machines and tea kettles are provided in the room, which is great. The back garden is very nice for morning coffee but unfortunately lacks wifi. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The breakfast is very nice but seemed expensive. The bathroom is super modern and very cool, with a separate shower and large tub. The duvet is heavy and there is no top sheet, and though it was summer there was not an alternative (sheet or light blanket) which required us to set the AC to its coldest setting. The museums nearby have nice restaurants, especially helpful if you have to miss breakfast to get into the very busy Van Gogh museum at (9 when it opens). The Seafood Bar restaurant a few blocks away has some of the best seafood we have had anywhere. It’s all-white chic modern decor. Pastis is a great little French bistro nearby, with sidewalk tables. Very good traditional food.

9/10, , August 2015

A smart, friendly hotel with really helpful, committed staff and a good location. The rooms are great.

10/10, , July 2015

We had a most enjoyable 5 days in Amsterdam. The hotel JL No76 was perfectly situated near the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Gallery, as well as being served by the easy to use tram system, and five minutes from the canal Our room was fine – 2nd floor with a view of the pretty street and the little school opposite. The room was not huge but perfectly adequate, with the usual mini fridge and kettle etc. What made the hotel special was the staff – they could not have been kinder or more helpful. We did not eat at the hotel but went to the local restaurants.They booked the local Indonesian restaurant and another night reserved a table at George W.P.A. which is on the other side of the main street and offers good smart cooking.

10/10, , March 2015

From the moment that Andre greeted us in the hotel we were completely at home. It was just what we wanted, as it is close to several tram lines to get about and near all the great museums in Amsterdam. I have no hesitation in recommending it to other visitors.

9/10, , January 2015

Great location, away from the chaos of St Marco. Nearly got locked out after leaving room key with reception to find no-one there when we returned; thankfully, someone turned up after 10 mins.

7/10, , December 2013

Great staff and helpful front desk. Room (303) was lovely but a bit tired with stained carpet, wallpaper coming off, wardrobe furniture chipped. Breakfast is not good value, at £20 they should offer better fruit as well as vegetables and salad items. Location is great, quiet charming street. We would stay again.

8/10, , October 2014

The location is excellent. The staff very friendly and accommodating. The communal area is quaint and comfortable to relax and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine. Very impressed with the honesty bar concept.

9/10, , October 2014

Great location, with lovely rooms. Breakfast was expensive so ate out. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. I am so pleased to have chosen this hotel.

10/10, , October 2014

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