“Cool but casual boutique hotel in a pair of converted 18th-century mansions, set in the heart of Amsterdam’s museum and fashion district”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Family Rooms
Babysitting is available on request.