Hotel V Frederiksplein

De Pijp, Amsterdam, Holland Book from Book from £61 per night

Well-priced city hotel with a striking lobby and trim rooms, centrally located for museums and shopping
Hotel V seem to have found a winning formula. After opening (and later selling) their pioneering boutique hotel on Victorieplein, they turned their attentions to this cluster of 19th-century listed office and apartment blocks off Frederiksplein. With smart rooms, the result is twice as large as their original hotel, but being spread over a row of buildings, it doesn't feel big. It's also more centrally located: there is a tram stop right outside and it’s only a few stops to the major museums. So that's a pretty good start.

Inside, it’s the impressive lobby that really grabs your attention: a curved chocolate leather sofa faces an unusual circular copper fireplace, while floor-to-ceiling windows with chain-link curtains give expansive views onto the street. The bar/breakfast area has cowhide wall patches and a white leather banquette; the dark-glassed meeting room has free WiFi on its Apple computers. It all feels hip without trying too hard.

This is not a city where you are going to loll about in bed all day, so the rooms are functional, but not elaborate, with comfy beds and clean, if small, bathrooms. Friendly staff are hired for their knowledge of their city, so take advantage of the helpful team behind the rubber reception desk, explore the Dam and come back for a nightcap around the round fire.

Highs

  • A spacious high-ceilinged lobby with unique spherical fireplace and lounge, a cool bar/breakfast area and large windows with great street views
  • We were genuinely impressed by the young, affable staff: they know the city well and speak an impressive array of languages
  • Bedrooms are designed with a practical eye: understated with a nod to modern minimalism
  • The design has stayed true to the history of the building, and they've kept a lot of the original features
  • A central location with easy access to trams and public transport

Lows

  • Prices displayed are a guide only and will depend on the date of your stay; you will get an exact quote when you enquire but note that some rooms may be significantly more expensive
  • Some bedrooms are small, twin rooms may be a little too cosy for some, and more storage space would be good
  • Bathrooms have showers only and minimal toiletries
  • Only breakfast is served, there's no restaurant in the hotel and the bar only serves small snacks
  • Some street noise from the trams that start about 7am in the morning

Best time to go

Spring is the best time to visit Amsterdam. The tulips are out, the days are often sunny and the summer crowds have not yet descended. In July and August it can get hot and humid, with mosquitoes breeding in the canals - though if you like the buzz of a crowded city, then this is a good time to visit. Winter in Amsterdam can be bitter.

Our top tips

Choose one of the larger room categories, as the extra space and views are well worth it.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 52
  • Breakfast only (+ bar)
  • More suited to older children
  • 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
  • Bicycles Available
Room: XL Room

Rooms

There is a pleasant purity to the rooms at Hotel V Frederiksplein. All of them benefit from the large windows, so they’re light and clutter-free, although sizes can vary considerably from room to room. The ample ‘Auping’ Dutch-designed bed took up most of the room in our Standard Room but from it, we had a wonderful corner aspect of Amsterdam architecture and a fantastic night’s sleep (they’re super-comfy). What's more, the housekeeper informed us that the crisp white duvets and cotton sheets stay that way because all linen is replaced brand-new every few weeks.

Behind the double bed was a stylised etching on multi-layered wood panelling known as ‘dragon wood’ and above, a globular steel and glass light. White textured wallpaper, dark slate floors, a grey latticed chair and a silver vase with pussy willows gave the room a calm, if not colourful, feel.

The Large Double next door had French doors that led onto a small terrace and a kingsize bed (though twins are available). Single Basement rooms are the smallest, and ideal for solo travellers seeking a comfortable crash-pad - although be aware that they are at basement level.

Since our visit, a clutch of V Lofts have been added, these apartments sit in a separate building next door to the hotel and each have private kitchens as well as spacious lounge areas and double or twin bedrooms.

The bathrooms are small and we were not really taken with the plastic cups and lack of shelf space. But the chunky square sinks and pebblestone walls are cool and all have powerful rain showers. There are no tubs, but these are rooms for city types: guests who want to plug their laptop into the free WiFi or watch the flatscreen TV, not lie about in bubble bath.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

The drinks bar at Hotel V Frederiksplein takes on daily duties as breakfast bar. Each morning it’s covered with baskets of croissants and pains au chocolat, miniature boxes of cereal, small jars of jams and honeys, meats and cheeses, plus big bowls of apples, oranges, kiwis and tomatoes set on a high table. You help yourself to cutlery and plates and find a seat in the airy dining area by the tall corner windows. Coffee is fresh brewed, there’s a range of organic teas from Rooibos to Earl Grey, and eggs can be cooked to your liking for just a little extra.

The hotel doesn’t serve lunch but luckily right across the street is Cafe Kale, a cosy pub with stained glass windows and wood tables that serves excellent chunky sandwiches - try the sliced veal and tuna. V Lofts also have handy private kitchens perfect for whipping up snacks. Staff are happy to recommend restaurants for dinner. We nipped round the corner to local favourite Piet de Leeuw for a taste of traditional smoked herring, although we made the mistake of asking for mayonnaise with it - apparently that would ‘insult the fish’!

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • It's a short, direct tram ride to Museumplein where you can view the Dutch Masters at the Rijksmuseum, works of the country's most famous painter at the Van Gogh museum and contemporary art at the Stedelijk Museum

  • Round the corner is the Albert Cuypstraat market: a lively mile-long stretch of stalls, with farm produce, cheap clothes, ethnic stores, and Indian and Surinamese eateries

  • Take an evening stroll along Utrechtsestraat, a funky strip of bars just off Frederiksplein (so you won't have far to meander back)

  • Curl up in the leather sofa encircling the fireplace and rifle through the design magazines and books on the table, or just watch bicyclists go by...

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Children are welcome, but it's really a city hotel for grown-ups. The rooms are not particularly spacious, so extra beds and baby cots with make them extra crowded.

Family friendly accommodation:

Book a V Loft to ensure extra space - they can sleep up to 4 people and have kitchens for snack making.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Location

Hotel V Frederiksplein is on Weteringschans north of the De Pijp area. From Centraal Station, take the 4 or 25 tram which stops right outside the hotel.

By Air:
Fly into Schiphol Airport (15km).

From the Airport
You can take the train to Amsterdam Central Station (10-minute ride) then take tram 4 or 25 to Frederiksplein. A just as fast alternative is to take the train from Schiphol Airport to RAI station (10-minute ride), then catch tram 4 to Frederiksplein (15 minutes). Alternatively, you can take a taxi straight from the airport, which will set you back from around EUR 30-50.

By Train:
Eurostar operates direct trains from London St Pancras to Amsterdam.

By Train & Ferry:
You can take a ferry and train combination from Newcastle, Hull or London (via Harwich).

By Car:
Amsterdam is easily explored by bicycle, public transport and on foot so you won't really need a car. However, if you want to hire one to see the surrounding region, see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Amsterdam-Schiphol 12.0 km AMS

Other:

  • Beach 35.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 11 independent reviews from i-escape guests

6/10
Room
8/10
Food
8/10
Service
7/10
Value
7/10
Overall

My stay at Hotel V was satisfactory. I thought the location was excellent, and the service at front desk was friendly. The room itself was on the small side, there was no window in the bathroom and it was quite dimly lit. There was no elevator to the top floor where I stayed, so lugging stuff up there could be a workout. Overall, the place felt like a hostel-plus: not too many amenities, just a clean place to sleep with a layer of hip decor.

7/10,

They offered a free drink and earplugs due to construction work close to the hotel, which was nice – and we weren´t disturbed. The elevator was very small and took us only to the third floor of five, but it was no problem to us.

9/10,

Our stay at the Hotel V Frederiksplein was OK on the whole. The room was quite a bit smaller than we had hoped. Also access to the room was via a very steep narrow staircase and we had quite a large piece of luggage.

7/10,

The rooms were small but perfectly fine. Breakfast was very good. The staircase to the bedrooms is very steep (as is normal in Dutch buildings) but the lighting was dark, and the bottom steps are very narrow.

6/10,

Amazing location. The room was great and service was excellent. We hope to come back soon.

10/10,

Our initial room was really tiny and up two steep flights of stairs. It was clean but cramped - to me at any rate. I paid for an upgrade and stayed in one of the "lofts" which was delightful - airy, and spacious and pleasantly furnished. Was slightly concerned over lack of AC - it was unusually hot in Amsterdam during my stay. But fans were sufficient to keep room comfortable.

7/10,

We had a room at the front of the hotel and it was noisy. This would be greatly improved by simply double glazing the window

10/10,

Great breakfast

7/10,

Lofts are spacious, airy and well equipped. Staff couldn't have been more helpful and are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about local area. A very hip hotel in a great area

9/10,

The semi basement rooms are very small and it was not very quiet.

7/10,

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