“Well-priced city hotel with a striking lobby and trim rooms, centrally located for museums and shopping”
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). 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 Room next door had a kingsize bed (though twins are available) and the housekeeper informed us that the crisp white duvets and cotton sheets stay that way because all linen is replaced every few weeks. This room was more spacious, with a black lacquered desk and French doors that led onto a tiny terrace. The XL Rooms have slightly more space, kingsize or twin beds, and the best views. Single rooms are the smallest, and ideal for solo travellers seeking a comfortable crash-pad.
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.
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’!
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.
Book a V Loft to ensure extra space - they can sleep up to 4 people and have kitchens for snack making.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking