Hotel V Nesplein

Old Centre, Amsterdam, Holland Book from Book from £876 per night

A cool, sassy city-centre hotel, with spacious loft-style rooms and a lively restaurant-bar
Welcome to Amsterdam’s Nes theatre quarter, where commerce skims the edge of the Red Light District, minutes away from Dam Square. This new-kid hotel (opened in 2013) is the younger sister of the family-owned V Frederiksplein in nearby De Pijp. And like its sibling, V Nesplein is big on first impressions: a giant Turkish chandelier makes a drama of the lobby, dripping gilded light from the high ceiling to the floor. It’s also big on relaxed modernism (browns and mustards, leather and dark wood) - but this place has its own unique style.

Downstairs, the décor makes a subtle play on the theatre connection, using spotlights, velvet stage curtains and vintage posters (in the lifts and all the way up the stairwell). Upstairs, the 43 rooms are luxurious yet functional - a mix of vintage-industrial furniture, rich colours, striking lighting and generous windows. Not that you’ll spend much time in them: if you’re not out on the town, you’ll be hanging out in The Lobby restaurant-bar. A first for the V crew, it’s a triumph with its open kitchen, interesting menu and busy, buzzy vibe. In summer, sit outside on the terrace and watch the world go by; in winter, cosy up by an arty wood-burner. The hotel is popular with couples and friends who want to be in the middle of the action, and the locals love it, too.


  • A brilliant location, an easy walk to Dam Square, the Anne Frank Huis and the shops and bars of the Jordaan district, and a quick tram ride to Museumplein
  • A great concept: based on the idea of an urban inn, the hotel aims to welcome guests from all over the world while staying true to its setting - an Amsterdammer through and through
  • The Lobby has a great atmosphere and serves breakfast until midday (what a treat)
  • Big, comfy beds with soft, downy pillows and luxurious bedding
  • Friendly, helpful and multi-lingual staff, with in-depth local knowledge and a seemingly endless supply of city maps


  • 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
  • This is the heart of the city so expect a little street noise at night, especially at weekends (if you’re a light sleeper ask for a room at the back)
  • Some might find the uncluttered rooms a little sparse and masculine, though there’s no compromise on comfort
  • Breakfast isn’t included in the room rate - increasingly common in city hotels
  • Some rooms face an office block across the street, so they don't feel particularly private

Best time to go

Any time. Like all of northern Europe, Amsterdam can be a little chilly in winter, but the city is always busy and never dull - and you can always warm up by a log fire in a cosy, candlelit brown bar. March/April is peak tulip time, and December is great for Christmas shopping in the markets. Summer is good for people-watching, pavement cafés and canal trips, but be prepared for long queues at the museums and a few pesky mosquitoes.

Our top tips

Book tickets for the theatre: the hotel is well placed for exploring the dozens of performance venues in Amsterdam. Check out De Kleine Komedie (the city’s oldest), the Marionette Theatre and the DeLaMar, and see what’s playing at The Comedy Theatre at the Nes, only a few steps away.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 43
  • 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


The hotel’s 43 rooms come in 3 categories: Comfort, Superior and Suite (there are just 4 of the latter). They vary on outlook (front or back), shape, ceiling height and the like - and there's a choice of double or twin beds - but all have the same industrial, loft-like style: rough-luxe storage units made of scaffolding poles and oriented strand board, pale oriental rugs, dark wood-block floors and matching feature walls, rich Anaglypta wallpaper, big ornate mirrors, and a few choice items of vintage furniture (retro leather chairs, 1950s-style sideboards). Some rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows onto the street; others overlook an internal roof or the city skyline. Bathrooms are white and functional, with high-spec fittings, robes and slippers, and walk-in rain showers.

All rooms are heated in winter and air-conditioned in summer, and offer custom-made V Dreamer beds, internet-smart LED televisions and beverage trays with tea- and coffee-making kit (including Nespresso machines). Comfort Rooms are the smallest, with a desk and an easy chair, though with a minimum size of 18sqm they're by no means tiny. Superior Rooms are a little larger, and Suites are roomier still, with a sitting area. Many Suites and Superiors have bathtubs as well as showers; they can also accommodate baby cots or extra beds (a double sofabed in the Suites). Other than that there’s little difference between categories, so don’t feel the need to upgrade.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet-smart TV
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Slippers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


The Lobby is the hotel’s social hub: restaurant, bar, lounge, meeting place, occasional music venue. It does all these jobs with panache and style (think New York deli crossed with Amsterdam brown bar and a touch of theatre). The place is busy nearly all the time and it’s very popular with locals, so it's worth booking a table in advance.

The menu (a newspaper-size sheet which changes every few months or so) offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, all prepared in an open kitchen from fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Start the day with a full Amsterdam breakfast (breads, croissants, homemade jams and fresh juice, plus a choice of American pancakes, charcuterie or eggs with toast). You can also order à la carte - homemade granola, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, that kind of thing.

Lunch options include oysters, salads, pasta (perhaps veal, tongue and lovage ravioli) and hamburgers (served with pancetta, piccalilli and roast potatoes). Dinner might start with scallops, sea bass ceviche or rabbit and rosemary pâté, followed by fillet of skrei, anchovy fritters with a langoustine sauce, roast Dutch pork with garlic potatoes, or a vegetarian option such as red quinoa with goats’ cheese, pepper, poached egg and grapefruit sauce. Finish off with a citrus tart, pistachio cake or a classic crème brûlée. From midday, you can also order a traditional Flammkuchen - an Alsatian speciality of thin-crust pizza with crème fraîche and various toppings (bacon, onion and Gruyère cheese, for example).

If you just want a drink, grab a stool at the bar or settle into the clubby lounge-library in the corner, where there are leather sofas, a circular wood-burner and a wall of books. And if you want to dine out, there are countless restaurants nearby - just ask staff for the latest recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Hire a bike: hotel staff can advise, and it’s a great way to explore the city, its backstreets, its cobbled bridges and its miles of cycle paths
  • Do the museums: take a tram to Museumplein and visit the Stedelijk, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum - among the best of Amsterdam’s famous galleries. The tram stop is just around the corner, and it takes about 15 minutes
  • Spend, spend, spend: visit the colourful floating flower market (on the Singel canal between Koningsplein and Muntplein), the open-air market on Albert Cuypstraat (everything from cheap clothes to farm produce), and the cool designer shops on PC Hooftstraat
  • Stroll to Nine Streets in the Jordaan district, one of the best places in the city for canalside boutiques, quirky shops (think high-class kitsch, vintage clothes and handmade chocolates), pavement cafés and bars. In the evening, the bridges are illuminated and many of the cafés are lit with candles
  • Don’t forget the Anne Frank Huis (a 10-minute walk from the hotel), where the young diarist and Holocaust victim hid with her family for 2 years during World War II. It’s a harrowing story, but an Amsterdam essential. Be prepared to queue, or book in advance
  • Explore the canals: from cheap hop-on-hop-off water buses to touristy sightseeing boats, some 200 vessels glide along the waterways offering a different perspective of the city. Hotel staff will help you choose your cruise
  • Paint the town red - Amsterdam’s famous (or infamous) nightlife is on the doorstep. Or dive into the noisy, garish streets of the Red Light District, and come back to the peace and calm of V Nesplein

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Theatre and music


Although the hotel is not overtly family-friendly, children of all ages are welcome. Superior Rooms can accommodate 1 baby cot (free of charge) or a rollaway bed (extra cost); Suites have a double sofabed.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • Highchair

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

Children's meals:

The chef is happy to prepare child-size meals on request.

Kid Friendly: Suite


Hotel V Nesplein is set in the heart of Amsterdam. It's on Nes, a narrow street which connects Dam Square and the Red Light District with the canals.

By Air:
Schiphol Airport (17km from the hotel) is served by numerous flights from all over the world.

From the Airport
Take the train to Amsterdam Centraal, a 10-minute walk or a 5-minute tram ride from the hotel, or get a taxi (around EUR40 in 2014).

By Train:
Eurostar operates direct trains from London St Pancras to Amsterdam. Alternatively, take a ferry and train combination from Newcastle, Hull or London (via Harwich).

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

Detailed directions will be provided when you confirm a booking through i-escape.


  • Amsterdam Schiphol 17.0 km AMS


  • Beach 30.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests


This was a great hotel and a great stay. The meal and breakfast that we had in the restaurant (the Lobby) were brilliant and the service fantastic.
The hotel is in a great location - really central and accessible but down quite a quiet alley - and the rooms were clean, spacious and comfortable. The most striking thing about our stay, however, was the friendliness of everyone we met there. This meant that the hotel felt full of personality and warmth.

Overall, we loved our stay here and the hotel as much as we loved Amsterdam overall.


Good central location. Room somewhat spartan - deliberate style, but consequently lacking 'warmth'. Restaurant very good, but gets busy so book ahead for dinner. Breakfast very good. Good advice on local restaurants and very friendly staff.


Great location, super friendly staff and overall a brilliant vibe. We loved it. The restaurant in the hotel is great, but we also enjoyed the bbq chicken and craft beer at Bier Fabriek across the road for a more relaxed evening and the cool vibe of Brasserie Harkema just a few doors down from the hotel. We loved Jordaan and its bars and boutiques, and we took the free ferry from the station to NDSM and enjoyed an evening in the sunshine at wharf-chic Pllek.


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