“A cool, sassy city-centre hotel, with spacious loft-style rooms and a lively restaurant-bar”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The chef is happy to prepare child-size meals on request.