Misc eatdrinksleep

Old Centre, Amsterdam, Holland Book from Book from £877 per night

A funky little guesthouse with just 6 rooms and a cocktail bar, centrally located in one of the oldest parts of the city
Those seeking a fun weekend in quintessential Amsterdam will love this quirky little guesthouse. It’s set in a classic 17th-century canal house next to the historical Nieuwmarkt Square, and is just moments from many of Amsterdam’s most famous sites, including the infamous ‘Red Light District’. You can expect a family-run vibe, with owners Pepijn and Rachel providing a warm welcome and friendly service: English maps and guide books are provided, universal plug adapters are available; they’ll even loan you an umbrella if needs be.

There are just 6 guests rooms. Half have gorgeous views over the canal and all use a colourful mix of Ikea style and vintage elegance to create their individual theme (names include Africa, Baroque and Primavera). Downstairs there’s a great little café-bar for breakfast, and a cocktail bar, Rosalia’s Menagerie, which is open to passersby Thursday to Saturday evenings. Try some of the locally-made spirits – perfect for a nightcap after an evening spent at one of the city eateries.

Highs

  • Great location, great price and great views
  • Friendly, helpful owners who are happy to provide assistance in exploring Amsterdam
  • Snack and drinks (including beer) from the minibar are included in the rates, and all rooms have Nespresso coffee machines
  • A simple but fabulous breakfast served until noon - a bonus for late risers
  • Despite the busy location, locked front doors and efficient key cards ensure that guests feel safe and secure

Lows

  • It's an old building set over 3 floors, so expect steep, narrow stairs and no lift
  • Due to the location, Canal View rooms are likely to be noisy (there are white noise machines if you’d prefer to drift off to sleep to birdsong or ocean sounds)
  • The Garden View room are a little small and lack canal views, but they're also quieter
  • No outdoor space, but all of Amsterdam is on the doorstep

Best time to go

Any time you fancy a break. The city is pleasantly quiet during the summer months of July and August, when many of the locals are away on holiday. Or, you could try a winter break for some Christmas shopping and ice skating on the frozen canals.

Our top tips

The stairs are steep and narrow so don't bring large or heavy suitcases (though if you do, Rachel and Pepijn are the kind of people who will whip them off you and carry them upstairs themselves).

Rachel, who is American, is a mine of local info and has a specialised knowledge of architecture.

Great for...

City Style
Eco
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 6
  • Breakfast only (+ on-site cocktail bar)
  • 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
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

The 6 personally styled rooms are clean, fun and themed - very much a labour of love for the owners.

At the front of the house, the 3 Canal View rooms are flooded with light and (as the name suggests) have wonderful views over the canal. Afrika is the largest top-floor room, with leather chairs and rustic wood furniture. Rembrandt is covered with reproduction paintings from the master's Night Watch period, and Design is an airy, contemporary room decorated with white walls and colourful, angular fittings.

The 3 Garden View rooms are a bit smaller, quieter and look out over the rooftops from the back of the hotel - good for light sleepers. Wonders is a cosy room with Asian touches, while La Primavera has a vibrant springtime feel, with whimsical bird-printed wallpaper and yellow-curtained windows. At the top of the house, the Baroque room lives up to its name with a dramatic monochrome canopy bed, ornate mirrors and elevated views from its garret windows.

Rooms were full of mod cons and thoughtful treats, including a Nespresso machine, a great organic tea selection, amazing natural Ritual bathroom products, a flatscreen TV, a free minibar (with beer!) and a really comfortable kingsize bed. Ensuite bathrooms have excellent rain showers and fluffy bathrobes.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Phone chargers (for most brands)
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The breakfast bar echoes the speakeasy style cocktail bar as you walk in – dark green walls and quirky tiled wallpaper. Breakfast was a simple buffet-style selection, but we found it to be great quality: delicious bread, homemade granola and a selection of Dutch cheese. Whoever is on duty will cook you bacon and eggs if you like too.

For evening drinks, the ground-floor Rosalia’s Menagerie cocktail bar is perfect. Traditionalists can sup a classic Margarita or a Hemmingway’s Daiquiri, while the more adventurous might opt for one of the seasonal drinks or a house speciality - a Hazy April with orange spiced white tea, perhaps. The bar is open to the public Thursday to Saturday.

There's no other food served at Misc eatdrinksleep - surprising considering the name. However, it is in a great location for restaurants and the hotel staff will be happy to point you in the right direction. We ended up at REM Eiland Restaraurant, uniquely set on an old oil rig - it used to be an radio station and has great views of the river, as well as old and new Amsterdam.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating: Breakfast bar
Activity:

Activities

  • Just about everywhere is reachable by foot in Amsterdam - or by bicycle for those feeling a bit more adventurous. Stroll along the canals stopping off regularly at some of the wonderful cafés and shops

  • Museum lovers are spoilt for choice here - from the famous Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum museums just a 15 minute walk away to the modern galleries dotted around the city-centre

  • In spring and summer, the hotel can arrange private open-air boats tours of the canals (10 pax)

  • Shop till you drop - check out the trendy little boutiques in the Jordaan district, or the designer shops in the Museum quarter (most are open on a Sunday)

  • Visit the Hortus Botanicus with a free pass from the hotel. The Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Garden) has been a part of the city since 1638

  • On our most recent visit, we ventured to one of Amsterdam’s urban beaches, just a short (and free) ferry hop over the River IJ from Amsterdam Central Station. A trip to Amsterdam Noord feels like a mini holiday in itself

  • Visit the local coffee shops...

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Discount passes for the Hortus Botanicus
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures
  • Walking tours

Kids

Children are welcome, but the there's only 1 baby cot and 1 extra bed available in the entire hotel, so staying here as a family is very much subject to availability.

Family friendly accommodation:

Canal View rooms can sleep 3 (1 rollaway bed or baby cot). Children up to 15 years can stay in their parents' room on an extra bed. Families with 2 children should book a 1 Canal View room and 1 Garden View room on the same floor (request when booking).

Babysitting:

Babysitting can be arranged on request (with prior notice).

Baby equipment:

One baby cot and 1 high chair available on request.

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

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Waterloo Square playground

    Families Should Know:

    Misc eatdrinksleep spans 3 floors, with steep narrow steps and no lift. It's also in a busy central location - street noise can travel.

  • Distances:

    • Doctor: on-call
    • Hospital: 10 minutes
    Kid Friendly: Canal View - Afrika

    Location

    Hotel Misc is situated next to the traditional Nieuwmarkt Square, at the edge of the 'Red Light District', in the centre of Amsterdam. Nieuwmarkt is the nearest subway stop.

    By Air:
    Fly into Schiphol (21km).

    From the Airport
    There's a direct train line (20 minutes) from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station. From there it is a 10-minute walk to the hotel. Alternatively, you can take a taxi straight from the airport, which will set you back approximately EUR 35-45.

    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, 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 21.0 km AMS

    Other:

    • Beach 29.0 km
    • Shops 0.1 km
    • Restaurant 0.1 km

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