“A stylish boutique hotel and top-notch restaurant with a twist, perfectly placed for Amsterdam's best known art galleries”
The hotel's guest rooms are set round a quad in a listed school building from 1895, but there's nothing institutional about the interior. In the lobby and corridors, soft lighting glances off red brick arches to atmospheric effect, while the couch-strewn bar attracts a trendy, cocktail-supping crowd. In the rooms, expensive fabrics and a minimalist colour scheme keep up the air of indulgence. There are spa treatments and massages for every temperament, while the fine restaurant (set in the old school gym) serves exciting 'New Dutch' cuisine.
- This is a spacious hotel oozing style; we revisited in 2012 and felt that the communal areas, in particular, had been decorated to stunning effect
- The hotel's bar is one of the city's hot spots and the innovative restaurant is so popular that you will probably need a reservation for dinner
- It's in a quiet, leafy neighbourhood just beyond the limits of the busy tourist zone, yet it's just a 5-minute walk to Amsterdam's museum quarter and the city's most exclusive shopping street, PC Hooftstraat
- The hotel has a limited amount of off-street parking (reserve in advance) which is unusual for Amsterdam, plus there are bicycles and scooters to hire
- It's run by students with professional supervision, but this combination still hasn't conquered the problems of very patchy service
- Room sizes vary within the roomtype categories, particularly the Superior Rooms
- Although all ages are welcome, the sophisticated ambiance and lack of child-oriented facilities make this more of an adults playground
- The rooms aren't as plush and stylised as the communal areas, and some reports suggests they're too dark
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
- Scooter hire
All rooms at The College Hotel are furnished with muted grey-brown fabrics, crisp white bed linen on double or twin beds and smart furniture in black French polish. None of the rooms are exactly alike, although all have high ceilings, large, multi-paned windows and luxury marble bathrooms either with bathtubs or cascade showerheads the size of dinner plates. The stylish, dark tones of the rooms are offset by the bright, airy feel created by the large windows and high ceilings (though the attic rooms are more dark and cosy).
The in-room facilities include flatscreen TVs with a video-on-demand system, Illy coffee machines, WiFi, bathrobes and writing tables. All rooms have a sense of space, which makes a change from many of Amsterdam's small canalside hotel rooms.
There are 3 room types - the Deluxe Rooms and the Junior Suites are the largest and have sitting areas or window seats with views over the city. The Superior Rooms are smaller but retain the same stylish design.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Illy coffee maker
- Safe box
Set beneath the high-beamed ceiling of the old school gym, the hotel restaurant is light and airy, with whitewashed walls, comfortable armchairs upholstered in olive green velour, linen napery and Delft blue china. The open kitchen adds to the atmosphere. The chef and his students offer traditional Dutch cuisine with a modern twist. Dishes include warm smoked eel with radishes and apple syrup, Amsterdam cheese croquet, veal kidneys and liver with mustard and lentils, oxtail hotchpotch or baked chicory risotto. Desserts such as roasted apple with marzipan ice cream, treacle soufflé or miniature profiteroles are equally delicious. You pay according the number of courses (see rates). All this gourmet cooking is drawing the locals in droves so booking is strongly recommended.
The hotel has an inviting cocktail bar with colourful lavender leather barstools, deep red chairs and burnt orange walls. If you want to venture out in search of night life, Amsterdam's hotspots are within walking distance. The hotel staff are happy to make recommendations and reservations for restaurants and nightclubs.
Feel like holing up in your room? From the room service menu you can order such dishes as fish cakes; meat balls with mustard; egg salad with smoked salmon and capers; warm salted beef with horseradish and potato crisps; and bitter-almond macaroons with preserved apricots.
The buffet breakfast includes bacon, ham, cheese, blueberry pancakes, yoghurt, cereals, juices and Dutch fritters.
- Children's meals
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- The hotel is on the doorstep of Museumplein, which means easy access to Amsterdam's primary tourist attractions
- Head to the Concertgebouw, which is said to have the best acoustics of any concert hall in the world
- Explore the Rijksmuseum, home to a staggering collection of Golden Age art
- Pay homage to the great artist who sold just 2 paintings in his lifetime at the Van Gogh Museum
- Marvel at the diamond showrooms and international designer boutiques of Amsterdam's haute couture shopping street, P.C. Hoofstraat, which is just a stroll away
- Take the all important canal tour. Start from the Rijksmuseum mooring
- Linger in one of the city's many coffee shops and watch people stroll by
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
All ages are welcome and children under 2 years stay free of charge in a baby cot. Those aged 2 to 12 stay free of charge in extra beds. There is a supplement for an extra bed for anyone aged over 12.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Junior Suites have space for an extra bed and all rooms can accommodate a baby cot. Some rooms interconnect: 1 Junior Suite and 2 Superiors, or 1 Junior Suite and 2 Deluxe Rooms - enquire for details.
Babysitting is available by arrangement (24 hours' notice required).
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The chef is happy to prepare child-friendly meals, on request.
- Hospital: 10-minute drive away
The College Hotel sits on the edge of Museumplein (the Museum Square) in central Amsterdam. There is a tram stop close to the hotel, on line 5.
Schiphol (15km away) is the nearest airport and is served by many international flights.
From the Airport:
Amsterdam Central Station is a 20-minute direct train ride from Schiphol Airport. From there it's a 10-minute taxi/tram ride southwards to just beyond Museumplein (line 5). Alternatively, you can take a taxi straight from the airport (approx. EUR 50 in 2013).
If you prefer to travel overland from the UK, Eurostar operates direct trains from London St Pancras to Amsterdam. Alternatively, take a ferry and train combination from Newcastle, Hull or London (via Harwich).
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. The hotel has 8 car parking spaces (please enquire at the time of booking).
Amsterdam is easy to explore on foot and the tram service links the main areas of the city. The hotel has bicycles and scooters available for hire and can arrange cars with drivers on request.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.
- Amsterdam Schiphol 15.0 km AMS
- Beach 40.0 km
- Shops 0.5 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km