“A stylish boutique hotel and top-notch restaurant with a twist, perfectly placed for Amsterdam's best known art galleries”
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.
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.
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)
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.