I have visited Hotel Vondel during the Xmas season and I absolutely loved it! Going to Amsterdam soon? Than I have the best place for you to stay.
Hotel Vondel is a beautiful 4 star hotel in the midst of the city center.
LOCATION + HOW TO GET THERE:
Hotel Vondel is located in the best place possible. It is walking distance to the very famous Leidse Plein where you can find numerous hip and trendy hotspots and a lot of stores that will make your heart beat faster. From H&M to Lush, from Karen Millen to Shoebaloo- the area around Leidse Plein has it all.
It is also just walking distance from the main shopping street „Kalverstraat’ and if you want to discover the way the true Amsterdam fashion chick shops you can also walk quite easily to the nine streets/ negenstraatjes. http://www.theninestreets.com/
What I really liked about the location is that it is in a peaceful side street of a very busy and hectic place in Amsterdam. This way you can escape all the hectic by staying in a hotel in a beautiful and serene environment but you can be in the hip and happening crowdy places within a 5 minute walk, so basically you will really have the best of both worlds! What also will take your breath away are the beautiful 18th century townhouses the hotel is created in + the fact that the hotel is very close to the great heart of Amsterdam „Vondel Park’
How to get there: Are you an international traveler and visiting the beautiful city of Amsterdam and you are planning your stay in hotel Vondel you will probably arrive at Schiphol airport.
It is quite easy to reach the hotel from the airport and you can do it according to your own budget:
Take the direct train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station- this will take you about 20 minutes. From the central station you can take the tram (1,2 or 5) to Leidse Plein. From here it is only a 5 minute walk. From the airport to the tramstop Leidse plein will be approximately around 7 euro’s (train + tram)
You can also take a taxi to the hotel and this will also take you about 20 minutes. The fare will be a bit higher and it will be between 40 and 50 euro.
Hotel Vondel has 10 roomtypes as you can see below. I had the pleasure to stay in the Small Double Room!
- Double Small
- Executive Twin or Double
- Junior Suite
- Loft Suite
- Family Room
- Family Suite
To be totally honest, I did not understand the term ‚small double room’. The room was anything but small. It was actually quite spacious and lovely.
Upon entering what I directly noticed where the high ceilings. I was located ont he 4th (top floor) and could enjoy very high ceilings which I absolutely adored. Directly on my left side there was a closet where the safe was kept, the coffee and tea corner was placed and it offered some storage room. On the right side you also had a closet where you could find the mini bar as well. The mini bar is upon payments and the coffee and tea are complimentary.
Next to the minibar you had the flat screen TV attached to the wall, directly in front of the bed which was placed under a very big window. So when you are back in your room after a long day of exploring Amsterdam and you just want to kick back and relax and watch the telly, this is perfectly possible.
What I also loved about the bed being under a window is the possibility of waking up with the morning light in stead of just putting on some lights in your room.
The room also had an office space where you could find a desk and a chair which is perfect for business people, bloggers, journalists- everyone who just needs to do some work during their stay- the Vondel Hotel has got you covered!
Lovely details of this boutique hotel: The hotel (and the rooms) are decorated with beautiful small artsy details. My room had lovely paintings and it really gave that special touch to the room!
The bathroom was gorge! I love grey tones and this bathroom just had all the shades of grey that you need (yes, forget about 50 shades of grey, these greytones are much better:) It had a bathtub with a rain dance shower and even a sky window. So when you are taking a shower you can watch the stars (or well, search for the stars at least 🙂
The bathroom also came with a hairdryer and products from The Spa Collection to enjoy your showers even more!
I love a hotel that pays attention to the small details. I thought it was pretty cool that the bath mat was branded with the VONDEL brand (see picture) and that there was a plaid on the hotel bed. A plaid, how awesome is that? I have stayed in over 200 hotels but I have never seen a plain on the bed. This gives it that ‘home away from home feeling’ and that is magnificent.
What I always find really important to review during my reviews are the hotel staff. I can tell you, I have had some really bad experiences, where the hotel maybe is really nice but the staff definitely is not. That was not the case at Hotel Vondel. Here the staff are as kind and as beautiful as the hotel itself. The Dutch hospitality was yet again proven to be one of the best globally. Examples: The receptionist was very friendly and helpful and gave me a lot of information about the city center and which highlights were worth visiting. She did not have to look up any of the information, she was really knowledge and could tell me everything without any hesitation.
Another example was that when my internet on my phone did not work anymore because I needed a new log in, I asked the head waitress where I could find a new log in code and she told me that she would get in for me at the reception. I immediately said that I would get it my self and I thanked her for her answer and she said that she would gladly get it for me and that I should continue to enjoy my breakfast- these little things are really important. It immediately made me feel like a valued guest and that she put the needs of her guests first. And that is what you are looking for when you are on a trip, no? You want to relax, don’t want to think about anything. And when a problem occurs, even if it is a small one, that you have staff available that will fix it directly for you is just great. A big thumbs up for the lovely staff! Oh, plus everyone is all smilles, which I adore. How often do you see staff that just look cranky 24/7. Here everyone was always smiling which gave me a very pleasant feeling. When I was taking pictures in the restaurant I ran in to, I think he was one of the cleaners, and he directly showed a lot of interest in my work and asked me if he should help with taking the pictures- I thought that that was really kind of him!
Breakfast is served downstairs at the ground floor in restaurant JOOST! The breakfast is served in a really beautiful area. I love how artsy the hotel is and that even the restaurant has many beautiful details (see pictures)
The breakfast was really versatile. You had a buffet that offered many different things. From different breads and pastries to yoghurt and fresh fruit. There are also other toppings you can put in your yogh and my fave obviously are sprinkles. I love any hotel that offers sprinkles at their breakfast ! Bacon and eggs are also on the menu and they offered different kind of cheeses.
Besides the buffet they also offer a menu where you can chose your yummy meals from. I chose a waffle with some whipped cream to start my day with a smile. I put some of the delicious sprinkles on it as well.
The hotel has a beautiful city garden where in the summer they also serve their breakfast. It is amazing to find a garden in the city center of Amsterdam and that this hotel has it just makes it that more special! The hotel also has it’s own restaurant called JOOST and the food there is super tasty. The menu has Dutch specialties that you can indulge in but also offers a versatile menu so you can take a culinary trip down to food heaven! The breakfast is also served in restaurant JOOST!
The Vondel Hotel is for many different people. I can recommend it to all the luxury lovers and expats who appreciate a good boutique hotel but also to the ordinary traveler. There is nothing ordinary about this hotel but I can guarentee you that it will make you feel extraordinary. Due to the several rooms there is a room that will fit every budget. The room is perfect for people that want to explore Amsterdam city and perhaps even the night/clubbing life because it is so close to the Leidse Plein with a lot of cool clubs and cafe’s. It is also perfect for business travelers due to the location and the comfortable rooms that cater to all your business related wishes. (you have your own office space with a desk available). Because they also offer family and tripple rooms the hotel is also perfect for a family get away or perhaps even a couples weekend where you want to explore Amsterdam with your best friends!
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