We stayed ath JL No 76 for 10 nights in late June. It was an excellent choice and we were mostly satisfied with our stay.
location, Location, LOCATION: Jan Luijkenstraat is an amazing street. It is tree lined, residential in feel and has little traffic (which is one way). On the other hand, it is one short block from the van Gogh Museum and a tram stop for the #2 and #5 trams which run to downtown Station Centraal in about 15 minutes. It is two blocks from the Rijksmuseum, and three blocks from the boat tours. The Concertgebouw is also about 3 blocks away-all easy and short walks. Consequently, you have a quiet street with a residential feel but are within a very short distance of many major attractions. There is even a grade school across the street. Vondel Park is also about 3 blocks away. Unfortunately, we were unable to make too much use of it because of the weather. If you are into big time shopping (like Michigan Avenue in Chicago), PC Hoopstraat-the major upscale shopping street in Amsterdam-is just around the corner. There are several other hotels within a block of this one. So if you want a little island of tranquility in a city that can be quite hectic, this area is for you.
The hotel itself is quite new, having opened in 2009. It was converted from already existing buildings, but has a very new feel. We stayed in room 200. It was a relatively large (by European standards) corner room. It was in the back and very quiet, though I can't imagine there would be much noise even on the street side. The decor was simple and modern with clean lines. It was very comfortable and immaculately clean. Lighting was very good, and the air conditioning, on the one day we needed it, was excellent. The sink was separated from the tub and sanitary facilities, which was a convenience. The bathroom had a large tub with a Jacuzzi. The room was next to the elevator, but this was a non-issue. I don't recall any noise from either from the elevator or people using it. The lobby is not large and is quite simple. There is an eating area for breakfast, as well as a small outdoor patio, which we could not use, again because of the weather.
The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. With a 10 day first stay in Amsterdam, we had many questions, all of which were handled with helpful information. When we checked in there were some minor problems with the room. These included a rather dark sink area, the high tub which was rather hard for old folks like us to get in and out, and the duvets on the bed. These are very elegant, but were really too warm. These were immediately corrected with a torch lamp for the sink area, a stepstool for the bathroom and duvet covers without the feather comforters which served very well as topsheets.
Some reviews complained about the lack of restaurants in the area. I did not find this to be true. Though restaurants were not as abundant or varied as in the Leidseplane (only 4 blocks away), we found several in the area which were more than acceptable. Several are near the the Concertgebouw. i often felt that I was the only tourist and that most customers were local-a nice touch.
It is a bit pricey, but in line with other hotels in the area. Intererstingly, room prices vary depending on the night you are there with weekends, as expected, the most expensive.
The breakfast is also expensive, but again consistent with other hotels in the area. You can probably find cheaper places for breakfast, but we used it on most days for convenience. The selection is varied and large, and they do prepare hot dishes, including excellent omlets. Except for the cooked items, it is self serve. The hotel also serves salads and sandwiches in the evening, though we never tried them. I believe there are also packages that include breakfast, but we did not investigate them.
Wi-fi was 8 euros per day. In a hotel of this class, I think wi-fi should be free, but 8 euros is less than many other hotels in Amsterdam charge. (Why do I get free wi-fi at Motel 6 but have to pay for it at the Hyatt or Marriott?)
All in all, however, my opinion of this hotel is strongly positive. We were happy with our room, the service and the location. We would stay there again if visiting Amsterdam.
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