First, how to get there by public transit: train from AMS airport to Centraal Station (<20 min, EUR5.00), then tram #2 from Centraal to Van Baerlestraat stop (<10 min, EUR7.50 for 24h unlimited travel on buses and trains), then walk 2 short blocks. Alternatively, there is an express bus #197 to/from airport (reportedly 30 min, EUR5.00) which stops near the hotel, operated by a different company from the trams, but we didn't use it.
It's approx 40 min scenic walk between Centraal and hotel.
Reception was very friendly, allowed us to check in early at 11am since there was a room available. They also held our luggage for us after check out so we could roam for the whole day.
Small, nice, boutique hotel located on a quiet residential street. I believe it to be an old apartment building which has been converted into a hotel. No A/C and little air circulation made it hard to sleep during the warm summer night. My 4th floor room was facing the park and there was minimal street noise on a Thursday night, even with the windows open. We could, however, hear the slamming doors of the rooms next to us very clearly - rooms are clustered together in a way doors are literally a foot apart from each other.
Room was decorated nicely, small wall mounted flat screen TV, very little space to maneuvre as the room was oddly shaped. Bathroom had a small combined shower/toilet area separated only by a flimsy curtain. Small rooms are characteristic of Europe, so not surprised there.
Great location for museums and close to public transit to get back to the more central area for dining and shopping. There's a nice area nearby as well with lots of restaurants.
Overlooks a beautiful park where you can have a picnic or sit by the pond and read a book or feed the ducks.
There's a great bakery open until 6pm around the corner called Simon Meijssen where you can get breakfast, snack or light lunch.
Overall it was a good choice for location and wanting a smaller boutique feel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Piet Hein is a contemporary boutique hotel, located directly at the Vondelpark, in the heart of the museum and fashion district. Quiet yet only a stone's throw away from Amsterdam's vibrant nightlife and culinary delights. We are looking forward to share our home away from home experience with you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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