This is a delightful hotel in a perfect location. If you’re looking for the usual corporate blandness you get from many chain hotels, then this may not be for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for somewhere that’s friendly, family run and full of character, then you’ll struggle to do better than this.
The hotel is set in the southern part of Amsterdam. Even though it’s on a fairly busy street, the overriding feeling is one of peace and tranquillity. This is helped no doubt by the fact that it’s right next to the most beautiful part of Vondel Park and in an upmarket area with amazing Art Deco architecture. There are lots of excellent restaurants, bars and cafes within minutes of the hotel and some really interesting shops too. If you’re in Amsterdam for the culture then it’s only a short walk to the most famous art galleries and museums in town. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for the city’s more lively offerings then you’re only a ten minute tram ride from red light hell (or heaven, depending on your perspective). The tram stop is just over the road from the hotel and you can easily get to anywhere in the city from there should you have a particular aversion to walking.
I was travelling alone on this occasion and so only needed a single room. This was fairly small even by single room standards and about ready for a lick of paint, but it was clean, functional and perfectly adequate. The buffet breakfasts incidentally are excellent. The staff are very friendly, welcoming and seem genuinely proud of what their hotel has to offer which goes a long way to making for a really enjoyable stay. I'll certainly be staying here again the next time I visit Amsterdam and would recommend it to anyone. The hotel has its own website which, apart from being very informative about the local area and the city, offers a small discount for direct bookings and will give you something of a feel for the character of the residence in general.
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- Zandbergen Hotel Amsterdam
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