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.
- Also Known As:
- Zandbergen Hotel Amsterdam
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Zandbergen is a small, family style run hotel situated in the Fashion and Museum quarter of Amsterdam. Hotel Zandbergen is one of the few privately-owned B&B hotels in Amsterdam and as such is not part of a chain or group. The hotel is situated in a typical early 1900’s Amsterdam building in residential Amsterdam Oud-Zuid.This cosy and friendly hotel offers modern rooms with a soft pastel décor, a writing desk, a brightly coloured HAY chair and flat-screen TV. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with shower or bath. Some have a furnished balcony or patio overlooking the gardens, and one has a private rooftop terrace. A private minibar can be placed in the room, as well as coffee & tea making facilities. For our single (female) travelers we have created a comfortable and especially a safe environment.In the lively lounge, furnished and decorated with a combination of vintage pieces and contemporary HAY furniture, a continental breakfast buffet can be taken. On request, breakfast can also be served in the room or to-go. Complimentary tea, coffee or mineral water is offered on arrival. Free Wi-Fi is available though-out the hotel.From the Honesty Bar in the casual but homely setting of the Magnolia Lounge guests can enjoy a Nespresso coffee, soft drinks, beer, wines, savoury and sweet snacks. Many excellent restaurants are located just outside the hotel on the Cornelis Schuytstraat or on the Willemsparkweg.Entrance tickets to various points of interest can be bought at the reception and bicycles can be hired on-site (packed lunches are available). By the way, dogs are very welcome too.The famous art-packed Museum Quarter is a 10-minute walk away and houses the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. It’s also close to the renown and exclusive shopping area of the P.C. Hooftstraat. The Amsterdam canal area is easily accessible on foot or by public transport. The quiet Vondelpark and the Leidseplein entertainment area offer an amusing stroll. Tram 2 stops 50 meters from the doorstep and tram 16 stops close to the hotel; both link to all major tourist sites and Amsterdam Central Station. VU Medisch Centrum and University, AVL Hospital, ACTA Dental Care and the World Fashion Centre can be reached within 15 minutes by bus and Schiphol Airport is just 13 km away. The World Trade Centre is 2 km from the property, while the RAI Exhibition centre is less than 3 km.Whether you are a tourist on a leisure trip or a business visitor, the family Hotel Zandbergen is a great place to stay; your home from home! ... more less
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