My 23 year-old son and I (age 65) just spent nine nights at Hotel V. I was drawn to it by other reviews on Trip Advisor attesting to its modern amenities, free breakfast and in-room internet access. With limited geographical understanding of where it was located in relation to everything else, we jumped on board. We were not disappointed. First, its location. It is just sufficiently distant from all the "madness" of the central district (Red light district, etc) to provide some quiet and yet a quick ten minute at most tram ride away (the tram stops right in front of the hotel). It is close to the major museums (two tram stops away) and, this was the great surprise, only two blocks away from the largest outdoor market in the city. The latter provides endless varieties of cafe's, shopping, restaurants, etc. So, once we understood where we were, we cheered our choice of where we had situated ourselves.
This hotel "shouts" young, up and coming, professionalism. The front desk is staffed mostly by bright, attractive young college students who are incredibly helpful with directions, suggestions, Breakfast is a small feast, and a sandwich taken away makes in almost a twofer (bkfst, lunch). The breakfast layout sits on the bar that transforms into its originally intended purpose after breakfast is over and coffee is free and available all day.
If you are looking for an older style "bed and breakfast" environment, this isn't it. Everything in the hotel is modern. But, if you are looking for value and amenities (great showers and bathrooms along with flat screen TV's) then you can't do better than this. You do need to change your size dimensions as "large" european rooms are quite small by US standards, meaning only room for two beds, a small table and a fabric type closet, but we adapted to that reality and didn't find it much of a problem. But, it is an initial "sticker shock".
One caveat: We rode bikes everywhere and I highly recommend anyone capable of riding to do that. Amsterdam is an amazing bike experience. But, make sure you lock up your bike, and you might want to take the insurance of theft (we didn't, had a locked bike stolen and ended up paying a lot for that choice). There are lots of bikes ridden by locals that aren't locked, but the data points to 500K bike thefts/year, so it happens enough (mostly to unlocked bikes) so you might reconsider "throwing the dice".
All that said, Amsterdam is one of the most livable, lovely and sane cities in which I have spent time. I could easily live there for a while. And, the Hotel V is a great base from which to explore all its assets. You won't regret making the choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel V Frederiksplein opened in 2008 and is located in the city centre. It has 48 rooms with lots of light and excellent beds. All designed with love and eye for detail. Each room is different and has a compact but comfortable bathroom with powerful rain shower, flat screen tv and free wifi. A complementary breakfast is served each morning in the impressive lobby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- v Frederiksplein Hotel
- v Frederiksplein Amsterdam