Here we go again with my “Nothing Zen” series
A fellow TrendHunter, a very trend setting young lady from Down Under, younger than my 2 daughters (who, by the way, are two very trend setting young ladies themselves) is going to attend a conference at the VU university of Amsterdam in July and asks me whether I could recommend a Cool Hotel in Amsterdam.
My first reaction
Off course I first recommend her to stay in my own Haagsche Suites in The Hague, as commuting between The Hague and Amsterdam is usually only 45 minutes and my credo is always: “You should party in Amsterdam, but sleep in The Hague!”.
My second reaction
However, because her conference schedule is from 8.00 AM until Mid Night, she only needs a nearby comfy bed to crash and sleep in.
So my second suggestion to her is to look at the then one year open Qbic Hotel which is within walking distance. No other hotels are nearer by. Next near are some hotels at Schiphol Airport, but a bit noisy maybe.
My third reaction
As a local your knowledge of local hotels tend to be scarce. My only Amsterdam experience is a couple of nights stay at the Pulitzer Hotel, see my review at VibeAgent. Therefore this question is not so easy to answer. First I will give some off the cuff recommendations:
While talking about VibeAgent, fellow Vibe Agents recommended:
- Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
- The Pulitzer Hotel
- Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken
- Hotel ‘t Jagershuis
- Bed and Coffee
- Amsterdam Marriott
Finding a very clever feature at VibeAgent
While looking in detail at VibeAgent, I discovered a very handy travel planning feature which is not so obvious. This is the map you get if you type in Amsterdam at their Hotel Search:
The orange signs mean that the hotel has been reviewed by one or more of the VibeAgent members (who are called VibeAgents).
Here the order starts with the Pulitzer.
However, If you know the exact location where you have to be, you can drag the center of their map to your exact destination. Then their search results change while you move. Excellent thinking!
Now the VU location is in the center of the map and suddenly you note a completely different list of hotels starting with the Novotel and the Holiday Inn.
VibeAgent has a long way to go with acquiring more content, but this is a very helpful tool to get names of hotels in a city you don’t know yet!
Fellow TrendHunters mentioned:
- Yes, Phylosophy Boutique Hotel – The Filosoof
- Sleeping in a Cubi – The QBic Hotel, but this was long before them opening in July 2007.
Hm TrendHunter should do a bit more homework. Maybe the lady in question and I should get together and do some more research.
Historic Hotels of the Benelux has 2 Amsterdam Hotels:
- De Filosoof, or Sandton Hotel De Filosoof as it is coined at its own site,
- Hotel Toro whith their own site Hotel Toro
Some suggestions from the Weekend Hotel list for Amsterdam:
- NL Hotel, the hotel site: NL Hotel
- ‘t Jagershuis, the hotel site: ‘t Jagershuis
- The College Hotel, the hotel site: The College Hotel
- Lute Suites, the hotel site: Lute Suites
- Fusion Suites, the hotel site: Fusion Suites
I believe there is no better site for finding a cool hotel in The Netherlands and Belgium than Weekendhotel. Search results of Weekendhotel should be matched with their List of Favorites which counts 38 hotels and B&B’s and even apartments in Amsterdam.
Maybe co author – and owner of the site- at Weekendhotel, Willem steps in with some suggestions as well, as I know he always looks at my Zen Series.
I intend to follow this up with my own list of favorite Amsterdam hotels after a bit more checking.
It still is very time consuming!
4 thoughts on “Finding a Cool Hotel in Amsterdam – Nothing Zen! Part 7”
Yes Guido its not easy to find something very nice in Amsterdam.
It all depends on your budget off course. Mid range good hotels are in demand a lot and hard to find. Luckily a new hotel opens up in april which I visited all ready and looks very promising. That would be my inside tip of the day!
It’s Hotel V at the Frederiksplein (http://www.hotelv.nl). Funky, Amsterdam vibe, good price (midprice), very good location. I blogged about them earlier here http://www.weekendhotel.nl/wp/archives/339 (post is in Dutch).
Yeah I agree its crazy, all this online help of fancy websites (including Weekendhotel.nl) but still the best tips you get via via, finding that particular hotel online, still nothing Zen….
Wow, what a helpful post. To your point though, next time I’m around I’ll party in Amsterdam & snooze in the Hague. Of course, we’ll have to discuss the “blogger upgrade” package!
Always welcome at a nice upgrade:-)