Fodor's Expert Review Aalders

Jan Luykenstraat 13-15, Amsterdam, North Holland 1071 CJ, The Netherlands See on Map

Run with dedication by four generations of the Aalders family this cozy and charming house provides a nice retreat from city life. The property has large windows overlooking a quiet street within striking distance of the Vondelpark and the museums. There is an elevator in addition to the carved wooden stairs (rare for most older Amsterdam hotels), and the hotel has a family-friendly, if somewhat old-fashioned, vibe. The helpful staff is happy to recommend nearby sights and book your tickets to city attractions.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Aalders Hotel offers no air conditioning.


Rooms are classically decorated but come with mod cons such as free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and coffee and tea making facilities. Some feature handsome leaded glass windows, traditional wood paneling, and chandeliers, while others are more standard.

Singles, Doubles, Triples and Family Rooms are available.


En-suite bathrooms are kitted out with adjustable overhead showers and all the standard amenities.


Hotel Aalders’ lobby is not particularly remarkable, but it does feature a 24-hour front desk.


The Aalders family prepares a tasty breakfast served in a large and beautiful breakfast room with chandeliers, high ceilings, arched windows and a marble fireplace. There is no on-site restaurant for lunch or dinner, but you have plenty to choose from in the area.


There is a small bar for drinks or tea, but with so many cafes in the area, why not go exploring?


Getting Around

Located in the quiet, residential Museum District close to Vondelpark, this hotel offers good access to the Big Three museums, Leidseplein, Oud-Zuid and the Canal District on foot. Tram access is available at nearby Hobbemastraat, but you can also take Bus 197 directly from Schiphol International Airport (get out at the nearby Leidseplein stop).


Sustainable seafood specialist The Seafood Bar (4-minute walk) offers smoked fish varieties from Volendam, delicately-battered fish and chips, four varieties of oyster and extravagant platters of fruits de mer. Or soak up some authentic Art Deco atmosphere at Café Americain (9-minute walk) while tucking into “accessible brasserie classics with a twist”. Or why not try a twenty-tens take on Dutch cuisine at Restaurant Floreyn (11-minute walk)?


If you’re looking for the convivial atmosphere of a typical Dutch “brown café”, there’s Café De Wetering (9-minute walk). Popular café Gollem’s Proeflokaal, a dark and cozy Belgian beer café with more than 180 bottled brews and 22 on tap, is an 11-minute stroll away.


Looking for an affordable option in upscale Museum District with old-fashioned hospitality? Hotel Aalders fits the bill.


32 rooms
Breakfast Yes.
Lunch No.
Dinner No.
Bar Yes.
Cafe No.
Room Service No.


Phones: +31 (0)20-662–0116

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