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Fodor's Expert Review Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken

Jan Luykenstraat 58, Amsterdam, North Holland 1071 CS, The Netherlands See on Map

This trio of quaint 19th-century townhouses offers a peaceful sanctuary with friendly service and an understated decor with hints of Art Nouveau. The Museumplein and fashionable shopping streets are just steps away, as is the Concertgebouw if you fancy hearing some classical music in a suitably grand setting.

YOU SHOULD KNOW While there is an elevator, you may have to go up or down some stairs to reach your room.


Bland guest rooms are decorated in a neutral color palette that fails to inspire. Amenities include queen-size beds, work desks, free (somewhat slow) Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, minibars, as well as tea- and coffeemakers.

Kids up to 2 years stay free in a cot, and an extra bed can be added in Superior rooms. Pets are also welcome, but there is a surcharge.


Small, contemporary bathrooms have showers or shower-in-tubs (with shower curtains!), some of which could do with an update or better water pressure. There are also make-up mirrors, hair dryers, and standard Bilderberg bathroom products.


The lobby is traditional and a bit boring, with a sitting area for relaxing after a hard day’s sightseeing. Staff are consistently praised for their professionalism.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel could do with a refurb. There are newer, more fresh-faced options in the area.


A "relaxation" room is equipped with a Turkish bath, solarium, and hot tub.


Breakfast is offered in a fairly sober space that doubles as a bar in the evenings.


The in-house bar, Wines and Bites, serves coffee, tea, and snacks all day and cocktails in the evening.


Getting Around

The hotel is located in a quiet, safe residential neighborhood near the Vondelpark, Leidseplein and the Big Three museums. Tram access is available at nearby Van Baerlestraat or Hobbemastraat.


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 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”. De Foodhallen (7-minute cycle), Amsterdam’s lively indoor food court, provides plenty of choice for even the pickiest of eaters with over 20 food stands.


If you’re looking for the convivial atmosphere of a typical Dutch “brown café”, there’s Café De Wetering (a 9-minute walk). Or if you prefer fermented grapes instead, wine bar and boutique Shiraz Jardin des Vins (8-minute walk) is a brilliant bet.


This hotel offers good access to the Big Three museums on foot.


62 rooms
Breakfast Yes
Bar Yes


Phones: +31 (0)20-573–0730

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