Overlooking pretty Oosterpark, a 19th-century former artists’ salon--famous Amsterdam artist Breitner once lived here--is now home to a former actress who has impeccably staged her art-adorned guest house to look like painting from the Romanticism movement, complete with original details like stucco ceilings and stained glass windows, making it the ideal setting for romantic breaks.
YOU SHOULD KNOW In such an intimate setting, it’s hard to go incognito, so this probably isn’t the place to sneak in your secret lover.
It’s all about exclusive luxury here, with only two suites, both of which feature stunning ornamental ceilings dripping with chandeliers, as well as fireplaces, plenty of fresh flowers, fruit and pastries and beds with romantic linen canopies. In addition to all that period charm, rooms also come equipped with modern amenities such as iPod docking stations, LCD TVs, and Nespresso coffee makers.
The 785-square foot George Breitner suite offers park and garden views, with a striking floral wall painting, while the ground floor, the 775-square foot Isaac Israels Suite boasts its own private garden terrace with a pond and pretty fruit trees.
Bathrooms are sizable and well-appointed, with roomy bathtubs, walk-in showers, and Clarins amenities, as well as fluffy robes and slippers.
Breitner House is more like a luxury home away from home than a hotel, so there isn’t really a lobby to speak of. Simply ring the doorbell and your hostess will greet you at the door.
There is no on-site restaurant, but a Continental-style breakfast (included) is cooked and served by the hostess and may include appetizing extras like shirred eggs, creamy yogurt with honey and fresh fruit, and Champagne.
Aside from the mini bar in your room, there is no on-site bar area.
Located in a popular residential neighborhood, this hotel offers good access to Oost, Plantage, the Eastern Canal District and the Old Center on foot. With stops right in front of the door, tram 7 will take you to the Rijksmuseum in 10 minutes, and tram 3 travels through De Pijp, Oud-Zuid, and Oud-West all the way to Westerpark and the Western Islands. And, nearby tram 9 will take you to Centraal Station.
Jacobsz (8-minute walk), Watergraafmeer’s trendiest restaurant is set in a recently restored 17th-century courthouse with a homely feel and well-thought-out, accessibly-priced plates. For leisurely lunches or romantic Mediterranean-style dinners, seek out Elkaar (9-minute walk). A short stroll away, you’ll find Pompstation (14-minute walk), where seriously good steaks are served in a still-functioning water pumping station with 60-foot-high ceilings and early 20th-century architectural features (there’s live jazz on the weekends too).
Set in a former police station next to Oostpoort shopping center, artisan beer brewer Brouwerij Troost (6-minute walk) serves Double I.P.A, Smoked Porter, and Weizen along with beer-infused bar snacks that would be a crime to ignore. Meanwhile, Bar Bukowski (6-minute walk) combines a cool mid-century décor with a great range of local craft beers. If you’d like something a little stronger, head to Henry’s Bar next door.
WHY WE LIKE IT
In a minimalism loving land, this over-the-top romantic refuge is a rare find.