From cleaning products to breakfast cereals, everything at this Green Key Gold Certified property is eco-themed−even the room furnishings are made out of sustainable or recycled materials. And the Royal Concertgebouw concert hall, major art museums, a large choice of good restaurants and brasseries, and the Vondelpark are all nearby.
Spacious, light and bright by Amsterdam standards, rooms feature wall-sized forest photo murals and log side tables, as well as desks made from recycled yogurt pots and all-natural beds.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The bare bones décor lacks typical in-room amenities like mini-bars and coffee makers. Apparently, these creature comforts zap too much energy, but you can help yourself to coffee and tea in the communal area downstairs, where you’ll also find a vending machine stocked with snacks and drinks.
The bathrooms are bright white and spacious, with smart shower heads, LED lighting and refillable Dharmazone bathroom products (unfortunately, when we visited, our shower gel had not been refilled. Oops!)
A living plant wall injects some life into an otherwise lackluster lobby.
There’s no on-site restaurant, but an all-organic buffet breakfast (not included) is served in the breakfast room.
At €15 per person, don’t bother. There are much better breakfast options nearby (see Local Scene).
In the absence of a bar, you may want to head to one of the many nearby cafes (see Local Scene) or simply bring a bottle of wine back from your explorations to enjoy in the garden.
The attractive Japanese-style garden is a peaceful place to picnic with provisions from one of the many gourmet delis nearby.
Safely ensconced in one of Amsterdam’s poshest neighborhoods, this hotel offers good access to all the major museums and the Eastern Canal Belt on foot. Trams 3, 5 and 12, which stop at nearby Museumplein, will take you wherever you need to go.
Rent one of the hotel’s recycled bikes (from €15.00 per day) and head to Dignita (5-minute cycle) for a feel-good brunch (the zucchini-chickpea fritters are famous!). Sustainable seafood specialist, The Seafood Bar (9-minute walk), offers smoked fish varieties from Volendam, delicately-battered fish and chips, four varieties of oyster and platters of fruits de mer. Or go all out at Michelin-starred RIJKS®, where seasonal local ingredients are used to translate the story of the Netherlands onto your plate.
Wildschut, a popular grand café with 1920s charm and a large, sunny terrace is only a 7-minute walk away. Or, if your addiction is to juice bars rather than, umm, actual ones, The Cold Pressed Juicery (6-minute walk) will give you your health kick by way of organic, raw juices and smoothies.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With triple and quadruple rooms and a kid-friendly policy (under two’s stay free!), this clean, green hotel offers great value for groups in a culture-centric location.