You can still see the rails on the floors of this former tram depot, now a sleek, art-filled hotel next to the trendy De Hallen complex, a buzzing center for food, fashion, film, and crafts.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Don’t stay here if you have your hopes set on a fabulous view. The best vistas you’ll get at Hotel De Hallen are of an uninteresting square or staid side street, and some (interior) rooms have no outside windows at all.
Each of the four types of rooms features a Scandinavian look, with herringbone wood floors, soothing grays and sage greens and cognac leather accents behind the beds, which are fitted with triple-layered COCO-MAT eco mattresses. All rooms come with Smart TVs, Nespresso machines, air-conditioning and a minibar.
Neat neutrally hued bathrooms -- generally white with glossy grey or caramel colored tiles -- feature walk-in rain showers (some have separate Jacuzzi tubs) and hanging toilets. There are also lemongrass-scented THE SPA COLLECTION products, fluffy white robes and slippers, and proper hair dryers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Something to keep in mind if you’re shy and sharing: over half of the bathrooms are open-planned.
The spacious Scandi-chic lobby is full of fun artsy elements – a life-sized pink pig sculpture here, a giant white “Where am I” neon sign there – and a modish mix of modern and vintage furniture. On weekends, you might find a DJ spinning here in the early evening.
The attached restaurant, Remise 37, serves international-style small plates that you can enjoy on the large terrace when the weather's nice. Or, simply stroll around the corner to choose from the many options at the Foodhallen.
Guests have their choice of hanging out at two intimate bars: the Red Bar, with striking red couches and chairs, and the more low-key Green Bar, filled with knick-knacks including antique typewriters and vintage LPs.
The hotel is located in up-and-coming Oud-West, which has an abundance of trendy restaurants, cafes and stores. The hip De Hallen complex is right next door, while the picturesque Jordaan area, and historic Canal Belt are a short walk away. The vibrant Vondelpark, nightlife-hub Leidseplein, world-renowned Museum Quarter and P.C. Hooftstraat, Amsterdam’s high-end shopping street, are all within walking distance, but easily reachable via tram too.
You’re right next door to Amsterdam’s lively indoor food court, Foodhallen (1-minute walk), which provides plenty of choice for even the pickiest of eaters with over 20 food stands. Spaghetteria West (2-minute walk) offers that most elusive of Amsterdam finds: a moreish meal (pasta, obviously) for a palatable price. Or, for pan-Asian crowd-pleasers (think bao buns, dumplings, spiced shrimp) in a delightfully kitsch décor, head to the cheerfully named HappyHappyJoyJoy (5-minute walk).
Trendy West locals love buzzy Bar Spek (6-minute walk) for its regional beers, G&Ts and stone oven flatbread, and avo toast or pancakes to nurse their hangovers. Or get your buzz on at Lot 61 Coffee Roasters (4-minute walk), where you’ll find the city’s best gourmet coffee.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Hotel de Hallen brings together boutique comfort and contemporary design with post-industrial appeal in a hip neighborhood outside the overcrowded center.