Staying in these two 18th-century buildings on leafy Jan Luykenstraat (yes, that’s where the name comes from!) puts you right around the corner from the fancy P. C. Hooftstraat shopping street. From the outside, the hotel may look traditional, but in the lounges and guest rooms everything is stylishly contemporary, with Dutch art on the walls, colorful wallpaper, natural fabrics, and all sorts of high-tech gadgets. Among the many amenities are iPod docking stations, free use of iPads, great showers, and an honesty bar where guests can help themselves to a drink or snack.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This hotel is not located in the city center. That said, the canals are only a short walk away, and you’re very near the Big Three museums, Vondelpark, and the main shopping streets.
Most of the 39 guest rooms are relatively large (for Amsterdam, that is!) and elegantly decorated in subdued hues, with oriental rugs and unexpected splashes of color. You’ll also find comfy king-sized Coco-Mat beds, Nespresso coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, and minibars.
Small yet stylish bathrooms feature shower/tub combos with rain showers and built-in flat-screen TVs. Bigger rooms have walk-in showers and separate Jacuzzis. All bathrooms have The Spa Collection bathroom products and monogrammed towels.
Bypass the small lobby to relax in the chic lounge with its wingback chairs and herringbone wood floor.
If you’re coming from Schiphol International Airport, take bus 197, which takes you almost all the way to the hotel for only €5.00 (get off at the Leidseplein stop).
No, but nearby Vondelpark is a great place to go for a jog.
A buffet or a la carte breakfast (not included) is served in JAN Eat & Drink, where you will also find a small lunch and dinner menu.
There is a small on-site honor bar.
A hedge-lined outdoor deck with a communal table is a great place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, weather permitting.
Located on a quiet, residential street near Vondelpark and Leidseplein, this hotel offers good access to Amsterdam’s Museum District, the city’s chicest shopping street and the famous Leidseplein with its cafes, restaurants and, bars. From here, you can cover a cross-section of South, West, and Centrum on foot. There are also various tram stops nearby.
Sustainable seafood specialist The Seafood Bar (3-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 (10-minute walk) while tucking into “accessible brasserie classics with a twist”. De Foodhallen (15-minute walk), 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 10-minute walk). Or if you prefer fermented grapes instead, wine bar and boutique Shiraz Jardin des Vins (10-minute walk) is a brilliant bet.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With its classy décor, prime Museum Quarter location and reasonably priced rooms, Hotel JL No76 is a brilliant base for a couples’ weekend away.