Fodor's Expert Review Hotel NH Amsterdam Schiller

Rembrandtplein 26-36,, Amsterdam, North Holland 1017 CV, The Netherlands

Though this 1912 landmark is now in the hands of a large chain, a lot of Art Nouveau style still distinguishes the premises, packed with stained glass, paneling, and wrought iron. On the downside, the rooms feel dated and the general level of service fails to impress.


The guest rooms, a study in bland burgundy, black and brown, are somewhat enlivened with large colorful headboards painted by founder Fritz Schiller. Beds are roomy and restful, but some of the furniture was stained when we stayed.

YOU SHOULD KNOW While rooms on the Rembrandt Square side have double glazing, which keeps out some noise, they sadly lack black-out curtains to hide the glare from the square’s neon signs. For a quieter and flicker-free night, choose a room at the back.


White-tiled bathrooms feature the dreaded shower-in-bath combo (with clingy shower curtains to boot!) but are otherwise sparkling clean, with all the amenities, including a lovely rich hand cream, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and bar soap, as well as a hairdryer.


Here’s where you really see the Schiller’s grand past: take a moment to admire all the Art Deco details.


By day, Brasserie Schiller hums with espresso machines and a friendly vibe. By night, the Dutch talk show "RTL Late Night" is broadcast from here. Though you won't understand a lot unless you speak Dutch, hotel guests can ask for a ticket to join the lively audience (every weeknight from 10:30 to 11:30). A simple Continental breakfast is served in a wood-paneled back room every morning.


Next door, atmospheric Schiller Café (no longer part of the hotel) is a popular meeting place, though perhaps less bohemian now than it once was, when it was frequented by famous writers and artists.


Getting Around

Situated on Rembrandt Square, one of Amsterdam’s busiest nightlife hubs, you’re certainly at the center of it all. But, you’re also a comfortable stroll to the quieter Eastern Canal Belt, Museum District and beyond. A tangle of trams nearby will take you to Centraal Station or further afield.


Why not try Indonesian rijsttafel (“rice table”) a feast of flavors from the Netherlands’ favorite adopted cuisine at Tempo Doeloe (6-minute walk)? Or go Dutch–at least as far as cuisine type is concerned–at Lt. Cornelis (7-minute walk). Meanwhile, The French Connection (8-minute walk) offers a lighter take on Gallic cuisine in an atmospheric Golden Age landmark.


Door 74 (3-minute walk) is a superb and enduringly stylish speakeasy-style bar. Or, for a slice of local history, a 9-minute walk will take you to Café Oosterling, which has been owned by the Oosterling family since 1897. If you find yourself wondering why the bar’s so low, it was originally used as a shop counter to trade coffee, tea, and spices from the Dutch East India Company.


We’re not sure we do. While original Art Deco features have their charm and a super central location can be convenient, we can’t help feeling that this hotel needs an infusion of fresh design blood – stat!


92 rooms, 6 jr. suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Room Service Yes


Phones: +31 (0)20-554–0700

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