Fodor's Expert Review
With well-designed guest rooms that often feel more spacious than they actually are, and welcoming public areas that are a pleasure to experience, this Dutch-owned boutique hotel set in a former office supplies building just outside the picturesque Eastern Canal District, gives you some serious bang for your buck. What’s more, Hotel V Frederiksplein is eco-friendly, with a Golden Green Key certificate, which they're refreshingly subtle about. In fact, we dare say you won't notice!
Tip The location is surprisingly central: The charming De Pijp area with its bustling Albert Cuyp day market is around the corner, the excellent Utrechtsestraat shopping street is across the road, and most of the major museums are an easy walk away.
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Rooms have a hip, urban vibe, with a neutral color scheme and gorgeous black and white photographic prints by Jacob Olie, who was famous for his 19th century city scenes. The photographer actually lived in one of the buildings that’s now part of the hotel, which you can spot in some of his works. The loft apartments, which come with kitchenettes, sleeper couches and sitting- and dining areas kitted out with fireplaces, offer good value for groups or families with older kids (kids under two stay for free). On the downside, not all rooms are accessible by elevator, and only the lofts have mini-fridges and in-room coffee and tea facilities.
You Should Know Unless you are in town only to party, avoid the small, dark basement rooms.
You'll find attractive stone mosaic bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and sandalwood-scented Etika amenities.
With its dark, sexy, textural design−think cow hide wallpaper, a bronze bulldog sculpture and a leather De Sede DS-600 sofa draped around a striking steel fireplace strewn with glossy magazines−this is a lobby you’ll never want to leave. But should you want to, the young, local staff, who are clearly passionate about their city and impressively in-the-know, will be only too happy to direct you to the latest nightspots and best new eateries.
There’s no on-site restaurant, but a simple buffet-style continental breakfast (free for all rooms except the lofts) is served in the minimalist breakfast area by the bar.
You can enjoy drinks and funky tunes until late at the glossy bar or in the adjacent lobby area. Arts and cultural events are regularly hosted here, too.
Situated on a busy crossing that connects the Eastern Canal District with vibrant De Pijp, Hotel V Frederiksplein offers easy access to the whole city. In fact, tram lines 7 and 10 stop right outside.
Brasserie NeL (6-minute walk), with its adjacent playground and kid-friendly menu, is popular with families. For dinner with friends, grab a table at Bar Fisk (7-minute walk), where Tel Aviv street market-style food and creative cocktails come together in a tight-on-space but big-on-flavor restaurant. And, for a date night, you won’t regret going to Graham’s Kitchen (8-minute walk), where a former Michelin-starred chef serves a delicious set menu in a casual setting (for a surprisingly accessible price!).
Local landmark De Duvel (11-minute walk) is popular with locals, shoppers and the stroller crowd, who come for its comfortable terrace and cozy candle-lit décor. Café-Restaurant Venster33 (10-minute walk) is a great all-rounder with an easy atmosphere, affordable cocktails, and local craft beers.