Fodor's Expert Review
Located on what was once Amsterdam’s "Fleet Street" in the former office and printing house of De Tijd (The Times) newspaper, this chic and appealing place plays up its press concept to the hilt. It is fun and informal, and very charming.
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Rooms reflect the same sleek feel of the entranceway with soothing gray decor and walls adorned with whimsical black-and-white city maps by Dutch newspaper illustrator Jan Rothuizen. Printing references abound: from the letterpress-shaped headboards to decorative old typewriters (even the hallways are decked out in negatives of the newspaper's first edition). All rooms have 40-inch LCD TVs, free WiFi, and Nespresso coffee makers. Executive and higher-level rooms include complimentary minibars.
You Should Know Yes there’s noise: you’re in the very center of Centrum. Double glazing blocks out most of the hubbub, but book a room at the back if you’re particularly sound-sensitive.
Attractive open plan bathrooms are kitted out in copper, marble, glass and warm wood, and there are bathrobes and CO Bigelow bathroom products (the suites have Molton Brown amenities).
You Should Know There’s not much room to hide in some of the smaller rooms. If you’re shy and sharing, some suites offer more privacy.
Check in at a printer's desk surrounded by oversized letterpress type, and admire the jaunty desk and typewriter of a journalist who once worked here, which is now used for Guest Relations.
Tip In a rush? Take advantage of Ink Hotel’s convenient e-check in and fast check out (at noon!).
The fitness room, equipped with Technogym equipment, exercise balls, kettlebells and free weights is open 24-hours a day. Or ask for a running map at reception.
Lined with rolls of printing paper and with ink blue furnishings, PRESSROOM restaurant offers an all-day menu of globally sourced crowd-pleasers (think Caesar salad, a steak sandwich, and seafood risotto). Or order from a 24-hour room service menu printed like a newspaper.
With its inky interior and cozy fireside couches, PRESSROOM bar is the perfect place to relax with a signature cocktail, like the so-called “Inkcredible” (gin, prosecco, lime and edible “ink” drops). There are also regular events, like “Thirstdays” (after-work drinks on Thursdays), where locals and guests get to rub shoulders.
A small courtyard garden is a surprisingly peaceful place to relax, weather permitting.
Though the hotel's street isn't very charming, the Canal Ring and Dam Square are only a short stroll away. There are also many tram stops nearby, and you can get anywhere you need to go via Centraal Station just down the road. In fact, we’re not at all surprised that Ink Hotel was chosen as the “Best City Center Hotel 2016” at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.
Fix your morning woes with some of the city’s richest croissants, butteriest brioche and most perfect pain au chocolat at artisan French bakery Gebr. Niemeijer (5-minute walk). For dinner, gastro-bistro Kaagman & Kortekaas (2-minute walk), which creatively combines traditional techniques with surprising ingredients, is a must for meat-lovers. With its cozy fireside Chesterfields and low-lit, theatrically-inspired décor, The Lobby Restaurant (7-minute walk) is a popular local hangout and dining destination (the flammkuchen, are famous!), and there’s a covered outdoor terrace, too.
If you’re heading to the Red Light District Mata Hari (7-minute walk) offers a welcome respite with its retro atmosphere, comfy leather chairs and menu of local beers and bar bites (there’s a decent upstairs restaurant, should you want to stay for dinner, too). With over 50 wines by the glass, low-slung champagne bar Bubbles & Wines (8-minute walk) is an oenophile’s delight.