In the hip De Pijp district sits a former diamond factory turned atmospheric hotel with an urban, masculine vibe where, nestled into a comfy chair in the fireside library, it can almost feel like staying in a deluxe private mansion.
Contemporary guest rooms are done up in sleek browns and blacks, with the odd quirky touch. Some rooms feature original 19th-century features like high ceilings and large windows. There are comfy queen size beds with crisp 300 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, free WiFi, large flat-screen TVs and Geneva Bluetooth speakers. And, also a mini bar, a “goodie box with guilty pleasures” (not complimentary) and Illy espresso machines. Some rooms show a little wear (scratches on vanities and a stain or two), but the overall upkeep is good.
Sir Deluxe Room 433 with its sloping windows overlooking the Rijksmuseum and rooftops of Zuid is particularly characterful. With an almost suite-like feel, it offers good value for money!
Most feature open-plan bathrooms with high-powered rain showers and all-natural Dead Clean bathroom products, while all suites also have Philippe Starck soaking tubs. There are also separate toilets, with Millefiori fragrance sticks, behind black glass doors.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While most rooms come with trendy cotton bathrobes, the sizes run small, so if you’re bigger than average, do bring your own. Also, if you’re shy and sharing, ask for a separate bathroom, because the open-plan design doesn’t leave much to the imagination.
Enjoy a glass of bubbly during your seated check-in, or relax in The Study filled with brown leather reading chairs, a library, whimsical art and an open fireplace, where you may be tempted to spend more time than you’d intended perusing books and magazines.
Contact the concierge in advance to book a table at the buzzy IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar, which is filled with beautiful people every night; or if you're not in the mood to see and be seen, opt for the room service menu. A buffet breakfast is also served here, and it’s very good, indeed!
If you don’t feel like imbibing at IZAKAYA’s gleaming central bar made from old fuselage, you can also order a drink in The Study.
Located in a trendy neighborhood that’s sometimes called Amsterdam’s Latin Quarter, there’s plenty of shopping and exploring to do right around the corner, but you’re also near the Big Three museums and a wide range of tourist attractions on foot. Tram access is available at nearby Ferdinand Bolstraat.
Why not try a twenty-tens take on Dutch cuisine at Restaurant Floreyn across the street? Or, for dinner with friends, grab a table at Bar Fisk (10-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 (14-minute walk), where a former Michelin-starred chef serves a delicious set menu in a casual setting (for a surprisingly accessible price!).
Café-Restaurant Venster33 (6-minute walk) is a great all-rounder with an easy atmosphere, affordable cocktails, and local craft beers. Local landmark De Duvel (6-minute walk) is popular with locals, shoppers and the stroller crowd, who come for its comfortable terrace and cozy candle-lit décor.
WHY WE LIKE IT
You get more for your money at this little gem of a boutique hotel set in a former diamond factory.