ART’OTEL Amsterdam Hotel Review

ART’OTEL AMSTERDAM

HOTEL REVIEW

OVERVIEW

If trend setting is part of your travel repertoire and you’re looking to experience the legendary canal city of Amsterdam in style, stay at art’otel Amsterdam. Lively, artistically quirky and oh-so-hip, wake to find yourself in the heart of Amsterdam, opposite Centraal Station and within walking distance of all the city’s coolest districts, main attractions and shopping areas.

Prins Hendrikkade 33, Amsterdam Centrum, 1012 TM Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20-719 7200
Check in Time: 2:00 PM
Check out Time: 12:00 PM
Number of Rooms: 107
Chain: Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts

LOCATION

Art’otel Amsterdam is close to everything; directly opposite Centraal Station, just a short walk from Anne Frank House, Dam Square, Jordaan and the Royal Palace. Head out for shopping on the pedestrian friendly Kalverstraat, or in the boutique-filled Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets). Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and popular night-time hangouts like the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein are all easily accessible by tram (10-15 minute tram rides). The only thing its missing is the picturesque canal views – to see Amsterdam’s iconic canals you’ll need to stroll 2 minutes or so.

 STYLE & CHARACTER

If quirky, contemporary artwork is your thing, then you’re in luck because this hotel is quite incredible, even to the discerning eye of a design connoisseur. It will come as no surprise given the name, that art’otel Amsterdam is design focused. There are currently seven hotels in the group and each is packed with pieces by a different talent. The first art’otel, in Berlin, showcases the unparalleled Warhol. 

The artist in residence here is Atelier Van Lieshout. The Dutchman is, according to the hotel, “obsessed with life”. Obsessed with sex would be an equally fitting description. The hotel’s interior atrium is home to a vast installation of sperm suspended on wires but less risqué works are scattered throughout the building complimenting the large exhibition space in the basement. Enjoy an art exhibition, surround yourself with good food, people, and fun at 5 & 33 kitchen and bar, and explore one of the Netherlands’ most infamous cities. Leave it to art’otel amsterdam to steer you in the right direction.

ROOMS

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ake your pick from 107 modern, sleek and stylish guestrooms, divided into five different room categories: art rooms, art rooms – iconic view, art rooms xl, art rooms xl – iconic view, and a masterpiece suite. Decked out in a grey-black colour scheme with dashes of yellow or purple, each space is jazzed up with unique art by contemporary Dutch artist Atelier van Lieshout.  Add to that adjustable mood lighting, a multimedia connectivity panel, complimentary Wi-Fi and an enormous flat-screen TV with English channels and it’s already clear art’otel Amsterdam gives its guests more than just a good night’s sleep.

The bathroom boasts a rain shower, separate toilet, hairdryer, top quality toiletries by spa brand Elemis and luxurious bathrobes while guests are also treated to complimentary breakfast, an Illy expresso machine, excellent room service options and a stocked minibar with complimentary water and crisps.

Double rooms from €219/£160, including breakfast. For €50/£36 more guests can get a room with an improved view, but it might not be worth it – regardless of your room you won’t get dreamy canal views from art’otel Amsterdam – you’re more likely to have a great outlook of Centraal Station and a few trams sailing along the busy thoroughfare. The hotel offers 20 per cent off for guests who book between seven and 30 days in advance.

HOTEL FACILITIES

  • Fitness centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Beauty salon & juice bar
  • Lobby lounge with fireplace
  • Restaurant
  • Open plan bar
  • Art gallery
  • Family friendly (Families aren’t the target market but there is the option to add a second bed or reserve connecting rooms)
  • Access for guests with disability 

FOOD & DRINK

The hotel’s dimly-lit bar and restaurant is a highlight. 5&33 is an innovative dining and social space on the ground floor of art’otel that dishes up an all-day and late-night menu of Mediterranean plates, with a complimentary a la carte and buffet breakfast daily for guests. Take a seat at the bar for a delicious cocktail served up with some uber-good salty popcorn or retire to the lounge-library and sip your wine in a cool danish tub chair by one of the many fireplaces. On some nights you’ll find a guest DJ spinning an eclectic array of tracks; on others, the space is a multi-functional gallery space featuring local artists.

The restaurant serves up unfussy Italian sharing plates, including generous helpings of cured meats (€16/£12), moreish, finely-sliced fried zucchini (€6/£4.50), creamy burrata with tomatoes (€10/£7.50) and hearty bowls of pasta with sardines and broccoli (€10/£7.50). Heavier dishes, including grilled seabass (€42/£31) and lamb shoulder (€54/£40) are tailored for bigger groups of three to four to share.

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