by Lissa Poirot
This family-friendly hotel in Amsterdam caters with families with special packages such as the Very Important Kids package and amenities. VIKs receive teddy bears, coloring books, milk and cookie turndown, a breakfast buffet, in-room Nintendo Wii, and tickets to the NEMO Science Museum. The boutique hotel features just 40 rooms and suites, individually designed. Double rooms and junior suites provide a queen bed or twin beds, with suites featuring a queen, king or twin beds. Rooms start at 250 square feet and expand to 807 square feet with garden or canal views. Rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi, Illy espresso makers, and Bose sound systems with Bluetooth iPod connections. The five-star hotel is housed in a building dating back to 1613 and features Michelin star dining. Restaurant Vinkeles is open for dinners between 7 and 10 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday, providing a French-inspired menu. Bar Brasserie OCCO provides all-day brasserie dining.
Our Editor Loves
- Family amenities and packages
- Free Wi-Fi
- Five-star hotel
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
We stayed in a suite at the front of the hotel with a room overlooking the canal. Well worth the price to stay in a front larger room, as many reviewers noted how small each floor is. We arrived very early in the morning and had to wait to late afternoon to check into our room, which was tiring after an overnight flight. But we were very happy with the room, very clean and oversized with a large modern bathroom. The hotel is a nice small boutique choice in a beautiful old building with a very comfortable bar - lounge area for anytime of day. We did not eat dinner in the formal restaurant due to the limited menu (me being vegetarian). My only suggestion would be to have a broader menu for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast buffet is expensive if you don't want to eat a huge meal so more items (a la carte) on the menu would be good. The staff are all very nice and helpful and we enjoyed our stay immensely. The hotel is in a good location if you like walking around the city. We look forward to returning!
This hotel does a lovely job - we didn't eat here but so enjoyed hanging out in the bar area and the staff is friendly and accomodating. We paid top dollar because it was Kings day, but the location is lovely and the bed, linens etc very nice.