Sandton Hotel De Filosoof
Anna van den Vondelstraat 6, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doubles from: $76 to $374
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Located one block north of the Vondelpark, the three-star Sandton Hotel De Filosoof offers 38 non-smoking rooms with character, a bit of boutique style and a touch of academic charm. Originally run by two sisters with a passion for philosophy, the hotel still reflects their hobby, creating a thoughtful and stylish atmosphere.
Pros: Good year-round option. Leafy Vondelpark location. Boutique style. Free Wi-Fi.
Cons: Breakfast expensive. Street noise possible. Room size varies.
Rooms boast a boutique decor inspired by philosophical themes, although the look is never overdone. While the “Zen” room is adorned with painted Chinese letters and silk quilts, “Aristotle” pops with purple walls and pinstriped curtains. “Socrates,” meanwhile, is an airy, dreamy suite with angelic, feathered looks. The result is fun, colorful and, well, thought provoking.
The double rooms at the Filosoof come in a few different sizes, with some spacious enough to act as triples. Clean, comfortable, bright and beautiful, the higher-end doubles have a bit more space than other hotels in the center. Suites include a minibar, coffee and tea makers, and rooms with balconies are also available.
Bathrooms are private, some are equipped with bathtubs, and all provide toiletries. Befitting the hotel, the bathrooms are painted in soothing colors instead of sterile white, yet remain spotless and modern.
The Hotel de Filosoof offers guests some really thoughtful extras. From its grand reading room to its spacious indoor patio (which overlooks a peaceful back garden), the hotel appropriately provides ample opportunity for quiet reflection. And let us not forget the bar, which acts as a cafe, lounge and snack bar.
Breakfast is a steep €15 extra, but visitors seeking a rather deluxe hot buffet for a strong morning start should definitely consider it.
The elevator is a big plus, as is the free Wi-Fi and booking service. Heck, we even appreciated the daily Quote Of The Day—we simply Kant get enough.
Located a bit further out than most of our other picks, the peaceful location skirts the eastern edge of Vondelpark along a quiet Victorian-style street. The walk to entertainment plaza Lediseplein takes about 10 minutes, and trams to the historic center are just around the corner.
Guest Reviews in Brief
Most guests note that the Filosoof’s leafy location is prime, the hotel’s character unique, and the staff friendly and helpful. Although it’s not super central, there are plenty of cafes nearby, ideal for lunch and dinner.
Rooms can be a tight squeeze if you haven’t selected a larger room in advance. Regardless of room type, all visitors take pleasure in the hotel’s grand ground floor and the surrounding greenery and beauty.
Train Station: Tram 1 from Central Station to J.P. Heijestraat will drop you off just a few minutes walk. Head North on Overtoom and take your second right at Anna van den Vondelstraat 6.
From the Airport: Trains to Amsterdam Centraal leave every 10 to 15 minutes.
Taxi: A cab from the airport to Hotel Filosoof will cost you a fixed rate of €37 if you book through the hotel. From Amsterdam Centraal station it’s about a €20 cab ride.
» Audrey Sykes, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Sandton Hotel De Filosoof neighborhood
The most popular neighborhood outside the city center, the Museumplein is a residential area crowded with museums, parks and 19th-century buildings. Museums here include the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. The Vondelpark area, a 1970s playground of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, is now an upscale commercial full of pricey boutiques and shops.