Hotel Piet Hein
Vossiusstraat 52 / 53, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doubles from: $124 to $250
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located on the Vondelpark and around the corner from the upscale shops lining Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, the Hotel Piet Hein is a stylish, splurge-worthy pick. Standard rates at this three-star boutique hotel are well out of the cheapo range, but the hotel often runs specials that make its rates surprisingly affordable.
Pros: Boutique-hotel style. Large patio garden. Newly renovated. Elevator and wheelchair accessible rooms. Just next to Vondelpark.
Cons: Not the cheapest deal. Location not the best for winter travel.
The Hotel Piet Hein offers 81 rooms, each equipped with a telephone, TV and air conditioning (which is not common in Amsterdam). Single rooms are the simplest on offer. However, even these are comfortably appointed, considering the squeeze, and have nice, squeaky-clean bathrooms.
Double rooms are larger and come in four configurations. The basic “Deluxe” lodging are in the rear of the hotel (and face an apartment building), while “Superior” rooms offer park views. Moving to an “Advantage Deluxe” upgrades the room with faster internet, and “Executive” rooms are equipped with a Jacuzzi-style tub. And one double is reserved for people traveling with pets (its wooden floor, it turns out, makes for an “hassle-free” clean up).
All doubles have their share of perks: comfy beds, lots of desk space, and modern black and white sailboat photographs that lend a nice nautical touch. If you really want to spoil yourself, opt for the “Junior Suite,” which features deluxe perks like champagne, fresh flowers and Vondelpark views. Not exactly Cheapo...
Bathrooms are fabulous, all private, and almost half of the double rooms include a tub or Jacuzzi tub. Shower heads are wide and the water pressure is strong. Every bathroom includes a hair dryer and small toiletries.
The Piet Hein has a sleek lobby with inviting white couches, an Internet station and a classy little bar that can be surprisingly happening for its size. We found the receptionists and managers here to be quite friendly, and the overall feeling is warm, welcoming and helpful.
But the best part about Piet Hein is its newly-finished outdoor garden and patio area. The deck offers tables for four, next to a proper garden area complete with backyard benches, short leafy trees and shrubbery. The area gets a lot of sun, and is an ideal spot for breakfast or an evening drink.
One drawback to Piet Hein’s wonderful aim to “feel” like a four star is an inability to provide the little extras that “make” a four star. There are no minibars, no coffee or tea makers in the room, and breakfast is €15 if booked online. However, its spacious lounge and outdoor area are pleasant for drinks, and the breakfast includes hot choices like eggs and bacon.
Piet Hein rests on a back road that lines the east entrance of Vondelpark, making it the perfect summer hotel for park and nature lovers. If you want to splurge on fine boutiques and high-end brand names, the shopping streets between Piet Hein and Museumplein offer a wide range of glamorous options.
The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Diamond Museum and Concert Theater are just a few blocks away, giving guests here an advantage over those staying in more central hotels (who usually need a 15-minute tram ride to reach this area). And Leidseplein, with its wining and dining, is just a short walk.
Amsterdam’s historic center is further afield from the Piet Hein. Attractions like the Red Light District, Anne Frank Huis and Jordaan are not within walking distance, but Trams 2, 5 and 12 offer an easy trip to these destinations.
Guest reviews in brief
Breakfast charge aside, most guests are impressed and happy about the service, rooms, lobby amenities and overall experience at the Piet Hein. Guests rave about the location: peaceful and surrounded by lush greenery along Vondelpark, but still a stone’s throw away from activity.
Room size sometimes confuses guests: Booking a double can lead to either compact or spacious rooms, depending on the type and price. Yet, either way, almost everyone comments on the rooms’ cleanliness and modern style.
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Tram: Trams 2, 5 and 12 from Amsterdam Centraal station drop off guests just after Museumplein at Van Baerlestraat. Walk three blocks north and take a right on Vossiusstraat. It takes about five minutes.
From the Airport (T1 and T2): Trains to Amsterdam Centraal station leave every 10 to 15 minutes. And from there it’s best to take a tram.
Taxi: A cab from the airport to Piet Hein will cost you about €50. From Amsterdam Centraal station it’s about €20.
» 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.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Piet Hein 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.