Jan Luijkenstraat 44, Amsterdam, Netherlands star
Doubles from: $80 to $267
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In early 2012, the Acro Hotel underwent renovations that gave way to the modern, welcoming Poet Hotel, a two-star pamper palace offering choice digs, a prime location among Amsterdam’s beloved museums and, often, a superb deal.
Pros: Friendly staff. Elevator access. Soundproof windows. Fabulous décor.
Cons: Some small and narrow rooms. Wi-Fi is not free and only available downstairs.
Welcome to one of the most modern hotel spots in the neighborhood. The Poet Hotel’s 64 guest rooms sport comfy new beds, crisp linens and hardwood floors buffed to a shine. It’s all cosmopolitan sleek here, from the crisp black-and-white color scheme (set off by lipstick red chairs) to the boxy furniture and chic silver lamps.
Some rooms are small, but bright white walls and oversized mirrors help make things feel fresh and spacious. Large (and stunning) black-and-white photos are hung in artistic clusters on somes walls, while inspirational quotes trail along others.
Amenities are plentiful in these cushy rooms: Expect a flat-screen television, soundproof windows, an iPod dock, safe and telephone.
We recommend requesting a room with a cast-iron balcony, as the leafy street views add a touch of romance. The ample “Deluxe Family Rooms,” which sleep up to four and offer extra space, can prove an especially good value.
All bathrooms are private and include basic toiletries and a hair dryer. They can be tight, but they are new and sparkling, with large white tiles, boxy sinks and shiny fixtures. (Bonus: We hear hear the water pressure is excellent, to boot!)
It’s fitting that the Poet Hotel is situated in the heart of the Museum District, as this modern boutique property is all things artistic. A zig-zag of hallways connect the four traditional townhouses that make up the hotel. Décor is modern yet romantic, and the friendly folks at reception are happy to share advice or help book out-of-town excursions and “skip the line” tickets for the big museums.
The reception shares its ground floor with a bar and TV lounge that doubles as a café by day. Done up in hunter green, rich woods, tall plants and a few well-stocked bookshelves, this area feels like a sophisticated hippie’s den—with touches of taxidermy on the walls (and chairs!).
Besides a few steps leading up to the entrance, the Poet Hotel is a wheelchair-accessible building (a rare commodity for budget hotels in Amsterdam). Breakfast is included in the room rate and Wi-Fi is available in the public spaces for €3 a day. Pets are welcome at the hotel (for an additional €10 per night).
The Poet Hotel’s location is perfect for days spent exploring the museums and parks and nights out on the town. Situated in the heart of Museumplein, it provides easy access to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum, as well as the upscale boutiques of Vondelpark.
Guest reviews in brief
Guests rank the peaceful yet convenient location high on the list of Poet Hotel “pros.” They also report that the hotel is clean, and many praise the modern style. The staff also receives positive reviews, for everything from helping to book bike rentals to being generally cheerful.
The typical put-offs in Dutch hotels are small rooms and steep stairs. Some rooms at the Poet Hotel are small (and receive complaints), but they are also bright. The hotel also has an elevator, although a surprising number of guests still complain about steep stairs. Guests also report that rooms above the bar pick up noise, so be sure to ask for a room away from this area.
The Poet Hotel is located a short walk from the Hobbemastraat stop, which is serviced by trams 2 and 5. Both connect to Centraal Station.
From the Airport: Take bus No. 197 from the airport to stop Hobbemastraat. It’s an easy, direct journey and takes about 45 minutes.
Taxi: From Amsterdam Centraal station a cab ride will cost about €20. Don’t pay more than €40 if taking a cab from the airport.
Reviewed by: Audrey Sykes, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
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- Bicycle Rental
- City tour
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Currency Exchange
- Fax Machine
- Free Newspapers
- Groups welcome
- Historic building
- Internet Station
- Luggage Storage
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Office Center
- Pet Friendly
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Safe at reception
- Shops in the hotel
- Shuttle service
- TV Lounge
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Extra bed
- Internet Access
- Iron available
- Soundproofed Windows
- TV – flat screen
- Writing desk
Jan Luijkenstraat 44
Museums & Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands
About the Poet Hotel 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.