Jan Luijkenstraat 44, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doubles from: $76 to $253
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This modern, welcoming and often affordable choice, the Poet Hotel is a two-star pamper palace offering choice digs and a prime location among Amsterdam’s beloved museums.
Pros: Friendly staff. Soundproof windows. Fabulous décor. High-tech amenities.
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. Completely renovated in 2012, the Poet Hotel features a contemporary look of a boutique hotel but without the big price tag. The 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.
The Poet Hotel’s 64 guest rooms sport comfy 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 sparkling, with large white tiles, boxy sinks and shiny fixtures.
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 24-hour 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).
By Train: 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.
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.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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.