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The Neighbour's Magnolia

Willemsparkweg 205, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Editor's Pick
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam

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Doubles from: $92 to $166

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Reopened in 2014 as a trendy little design hotel, Hotel the Neighbor’s Magnolia offers 21 rooms decked out in a fun and playful style. It’s fun, friendly and fresh, and a great choice for those looking for a quiet spot near the Vondelpark.

For years the hotel was known as the Zandbergen, a sweet and inexpensive EuroCheapo pick. In 2014, new owners took the reigns (one of whom is an interior designer), and they decided to overhaul the entire enterprise, injecting it with splashes of color (all of which, by the way, can be found in a magnolia tree).

Rooms follow the same theme, with carpets, walls, ceilings and furnishings all in the pink, green and light brown spectrum of the flowering tree. Standard doubles are pretty tight, but Deluxe and Superior rooms are larger for those willing to splurge. All rooms are equipped with a TV, telephone, Wi-Fi, and fan, and each has a simple wooden desk and a mod pod-like chair. (You’ll also find a small stuffed animal, a dog named Sparky, waiting on the bed.)

Baths are less flowery, with straightforward white-and-red tiling and showers, soap and a hairdryer.

Downstairs, the hotel’s lounge and breakfast area is a cool, and friendly scene, with a communal computer and “honor minibar”.

A note about value: Unsurprisingly, along with the new management and look came new rates. However, doubles still often hover in the €75-135 range, which is within our cheapo range. Thus, if the hotel works for your budget, we’d definitely recommend considering it.

Finally, what’s with that name? When renovating the hotel, one of the items on the to-do list included tending to the magnolia tree in the backyard, which was growing on the property line. To whom did it belong? According to the hotel, it’s “The Neighbor’s Magnolia.”

Wi-Fi is free throughout. Note that the hotel does not have an elevator.

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.

Amenities

Hotel

  • Wi-Fi: Free

Room

  • Bathroom: Private
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • TV

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Contact

Willemsparkweg 205
Museums & Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Phone: +31 20 6769321

Website: http://www.hotel-zandbergen.com

About the The Neighbour's Magnolia 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.

The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam
The Neighbour's Magnolia, Amsterdam

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