by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 6, 2018
De L’Europe Hotel – Luxurious and centrally located, with great river views.
One of Amsterdam’s grand dames, De L’Europe sits on its own little peninsula overlooking the Amstel River. A historic 19th century hotel with a contemporary makeover, it combines luxurious fabrics, crystal chandeliers, and Dutch Masters reproductions with mod cons such as in-room iPads and Nespresso machines. Just a few minutes’ walk from Dam Square, the Royal Palace, and the historic canal ring. The Michelin-starred in-house restaurant, Bord’eau, is one of the city’s best, with bold flavors, innovative textures, and an amazing wine cellar. In warmer months, there are superb river views from the outdoor brasserie terrace. Exceptional, personalized service is the icing on the cake.
De L’Europe Hotel – Location
- Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14, 1012 CP Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Muntplein.
- Area: Prime location at the southern boundary of the Medieval Centre, at the confluence of 2 canals; an 8-minute stroll from the Dam Square and the Royal Palace; a 5-minute walk from Spui Square and the historic canal ring; numerous restaurants and bars nearby; walkable (or short tram ride) to the Museum Quarter and Centraal Station.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram (4, 9, 16, 24, 25) to Muntplein stop, across from the hotel (2-minute walk).
- Handy to: Allard Pierson Museum, the Royal Palace, Amsterdam Museum.
De L’Europe Hotel – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be couples on a romantic getaway or honeymoon, or business travelers. All ages are welcome.
- View: Premium Deluxe rooms, the Prestige Suite, and the Penthouse Suite have views of the Amstel River.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzis.
- Laundry: In-room laundry.
- Parking: Secure parking nearby for €65 per day.
- Extras: Butler service, personal shopper service, bikes for hire, valet parking, turn down service.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 to 4 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: 020-531-1777
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://www.deleurope.com/
De L’Europe Hotel – Amenities
- Pool: Heated indoor pool with jacuzzi, jet stream, and river views.
- Spa: Bespoke beauty treatments on offer at the Spa by Skins Institute. Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, and infra-red sauna attached.
- Fitness Center: Small, but with TechnoGym equipment, and personal trainers available on request.
- For Disabled Guests: Several rooms adapted to guests with disabilities.
- For Families: Under-12s stay for free, cribs are available on request, a kiddie welcome pack on arrival, and kids’ menus in the restaurant available at extra charge.
- Activities: Private canal tours from hotel’s own jetty.
- Other Facilities: Limo service, butler service, personal shopping
De L’Europe Hotel – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Michelin-starred Bord’Eau serves lunch (Tuesday-Friday), and dinner (Tuesday-Saturday). Intense, contrasting flavors, emphasis on local ingredients, and unique textures. Elegant decor; dress code. One for special occasions; reservations essential. • $$$-$$$$ • Hoofdstad Brasserie is located on the hotel’s ground floor, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Modern European and international dishes. Stylish and contemporary decor. No kids’ menu. • $$-$$$ • Hèt Terras is Hoofdstad Brasserie’s waterfront terrace (open April-October) from which you can see part of one of Amsterdam’s medieval city gates, and watch canal boats go by. • $$-$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: Freddy’s Bar has a classic gentleman’s club vibe, and is renowned for its killer Bloody Marys. Luxurious cigar lounge, Freddy’s Fumoir, is attached. Popular with locals as well as travelers, and can get crowded on weekend nights. Open daily until 1 am. • With its chandeliers and reproductions of Dutch Masters, Promenade is a refined place for a glass of wine, cocktail, or afternoon tea. Open 7am to 11pm.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. Buffet with eggs cooked to order costs €42 per person. Served 7-10.30am at the Hoofdstad Brasserie.
- Room Service: Available from both Freddy’s Bar and Hoofdstad Brasserie.
De L’Europe Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe • Premium Deluxe • Junior Suite • Deluxe One Bedroom Suite • Prestige One Bedroom Suite • Circle Suite • Penthouse Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Rooms at De L’Europe Hotel are 100% smoke-free, but there’s a designated smoking area.
- Best Room: The 6-bedroom Penthouse Suite has a private riverside terrace overlooking the Amstel, subtle motion-detecting floor lighting, and a Bose Sound Bar.
- For Families: The Penthouse Suite can accommodate up to 12 people.
De L’Europe Hotel – Local Transport
- Walking: Easy walking distance to Anne Frank House, Museum Quarter, attractions in the Medieval Centre and the Red Light District, Nine Streets shopping neighborhood. Numerous restaurants, bars, and shops within a few minutes’ walk.
- Tram: Direct tram connections from the Muntplein stop to Centraal Station, De Pijp district, Rembrandtplein, and Waterlooplein. Nearest tram stop for the Museum Quarter is Koningsplein, a 5-minute walk away.
- Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.
De L’Europe Hotel – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis – Traditional Dutch pancakes in tiny 16th century house, sampled by Anthony Bourdain in The Layover. Reserve ahead, as there are only 4 tables. 4-minute walk.
- Adam & Siam – Imaginative Dutch dishes with a Thai twist, friendly and efficient service. 4-minute walk.
- Bhatti Pasal – Large portions of Nepalese dishes in a very central location. Excellent momos. 4-minute walk.
- Frenzi – Imaginative Mediterranean tapas, live jazz on Saturday afternoons, and over 100 types of grappa. 4-minute walk.
- Roses by Sal – Latin American street food – tacos, quesadillas, empanadas – as well as ceviche, and excellent pisco cocktails. 4-minute walk.
- The Seafood Bar – Buzzy spot for champagne, oysters, and seafood platters. Walk-ins welcome. 5-minute walk.
- Van Kerkwijk – Intimate, subtly-lit little place with a daily changing menu of French classics, Moroccan tajines, curries, and other internationally-inspired dishes. 6-minute walk.
- Guts & Glory – Experimental fine dining with an ever-changing menu and wallet-friendly multi-course lunch. Reservations recommended. 6-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Door 74 – Dark-timbered, speakeasy-style bar behind an unmarked door (send a text message to gain entry), responsible for some of Amsterdam’s best cocktails. 3-minute walk.
- Bierfabriek Amsterdam – Hip, brasserie-style microbrewery with private tap tables, 4 own brews on tap, and an accompaniment of rustic dishes. 5-minute walk.
- Café de Dokter – Amsterdam’s smallest pub, run by the descendants of the doctor who founded it in 1798. Expect candlelight, chandeliers, and atmospheric bric-a-brac, plus good whiskies and beer. 5-minute walk.
- Bubbles & Wines – This sleek wine bar attracts a lively, stylish clientele with its 50+ wines and champagnes by the glass, and superb bar snacks. 6-minute walk.
- Rosalia’s Menagerie – Intimate little cocktail bar that’s part of the Misc EatDrinkSleep hotel. Ideal place to sample your first jenever, or sip a cocktail with your sweetie. 7-minute walk.
- De Bekeerde Suster – 16th century cloister turned brewery with 4 own brews flowing from copper tanks, seasonal and guest beers, and numerous bottled brews. 8-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Amsterdam Duck Store – Nothing but rubber ducks here, from classic yellow to Batman, S&M, and Game of Thrones ducks. 3-minute walk.
- Droog – Cool homeware and design, unique gifts, plus a gallery space and café attached. 3-minute walk.
- 3D Hologrammen – Holographic art, jewelry, and homeware. 4-minute walk.
- Hans Appenzeller – Local jewelry designer; original designs in gold and stone. 4-minute walk.
- Puccini Bomboni – Handmade chocolates, from truffles to bars. 4-minute walk.
- PGC Hajenius – Art deco tobacco emporium with private humidors and sumptuous smoking lounge. 4-minute walk.
- BIEC – Ceramics, funky gadgets, bags, shawls, shoes, sketch books, and other cool gifts. 4-minute walk.
- Athenaeum – One of Amsterdam’s largest independent bookshops, with numerous travel guidebooks, and books on fashion and design. 6-minute walk.
- American Book Center – Largest English-language bookshop in Amsterdam. 6-minute walk.
- Anna & Nina – Eclectic earrings, accessories, clothing, and interior design that reflects the nomad-like travels of the store’s owners. 6-minute walk.
Nearby Market or Grocery
De L’Europe Hotel – The Hotel
During the warmer months, diners from the Hoofdstad Brasserie can use the riverside terrace.
The small but well-equipped gym is open from 7am to 10pm.
The Spa by Skins Institute offers bespoke beauty treatments, and comes with a Turkish steam bath and infra-red sauna.
The pool (open 7am to 10pm) looks out onto the Amstel River.
Hoffdstad Brasserie is open for breakfast; the rest of the day it specializes in modern European dishes.
Promenade is a refined setting for afternoon tea, cocktails, or a glass of wine (7am to 11pm).
Open until 1am, Freddy’s Bar has a classic gentlemen’s club ambience, and is locally known for its killer Bloody Marys.
Michelin-starred Bord’Eau is open for lunch (Tuesday to Friday) and dinner (Tuesday to Saturday), and serves imaginative, experimental cuisine. Reservations essential.
Freddy’s Fumoir is a luxurious cigar lounge attached to Freddy’s Bar.
Deluxe rooms come with standard amenities, such as Coco-Mat beds and Nespresso machines.
Premium Deluxe rooms are roomier than the Deluxe, and come with deep soaking tubs in the bathrooms.
Some of the Junior suites look out over the river, and come with select Dutch Masters.
The Deluxe One-Bedroom suites have a spacious living area, and some come with balconies overlooking the Amstel.
The Circle Suite comes with a color scheme reflecting Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and a signature round bed.
Narrow Nieuwe Doelenstraat and then largely pedestrian Staalstraat head east from the hotel to the Stopera: Amsterdam’s opera and ballet venue that hosts performances by renowned ballet companies and orchestras from around the world.
Just north of Stopera, the Waterlooplein hosts a busy flea market (Monday to Saturday), selling everything from clothes to bric-a-brac. There are some food stalls as well.
Behind the market is the Rembrandt House, where the painter lived for much of his working life before going bankrupt. His rooms have been recreated as they once were, and you can see his original sketches. The audio guide is worthwhile.
Two blocks east, and down a narrow lane, is the superb Jewish Historical Museum with exhibits about the Jewish community in the Netherlands from 1600 to the present day, spread across 4 beautiful synagogues. The ticket gives you access to the Portuguese Israelite synagogue across the busy main thoroughfare.
To reach the Stopera from the hotel, you cross several small and picturesque canals.
Staalstraat is dotted with a few good shops and eateries. These include BIEC, where you can pick up funky household gadgets, ceramics, women’s accessories, and other cool gifts.
Nearby, the neighborhood branch of the Amsterdam Duck Store sells novelty rubber ducks in every disguise imaginable: as Batman, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones characters, and more.
Across the street, Droog is another great place for unusual gifts such as cool homeware. There’s also a gallery and café attached.
A few doors down, the local branch of Puccini Bomboni sells some of the best handmade chocolates in the city.
Just west of the bridge over Zwanenburgwal canal, bustling Frenzi is popular with its imaginative Mediterranean tapas, dozens of types of grappa, and occasional live music.
If instead of taking Staalstraat, you continue walking along the Kloveniersburgwal canal, a few blocks north you reach Nieuwmarkt square, on the edge of the Red Light District and surrounded by bars. On Saturdays, the square hosts a farmers’ market; on Sundays, an antique market.
On the way, you pass Anna + Nina, an outlet featuring women’s apparel and accessories by local designers.
De Bekeerde Suster, near the square, is a particularly atmospheric place for a beer. A 16th century cloister turned brewery, it has 4 of its own brews on tap, plus many bottled ones.
Inside the Misc EatDrinkSleep boutique hotel, the intimate little Rosalia’s Menagerie cocktail bar opens to non-guests in the evening. It’s an excellent place to sample jenevers and jenever-based cocktails.
From the hotel, a bridge crosses over the Amstel to Muntplein, a busy tram intersection. Branching off from the southeast corner is Reguliersbreestraat, a busy tramway that runs east to Rembrandtplein. It’s lined with cafes, and is home to Amsterdam’s famous art deco cinema, Pathe Tuschinkitheater.
Rembrandtplein square is one of Amsterdam’s most popular nightlife hubs, surrounded by bars and clubs.
A block south of Rembrandtplein, on the banks of Herengracht canal, the Museum of Bags and Purses showcases the largest collection of handbags and purses in the Western world, from 16th century pouches to the latest Gucci. Not to be missed!
A block east, Museum Willet-Holthuysen is a sumptuous 18th century residence with a gorgeous garden, and rooms filled with period furniture.
While many of the restaurants surrounding Rembrandtplein are overpriced and mediocre, notable exceptions include Guts & Glory: wallet-friendly fine dining with a frequently changing, experimental menu. Good-value lunches.
A block west of the southwest corner of Rembrandtplein, along Reguliersdwarsstraat, an unmarked door hides Door 74, a speakeasy-style bar with amazing cocktails. Get the code via text message in advance to gain entry.
Further west, the street is pedestrianized, and lined with mostly gay bars and a few restaurants that mostly cater to night owls. Roses by Sal – a Latin American street food joint – is excellent. Come here for Amsterdam’s best tacos, empanadas, ceviche, and killer pisco sours.
The narrow medieval lanes north of Muntplein are a good place to look for an inexpensive meal right in the heart of central Amsterdam. Bhatti Pasal, on Voetboogstraat, serves large portions of Nepalese dishes, including particularly good momos (dumplings).
Just up the lane, on the corner of Spui square, the local branch of the Seafood Bar is great for seafood platters, champagne, and oysters, and has excellent outdoor seating overlooking the square.
Spui square is one of the most popular gathering spots in the Medieval Centre. On Sundays, it hosts the Art Plein Spui, an outdoor book and art market.
Adding to the Spui’s literary reputation, the square is home to 2 excellent bookstores. American Book Center is the largest English-language bookshop in town, featuring pretty much any genre.
Nearby, Athenaeum is a large, independent bookstore with an excellent selection of travel guidebooks, and books on fashion and design.
The tiny medieval lanes just north of Spui hide numerous atmospheric bars. Café de Dokter is a tiny 18th century pub – Amsterdam’s smallest – decked out with eclectic antiques, and good for a beer or whisky (if you can squeeze in).
Off Kalverstraat lane, the Amsterdam Museum is an entertaining romp through 1,000 years of city history, complete with hands-on exhibits, and dressing up opportunities for kids.
Just east of Spui, the wide Rokin canal is busy with canal cruise boats during the day.
Just north of the hotel, the Allard Pierson Museum houses a superb archaeological collection, from ancient Greek ceramics and an Egyptian mummy to early Mesopotamian artefacts.
Just north of the museum and facing the narrow Grimburgwal canal, the Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis is arguably the best place in town to try traditional Dutch pancakes (Anthony Bourdain thought so). It’s inside a tiny 16th century house, so reserve ahead.
Directly opposite, you can browse original gold jewelry designs at Hans Appenzeller. Or check out 3D holographic art and jewelry next door.
From here, narrow Nes street, dotted with alternative theaters, runs back to Dam square, passing the hotel en route. There’s a good microbrewery here, too: Bier Fabriek has private tap tables, and rustic dishes to accompany its brews.
Nearer Dam, just north of the hotel, is Van Kerkwijk with its daily changing menu of Moroccan tagines, French dishes, and more.
Nearby, Bubbles & Wine surpasses most Amsterdam bars when it comes to sheer class: it’s a stylish place with dozens of wines and champagnes by the glass, and superb bar snacks to match.
Rokin, the Medieval Centre’s main thoroughfare, runs parallel to Nes. Near Spui square, PGC Hajenius is a tobacco emporium that’s worth a peek for its art deco interior. Buy your cigars here, and try them in a private humidor.
Rokin’s bars and restaurants are invariably touristy and vary in quality. Adam & Siam is consistently good for Dutch-Thai fusion.
At the north end of Rokin (and Nes), Dam square is Central Amsterdam’s busiest square, filled with visitors and buskers, and home to the Nationaal Monument, dedicated to WWII’s fallen.
The big attraction here is the Royal Palace, the official residence of the King of the Netherlands. When the king’s away, you can check out the sumptuous rooms.
Just north of the Royal Palace, the 15th century Nieuwe Kerk is well worth a look for its beautiful oak chancel, and excellent temporary art and photography exhibitions.