art’otel Amsterdam – Hip, contemporary hotel that doubles as an art gallery.
Occupying a historic stone building – a former shipping company headquarters – on one of Amsterdam’s busiest street corners, this ultra-contemporary hotel is all about the art. Joep Van Lieshout’s works are everywhere: from the phallic “fertility lamp” to the enormous installation of sperm, suspended from the ceiling in the interior atrium. Generously-sized rooms come in shades of charcoal and black with splashes of yellow and purple, original art, Illy coffee makers, customizable lighting system, and large TVs. Spacious bathrooms come with rain showers and peek-a-boo panels that can be blacked out by the flick of a switch. Service is informal and efficient.
art’otel Amsterdam – Location
- Area: On a busy main street intersection overlooking the Centraal Station. Numerous attractions, bars, and restaurants right on the doorstep, the historic Canal Belt and the main departure point for canal boat tours are both a couple of minutes’ walk away, and Dam Square is less than 10 minutes’ walk (700m). The tram hub in front of the train station connects to all major points of interest, including the Museum Quarter (3 km), and Anne Frank House (1.5 km).
- Address: Prins Hendrikkade 33.
- Nearest Transport: Bus, Ferry, Metro, & Tram – Centraal Station (400m).
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then cross the square and the street.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €50 from Schiphol Airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: Centraal Station, historic canal ring, canal boat tours.
art’otel Amsterdam – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel has an adult vibe to it, especially with the risqué art in common spaces, and an onsite bar/nightclub. Guests tend to be hip younger visitors on a city break, and business travelers, though older children can be accommodated. 5&33 bar is 18+.
- View: The ‘Iconic View’ rooms look out towards the busy Prins Hendrikkade and Centraal Station, and are not really worth the upgrade. Rooms at the rear are quieter, and have limited street views.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzi.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Extras: There is an art gallery in the basement of 5&33, with a rotating calendar of exhibitions from contemporary artists, and a signature 12m-tall video curtain connecting it to the upper floor that screens video art throughout the day. The hotel itself doubles as an art gallery for renowned Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout. Bicycle rental is available.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 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: +31-(0)20-719-7200
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: artotelamsterdam.com
art’otel Amsterdam – Amenities
- Pool: Indoor pool.
- Spa: No spa, but there’s a solarium and a Finnish sauna.
- Fitness Center: Well-equipped fitness center with TechnoGym equipment.
- For Disabled Guests: One adapted room for wheelchair users.
- For Families: Babysitting services can be arranged on request.
art’otel Amsterdam – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: All black glass and polished concrete floors, 5&33 kitchen (noon-1am; until 2am on weekends) specializes in unfussy Mediterranean cuisine, and has plenty of local fans. Dinner reservations recommended. The attached fireside lounge serves teas, coffees, and cakes. $$-$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: The 5&33 bar is a popular night hot spot for young Amsterdammers, and serves excellent cocktails, including original creations. DJ sets some nights. Open until 1am (until 2am on weekends).
- Breakfast: Complimentary buffet breakfast (available between 7.30am and 10.30am).
- Room Service: Room service available from 5&33 kitchen.
art’otel Amsterdam – Rooms
- Room Types: Art Room • Art Room – Iconic View • Art Room XL • Art Room XL – Iconic View • Masterpiece Suite • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Rooms at art’otel Amsterdam are 100% smoke-free, but there’s a smoking lounge attached to the 5&33 bar.
- Best Room: The 4 spacious Masterpiece suites come with separate living rooms, sofas, and two 42-inch screen TVs. Light sleepers might want to book a room or suite at the rear rather than facing Centraal Station.
- For Families: There are several interconnecting rooms, but no family rooms per se.
art’otel Amsterdam – Local Transport
- Walking: The historic canal ring and Dam Square are a short walk on foot; walkable to attractions in the Medieval Center and Red Light District.
- Tram: From the nearby Centraal Station hub, trams run to all major points of interest, such as the Museum Quarter (3 km), Anne Frank House (1.5 km), Rembrandtplein and its nightlife (1.5 km), and De Pijp and its independent cafes and boutiques (3 km).
- 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.
art’otel Amsterdam – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Lovers Canal Cruises – Semi-open boat cruises, plus luxury cruises on small, restored historic boats. Start location: 100m.
- Rederij Kooij – Private canal tours in a vintage wooden boat. Start location: 200m.
- Amsterdam City Tours – Coach tours depart for the Keukenhof flower gardens and Zaanse Schans windmills from the I Amsterdam tourist office. Start location: 250m.
- Stromma – Open boat canal tours, hop-on, hop-off boats, and 100 Highlights canal cruise. Start location: 250m.
- That Dam Guide – Intimate, small-group, 2-hour tours that provide an excellent all-round view of the sex industry. Guides explain Amsterdam’s laws and working conditions, and point out the good and bad sex shops, peep shops, live theaters, and strip clubs. Start location: 800m.
- Prostitution Information Centre – Fascinating information center where you get the answers to everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Amsterdam’s prostitution industry. Hour-long walking tours (€15 per person) depart from here at 5pm on Saturdays. Start location: 500m.
- Amsterdam Red Light District Tours – Several options of Red Light District walking tour – with a group, with a private guide, and with exclusive private guides who’ve worked in the sex industry for decades. Start location: 700m.
- Offbeat Amsterdam: Red Light District Walking Tours – Entertaining 90-minute tours that depart from Dam Square, and take in the history of the sex worker industry and highlights such as a peep show, hidden street art, and the Amsterdam Museum of Prostitution. Start location: 700m.
- Blue Boat Company – Open-boat cruises, themed kids’ cruises, evening cruises, and Hard Rock burger cruises. Start location: 2.5 km.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Kam Yin – Large, inexpensive portions of Chinese and Surinamese standards. Popular with students. (250m).
- Omelegg – Central branch of the popular all-day breakfast/brunch café. 2 dozen different omelettes and shakshuka are specialties here. (250m).
- Ashoka Restaurant – Bright and breezy Indian and Nepalese restaurant with numerous vegetarian options. (250m).
- De Silveren Spiegel – Beautifully presented contemporary takes on Dutch dishes in an atmospheric house dating back to 1614. 5 to 8-course tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays. Romance your loved one here. (300m).
- La Zoccola del Pacioccone – Tiny pizzeria, authentic Italian pizzas and beer, and good vibes. (400m).
- Dabka – Good Lebanese mezze spreads and kebabs; eat inside, or on the canal-side terrace. (400m).
- Cannibale Royale – Gourmet burgers and steaks. (500m).
- De Belhamel – Romantic French restaurant serving the likes of sea bass risotto, and sirloin with fondant potatoes. Great canal-side location. (500m).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- In de Olofspoort – A jenever tasting house, accessed through the former city gate, with an incredible range of the venerable Dutch spirit. (250m).
- In ‘t Aepjen – Atmospheric local watering hole inside one of very few remaining wooden buildings in Amsterdam, with vintage jazz on the stereo. (250m).
- In de Wildeman – Former distillery turned beer café with an excellent selection of Dutch and Belgian beers, 18 brews on tap, and a quiet ambience – good for conversation. (300m).
- Brouwerij de Prael – Multi-level tasting room of the eponymous craft beer brewery, with numerous IPAs, stouts, barley wines, and other brews on tap. (400m).
- Café Belgique – Chilled-out Belgian beer bar, with 8 brews on tap at the carved wooden bar, and many more bottled options. (600m).
- De Drie Fleschjes – Characterful 17th century tasting house that specializes in liqueurs and jenevers. The accompanying snack of choice here is meatballs. (600m).
- ‘t Arendsnest – Dutch beer only: almost 200 bottled brews, and 30 on tap. Choose between the canal-side terrace, or the gorgeous brown café interior, complete with copper jenever boilers. (750m).
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Chills and Thrills – Smart shop selling magic truffles, herbal trips, accessories, and more. (200m).
- Kokopelli – Smart shop specializing in magic truffles, with an attractive juice bar and lounge. (250m).
- Old Amsterdam Cheese Store – Central branch of the famous cheese store. Get your Gouda goodies here. (400m).
- RoB Amsterdam – Bondage, leather, rubber, and other dress-up gear. (400m).
- Heinen Delfts Blauw – Central branch of the famous ceramics store where you can buy anything from small gifts to collectors’ pieces. (500m).
- Condomerie Het Gulden Vlies – Condom boutique selling condoms in all colors, shapes, and sizes. (600m).
- Rush Hour Records – Vinyl and CD shop that’s particularly strong on house and techno (though you’ll find funk, electronica, jazz, and disco as well). (700m).
- Mark Raven Amsterdam Art – Mark Raven’s cityscapes, posters, and t-shirt art. (700m).
- Magna Plaza – Upmarket shopping mall, best for fashion, jewelry, and souvenirs. (750m).
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