Hotel IX Amsterdam in the Netherlands

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Updated: November 10, 2020

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Review of Hotel IX Amsterdam.

Hotel IX Amsterdam – Handful of suites in the heart of the historic canal ring.

If you’re looking for a luxurious bolthole right in the thick of Amsterdam action, you’re in luck. Hotel IX consists of just five individually-styled suites, all with atmospheric exposed brick walls, wall-length black-and-white stills of Amsterdam street life, a neutral color scheme or creams and browns, and welcome mod cons such as Apple TVs, Libratone wireless sound systems, and Nespresso machines. There is no reception; guests let themselves in using an electronic code. Ideal for travelers looking for a blend of luxury and total privacy, with many of the city’s attractions an easy stroll away.

Hotel IX Amsterdam – Location

  • Address: Hartenstraat 8HS, 1016 CB Amsterdam.
  • Nearest Tram: Westermarkt.
  • Area: Very central, in the heart of the historic Canal Belt and part of the hip Nine Streets neighborhood, with numerous independent boutiques, cafes, and restaurants on your doorstep. Anne Frank House, the Medieval Center, the Royal Palace, and the characterful Jordaan neighborhood are just minutes away on foot, the Red Light District is 10 minutes’ walk away, while the Museum Quarter is less than 20 minutes on foot (or a short tram ride) from the hotel. The Dam tram stop is less than 5 minutes’ walk, with fast connections to Centraal Station and the Museum Quarter.
  • How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #13 to the Westermarkt stop, a 4-minute walk from the hotel, or else trams #1, #2 or #5 to Dam stop, a 4-minute walk away.
  • Handy to: Anne Frank House, Nine Streets, historic canal ring, Dam Square.

Hotel IX Amsterdam – The Basics

  • Ages: Most guests tend to be couples on a romantic city break, but children are welcome, though there are no special facilities.
  • View: The 5 suites all offer street views of the Nine Streets neighborhood.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: No laundry service.
  • Extras: Well-stocked minibars are included in the price.
  • 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: will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 020-845-8451
  • Website:

Hotel IX Amsterdam – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests due to stair access.
  • For Families: In all the suites, a couch folds out to accommodate 2 extra people.

Hotel IX Amsterdam – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: No restaurant onsite, but there are numerous dining options just minutes away on foot.
  • Lounge/Bar: No bar, but each suite comes with its own fully-stocked minibar (included in the price).
  • Breakfast: No breakfast, though the hotel is happy to make breakfast reservations for their guests at their partner coffee shop, Screaming Beans, a 7-minute walk away.
  • Room Service: No room service.

Hotel IX Amsterdam – Rooms

  • Room Types: Runstraat Suite • Wolvenstraat Suite • Huidenstraat Suite • Reestraat Suite • Berenstraat Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Hotel IX Amsterdam is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: The Wolvenstraat Suite on the second floor is the most atmospheric of the 5, with charming timber rafters and an open-plan bathroom. The Berenstraat Suite, also on the second floor, is the most spacious of the 5 and boasts a private roof terrace and excellent street views.
  • For Families: All suites can accommodate a family of 4.

Hotel IX Amsterdam – Local Transport

  • Walking: In the heart of the Nine Streets shopping neighborhood, about 5 minutes’ walk to the Royal Palace and Dam Square, and a 20-minute stroll to the Museum Quarter.
  • Tram: From the nearby Westermarkt stop, trams run to Centraal Station via the Medieval Center. To head south towards Leidseplein and the Museum Quarter, catch a tram from the nearby Dam stop.
  • 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.

Hotel IX Amsterdam – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Gs Brunch Boat – The world’s only brunch boat sets sail year round from Keizersgracht 177. Extensive menus are accompanied by mimosas and bloody marys, together with an hour and a half’s Amsterdam canal tour. Start location: 5-minute walk
  • Secret Food Tours – Sample raw herring, stamppot, stroopwafel, pancakes, and more on this walking tour of traditional Dutch food hotspots. Meet at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 6-minute walk.
  • Jewish History Amsterdam – Themed walking tours of Jewish Amsterdam; tours of the western canal ring typically start at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 6-minute walk.
  • Lovers Canal Cruises – Hour-long small boat canal cruises depart from the dock near the Anne Frank House. Start location: 7-minute walk.

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Breda – One for special occasions. Multi-course, seasonal lunch and dinner menus by some of the city’s most creative chefs, plus 15 wines by the glass. Reservations essential. 4-minute walk.
  • Restaurant De Struisvogel – Basement restaurant specializing in French-inspired dishes. 4-minute walk.
  • Koh-I-Noor – Established Indian restaurant specializing in tandoori dishes and curries. 5-minute walk.
  • Bistro Bij Ons – Homestyle Dutch dishes such as stamppot (potatoes mashed with sausage and vegetables) and poffertjes (pancakes with butter and sugar). 5-minute walk.
  • Lucius – Local institution, popular as ever after 4 decades. Expect refined seafood dishes, from the pike the restaurant is named after to steamed razor clams with chili. Reservations. 5-minute walk.
  • OCCO Bar & Brasserie – Modern European dishes, plus excellent gin-based cocktails. 6-minute walk.
  • Vinkeles – Michelin-starred French fine dining inside an atmospheric 18th-century bakery. Reserve well ahead. 6-minute walk.
  • D’Vijff Vlieghen – Characterful restaurant spread over 5 17th-century canal houses, renowned for its imaginative Modern Dutch dishes and decked out with original Rembrandt works. Reservations essential. 6-minute walk.
  • The Happy Pig Pancake Shop – Pancakes made from organic ingredients with sweet and savory toppings. Popular with families. 6-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Pulitzer’s Bar – Stylish art deco cocktail bar inside the eponymous hotel. Classic cocktails as well as expertly-mixed signature drinks. 2-minute walk.
  • Café Schuim – Mural-bedecked grungy bar that gets seriously packed on weekends and in the evenings. Younger crowd. 3-minute walk.
  • De Admiraal – Amsterdam’s largest traditional tasting house, with 16 jenevers and 60 liqueurs. 4-minute walk.
  • Café Hoppe – Centuries-old, wood-paneled brown café attached to a modern pub with terrace. 7-minute walk.
  • De Doffer – Informal, 70’s-style café and bar, popular with students and artists. Inexpensive beer and food. 7-minute walk.
  • ‘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. 7-minute walk.
  • Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Tiny cocktail bar with award-winning bartenders and killer signature cocktails. Try the Flying Dutchman. 8-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Market or Grocery

Hotel IX Amsterdam – The Hotel

The hotel emails security codes to its guests before arrival.

To enter the hotel, you punch in the entry code emailed to you before your arrival; there is no reception.

Wolvenstraat suite features wooden beams and street views.

The 2nd floor Wolvenstraat suite is particularly atmospheric with its heavy wooden beams and views of the shopping street below.

Wolvenstraat suite features an open-plan bathroom with rain shower and tub.

Wolvenstraat suite is equipped with a spacious bathroom with rain shower and deep soaking tub. The bathroom’s open-plan design may deter shy guests.

The Huidenstraat suite's living area has a wall-length print of Amsterdam.

The Huidenstraat suite comes with a spacious living area featuring a wall-length print of Amsterdam.

The Huidenstraat suite is quieter than most front-facing suites.

The Huidenstraat is located on the 1st floor at the rear of the hotel, and its bedroom is quieter than the front-facing suites overlooking the street.

Berenstraat suite has a comfortable and spacious living area.

Berenstraat suite is the most spacious room in the hotel, with a comfortable living area.

Berenstraat suite's bedroom is cozy and offers noisy street views.

The snug bedroom of Berenstraat suite overlooks the shopping street below; it’s a little noisy during the day.

Berenstraat suite has a roof terrace with great street views.

Berenstraat suite is the only suite equipped with a roof terrace, with great views of the Nine Streets shopping neighborhood.

Reestraat suite features a private staircase access and spacious living area.

Lofty Reestraat suite on the 3rd floor is accessed via a private staircase and has a spacious living area.

Reestraat suite's bedroom offers views of the Hartenstreet street.

The Reestraat suite bedroom looks out over the Hartenstraat shopping street.

Runstraat suite features an exposed brick wall and remains of the original chimney.

The first-floor Runstraat suite comes with the original chimney remains and exposed brick wall.

Runstraat suite's bedroom faces the street and can get noisy.

Since the Runstraat suite bedroom faces the street, its 1st floor location means a bit more street noise than the other suites.

Dam Square is Amsterdam's busiest square, and features the Nationaal Monument.

3 blocks east of the hotel is Dam square – Central Amsterdam’s busy square filled with visitors and buskers, and home to the Nationaal Monument, dedicated to WWII’s fallen.

The Royal Palace is a popular tourist attraction.

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.

Nieuwe Kerk is known for its beautiful oak chancel and excellent exhibitions.

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.

Café Schuim is favored mostly by the younger crowd.

Running south from Dam, Spuistraat is dotted with good bars, shops, and restaurants. Café Schuim is a grungy bar popular with younger Amsterdammers.

Concrete hosts street art exhibitions, and sells casual urbanwear.

Just off Spuistraat, Concrete sells locally-designed funky street wear and doubles as an occasional exhibition space for street art.

Lucius serves refined seafood dishes in a romantic ambience.

Further south, Lucius is a locally-beloved seafood institution of several decades.

Happy Pig Pancake Shop is great for a quick bite.

Next to it, the Happy Pig Pancake Shop is great for a quick bite on the go.

D’Vijff Vliegen serves modern Dutch dishes in a 17th-century canal house.

Further down the street, D’Vijff Vliegen serves imaginative modern Dutch dishes in an atmospheric 17th-century canal house setting; book ahead.

Art Plein Spui is held on Sundays as an outdoor book and art market.

At the southern end of the street is Spui square, one of the most popular gathering spots in the Medieval Center. On Sundays it hosts the Art Plein Spui, an outdoor book and art market.

Café Hoppe offers a wood-paneled interior and an outdoor terrace.

Just off Spui, there’s a cluster of popular bars; Café Hoppe is a local institution with a centuries-old, wood-paneled interior, plus an outdoor terrace for people-watching.

The Flying Dutchmen is renowned for its signature cocktails.

Across the Singel canal from Spui and around a block south, there’s a tiny cocktail bar: The Flying Dutchmen – a well-kept local secret. The signature cocktails, mixed by award-winning mixologists, are amazing and worth every penny.

Scotch & Soda specializes in chic street wear.

Stretching west from Spui is one of the main shopping streets that make up the trendy Nine Streets neighborhood. Boutiques to look out for include Scotch & Soda, the Amsterdam fashion label specializing in chic street wear for men and women.

We Are Labels specializes in street wear.

Across the street from Scotch & Soda, We Are Labels stocks more street wear by mbyM, Global Funk, Norr, and more.

Marie Stella Maris sells eco-friendly and popular beauty and skincare products.

On the corner, Marie Stella Maris sells locally-renowned beauty and skincare products with an eco-conscience.

Keizersgracht canal connects clusters of boutiques in the neighborhood.

You cross Keizersgracht canal to reach the next cluster of boutiques.

The Darling sells funky, locally-designed women’s wear and accessories.

These include The Darling – funky, locally-designed women’s wear and accessories.

Denham sells men's denim wear, with a women's branch nearby.

Across the street, Denham stocks denim wear for men. The women’s branch is around the corner.

De Doffer is a popular 70's-style cafe.

If you’re looking for a break from shopping, De Doffer is a retro, 70’s-style café, popular with the local creative types.

Michelin-starred Vinkeles is known for its French fine dining.

Just along Keizersgracht canal, The Dylan Hotel is home to 2 excellent restaurants, both popular with non-guests. Book well ahead for the Michelin-starred French fine dining at Vinkeles.

Informal Bar Brasserie OCCO serves great modern European dishes.

Bar Brasserie OCCO is stylish but informal, serving great modern European dishes and gin-based cocktails.

Houseboat Museum showcases what a houseboat looks like.

If you’re curious about what a houseboat looks like on the inside, cross Prinsengracht canal to the west to check out the Houseboat Museum.

Mendo is an excellent bookstore with a good selection of coffee table books.

A block north from the Denham store, another narrow shopping street stretches across the 4 historic canals. Shops worth looking out for include the excellent Mendo bookstore, particularly strong on coffee table books on art, design, and architecture.

Dutch Accent Gallery sells watercolor city scapes by local artists.

Nearby, the Dutch Accent Gallery sells watercolor landscapes of the city by local artists.

Restaurant de Struisvogel serves good French-inspired dishes.

Around the corner is the Restaurant de Struisvogel, a popular lunch stop for shoppers that serves French-inspired dishes.

Marqt is a well-stocked supermarket nearby.

Across the Keizersgracht canal bridge, Marqt is the local branch of the upmarket, well-stocked supermarket.

De Admiraal is popular for its selection of jenevers and local spirits.

Just along the Herengracht canal, De Admiraal is one of the best places in the city to taste a variety of jenevers and other local spirits. Great outdoor terrace.

The Amsterdam Watch Company sells limited edition timepieces.

Just across Keizersgracht canal from the hotel, the Amsterdam Watch Company is the place to come for limited edition timepieces made by the likes of Christian van der Klaauw.

Pulitzer’s Bar serves excellent cocktails by the canal.

Just north of the bridge across the canal, Pulitzer’s Bar serves excellent cocktails and has a great canal-side terrace.

Wil Graanstra under the Westerkerk Church is very popular.

A block north is busy Raadhuisstraat, where you can catch a tram to the Medieval Center and Centraal Station, and grab some tasty Belgian fries from the Wil Graanstra takeout beneath the church.

Koh-i-Noor is a local favorite for its curries and North Indian dishes.

Across the street is Koh-i-Noor, a curry house that’s been a neighborhood fixture for years.

Bistro Bij Ons serves large portions of hearty Dutch classics.

Around the corner is Bistro Bij Ons, a no-nonsense spot for hearty Dutch food. Large potions.

Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam's most popular destinations.

Just north of Westermarkt is the Anne Frank House, where her family hid from the Nazis during WWII. It’s one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, so book your ticket online to skip the lines.

Torensluis square is by the Singel canal, and leads to the historic canal ring.

Half a block north of the Anne Frank House, Leliegracht leads east to the tiny Torensluis square that overlooks the Singel canal.

Puccini Bomboni specializes in the city's best handmade chocolates.

There are 2 worthwhile shops facing Torensluis: 1 is a branch of Puccini Bomboni selling some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates.

Reypenaer Cheese Tasting offers cheese tastings in its cellar.

Across the street is the Reypenaer Cheese Tasting; there are cheese shops with a wider range of Dutch cheeses, but this place does regular cheese tastings in the cellar (book ahead).

Amsterdam Duck Store specializes in novelty rubber ducks.

A short walk west is the Amsterdam Duck Store; novelty rubber ducks range from Harry Potter and Madonna to Game of Thrones characters.

‘t Arendsnest serves 200+ bottled and 30+ on tap Dutch beers.

A block north along Herengracht canal, ‘t Arendsnest is the perfect haunt for beer lovers: it serves over 200 Dutch bottled beers, over 30 on tap, and has both an atmospheric interior and a wonderful canal-side terrace.

Breda offers imaginative, seasonal, multi-course tasting menus.

Just south of Torensluis is Breda, one of the most imaginative restaurants in the city, the higher-end sister to Guts & Glory (off Rembrandtplein), and a great place to bring a date. Reserve well ahead for the seasonal, multi-course tasting menus.

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