Misc Eatdrinksleep – Intimate boutique hotel on the edge of the Red Light District.
Just off Nieuwmarkt Square in the Red Light District, this characterful seventeenth-century canal house comprises just six individually-decorated rooms, all with king-sized beds and rain showers in the bathrooms. This boutique hotel punches well above its weight in terms of services provided and value for money, and the hospitable Dutch-American owners are happy to share their extensive knowledge of the city. Amsterdam’s nightlife is right on its doorstep; alternatively, guests might be enticed by cocktails at the hotel’s intimate little bar.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Location
- Area: Super-central, right off the Nieuwmarkt Square in the heart of the Red Light District, with its lively nightlife, and numerous cafes and restaurants. Rembrandt House is a 5-minute stroll (400m); Dam Square (500m), the historic Canal Belt, and Centraal Station (800m) are all less than 10 minutes away on foot; and the Museum Quarter is about 20 minutes by metro and tram (2 km). The nearest metro stop is a 2-minute walk away.
- Address: Kloveniersburgwal 20.
- Nearest Transport: Metro – Nieuwmarkt (150m), Bus & Tram – Dam (600m).
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then metro line 51, 53, or 54 to Nieuwmarkt stop, a 2-minute stroll (150m) from the hotel.
- 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: Red Light District, Rembrandt House, Jewish Historical Museum.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – The Basics
- Ages: Most guests tend to be couples on a romantic break. Children are welcome, but there can be no more than 2 persons per room, child included.
- View: The 3 larger Canal View rooms are at the front of the hotel, and look out over Kloveniersburgwal canal, while the 3 Garden View rooms face the quiet garden.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzis.
- Laundry: No in-room laundry service.
- Extras: There are lots of thoughtful little extras, from guidebooks, umbrellas, bicycles, and specialty books (on art, architecture, etc.) available to guests, to universal plug adapters, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, Nespresso machines, and fresh flowers in all the rooms, and white noise machines in the somewhat noisier Canal View rooms to ensure a good night’s sleep.
- 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)20-330-6241
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: misceatdrinksleep.com
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests.
- For Families: A baby cot can be provided if you’re staying in a Canal View room.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: No restaurant, but the surrounding streets are dotted with numerous dining options. Your hosts are happy to offer genuine local recommendations.
- Lounge/Bar: In the evenings, the colorfully-upholstered, cozy lobby, packed with curios from around the world (and a stuffed parakeet), turns into the lively Rosalia’s Menagerie bar from Tuesday to Saturday, popular with locals and guests alike. Jenevers and jenever-based cocktails are a specialty. Open until midnight.
- Breakfast: A hearty complimentary breakfast (available between 9am and noon) includes local cold cuts and cheeses, muesli, granola, jams, fruit, country-style breads, tea, and coffee. Early breakfast (from 7.30am) available on request.
- Room Service: No room service.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Rooms
- Room Types: Garden View Double • Canal View Double • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Misc Eatdrinksleep is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: Of the 3 Canal View rooms, the striking Afrika room comes with wooden carvings from the continent and a floor-to-ceiling landscape print. The Baroque room is our favorite Garden View room, complete with a canopied bed, chandeliers, gilded mirror, and luxurious upholstery.
- For Families: No family rooms per se.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Local Transport
- Walking: Easy walking distance to attractions in the Red Light District and the Medieval Center, Dam Square, Royal Palace, Amsterdam Museum, Rembrandt House, and Jewish Historical Museum. Walkable to the historic canal ring. Numerous restaurants, bars, and shops within a few minutes’ walk.
- Metro: Centraal Station is a 1-stop hop from Nieuwmarkt, and the tram hub in front of the tram station has connections to all points of interest, including the Museum Quarter and Anne Frank House.
- 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.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- City Free Tour – Departing from the Nieuwmarkt square daily, this engaging, free 2-2.5 hour tour walks you through 800 years of Amsterdam history. Specialized tours of the Red Light District also available. Start location: 200m.
- Jewish History Amsterdam – Historian Jeanette Loeb leads specialized walking tours of the former Jewish quarter, and in-depth tours of the Jewish Historical Museum. Book in advance. Start location: 1.5 km.
Best Nearby Restaurants and Cafes
- Nam Kee – Classic Cantonese cuisine in more spacious surrounds than its sister restaurant in the Red Light District. (250m).
- TER Steakhouse – Prime cuts of meat seared to your specifications. Dinner bookings advisable. (200m).
- Thaise Snackbar Bird – Diminutive Thai restaurant, authentic curries, spicy papaya salad, and more. Takeout service. (350m).
- The White Room – Beautifully presented, seasonal, ingredient-driven creations from the Michelin-starred chef inside a stately 19th-century white-and-gold dining room. Multi-course tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays; weekday lunches a bargain. Dinner reservations essential. (500m).
- Dabka – Good Lebanese mezze spreads and kebabs; eat inside, or on the canal-side terrace. (500m).
- Frenzi – Imaginative Mediterranean tapas, live jazz on Saturday afternoons, and over 100 types of grappa. (600m).
- Omelegg – Central branch of the popular all-day breakfast/brunch café. 2 dozen different omelettes and shakshuka are specialties here. (600m).
- Kam Yin – Large, inexpensive portions of Chinese and Surinamese standards. Popular with students. (600m).
- Gebr Hartering – Canal-side timber dining room, and daily changing multi-course menus that make the most of local ingredients. Romantic ambience; reservations essential. (800m).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- De Bekeerde Suster – 16th century cloister turned brewery with 4 own brews flowing from copper tanks, seasonal and guest beers, and numerous bottled brews. (50m).
- Lokaal ‘t Loosje – One of Nieuwmarkt’s oldest brown cafes, with etched-glass windows and a mixed local crowd. (100m).
- Proeflokaal ‘t Kelkje – The tasting room of the Nieuwe Diep distillery stocks an impressive range of jenevers, gins, and liqueurs, as well as a few Czech and Bavarian beers. (250m).
- De Sluyswacht – Former lock-keeper’s house turned brown café, with a wonderful canal-side terrace for sipping a beer. (400m).
- Wynand Fockink – Squeeze into this intimate 17th-century tasting house to sample an extensive range of jenevers and liqueurs. (400m).
- Bubbles & Wines – This sleek wine bar attracts a lively, stylish clientele with its 50+ wines and champagnes by the glass, and superb bar snacks. (500m).
- Brouwerij de Prael – Multi-level tasting room of the eponymous craft beer brewery, with numerous IPAs, stouts, barley wines, and other brews on tap. (600m).
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Rutger Brandt Gallery – Modern art by up-and-coming artists as well as established international ones. Some art for sale. (50m).
- Anna & Nina – Eclectic earrings, accessories, clothing, and interior design that reflects the nomad-like travels of the store’s owners. (50m).
- The Headshop – Everything smoking and cannabis-related, from seeds to herb to vaporizers, with knowledgeable staff. (100m).
- RecordFriend – Basement vinyl store with good selection of LPs in every genre. (250m).
- Knuffels – Toy shop for all ages, from stuffed animals to optical illusions and gadgets. (250m).
- Droog – Cool homeware and design, unique gifts, plus a gallery space and café attached. (600m).
- BIEC – Ceramics, funky gadgets, bags, shawls, shoes, sketch books, and other cool gifts. (600m).
- Puccini Bomboni – Some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates. 1 of 3 branches. (600m).
- Amsterdam Duck Store – Nothing but rubber ducks here, from classic yellow to Batman, S&M, and Game of Thrones ducks. (1 km).
Nearby Market or Grocery
- Waterlooplein Flea Market – Vast flea market (Monday to Saturday) selling designer knockoffs, antiques, jewelry, and more. Street food stalls also. (500m).
Misc Eatdrinksleep – The Hotel
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