by Santorini Dave • Updated: January 7, 2019
Museum Suites – History meets creature comforts in the Museum Quarter.
This intimate boutique hotel is located inside a beautifully restored 19th-century mansion – the private residence of the first director of the Rijksmuseum. The decor of the four sumptuous, individually-decorated suites is inspired by famous artists whose work appears at the nearby museums: Rembrandt, Mondrian, Van Gogh, and De Vermeer. The original fireplaces and decorated high ceilings of the mansion are combined with a plethora of mod cons including iPod docks, DVD players and DVDs, smart TVs, and Nespresso machines. The location is ideal for museum-hopping, and service is helpful.
Museum Suites – Location
- Address: Willemsparkweg 113, 1071 GV Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Cornelis Shuytstraat.
- Area: Well-heeled neighborhood near the southern boundary of Vondelpark, a 10-minute walk from the 3 heavyweight art museums of the Museum Quarter, and an even shorter walk from a cluster of fashion boutiques. The historic canal ring and the Medieval Centre are a short tram ride away, while Centraal Station is around 25 minutes by tram.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #2 to the Cornelis Schuytstraat stop, 2 minute’s walk from the hotel.
- Handy to: Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark.
Museum Suites – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be couples on a romantic getaway or city break, along with a few families. All ages are allowed.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Jacuzzi in the Rembrandt Suite.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Extras: Piano for guest use; staff can book tickets to museums and attractions.
- 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: 020-331-8300
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: http://www.museumsuites.com/uk/index.html
Museum Suites – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center but the nearby Vondelpark is ideal for running.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests.
- For Families: Under-4’s stay for free; high chairs and cots available.
- Other Facilities: Airport shuttle service (extra charge).
Museum Suites – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: No onsite dining, but there are numerous restaurants and cafes an easy walk away.
- Lounge/Bar: Minibars in the rooms but no bar onsite. Several bars and pubs within easy walking distance.
- Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included in the price, served 7.30-10.30 am.
- Room Service: No room service besides breakfast in bed.
Museum Suites – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Suite • Suite with Spa Bath • Suite with Terrace • One-Bedroom Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Museum Suites is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The spacious Rembrandt Suite on the second floor features an original 19th-century fireplace, underfloor heating in the bathroom, a whirlpool tub, and street views, while the contemporary Mondrian Suite on the top floor looks out over the tranquil garden and benefits from plenty of natural light, but has a rain shower rather than whirlpool tub.
- For Families: Suites can accommodate a baby cot, and the Vermeer Suite has a foldout sofa bed, but no family rooms per se.
Museum Suites – Local Transport
- Walking: Easy walking distance to Vondelpark, the Museum Quarter, and the fashion boutiques along Cornelis Schuytstraat and P.C. Hooftstraat.
- Tram: Direct tram connections from the nearby Cornelis Schuytstraat stop to Centraal Station (20 minutes) via the historic canal ring (6 minutes) and the Medieval Centre (14 minutes).
- 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.
Museum Suites – What’s Nearby?
Nearby Restaurants and Cafes>Brasserie de Joffers – Parisian-style brasserie with a fresh, changing menu of Dutch classics, international dishes, and delectable pastries. 2-minute walk.Ristorante Sardegna – Elegant Italian restaurant with homemade pasta and classic dishes on the menu, complemented by a solid list of Italian wines. 3-minute walk.Taiko Restaurant – Elegant Japanese-inspired cuisine inside Conservatorium Hotel: from sushi, sashimi, and Wagyu beef on the grill to the splurge-worthy 8-course omakase menu. Reservations essential. 6-minute walk.Bagels & Beans – Popular café chain. Bagels with numerous sweet and savory fillings, fair trade, and organic ingredients. Extensive range of fresh juices, herbal teas, and coffee drinks. 6-minute walk.Carter Bar & Kitchen – Contemporary French bistro. Classics with a twist, along with great cocktails and wine. 6-minute walk.Seafood Bar – Casual seafood joint specializing in fish and chips as well as seafood platters. 9-minute walk.L’Entrecote et les Dames – Sophisticated French menu, old-world ambience. The entrecote is the star here, followed by crepes au Grand Marnier. 9-minute walk.George Bistro Bistro – Smart bistro serving gourmet burgers, rotisserie chicken, and charcoal-grilled lobster. Imaginative brunches on weekends. 10-minute walk.
Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Café Welling – Old-school café-bar behind the Concertgebouw, attracting arty and literary types, and post-concert musicians. 5-minute walk.
- ‘t Blauwe Theehuis – Flying-saucer-shaped 1930’s Modernist pavilion right in the heart of Vondelpark; come here for a cocktail or coffee and cake. 6-minute walk.
- Tunes Bar – Imaginative gin cocktails (among others) executed with flair at this stylish bar inside the Conservatorium Hotel. 6-minute walk.
- Vida – 1 of 4 branches of the popular Spanish taperia and wine bar; gets busy in the evenings. 8-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- & Klevering Zuid – Hip homeware by own brand, &k Amsterdam, as well as the likes of Marimekko, HAY, and Vitra. 2-minute walk.
- Nikkie – Street-smart women’s fashion designed by former Dutch actress Nikkie Plessen. 2-minute walk.
- Manwood – Heels, boots, shoes, sneakers, and other stylish men’s and women’s footwear by Dutch designers and several select international labels. 2-minute walk.
- Buise – Upscale women’s wear, including sweatshirts by Paul & Joe Sister, floral prints by Black Coral, and jackets by Isabel Marant. 3-minute walk.
- VLVT – Stylish women’s wear by Dutch designers such as Anna + Nina and ByDanie; also international labels such as Pinko, Boy London, and Lola Cruz. 3-minute walk.
- Ennu – Men’s and women’s fashion from the likes of If Six Was Nine, Rick Owens, LGB, and Ann Demeulemeester. 3-minute walk.
- Coster Diamonds – Blow your budget on diamond jewelry fit for royalty at the oldest diamond polishing facility in the world. Or book a free tour to see the diamonds being polished and cut. 9-minute walk.
Nearby Market or Grocery
- ZuiderMRKT – High-end, fresh organic produce market behind the Concertgebouw, with attached food stalls that sell crepes, hot dogs, and Indonesian satay. 4-minute walk.
Museum Suites – The Hotel
Breakfast is served between 7.30 and 10.30 am in the atmospheric dining room.
The elegant Rembrandt Suite is located on the 2nd floor at the front of the house, and features a fireplace and decorative plasterwork on the ceiling.
The Rembrandt Suite is the only room with a whirlpool bath.
The bright and airy Van Gogh Suite features reproductions of the artist’s famous works and a marble fireplace.
The Van Gogh Suite comes with a large, south-facing outdoor terrace that’s pleasant even in winter; you can request to have breakfast on the terrace.
The Van Gogh bathroom is equipped with a rain shower.
In addition to the cozy bedroom, the street-facing Vermeer Suite on the 3rd floor has a fold-out sofa bed.
The Vermeer Suite comes equipped with a kitchenette.
An oversized rain shower is the main feature of the Vermeer Suite bathroom.
Vermeer Suite living area.
Up under the roof on the 4th floor, the Mondrian Suite has particularly high ceilings and heavy wooden beams.
The Mondrian Suite living area.
A block away along Willemsparkweg, Brasserie de Joffers has a changing menu and Dutch and international dishes, as well as pastries. Good outdoor terrace.
Nearby, Ristorante Sardegna is particularly good for homemade pasta dishes. Limited outdoor seating.
Further west along Willemsparkweg, George Bistro Bistro (not a typo!) fills up on weekday evenings. Excellent homemade burgers and rotisserie chicken in particular.
Around the corner, Arti Choc sells gourmet handmade chocolates.
A couple of blocks south, Carter Bar & Kitchen serves contemporary French dishes.
A block west of Carter, Vida pairs classic Spanish tapas with an extensive wine list.
A block west of the hotel is Cornelis Schuytstraat, a popular shopping street lined with designer shops, including Amsterdam’s own Nikkie – stylish women’s apparel.
Next door to Nikkie is locally-designed footwear by Manwood.
Further down the street is VLVT, stylish womenswear by local designers such as Anna + Nina.
Nearby is Ennu, with men’s and women’s threads by the likes of If Six Was Nine.
Also along Cornelia Schuytstraat is Buise, upscale women’s wear by Black Coral, Isabel Morant, and more.
On a quiet side street closer to the hotel, & Klevering Zuid is a good place to pick up hip, locally-designed homeware as gifts.
A block south, ZuiderMRKT takes place on Saturdays only, with stalls selling homemade bread, organic vegetables, locally-made sausages, cheeses, and more. Get there early, since it winds down by 5 pm.
A block east of the market is Café Welling, a popular watering hole where you’re likely to rub shoulders with musicians and arty types.
Nearby, along Van Baerlestraat, is the Concertgebouw, a stunning, neo-Renaissance style concert hall with exceptional acoustics. Even if you don’t come here for a concert, it’s well worth taking a guided tour (Mon & Fri at 5 pm, Wed at 1.30 pm, Sun at 12.30 pm).
Just across the street is the Museumplein, the square featuring Amsterdam’s trio of heavyweight art museums.
Also just across the street is Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands’ biggest collection of contemporary art, with excellent temporary exhibitions by big-name artists, and a first-rate cafe-restaurant in the lobby.
Next door is the super-popular Van Gogh Museum showcasing the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh works. Access is by timed ticket only; book your time slot online.
The most famous of the Museumplein museums is Rijksmuseum, with the biggest and best Dutch art collection in the world. Book your ticket online or come early to beat the lines, and make a beeline for Rembrandt’s Night Watch before the crowds arrive.
Across the street from the Museumplein, the House of Bols walks you through the history of jenever (the granddaddy of gin) making in Holland. At the end of the experience, you get to mix and drink your own jenever cocktail.
Next to the House of Bols, the Diamond Museum is worth a peek for the history of the Dutch diamond trade, and the glittering replicas of the world’s most famous diamonds such as the Orlof and the Koh-i-Noor.
If money is no object, you might want to pick up some diamonds of your own at Coster Diamonds next door.
Around the corner, inside the Conservatorium Hotel, Taiko Restaurant is among the very best in the city for Japanese-inspired dishes. Reservations essential.
Also inside Conservatorium Hotel, the elegant Tunes Bar is somewhere to take your date, particularly if your date loves imaginative gin-based cocktails.
Across the street, pop into the local branch of Bagels & Beans for a filled bagel and a caffeine pick-me-up.
A block south of the Museumplein, the fine French dining at L’entrecote et Les Dames is particularly popular with concert-goers.
Just north of the Conservatorium Hotel along Van Baerlestraat, the Seafood Bar is good for seafood platters and fish and chips; fills up at lunchtime with museum-goers.
If you head into Vondelpark, it’s worth stopping at the ‘t Blauwe Theehuis for the 1930’s Modernist architecture, as well as coffee or cocktail. Very popular summer terrace.