NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen Hotel in Amsterdam

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 17, 2018

Review of NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen in Amsterdam.

NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen – Revamped, luxurious, and historic hotel in the Medieval Centre.

Doelen is Amsterdam’s oldest hotel, located inside a grand brick building in one of the most historic corners of the city, with part of the original city wall visible inside the hotel. There are famous art connections as well: Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” was originally displayed in what is now the Rembrandt Suite. The rooms are thoroughly modern, with the signature white, gold, and crimson color scheme, and plenty of natural light and mod cons such as espresso makers. Service is formal and efficient, and the location is about as central as you can get.

NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen – Location

  • Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 26, 1012 CP Amsterdam.
  • Nearest Tram: Muntplein.
  • Area: In a relatively tranquil part of the Medieval Centre, overlooking the city’s oldest canal. Lively Rembrandtplein, Dam Square, the Red Light District, and the historic Canal Belt are all within a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, and the Museum Quarter is 20 minute away on foot. From the nearest tram stop (4 minutes away), trams run to Centraal Station, De Pijp, and eastern Amsterdam.
  • How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then the tram (4, 9, 16, 24, 25) to Muntplein stop, across from the hotel.
  • Handy to: Allard Pierson Museum, the Royal Palace, Amsterdam Museum.

NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen – The Basics

  • Location: In a relatively tranquil part of the Medieval Centre, overlooking the city’s oldest canal. Lively Rembrandtplein, Dam Square, the Red Light District and the historic Canal Belt are all within a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, and the Museum Quarter is 20 minutes away on foot. From the nearest tram stop (4 minutes away), trams run to Centraal Station, De Pijp and eastern Amsterdam.
  • Ages: Guests are a mix of holiday makers and business travelers. Children welcome.
  • View: Of the 81 rooms, the Superior and Premium rooms come either with limited city views, or else look over the Kloveniersburgwal canal. All the suites boast canal views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: In-room laundry service.
  • Parking: Nearby valet parking costs €55 per day.
  • Extras: Generous noon checkout. 3pm checkout on Lazy Sundays.
  • 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: 020-554-0600
  • Email[email protected]
  • Website: nh-collection.com

NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa, but massages can be arranged in-room.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: Several rooms adapted for guests with disabilities, plus a ramp and elevator.
  • For Families: The restaurant has a children’s menu, and babysitting services are available on request.

NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Bumbu Kitchen (noon-4pm & 6-11pm) serves refined, Indonesian-inspired dishes in a striking setting: all purple walls and bold contemporary art. Reservations recommended. • $$.
  • Lounge/Bar: No bar.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Extensive breakfast buffet (7am-10.30am Monday to Saturday, 8am-noon Sunday) costs €24 per person; a la carte items such as American pancakes, filled bagels, and fresh vegetable juices available at extra cost.
  • Room Service: Available around the clock.

NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior • Superior with Canal View • Premium • Premium with Canal View • Junior Suite with Canal View • Rembrandt Suite with Canal View • Suite with Canal View • Empress Suite with Canal View
  • Smoking Rooms: NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: The Rembrandt Suite has a reproduction of “The Night Watch” masterpiece where the original used to hang in the 17th century. The Empress Suite is the most spacious and has good canal views, but canal view suites on higher floors offer greater privacy.

NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen – 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 6-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.

NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Frenzi – Imaginative Mediterranean tapas, live jazz on Saturday afternoons, and over 100 types of grappa. 3-minute walk.
  • 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.
  • Bhatti Pasal – Large portions of Nepalese dishes in very central location. Excellent momos. 5-minute walk.
  • Adam & Siam – Imaginative Dutch dishes with a Thai twist, friendly and efficient service. 6-minute walk.
  • The Seafood Bar – Buzzy spot for champagne, oysters, and seafood platters. Walk-ins welcome. 6-minute walk.
  • Roses by Sal – Latin American street food – tacos, quesadillas, empanadas – as well as ceviche, and excellent pisco cocktails. 6-minute walk.
  • Guts & Glory – Experimental fine dining with an ever-changing menu, and wallet-friendly multi-course lunch. Reservations recommended. 6-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. 7-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. 5-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.
  • De Bekeerde Suster – 16th century cloister turned brewery with 4 own brews flowing from copper tanks, seasonal and guest beers, and numerous bottled brews. 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. 6-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. 6-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. 7-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Market or Grocery

NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen – The Hotel

The hotel decor is a pleasing mix of old world and contemporary.

The decor is old world meets contemporary, with plenty of marble and chandeliers.

The onsite Bumbu Kitchen is popular for its imaginative Indonesian dishes.

The onsite Bumbu Kitchen (noon-4pm & 6-11pm) is popular with Amsterdammers and guests alike for its inspired takes on Indonesian cuisine; reservations recommended.

The Superior with Canal View rooms offer great views.

While the Superior and Superior with Canal View rooms are the same size, it’s worth spending extra on the view.

All bathrooms are equippped with power showers.

All rooms, including the suites, come equipped with walk-in power showers.

The Premium with Canal View rooms offer great views.

As with the Superior rooms, the only difference between Premium and Premium with Canal View is the view, and it’s worth the extra splurge.

The hotel lobby is a cozy place to lounge in.

The lobby comes with cozy spaces for lounging around.

The bright Junior Suite offets canal views from 2 sides.

The Junior Suite is particularly light and bright, with canal views from 2 sides.

Rembrandt Suite features a reproduction of "The Night Watch".

The Rembrandt Suite boasts a reproduction of “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt in the place where the original used to be in the 17th century.

The ground floor Empress Suite is spacious with great views.

The Empress Suite is the most spacious, and has some of the best canal views, but it’s on the ground floor, so some guests may prefer a canal view suite higher up.

The canal view from the top floor suite is excellent.

Typical canal view from a canal view suite on the top floor.

Stopera hosts international opera and ballet performances.

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.

Waterlooplein flea market sells everything from clothes to food.

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.

Rembrandt House showcases the artist's recreated rooms and original sketches.

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 audioguide is worthwhile.

Jewish Historical Museum showcases Jewish history from the 1600's.

2 blocks east of Rembrandt House 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.

The Stopera can be reached by crossing many picturesque canals.

To reach the Stopera from the hotel, you cross several small and picturesque canals.

BIEC sells funky household gadgets, ceramics, women’s accessories, and other cool gifts.

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.

The Amsterdam Duck Store is renowned for its extensive range of rubber ducks.

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.

Droog offers unusual gifts, gallery, and cafe.

Across the street, Droog is another great place for unusual gifts such as cool homeware. There’s also a gallery and café attached.

Puccini Bomboni sells some of the city's best handmade chocolates.

A few doors down, the local branch of Puccini Bomboni sells some of the best handmade chocolates in the city.

Frenzi is known for its imaginative Mediterranean tapas and range of grappa.

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.

Nieuwmarkt square hosts farmers' and antique markets on weekends.

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.

Anna + Nina sells women's apparel and accessories by local designers.

On the way, you pass Anna + Nina, an outlet featuring women’s apparel and accessories by local designers.

De Bekeerde Suster brewery offers 4 of its own brews on tap.

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.

Rosalia’s Menagerie is a popular destination to sample jenevers and jenever-based cocktails.

Inside the Misc EatDrinkSleep boutique hotel, the cozy Rosalia’s Menagerie cocktail bar is open to non-guests in the evenings. It’s an excellent place to sample jenevers and jenever-based cocktails, and the ambience is a world away from most bars of the Red Light District.

Pathe Tuschinkitheater is a famous art deco cinema.

A short walk southwest 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 full of bars and clubs.

Rembrandtplein square is one of Amsterdam’s most popular nightlife hubs, surrounded by bars and clubs.

Museum of Bags and Purses has the biggest collection of bags and purses from around the world.

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!

Museum Willet-Holthuysen is located in a beautiful 18th century residence.

A block east, Museum Willet-Holthuysen is a sumptuous 18th century residence with a gorgeous garden, and rooms filled with period furniture.

Guts & Glory is a pocket-friendly fine-dine restaurant with a fequently changing menu.

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.

Door 74 requires a code via text message to enter.

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.

Roses by Sal serves excellent tacos, empanadas, ceviche, and pisco sours.

Further west, the street is pedestrianized, and lined with many 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.

Bhatti Pasal serves inexpensive and good Nepalese fare.

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).

The Seafood Bar is renowned for its seafood platters and oysters.

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.

Art Plein Spui is held every Sunday at Spui 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.

American Book Center is Amsterdam's largest English-language bookshop.

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.

Athenaeum has a wide selection of books on travel, fashion, and design.

Nearby, Athenaeum is a large, independent bookstore with an excellent selection of travel guidebooks and books on fashion and design.

Café de Dokter is Amsterdam's smallest 18th century pub.

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).

The Amsterdam Museum showcases 1,000 years of the city's history.

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.

Rokin canal is full of cruise boats through the day.

Just east of Spui, the wide Rokin canal is busy with canal cruise boats during the day.

The Allard Pierson Museum houses a superb archaeological collection.

Just west of the hotel, the Allard Pierson Museum houses a superb archaeological collection, from ancient Greek ceramics and an Egyptian mummy to early Mesopotamian artefacts.

Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis is the city's best traditional Dutch pancake house.

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.

Hans Appenzeller sells original gold jewelry designs.

Directly opposite, you can browse original gold jewelry designs at Hans Appenzeller. Or check out 3D holographic art and jewelry next door.

Bier Fabriek features private tap tables, rustic dishes, and brews.

From here, narrow Nes street, dotted with alternative theatres, 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.

Van Kerkwijk offers a continuously changing menu of Moroccan tagines and French dishes.

Nearer Dam is Van Kerkwijk, just north of the hotel, with its daily changing menu of Moroccan tagines, French dishes, and more.

Bubbles & Wines is a stylish place to enjoy wine and champagne.

Nearby, Bubbles & Wines 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.

PGC Hajenius is renowned for its art deco interior, cigars, and private humidors.

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.

Adam & Siam is popular for its Dutch-Thai fusion.

Rokin’s bars and restaurants are invariably touristy, and vary in quality. Adam & Siam is consistently good for Dutch-Thai fusion.

Nationaal Monument is a popular tourist attraction in Dam square.

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 Royal Palace is a major 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 chancel and temporary 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.

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