by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 11, 2018
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Hotel V Nesplein – Trendy boutique hotel in the super-central Medieval Centre.
Former office block turned trendy boutique hotel, right in the heart of Amsterdam’s Medieval Centre, and popular with Dutch media celebs and globetrotters alike. Inside, the decor is a mix of mustard-yellow wallpaper, 19th and early 20th century theater posters, scuffed leather chairs, and quirky Dutch design, such as the grand chandelier hanging to waist height. The rooms are open-concept and spacious for Amsterdam, with amber wallpaper, parquet floors, large TVs, Nespresso machines, and rain showers with Etika bath products in the white-tiled bathrooms. The onsite restaurant and bar is a local favorite, and the hotel is perfectly located for sightseeing and dining out.
Hotel V Nesplein – Location
- Address: Dam 27, 1012 JS Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Dam.
- Area: Extremely central. Overlooking a tiny square, on a narrow pedestrian street lined with alternative theaters, 3 minutes’ walk from Dam Square and the Royal Palace. Right on the edge of the Red Light District, 10 minutes on foot from Centraal Station and the historic Canal Belt, and a 15-minute tram ride from the Museum Quarter. The nearest tram stop is on Dam Square.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then the tram (4, 9, 16, 24, 25) to Dam stop, 4 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
- Handy to: The Royal Palace, Dam Square, Amsterdam Museum.
Hotel V Nesplein – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel has an adult feel, and is popular with a mix of tourists on a city break and business travelers. Limited amenities for children.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzis.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Extras: The “living lobby” comes with a guest library and an open fireplace for colder days. The young staff offer genuine local recommendations, rather than just a list of the main tourist 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: 020-662-3233
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://hotelvnesplein.nl/en/
Hotel V Nesplein – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa, but in-room massages can be arranged.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for guests with disabilities.
- For Families: Baby cots and high chairs are available, and extra beds cost €50, but otherwise there are no special child-friendly features.
Hotel V Nesplein – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: The bright, buzzy Lobby Restaurant (7am-10pm) with an outdoor summer terrace is locally famous for its flammkuchen (pizza-style dish from Alsace). Other mains are globally-inspired brasserie dishes, with more substantial mains (ribeye, red gurnard with polenta) served in the evenings. Reservation recommended even at lunchtime. • $$.
- Lounge/Bar: Amsterdammers and guests alike perch on stools at the wooden Lobby Bar. There’s an extensive selection of wines by the glass, and local liqueurs. Inquire about the Vieze Boekje (“dirty little book”) of off-menu wines that the sommelier acquires during his travels.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. A la carte breakfast items at the Lobby Restaurant cost from €5 to €15, and range from eggs Benedict and full English breakfast to American pancakes, filled bagels, and croque madames. Breakfast is served from 7am to noon.
- Room Service: 24-hour room service available from the Lobby Restaurant.
Hotel V Nesplein – Rooms
- Room Types: V Comfort • V Superior • V Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Hotel V Nesplein is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The roomy V Suites all come with vintage furniture and spacious rain showers. Ask for a suite facing away from the courtyard for a quieter stay.
- For Families: No family rooms per se, though all rooms can accommodate an extra bed.
Hotel TwentySeven – 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 Dam stop to Centraal Station, southern canal ring and Leidseplein, plus the Museum Quarter.
- 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 V Nesplein – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Rederij Kooij – Private canal tours in a vintage wooden boat. Start location: 3-minute walk.
- Offbeat Amsterdam: 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: 3-minute walk.
- 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: 3-minute walk.
- 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: 6-minute walk.
- 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: 9-minute walk.
- Stromma – Open boat canal tours, hop-on, hop-off boats, and 100 Highlights canal cruise. Start location: 11-minute walk.
- Lovers Canal Cruises – Hour-long, small boat canal cruises depart from the dock near the Anne Frank House. Start location: 13-minute walk.
- Amsterdam City Tours – Coach tours depart for the Keukenhof flower gardens and Zaanse Schans windmills from the I Amsterdam tourist office. Start location: 13-minute walk.
- Blue Boat Company – Open-boat cruises, themed kids’ cruises, evening cruises, and Hard Rock burger cruises. Start location: 15-minutes.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Van Kerkwijk – Intimate, subtly-lit little place with a daily changing menu of French classics, Moroccan tajines, curries, and other internationally-inspired dishes. 1-minute walk.
- Mappa – Solid, no-nonsense Italian food: homemade pizza and ravioli, plus an excellent wine list of tipples from small producers. 1-minute walk.
- FuLu Mandarijn – Good mix of Cantonese and Sichuan dishes in smart surroundings. Offerings include dim sum, sea bass in hot chili broth, Kung Pao chicken, and Peking duck with pancakes. 2-minute walk.
- Adam & Siam – Imaginative Dutch dishes with a Thai twist, friendly and efficient service. 2-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. 2-minute walk.
- TER Steakhouse – Prime cuts of meat seared to your specifications. Dinner bookings advisable. 4-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 strongly advised. 5-minute walk.
- Bord’Eau – Elegant, luxurious surroundings, imaginative Michelin-starred cuisine, an excellent wine list and superb cheese selection. One for special occasions; reserve well ahead. 5-minute walk.
- Bhatti Pasal – Large portions of Nepalese dishes in very central location. Excellent momos. 6-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Bubbles & Wines – This sleek wine bar attracts a lively, stylish clientele with its 50+ wines and champagnes by the glass, and superb bar snacks. 1-minute walk.
- Bierfabriek Amsterdam – Hip, brasserie-style microbrewery with private tap tables, 4 own brews on tap, and an accompaniment of rustic dishes. 1-minute walk.
- The Tara – Maze-like Irish pub that’s a big expat favorite. Good for catching football on the big screen. 2-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. 4-minute walk.
- Café Oporto – This pint-sized brown café has friendly staff, football on TV, inexpensive beer, and a great location near Dam square. 5-minute walk.
- De Drie Fleschjes – Characterful 17th century tasting house that specializes in liqueurs and jenevers. The accompanying snack of choice here is meatballs. 6-minute walk.
- Café Schuim – Mural-bedecked grungy bar that gets seriously packed on weekends, and in the evenings. Younger crowd. 6-minute walk.
- Café Belgique – Chilled-out Belgian beer bar, with 8 brews on tap at the carved wooden bar, and many more bottled options. 6-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- 3D Hologrammen – Holographic art, jewelry, and homeware. 2-minute walk.
- Hans Appenzeller – Local jewelry designer; original designs in gold and stone. 2-minute walk.
- Laundry Industry – Urban wear for men and women by the eponymous Dutch design house. 3-minute walk.
- PGC Hajenius – Art deco tobacco emporium with private humidors and sumptuous smoking lounge. 3-minute walk.
- Concrete – Locally-designed t-shirts, trainers, and jeans. Also doubles as an exhibition space for street art and photography. 5-minute walk.
- American Book Center – Largest English-language bookshop in Amsterdam. 6-minute walk.
- De Bierkoning – Over 1,500 bottled beers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the UK. 6-minute walk.
- Athenaeum – One of Amsterdam’s largest independent bookshops, with numerous travel guidebooks, and books on fashion and design. 6-minute walk.
- Mark Raven Amsterdam Art – Mark Raven’s city scapes, posters, and t-shirt art. 7-minute walk.
- Magna Plaza – Upmarket shopping mall, best for fashion, jewelry, and souvenirs. 7-minute walk.
- By Popular Demand – Quirky, original gifts in the form of cool gadgets and hard-to-find home decor. 7-minute walk.