by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 11, 2018
INK Hotel – Former newsroom turned hip boutique hotel in the Medieval Centre.
Trendy and aimed at a younger, urban-savvy clientele, INK Hotel takes its theme from an early 20th century newsroom that once occupied the building. References to the printed word abound, from the antique typewriters and print plates in the greenery-filled lobby to the newspaper-like menus at the hotel restaurant. Rooms are contemporary and very comfortable, all with McGallery beds, Nespresso machines, large TVs, and whimsical black and white maps of Amsterdam on the walls by Dutch newspaper illustrator Jan Rothuizen. Bathrooms are stylish and open-plan, with rain showers. The service is young, congenial, and well-informed.
INK Hotel – Location
- Address: Nieuwezijdz Voorburgwal 67, 1012 RE Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Nieuwezijds Kolk.
- Area: On a busy street in the Medieval Centre. Numerous attractions, bars, and restaurants right on the doorstep, the historic Canal Belt and the main departure point for canal boat tours are both a couple of minutes’ walk away, and both Dam Square and Centraal Station are about 6 minutes’ walk. Frequent trams run to the Museum Quarter (15 minutes) from a tram stop that’s just a 1-minute walk.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then either tram #1, #2 or #5 for 1 stop, or walk for 7 minutes.
- Handy to: Centraal Station, historic canal ring, Dam Square, Royal Palace.
INK Hotel – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be a mix of younger couples on a city break, and business travelers. The hotel has a grown-up feel to it, though children are welcome.
- View: The 149 rooms overlook either the busy Niewwezijds Voorburgwal street or the courtyard garden.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzi.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Extras: The courtyard garden is a pleasant spot for relaxation. There’s also a guest library, and bicycles available for rent.
- 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: 020-627-5900
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://www.ink-hotel-amsterdam.com/
INK Hotel – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa, but there’s an on-site sauna.
- Fitness Center: Compact, well-equipped gym. Ask the reception for running maps.
- For Disabled Guests: One adapted room for guests with disabilities.
- For Families: Under-11s stay for free, and babysitting services can be arranged on request.
INK Hotel – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: The buzzy, brasserie-style Pressroom Restaurant (11am-10pm) serves steak sandwiches, Caesar salads, and pan-seared seabream alongside burgers and veggie risottos, with the menu printed to look like a newspaper. • $$.
- Lounge/Bar: With its 360-degree counter and comfy fireside couches, Pressroom Bar gets busy in the evening, and during weekly events such as Thirstdays (after-work Thursdays). Some wonderfully original cocktails that make use of Dutch jenever and corenwijn spirits. Try the signature INKredible cocktail. Open daily until 1am.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. A substantial buffet breakfast (available between 7.30am and 10.30am) with eggs to order costs €24 per person.
- Room Service: 24-hour room service available from the Pressroom Restaurant.
INK Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Classic Queen • Superior King • Deluxe • Executive • Junior Suite • Deluxe Suite
- Smoking Rooms: INK Hotel is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The Deluxe Suite is wonderfully spacious, with an oversized desk, separate bath, and rain shower and Molton Brown bath products. If you’re a light sleeper, ask for a room at the rear.
- For Families: No family rooms.
INK Hotel – Local Transport
- Walking: The historic canal ring and Dam Square are just a few minutes on foot; walkable to attractions in the Medieval Centre and Red Light District; Museum Quarter is around 15 minutes by tram.
- Tram: From the nearby Nieuwezijds Kolk stop, trams run north to Centraal Station, and south towards Leidseplein and 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.
INK Hotel – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Amsterdam City Tours – Coach tours depart for the Keukenhof flower gardens and Zaanse Schans windmills from the I Amsterdam tourist office. Start location: 6-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.
- 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: 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: 7-minute walk.
- Stromma – Open boat canal tours, hop-on, hop-off boats, and 100 Highlights canal cruise. Start location: 7-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.
- Rederij Kooij – Private canal tours in a vintage wooden boat. Start location: 11-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
- Ashoka Restaurant – Bright and breezy Indian and Nepalese restaurant with numerous vegetarian options. 1-minute walk.
- La Zoccola del Pacioccone – Tiny pizzeria, authentic Italian pizzas and beer, and good vibes. 2-minute walk.
- De Silveren Spiegel – Beautifully presented contemporary takes on Dutch dishes in an atmospheric house dating back to 1614. 5 to 8-course tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays. Romance your loved one here. 4-minute walk.
- Cannibale Royale – Gourmet burgers and steaks. 6-minute walk.
- Kam Yin – Large, inexpensive portions of Chinese and Surinamese standards. Popular with students. 7-minute walk.
- Omelegg – Central branch of the popular all-day breakfast/brunch café. 2 dozen different omelettes and shakshuka are specialties here. 7-minute walk.
- Anna – White tablecloths, imaginative modern Dutch fare, terrific list of global and organic wines, and a fine location overlooking the Oude Kerk. 7-minute walk.
- 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. 7-minute walk.
- Dabka – Good Lebanese mezze spreads and kebabs; eat inside, or on the canal-side terrace. 9-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- In de Wildeman – Former distillery turned beer café with an excellent selection of Dutch and Belgian beers, 18 brews on tap, and a quiet ambience: good for conversation. 2-minute walk.
- De Drie Fleschjes – Characterful 17th century tasting house that specializes in liqueurs and jenevers. The accompanying snack of choice here is meatballs. 3-minute walk.
- Café Belgique – Chilled-out Belgian beer bar, with 8 brews on tap at the carved wooden bar, and many more bottled options. 4-minute walk.
- In ‘t Aepjen – Atmospheric local watering hole inside one of very few remaining wooden buildings in Amsterdam, with vintage jazz on the stereo. 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.
- In de Olofspoort – A jenever tasting house, accessed through the former city gate, with an incredible range of the venerable Dutch spirit. 7-minute walk.
- Brouwerij de Prael – Multi-level tasting room of the eponymous craft beer brewery, with numerous IPAs, stouts, barleywine and other brews on tap. 7-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Old Amsterdam Cheese Store – Central branch of the famous cheese store. Get your Gouda goodies here. 3-minute walk.
- Mark Raven Amsterdam Art – Mark Raven’s cityscapes, posters, and t-shirt art. 4-minute walk.
- Magna Plaza – Upmarket shopping mall, best for fashion, jewelry, and souvenirs. 4-minute walk.
- Heinen Delfts Blauw – Central branch of the famous ceramics store where you can buy anything from small gifts to collectors’ pieces. 5-minute walk.
- Chills and Thrills – Smart shop selling magic truffles, herbal trips, accessories, and more. 6-minute walk.
- Condomerie Het Gulden Vlies – Condom boutique selling condoms in all colors, shapes, and sizes. 6-minute walk.
- Kokopelli – Smart shop specializing in magic truffles, with an attractive juice bar and lounge. 6-minute walk.
- Puccini Bomboni – Some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates. 1 of 3 branches. 6-minute walk.
- Amsterdam Duck Store – Nothing but rubber ducks here, from classic yellow to Batman, S&M and Game of Thrones ducks. 7-minute walk.
INK Hotel – The Hotel
The inner courtyard is a quiet spot for relaxation.
There is no formal reception area; service in the lobby is friendly, informal, and knowledgeable about the city.
There are chill-out spaces in the lobby.
The compact, well-equipped gym is open from 7am to 10pm, and the staff can provide helpful running maps of the city.
The buzzy Pressroom Bar is a popular after-work spot, renowned for its original cocktails and weekly events.
Pressroom Restaurant (11am-10pm) serves brasserie dishes for lunch and dinner.
There’s a cozy fireside lounge attached to the bar.
Classic rooms are compact, but come with all the standard amenities: extra-comfortable MGalleryBed, large TV, Nespresso machine, and power shower.
Superior rooms have a comfortable work area apart from the standard amenities. Ask for a room facing away from the street if you’re a light sleeper.
The spacious Executive rooms are equipped with Bose speakers on top of the standard mod cons.
The Junior suites come with free-standing tubs and oversized desks.
The Deluxe Suite is the largest of the rooms, with a palatial bathroom with free-standing tub, and a spacious living area.
The hotel sits on the busy Niewezijds Voorburgwal thoroughfare and tramway. Centraal Station, the Netherlands’ main train hub, is 3 blocks north of the hotel, across the Open Havenfront waterway. From in front of the train station, trams run all over the city. There’s also the entrance to the metro.
A block north of the hotel, the pedestrian Nieuwendijk lane leads west towards the historic canal ring. This is one of the most tourist-heavy parts of town, but tacky souvenir shops and kebab takeouts aside, here you can pick up quality magic truffles and weed from a number of shops. Chills & Thrills is locally recommended.
If you take one of the tiny lanes that branch off Nieuwendijk to the south, you find yourself facing De Silveren Spiegel, an early 17th century house turned Dutch fine dining venue. Expect creaky floors, low ceilings, and multi-course tasting menus; reserve ahead.
Branching off from Niewezijds Voorburgwal, and running parallel to it all the way south to Spui square, busy Spuistraat has a number of worthwhile restaurants and shops. Ashoka, a block south of the hotel, is a good bet for vegetarians with an extensive menu of inexpensive Indian and Nepalese dishes.
Two blocks further south and a little to the west, the tiny Torensluis square overlooks the Singel canal, and is one of the gateways to the historic canal ring.
Facing Torensluis is a branch of Puccini Bomboni, selling some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates.
A short walk west is the Amsterdam Duck Store; novelty rubber ducks range from Harry Potter and Madonna to Game of Thrones characters.
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.
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.
A short tram ride from the hotel is Westermarkt, with one of the city’s best Belgian fry takeouts beneath the Westerkerk. This is the tram stop you want if you’re visiting the Anne Frank House.
Half a block north of Westermarkt is the house where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis, and one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions. Book your ticket online to beat the queues.
East of Torensluis is Dam, Central Amsterdam’s busiest square, filled with visitors and buskers, and home to the Nationaal Monument, dedicated to WWII’s fallen.
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.
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.
Directly behind the Royal Palace, on the busy Niewezijds Voorburgwal thoroughfare, is the Magna Plaza, a grand, upmarket shopping center filled with jewelry shops and fashion boutiques.
A block north, the central branch of Mark Raven Amsterdam Art sells posters of Amsterdam cityscapes, and t-shirts adorned with Amsterdam scenery.
From Dam, the Medieval Centre’s other main thoroughfare Damrak runs to Centraal Station. Most shops along Damrak are heavily geared towards tourists. So is the Old Amsterdam Cheese Store, but it’s still an excellent place to pick up a range of Dutch cheeses as souvenirs.
Nearby is Heinen Delfts Blauw, the most central branch of the store that sells the famous blue-and-white ceramics that Holland is known for. You can get anything from collectors’ pieces to inexpensive souvenirs here.
Just off Damrak is the dock for most canal cruise boat companies. Have a look at a few, since some offer open-boat and small group tours that can explore the narrow, less well-trodden canals, while others have large boats that may only navigate the main canals.
Across the street from the boat dock, Sexmuseum Amsterdam is the most entertaining of the city’s erotic museums, with several floors of the world’s earliest nude photos, X-rated ceramics through the ages, mannequins recreating scenes from the Red Light District, and more. Over-18s only.
Kimpton de Witt sits on the edge of the maze of tiny medieval lanes that stretches between the Niewezijds Voorburgwal and Damrak thoroughfares. They’re dotted with atmospheric bars, and bisected by the pedestrian shopping street Niuewendijk that runs all the way south to Dam square.
Just north of the hotel, tiny Kolkstraat hides In De Wildeman, a beer cafe that specializes in Dutch and Belgian beers. Numerous brews on tap, and a great little terrace for people-watching.
A couple of blocks south along Niuewendijk and west along narrow Nieuwe Nieustraat, La Zoccola del Pacioccone is a tiny, authentic pizzeria that’s popular with locals and visitors alike.
A block north of Dam square, tiny Zootsteeg lane is home to 2 excellent bars. De Drie Fleschjes, a 17th century tasting house, is the best place in central Amsterdam to sample a wide range of jenevers and other local liqueurs.
A little further west, Café Belgique is a local favorite for Belgian beers, with 8 brews on tap, many more bottled ones, and a good little people-watching terrace.
Running parallel to Damrak to the east, and culminating in the popular nightlife hub street Zeedijk near Centraal Station, Warmoesstraat is another popular pedestrian shopping street. Its proximity to the Red Light District mean a plethora of sex-themed shops, the pick of which is Condomerie Het Gulden Vlies, a condom boutique that sells condoms in all colors, shapes, and sizes.
Further north, a tiny lane leads east to the square surrounding Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest church. The square is home to Anna, an excellent modern Dutch restaurant that pairs imaginative dishes with global and organic wines.
Just east of the church square is Oudezijdz Voorburgwal, arguably the prettiest canal in the Medieval Centre.
A block east is the heart of the Red Light District. Amidst the live sex show venues, the Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution lets you check out a replica Red Light room, play dress-up in the dominatrix room, and learn about the inner workings of Amsterdam’s prostitution industry. Over-18s only.
Nearby, the Erotic Museum offers a quirky look at eroticism through the ages, with nude photo and bondage equipment exhibits. Pricier than Amsterdam’s other sex museums, so you’re better off going to the Sex Museum along Damrak in the Medieval Centre. Over-18s only.
Off Warmoesstraat, down the Lange Niezel pedestrian street, Cannibale Royale is the most central of the popular meatery’s branches. Gourmet burgers and steak tartare at lunchtime; steaks in the evenings.
Further north and also off Warmoesstraat, down the narrow Oudezijds Armsteeg lane, Brouwerij de Prael is a real treat for beer lovers. The tasting room of the eponymous craft brewery has numerous brews on tap.
Towards the north end of Warmoesstraat, Kam Yin is a cheap and cheerful place favored by local students, with heaped portions of Chinese and Surinamese dishes, and a canteen-style ambience.
Next door, Kokopelli is an excellent smart shop with a wide range of magic truffles and marijuana. Smart shops are a dime a dozen in the Medieval Centre, but this one has both, knowledgeable staff and a cool lounge.
Around the corner, tiny Nieuwebrugsteeg lane is home to the central branch of Omelegg. Like the original in De Pijp, it’s all about the egg here: a couple of dozen different omelettes, shakshuka, and other eggy creations served all day.
At its north end, Warmoesstraat turns into the tiny Sint Olofspoort lane. In De Olofspoort is a tiny, characterful tasting room that’s very much part of the local scene, compared to the tourist magnet bars in this part of town. A great place to sample jenevers, and occasionally locals will break out into impromptu song.
Directly across Zeedijk street, In ‘t Aepjen is another atmospheric watering hole inside one of the last few remaining wooden buildings in Amsterdam. It’s a mellow spot, with vintage jazz on the stereo, and not a stag party in sight.
The north end of Zeedijk is part of the Medieval Centre’s nightlife scene, with scores of bars, pubs, and largely mediocre eateries. Exceptions include Dabka, a longstanding local favorite for Lebanese mezze, and a great canal-side terrace to boot.