INK Hotel – Former newsroom turned hip boutique hotel in the Medieval Center.
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 Center. 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: 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 Center 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 Center – 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
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