by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 30, 2018
Mr Jordaan – Boutique hotel in a historic canal house in hip Jordaan.
Spread across two historic houses in the heart of the artsy Jordaan district, this homey boutique hotel comprises a clutch of modestly-sized, yet supremely comfortable rooms, some with wonderful canal views. The decor is a hip mix of exposed brick walls, copper accents, and 60’s/70’s retro furnishings and antique typewriters, with a soothing palette of creams and browns in the spotless rooms, along with quirky wooden headboards and coffee makers. The key symbol on pillows and mugs is a nod to the hotel founder who’d rent out his sofa and give guests the keys to his house. The young, helpful staff are happy to share their insider knowledge of the city, and Mr Jordaan makes for a cozy, quiet base for city exploration.
Mr Jordaan – Location
- Address: Bloemgracht 102, 1015 TN Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Westermarkt.
- Area: Quiet canal-side street right in the center of the Jordaan district in the historic canal ring. Anne Frank House and the Nine Streets shopping neighborhood are both a 6-minute walk away, Dam Square and the Royal Palace are just over 13 minutes’ walk, and frequent trams run to Centraal Station via the Medieval Centre. The nearest tram stop is 5 minutes on foot.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #13 to the Westermarkt stop, a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
- Handy to: Anne Frank House, Nine Streets, historic canal ring.
Mr Jordaan – The Basics
- Ages: Mostly, guests tend to be couples, solo travelers, and groups of friends on a city break.
- View: Some of the rooms come with great canal views, several face internally, while others look out over the rooftops of Jordaan. The attic rooms have windows on 3 sides.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzi.
- Laundry: No in-room laundry service.
- Extras: Mr Jordaan has an app of local recommendations that guests can download, and a blog that divulges the city’s secrets. Free tea and coffee available all day.
- 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: 020-626-5801
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: http://mrjordaan.nl/
Mr Jordaan – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests due to stair access.
- For Families: There’s a baby cot available on request, and the triple room can sleep a family of 3.
Mr Jordaan – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: No restaurant, but Mr Jordaan is located within a few minutes’ walk from a variety of dining options. The breakfast room doubles as a hangout lounge for guests, and comes with an espresso maker.
- Lounge/Bar: No bar onsite, but there are numerous watering holes within a 5 to 10-minute walk.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. A generous continental breakfast, including locally sourced cold cuts, cheeses, and ontbijtkoek (spiced cake), is available between 7.30am and 10am; €15 per person if you book in advance.
- Room Service: No room service.
Mr Jordaan – Rooms
- Room Types: Single • Double • Twin • Triple
- Smoking Rooms: Mr Jordaan is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The triangle-shaped attic double is the coziest and most atmospheric, and comes with views of the Bloemgracht canal.
- For Families: No family rooms per se.
Mr Jordaan – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants and Cafes
- Japanese Pancake World – Thimble-sized Japanese spot where you choose what goes on the iron grill before eating the okonomiyaki pancake. 4-minute walk.
- Koh-I-Noor – Established Indian restaurant specializing in tandoori dishes and curries. 5-minute walk.
- Spanjer en van Twist – Frequently changing, internationally inspired menu, excellent apple tart, and a great canal-side terrace for people-watching. 5-Minute walk.
- Bistro Bij Ons – Homestyle Dutch dishes such as stamppot (potatoes mashed with sausage and vegetables), and poffertjes (pancakes with butter and sugar). 5-minute walk.
- La Perla Pizzeria – Thin-crust pizza wood-fired in a traditional stone oven. Bring your family, or bring a date. Bookings recommended. 5-minute walk.
- Pancake Bakery – Traditional Dutch pancakes with sweet and savory toppings, cooked in an open kitchen opposite the Anne Frank House. 7-minute walk.
- Moeders Restaurant – Hearty Dutch belly-fillers, from stewed beef with red cabbage to proper stamppot (potatoes mashed with sausage and vegetables). 7-minute walk.
- D&A Hummus Bistro – Compact Lebanese place renowned for its hummus dishes, though its lamb kebabs and spiced cod also shine. 8-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- De Twee Zwaantjes – The Two Swans gets particularly lively on weekend nights with karaoke sessions. 4-minute walk.
- Café Struik – Urban, graffiti-sprayed space with changing art exhibits by street artists, a superb sound system, and DJs playing funk, soul, and hip hop sets. 4-minute walk.
- Café Soundgarden – Edgy dive bar with music from Black Sabbath and the Ramones, occasional live bands and DJs, and 1980’s pinball machines. 5-minute walk.
- Café de Tuin – Numerous Belgian beers on tap, good food to match, and a mellow, youngish crowd. 5-minute walk.
- ‘t Smalle – 18th century jenever distillery turned beautiful brown café, with porcelain beer pumps, and appealing riverside terrace. 6-minute walk.
- Café Saarein – Atmospheric, formerly feminist meeting place turned welcoming LGBT bar. 9-minute walk.
- Maloe Melo – Serious little live music venue, with anything from Texas blues to punk to garage. 10-minute walk.
- Wijnbar DiVino – Superb selection of Italian wines – by the bottle and by the glass – with a supporting cast of cheese and charcuterie platters. 10-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Universe on a T-shirt – Cute little store with original t-shirt and sweatshirt designs. 2-minute walk.
- Rebel Wines – Bio-dynamic, organic, and other specialist wines: mostly from Europe, but a few global ones also. Plenty of local craft beers too. 4-minute walk.
- Urban Cacao – Handmade chocolate bars, truffles, macaroons, and more. 5-minute walk.
- Rock Archive Amsterdam – Limited edition prints of icons such as Leonard Cohen, Bjork, and Robert Plant. 5-minute walk.
- A Space Oddity – Comics, action figures, memorabilia, and more. Particularly good for Stanley Kubrick, Star Wars, and DC Comics fans. 5-minute walk.
- I Love Vintage – Vintage dresses, jewelry, and accessories from 1920’s-1950’s, as well as retro-style new threads. 7-minute walk.
- Moooi – Funky, limited edition homeware by such designers as Moooi Works, Piet Boon, Maarten Baas, and Joost van Bleiswijk. 7-minute walk.
- Chocolatl – Specialty chocolate sourced from around the world, available in bar, bonbon, and drinking chocolate form. 8-minute walk.
- Cats & Things – All manner of cat-themed gifts imaginable. 8-minute walk.