Mr Jordaan Hotel in Amsterdam

by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 30, 2018

Review of Mr. Jordaan in Amsterdam.

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

Nearby Market or Grocery

Mr Jordaan – The Hotel

The reception has a small hangout space as well.

The reception doubles as a hangout space, with a few comfy chairs scattered about.

The hotel features retro decor from 60's and 70's.

The decor includes quirky 60’s/70’s retro features – old typewriters, vintage coffee grinders, and suitcases.

Breakfast is served daily is a designated, cozy area.

The cozy breakfast area, where breakfast is available from 7.30am to 10am.

The hotel breakfast is very generous.

The generous breakfast includes locally-sourced cold cuts, cheeses, and ontbijtkoek (spiced cake).

The dining area double as a hangout place through the day.

The breakfast/dining area that doubles as a hangout place for guests during the day.

The guest lounge features tea and coffee through the day.

Tea and coffee available all day from the breakfast area/guest lounge.

The breakfast buffet is offered in the kitchen.

Kitchen where the breakfast buffet is laid out.

Ths snug single room doesn't have an ensuite bathroom.

Snug single room. If you stay in the 1 single with the external bathroom, you’ll be given a bathrobe for your journey to and from it.

Some Twin rooms offer canal views.

One of the twin rooms; some of the twins come with canal views.

Some snug doubles offer views of Jordaan's rooftops.

Snug double; some look out over the canal, while others have views of Jordaan’s rooftops.

The triple room is small and cozy for a family of 3.

The cozy triple room suits a family of 3, provided the family doesn’t have much luggage.

The spacious double room offers views of the Bloemgracht canal.

The most spacious of the doubles overlooks Bloemgracht canal.

The loft double is very bright and comfortable.

The loft double is filled with natural light, and overlooks Bloemgracht canal. You have to climb steep stairs to reach it.

All bathrooms feature walk-in showers.

All bathrooms come with walk-in showers.

Organic bath products and fresh flowers brighten up the room.

There are nice little touches in the rooms, such as organic bath products, fresh flowers, and reusable water bottles.

Café Struik is popular for its beer selection and DJ events.

A couple of blocks south, off busy Rozengracht street, Café Struik gets lively in the evenings with regular DJ events, and an extensive beer selection.

Urban Cacao is famous for its handmade chocolate.

A little ways west, Urban Cacao is the Jordaan branch of the local handmade chocolate chain.

Café Soundgarden is a canal-side grungy dive bar.

Once you cross the Lijnbaansgracht canal, you hit Café Soundgarden, a grungy dive bar with a canal-side terrace and occasional live bands.

Moeders is popular for its hearty Dutch dishes.

Nearby, also facing the canal, is Moeders, a longstanding local favorite for hearty Dutch classics.

Universe on a T-Shirt lets customers choose the design on their t-shirts.

If you head east along Rozengracht instead, you’ll come across Jordaan’s many independent gift stores – Universe on a T-Shirt – where you get to choose the design.

A Space Oddity is especially popular with memorabilia afficionados.

Just south of the bridge across the Prinsengracht canal is the A Space Oddity memorabilia store; don’t miss it if you’re a Stanley Kubrick, Star Wars, or DC Comics fan.

The Anne Frank House is an extremely popular attraction in Amsterdam.

Inside is access to 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.

The Pancake Bakers serves delicious traditional Dutch filled pancakes.

Ideal as a lunch stop if you’re visiting the Anne Frank House is the Pancake Bakery, serving traditional Dutch filled pancakes.

I Love Vintage is popular for its vintage apparel and accessories.

There are a few independent boutiques in this part of the historic canal ring; I Love Vintage stands out for its vintage dresses and accessories, as well as vintage-style women’s apparel.

The Tulip Museum showcases the country's centuries-old obsession with tulips.

The Tulip Museum is across Prinsengracht canal from the Anne Frank House. If you’re not in Amsterdam during tulip season, it’s well worth visiting the museum to understand the country’s centuries-old obsession with the flower.

De Twee Zwaantjes is a local dutch pub popular especially on weekday evenings.

Next to the Tulip Museum, if you want to experience a very local Dutch pub, try De Twee Zwaantjes, particularly on weekday evenings.

Rock Archive sells limited edition music prints.

On the edge of the narrow Egelantiersgracht canal, Rock Archive is the place to shop for limited edition prints of David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and other music icons.

‘t Smalle is an extremely atmospheric bar with a little outdoor terrace.

Just across the canal, ‘t Smalle is one of the most atmospheric bars in the city for trying the local jenever spirit. Great little outdoor terrace, too.

Japanese Pancake World serves good cook-it-yourself okonomiyaki pancakes.

A block west, the narrow street is lined with a number of good eateries with an ethnic bent; Japanese Pancake World is a cook-it-yourself okonomiyaki pancake joint.

Rebel Wines sells organic, bio-dynamic, and specialty wines.

Look for your organic, bio-dynamic, and other specialist wines at Rebel Wines, just around the corner.

A block away, along Tuinstraat, is La Perla, considered one of Amsterdam’s best pizzerias, with thin-crust pizzas fired in a traditional wood-burning oven. It’s super-popular, so book ahead.

Café de Tuin offers an extensive selection of Belgian beers.

Around the corner is Café de Tuin, its wide selection of Belgian beers complemented by good bar snacks.

D&A Hummus is another excellent local dining option.

Another great local dining option is D&A Hummus, a short walk north along the main Westerstraat.

Moooi is popular for limited edition designer Dutch homeware.

On the way you pass Moooi, a terrific place to pick up limited edition homeware by Dutch designers.

Wijnbar DiVino is a very popular Italian wine bar.

A block east is Wijnbar DiVino, one of several excellent Italian places in Jordaan. This is more a wine bar than a restaurant, with lots of Italian wines by the glass, plus huge charcuterie platters. Bring friends.

The bi-weekly farmers' market at Noordermarkt square is popular with locals.

Taking over the nearby Noordermarkt square on Mondays and Saturdays, this lively farmers’ market is a great place to stock up on local produce, cheeses, cold cuts, and more.

Spanjer en van Twist serves an imaginative and ever-changing menu.

If you’re looking for more places to eat around the Anne Frank Museum, cross Leliegracht canal to the north to Spanjer en van Twist. It’s one of the more imaginative restaurants in the western canal ring, with a frequently changing menu and a nice, canal-side terrace.

Koh-i-Noor is a local favorite for its curries and North Indian dishes.

Alternatively, south of Westermarkt square, Koh-i-Noor is a longstanding local favorite for curries and North Indian dishes.

Bistro Bij Ons serves large portions of hearty Dutch classics.

Around the corner, Bistro Bij Ons serves gut-busting portions of hearty Dutch classics.

Cats & Things sells feline-themed gifts.

If you head south of Rozengracht from Mr Jordaan, take Hazenstraat, dotted with independent boutiques, such as Cats & Things, with all sorts of feline-themed gifts.

Chocolatl serves chocolates from around the world.

Next door is Chocolatl, with specialty chocolates from around the world.

Café Saarein is a very popular LGBT bar.

Opposite is Café Saarein, the popular LGBT bar that gets busy in the evenings.

The legendary local blue bar Maloe Melo features live performances.

A block west, facing the Lijnbaansgracht canal is Maloe Melo, a legendary local blues bar with occasional performances by punk bands.

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