The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel in Amsterdam

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: January 7, 2019

Review of The Neighbour's Magnolia Hotel in Amsterdam.

The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel – Quiet, family-run boutique hotel near the Museum Quarter.

Spread across two fin de siècle townhouses in a quiet, affluent residential area, this family-run boutique hotel is excellent value for money. The comfortable, cleverly-designed rooms are decorated in soothing pastels and come with comfortable Coco-mat beds, flat-screen TVs, and designer HAY chairs, with fold-out writing desks and fair trade toiletries in the compact bathrooms. The friendly service goes a long way towards creating a cozy, home-away-from-home atmosphere. There are numerous good dining options nearby, and the location is ideal if you’re looking to explore the Museum Quarter and beyond.

The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel – Location

  • Address: Willemsparkweg 205, 1071 HB Amsterdam
  • Nearest Tram: Cornelis Schuystraaat.
  • Area: Well-heeled neighborhood near the southern boundary of Vondelpark, a 12-minute walk from the 3 heavyweight art museums of the Museum Quarter, and an even shorter walk from a cluster of fashion boutiques. The historic canal ring and the Medieval Centre are a short tram ride away, while Centraal Station is around 22 minutes by tram.
  • How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #2 to the Cornelis Schuytstraat stop, a minute’s walk from the hotel.
  • Handy to: Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark.

The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests tend to be couples or solo travelers looking for a comfortable, good-value base for exploring the city. The hotel is suitable for families with older children since there are family rooms with extra beds, but no other specific amenities are offered, such as baby cots.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: No in-room laundry service.
  • 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: 020-676-9321
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: magnoliahotelamsterdam.com

The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel – 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: No specific family-friendly amenities besides garden access.

The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: No onsite restaurant, but a number of restaurants and cafes nearby.
  • Lounge/Bar: No bar, but there’s an honesty bar in the reception area, free coffee and tea available all day, and several bars and pubs within easy walking distance.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. A continental breakfast buffet (7.30-10.30 am) costs €16.50 per person.
  • Room Service: No room service.

The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Single • Standard Double • Triple
  • Smoking Rooms: Hotel The Neighbour’s Magnolia is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: The double facing the back comes with its own private garden area, while one higher up has a balcony.
  • For Families: There’s a spacious family room with a double bed, 2 single beds, and garden access.

The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: Easy walking distance to Vondelpark, the Museum Quarter, and the fashion boutiques along Cornelis Schuytstraat.
  • Tram: Direct tram connections from the nearby Cornelis Schuytstraat stop to Centraal Station (20 minutes) via the historic canal ring (6 minutes) and the Medieval Centre (14 minutes).
  • 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.

The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Nearby Restaurants and Cafes

  • Brasserie de Joffers – Parisian-style brasserie with a fresh, changing menu of Dutch classics, international dishes, and delectable pastries. 2-minute walk.
  • Ristorante Sardegna – Elegant Italian restaurant with homemade pasta and classic dishes on the menu, complemented by a solid list of Italian wines. 2-minute walk.
  • Carter Bar & Kitchen – Contemporary French bistro. Classics with a twist, along with great cocktails and wine. 3-minute walk.
  • George Bistro Bistro – Smart bistro serving gourmet burgers, rotisserie chicken, and charcoal-grilled lobster. Imaginative brunches on weekends. 6-minute walk.
  • Bagels & Beans – Popular café chain. Bagels with numerous sweet and savory fillings, fair trade, and organic ingredients. Extensive range of fresh juices, herbal teas, and coffee drinks. 9-minute walk.
  • Taiko Restaurant – Elegant Japanese-inspired cuisine inside Conservatorium Hotel: from sushi, sashimi, and Wagyu beef on the grill to the splurge-worthy 8-course omakase menu. Reservations essential. 10-minute walk.
  • Seafood Bar – Casual seafood joint specializing in fish and chips as well as seafood platters. 11-minute walk.
  • Alchemist Garden – Bright, welcoming vegan café; menu includes pesto-stuffed Portobello mushrooms, raw vegetable pies, smoothies, and juices. Gluten and glucose-free dishes available. 12-minute walk.
  • Ron Gastrobar Affordable, creative one-flat-price tapas dishes by Michelin-starred chef. Relaxed gastrobar setting, excellent wine and beer selection. 12-minute walk.
  • Blauw – One of the best Indonesian restaurants in the city; it’s particularly worth splurging on the rijsttafel (small dish) spread. 15-minute walk.

Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Vida – 1 of 4 branches of the popular Spanish taperia and wine bar; gets busy in the evenings. 4-minute walk.
  • ‘t Blauwe Theehuis – Flying-saucer-shaped 1930’s Modernist pavilion right in the heart of Vondelpark; come here for a cocktail or coffee and cake. 6-minute walk.
  • Café Welling – Old-school café-bar behind the Concertgebouw, attracting arty and literary types, and post-concert musicians. 9-minute walk.
  • Tunes Bar – Imaginative gin cocktails (among others) executed with flair at this stylish bar inside the Conservatorium Hotel. 10-minute walk.
  • Craft & Draft – Craft beer bar with 40 beers on tap from around the globe. 12-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

  • Nikkie – Street-smart women’s fashion designed by former Dutch actress Nikkie Plessen. 1-minute walk.
  • Manwood – Heels, boots, shoes, sneakers, and other stylish men’s and women’s footwear by Dutch designers and several select international labels. 1-minute walk.
  • Buise – Upscale women’s wear, including sweatshirts by Paul & Joe Sister, floral prints by Black Coral, and jackets by Isabel Marant. 2-minute walk.
  • VLVT – Stylish women’s wear by Dutch designers such as Anna + Nina and ByDanie; also international labels such as Pinko, Boy London, and Lola Cruz. 2-minute walk.
  • Ennu – Men’s and women’s fashion from the likes of If Six Was Nine, Rick Owens, LGB, and Ann Demeulemeester. 2-minute walk.
  • Arti Choc – Handmade chocolates created from the highest-quality ingredients. 6-minute walk.
  • & Klevering Zuid – Hip homeware by own brand, &k Amsterdam, as well as the likes of Marimekko, HAY, and Vitra. 6-minute walk.
  • Coster Diamonds – Blow your budget on diamond jewelry fit for royalty at the oldest diamond polishing facility in the world. Or book a free tour to see the diamonds being polished and cut. 13-minute walk.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • ZuiderMRKT – High-end, fresh organic produce market behind the Concertgebouw, with attached food stalls that sell crepes, hot dogs, and Indonesian satay. 8-minute walk.

The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel – The Hotel

The buffet breakfast is served in the lobby every morning.

A continental breakfast buffet is served in the lobby/lounge area from 7.30-10.30 am.

The lobby has cozy seating for guests.

The lobby/lounge is a cosy hangout for guests during the day.

The lobby also has an honesty bar.

There is an honesty bar with snacks and alcoholic beverages in the reception area.

Guests can use an Apple computer behind the reception.

There’s an Apple computer and printer for guest use behind the reception.

The cozy singles are compact with efficient use of space.

The cozy singles come with foldable work spaces, and face either the garden or the street. They are compact, but the hotel makes excellent use of space.

The rooms are comfortable, and doubles have an attached terrace.

All rooms come with comfortable Coco-Mat beds. Some doubles come with terraces that overlook the garden.

All rooms come with a cuddly toy.

A cuddly toy is de rigueur in all the rooms; purchase it at reception if you want to take it home.

Bathrooms either have just showers, or bath-and-shower combos.

Bathrooms vary in size; some come with walk-in showers, while others have a bath-and-shower combo.

Alchemist Garden is a vegan cafe known for its raw food and stuffed Portobello mushrooms.

If you cut across Vondelpark, just north of the hotel, you’ll reach busy Overtoom street, dotted with eclectic eateries and bars. Alchemist Garden is an excellent vegan café serving raw food as well as stuffed Portobello mushrooms.

Craft & Draft offers over 40 global beers on tap.

Nearby, Craft & Draft is popular with local beer lovers, with over 40 global beers on tap.

Ron Gastrobar is a stylish place for drinks and tapas.

On the west side of Vondelpark, Ron Gastrobar is particularly worth seeking out for its imaginative tapas dishes (each costs €25). Stylish place for a drink, too.

Blauw Indonesian restaurant is famous for its rijsttafel.

Up Amstelveenseweg from Ron Gastrobar, Blauw is a bit of a trek but totally worthwhile; it’s a superb Indonesian restaurant where the thing to order is the rijsttafel (spread of small dishes).

Brasserie de Joffers offers Dutch and international dishes and pastries.

A block away from the hotel along Willemsparkweg, Brasserie de Joffers has a changing menu and Dutch and international dishes, as well as pastries. Good outdoor terrace.

Ristorante Sardegna is known for homemade pasta dishes.

Nearby, Ristorante Sardegna is particularly good for homemade pasta dishes. Limited outdoor seating.

George Bistro Bistro specializes in homemade burgers and rotisserie chicken.

Further west along Willemsparkweg, George Bistro Bistro (not a typo!) fills up on weekday evenings. Excellent homemade burgers and rotisserie chicken in particular.

Arti Choc is well known for its gourmet handmade chocolates.

Around the corner, Arti Choc sells gourmet handmade chocolates.

Carter Bar & Kitchen is known for its contemporary French dishes.

A couple of blocks south, Carter Bar & Kitchen serves contemporary French dishes.

Vida offers classic Spanish tapas and a good selection of wine.

A block west of Carter, Vida pairs classic Spanish tapas with an extensive wine list.

Nikkie is a designer boutique located on Cornelis Schuytstraat.

A block west of the hotel is Cornelis Schuytstraat, a popular shopping street lined with designer shops, including Amsterdam’s own Nikkie – stylish women’s apparel.

Manwood is known for its selection of locally-designed footwear.

Next door to Nikkie is locally-designed footwear by Manwood.

VLVT sells stylish womenswear.

Further down the street is VLVT, stylish womenswear by local designers such as Anna + Nina.

Ennu sells designer men's and women's wear.

Nearby is Ennu, with men’s and women’s threads by the likes of If Six Was Nine.

Buise sells upscale women's wear.

Also along Cornelia Schuytstraat is Buise: upscale women’s wear by Black Coral, Isabel Morant, and more.

& Klevering Zuid nearby sells good locally-designed homeware.

On a quiet side street closer to the hotel, & Klevering Zuid is a good place to pick up hip, locally-designed homeware as gifts.

Saturday-only ZuiderMRKT is famous for its fresh produce and food stalls.

A block south, ZuiderMRKT takes place on Saturdays only, with stalls selling homemade bread, organic vegetables, locally-made sausages, cheeses, and more. Get there early since it winds down by 5 pm.

Café Welling is a popular haunt for musicians and arty types.

A block east of the market is Café Welling, a popular watering hole where you’re likely to rub shoulders with musicians and arty types.

Concertgebouw is a stunning Neo-Renaissance style concert hall worth visiting.

Nearby, along Van Baerlestraat, is the Concertgebouw, a stunning, neo-Renaissance style concert hall with exceptional acoustics. Even if you don’t come here for a concert, it’s well worth taking a guided tour (Mon & Fri at 5 pm, Wed at 1.30 pm, Sun at 12.30 pm).

Museumplein features 3 extraordinary museums.

Just across the street is the Museumplein, the square featuring Amsterdam’s trio of heavyweight art museums.

Stedelijk Museum features Netherlands' largest contemporary art collection.

Also just across the street is Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands’ biggest collection of contemporary art, with excellent temporary exhibitions by big-name artists, and a first-rate cafe-restaurant in the lobby.

Van Gogh Museum showcases the world's largest collection of the artist's works.

Next door is the super-popular Van Gogh Museum showcasing the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh works. Access is by timed ticket only; book your time slot online.

The Rijksmuseum is especially famous for Rembrandt's Night Watch.

The most famous of the Museumplein museums is Rijksmuseum, with the biggest and best Dutch art collection in the world. Book your ticket online or come early to beat the lines, and make a beeline for Rembrandt’s Night Watch before the crowds arrive.

House of Bols offers a history of jenever making in Holland.

Across the street from the Museumplein, the House of Bols walks you through the history of jenever (the granddaddy of gin) making in Holland. At the end of the experience, you get to mix and drink your own jenever cocktail.

Diamond Museum showcases a glittering history of the Dutch diamond trade.

Next to the House of Bols, the Diamond Museum is worth a peek for the history of the Dutch diamond trade, and the glittering replicas of the world’s most famous diamonds such as the Orlof and the Koh-i-Noor.

Coster Diamonds is a popular place for buying diamonds.

If money is no object, you might want to pick up some diamonds of your own at Coster Diamonds next door.

Taiko Restaurant is popular for its Japanese-inspired cuisine.

Around the corner, inside the Conservatorium Hotel, Taiko Restaurant is among the very best in the city for Japanese-inspired dishes. Reservations essential.

Tunes Bar serves imaginative gin-based cocktails.

Also inside Conservatorium Hotel, the elegant Tunes Bar is somewhere to take your date, particularly if your date loves imaginative gin-based cocktails.

Bagels & Beans is great for coffee and bagels.

Across the street, pop into the local branch of Bagels & Beans for a filled bagel and a caffeine pick-me-up.

L’Entrecote et Les Dames is an upscale French fine-dine restaurant.

A block south of the Museumplein, the fine French dining at L’entrecote et Les Dames is particularly popular with concert-goers.

Seafood Bar is popular for its seafood platters and fish and chips.

Just north of the Conservatorium Hotel along Van Baerlestraat, the Seafood Bar is good for seafood platters and fish and chips; fills up at lunchtime with museum-goers.

‘t Blauwe Theehuis is a 1930's Modernist cafe known for its coffee and cake.

If you head into Vondelpark, it’s worth stopping at the ‘t Blauwe Theehuis for the 1930’s Modernist architecture, as well as coffee or cocktail. Very popular summer terrace.

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