Pillows Anna Van Den Vondel Hotel in Amsterdam

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: January 8, 2019

Review of Hotel Pillows Anna Van Den Vondel in Amsterdam.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel – Boutique hotel on the northern edge of Vondelpark.

This 30-room boutique hotel is a study in tranquillity – from its quiet location next to Amsterdam’s largest green space to its snug, carpeted rooms decked out in grays and creams, and adorned with fresh flowers. There is novel around-the-clock dining onsite, the service is efficient and helpful, and the hotel is a peaceful retreat with easy access to the city’s main attractions.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel – Location

  • Address: Anna van Den Vondelstraat 6, 1054 GZ Amsterdam
  • Nearest Tram: Jan Pieter Heijestraat.
  • Area: Quiet street near the northern edge of Vondelpark. Museumplein is a 15-minute walk away; lively Leidseplein is 15 minutes on foot; there are numerous dining options nearby and frequent trams run to the Medieval Centre and Centraal Station. The nearest tram stop is 4 minutes on foot.
  • How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #17 to the Jan Pieter Heijestraat stop, a 4-minute walk from the hotel.
  • Handy to: Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel – The Basics

  • Ages: This is a grown-up hotel popular with visitors on a city break, and business travelers.
  • View: Views of the city gables or Vondelpark from the rooms; the Grand Deluxe, in particular, offers panoramic city views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzi.
  • Laundry: In-room laundry service.
  • Extras: Bicycles available for rent; turn-down service; the restaurant is open around the clock; The Living doubles as a living area and workspace for guests, and mod cons in the rooms include smart control panels for the lights and a Tivoli sound system with Bluetooth streaming.
  • 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: 020-683-3013
  • Email[email protected]
  • Website: pillowshotels.com

Pillows Anna van den Vondel – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests due.
  • For Families: No specific family-friendly amenities.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Overlooking the garden, The Living (24/7) is a boon for night owls as it’s open around the clock. The menu is globally-inspired comfort food (mini-burgers, Caesar salad, dim sum, croquet monsieur bites). In the open “Domestic Kitchen”, guest chefs prepare multi-course, prix fixe dinners from Tuesday to Friday. • $$-$$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: Alcoholic beverages – mostly French wines and Dutch beers – are available at The Living. There is no bar area as such, but there are banquettes to lounge around on.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Lavish continental buffet with eggs cooked to order available from 7.30-10.30 am in The Living; €25 per person.
  • Room Service: Snacks and light meals available around the clock.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Small Luxury Room • Luxury Room • Deluxe Room • Grand Deluxe Room • Pillows Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Pillows Anna van den Vondel is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: The Pillows Suite is the only room with both a bath and shower and comes with a private terrace and tranquil garden views. Solo travelers and fans of Mrs. Rochester may appreciate the Small Luxury Rooms in the attic.
  • For Families: No family rooms.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel – Local Transport

  • Walking: Easy walking distance to Vondelpark, the Museum Quarter, and the fashion boutiques along Cornelis Schuytstraat and PC Hooftstraat.
  • Tram: Direct tram connections from the nearby Jan Pieter Heijestraat stop to Centraal Station (20 minutes) via the historic canal ring (6 minutes) and the Medieval Centre (12 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.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel – What’s Nearby?

Nearby Restaurants

  • Lalibela – The oldest of Amsterdam’s many Ethiopian restaurants. Dip your spongy injera pancake in spicy stew and wash it down with Ethiopian beer from a half-gourd. 5-minute walk.
  • Abyssinia – Atmospheric Ethiopian restaurant serving Ethiopians and Eritrean dishes (including many vegetarian options) to the accompaniment of honey wine, banana beer, and 1930’s Ethiopian jazz. 5-minute walk.
  • Lunchroom Wilhelmina – Lunch spot popular with locals; quiches, salads, soups, and brunch specials. 6-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. 7-minute walk.
  • Fondue & Fondue – Meat, fish, and cheese fondue, plus a fine wine list. All fondues are for 2 people, so bring a friend or a date. 8-minute walk.
  • Seafood Bar – Casual seafood joint specializing in fish and chips as well as seafood platters. 9-minute walk.
  • Dikke Graaf – Stylish Mediterranean restaurant, fabulous antipasti, nightly-changing meat and fish dishes, and excellent gin cocktails and by-the-glass wines. 10-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.
  • Adam – Elegant setting, beautifully presented, imaginative fine dining, romantic ambience. Reservations. 12-minute walk.

Nearby Bars and Breweries

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

  • Pied a Terre – Europe’s largest travel bookshop with a staggering array of travel guides, maps, globes, and much more. 4-minute walk.
  • Goochem Speelgoed – Toys ranging from cuddly to educational, puzzles, musical instruments, and much more. 7-minute walk.
  • Bever – Outdoor gear from one of the Netherlands’ top retailers, from hiking apparel to backpacks and tents. 10-minute walk.
  • Johnny at the Spot – Hip men’s and women’s clothing by Dutch and global designers such as Seletti, Jansen & Co., Second Female, Humanoid, and Junk de Luxe. Also cool homeware by the likes of &klevering. 10-minute walk.
  • Nikkie – Street-smart women’s fashion designed by former Dutch actress Nikkie Plessen. 11-minute walk.
  • Manwood – Heels, boots, shoes, sneakers, and other stylish men’s and women’s footwear by Dutch designers and several select international labels. 11-minute walk.
  • Buise – Upscale women’s wear, including sweatshirts by Paul & Joe Sister, floral prints by Black Coral, and jackets by Isabel Marant. 11-minute walk.
  • Ennu – Men’s and women’s fashion from the likes of If Six Was Nine, Rick Owens, LGB, and Ann Demeulemeester. 11-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. 12-minute walk.
  • Bierbaum – Beer specialty store selling over 300 bottled brews from around the world. 18 minutes.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel – The Hotel

The Living has a 24-hour dining area.

This 24-hour dining area is part of The Living; chefs serve globally-inspired comfort food around the clock, with prix fixe dinner menus from Tuesday to Friday.

The Living has a very comfortable lounge.

The lounge part of The Living where guests can relax at any time of day.

The Living has comfortable sitting arrangements.

The Living has plenty of comfortable seating.

The Small Luxury Rooms are compact but very comfortable.

The fully soundproofed Small Luxury Rooms are compact by Amsterdam’s standards but very comfortable, with a pillow menu and smart control system.

Luxury Rooms feature sitting areas and some even French balconies.

Luxury Rooms are relatively compact, but have comfortable sitting areas, and some come with views of the garden and French balconies.

Deluxe rooms are bright and have Nespresso machines.

Deluxe rooms benefit from plenty of natural light, and come equipped with Nespresso makers.

All rooms come with Tivoli audio.

Bluetooth-streaming Tivoli audio is a feature in all the rooms.

Some Grand Deluxe Rooms feature heavy wooden beams.

Some of the Grand Deluxe Rooms boast of original features, such as heavy wooden beams.

The Grand Deluxe Rooms come with large sitting areas.

A spacious sitting area is among the perks in all Grand Deluxe Rooms.

The sitting area of the Pillows Suite has views of the garden.

The large sitting area in the Pillows Suite overlooks the garden.

The Pillows Suite comes with a large bathtub.

The Pillows Suite bathroom features a large free-standing tub.

Abyssinia serves banana beer and Ehtiopian stews in a characterful ambiance.

Nearby, off Jan Pieter Heijestraat, is the highest concentration of Ethiopian restaurants in Amsterdam. Abyssinia has a particularly characterful decor, and serves banana beer as well as typical Ethiopian stews.

Lalibela nearby is the Netherlands' original Ethiopian restaurant.

Around the corner, Lalibela is the Netherlands’ original Ethiopian restaurant, still going strong.

Johnny At The Spot sells quirky fashion by local designers.

Further along, Johnny At The Spot is one of several quirky boutiques along Jan Pieter Heijestraat, with fashion by such local designers as Second Female and Humanoid.

Goochem Speelgoed sells toys and educational gifts.

Nearby, Goochem Speelgoed is a good spot for toys and educational gifts for kids.

Bierbaum offers over 300 bottled beers.

Also nearby, Bierbaum is 1 of several branches around the city that sells over 300 bottled beers.

Golden Brown Bar is known for its great cocktails.

Just around the corner, Golden Brown Bar has greater appeal for cocktail drinkers than beer buffs.

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

Back along the busy Overtoom street, 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.

Fondue & Fondue is known for its large fondues.

Next door, Fondue & Fondue only serves several different types of fondue coupled with a wine list; all fondues are for 2 or more people.

Adam offers impressive, imaginative fine-dining.

Worth the walk, Adam offers consistently impressive, imaginative fine-dining, making the most of seasonal ingredients. Romantic ambience; reservations recommended.

Adam's dishes are beautiful and delicious.

Dishes at Adam are beautifully presented, and the flavors are top-notch.

Stylish Dikke Graaf serves a changing menu of Mediterranean dishes.

It’s worth detouring along Pieter Langenddijkstraat to Dikke Graaf for a nightly changing menu of Mediterranean dishes in stylish surroundings.

Pied a Terre is Europe's largest travel bookstore.

East along busy Overtoom is Pied a Terre, Europe’s largest travel bookstore, with scores of travel guides in English and a plethora of maps.

Gollem’s Proeflokaal is popular for its wide range of Belgian beers.

Across the street, local beer aficionados swear by dozens of Belgian beers by the bottle and many on tap at Gollem’s Proeflokaal.

Lunchroom Wilhelmina is a popular lunch and brunch spot.

Around the corner is Lunchroom Wilhelmina, a low-key café that gets busy at lunchtime; come here for quiches, soups, and salads.

Bever sells outdoor gear.

Further east is Bever – handy if you’re shopping for outdoor gear.

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

If you detour through Vondelpark en route to the Museum Quarter, you can stop for coffee and cake at ‘t Blauwe Theehuis, a 1930’s Modernist café.

Taiko Restaurant is popular for its Japanese-inspired cuisine.

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.

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

Just north along Van Baerlestraat from the hotel, the Seafood Bar is one of several branches around the city; good for seafood platters and fish and chips.

Guest can walk through Vondelpark to get to most places of interest.

One of the best things about staying at Pillows Anna Van den Vondel is that to get to most places of interest, you have to cross the large and very pleasant Vondelpark.

Nikkie is a designer boutique located on Cornelis Schuytstraat.

Cut south across the park to reach Cornelis Schuytstraat, a popular shopping street lined with designer shops, including Amsterdam’s own Nikkie – stylish female 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 by local designers.

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.

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