Hotel De Hallen
What We Love
- Exceptional conversion of one of the city’s lesser-known heritage buildings
- A chance to explore the ‘real’ Amsterdam as enjoyed by the residents of Oud-West, a colorful yet surprisingly central district
- Equal proximity to the picture-perfect Jordaan area and the Golden Age grandeur of the Museum Quarter
- Decorated with designer furnishings by Arne Jacobsen and Thomas Bentzen
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What To Know
- A city tax of 5 percent of the room rate per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- De Hallen is the first completed part of a neighbourhood regeneration project. Consequently it’s still surrounded by (considerate) construction on all sides
- The neighborhood, while delightful in its own right, is largely residential and not the chocolate box proposition depicted in postcards
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Residents of Amsterdam’s serene Oud-West district campaigned tirelessly to prevent this once-squatted tram depot from becoming another cookie-cutter shopping mall. Now they’re reaping the benefits in the form of this gorgeous new design hotel. Architect Andre van Stigt restored this delightful heritage building’s original glass ceiling, exposed brickwork and concrete flooring to its former glory, adding an eclectic mish-mash of interior talking points (a Jacobsen Egg chair here, a Thomas Bentzen side table there). It’s a look entirely in keeping with the unflashy, independent spirit of the neighborhood.
Bed and Bath
The centerpiece in each room is an eco-friendly Cocomat bed, a metal-free frame fitted with a matress hewn from entirely natural materials (wool, rubberized coconut fibers). An occasional chair is done up in sumptuous fabrics reminiscent of the textured patterns found on London Underground trains. A large bathtub, unusual for hotel rooms in Western Europe’s most densely-populated city, sits behind a sliding door (in some rooms), and all have natural Spa Collection toiletries.
Vondel Hotels owner Arjen van den Hof has gone to town with this property, his fourth and most extravagant hotel project. The light-flooded common area bridges the past—busts of classical composers, midcentury-inspired furniture—with the present. It’s home to modern European/French restaurant Remise47, where original tram tracks gleam promisingly. How appropriate, given that this once-unfashionable residential area is going places once more.
In the Area
The hotel’s generous drinking and dining terrace – by far the largest in the area – overlooks the tree-fronded Bellamyplein, a family-friendly hub complete with a kids’ pool and playground. The Ten Katemarkt, one of Amsterdam’s liveliest grocery-hawking experiences, sits next door in the fast-evolving De Hallen development (soon to become a shopping mall and cultural complex including an art-house cinema). A short walk in the direction of the arterial Overtoom, you’ll find a host of up-and coming bars, including funky De Ebeling. It’s a welcome pitstop on the way to the stately Vondelpark, the green lungs of the city.
How to Get There
Absolutely loved this hotel. The atmosphere and decor was fab, very modern and very quirky! Beautiful reception area with a nice restaurant and bar. Surrounding area is quiet however it is not far on a tram to get into the centre! Very easy to get around.
There is an AMAZING food hall down the road with loads and loads of different food and drink stalls which are all delicious.
The only negative I would say is that our room did not have a window so was extremely dark in the mornings.
However this did not spoil our stay as we loved this hotel and would return!!
Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Stayed here for 3 nights. The staff are vet helpful and friendly and the hotel was clean and well laid out. It’s about 20-30 mins walk to most major sights and the trams run from the rear of the hotel into the city centre. Be advised though that a courtyard view is a view of the central area of the hotel, that is to say the main walkway. Few rooms actually have windows as it’s a converted tram depot. This and the fact that the floors are concrete are the only problems. Due to the nature of the floors you can hear the people above you moving around, especially if they’re wearing heals. Also when someone has a late check in or early check out. Your woken up by the trundling of suitcases on the concrete outside your room. The rooms themselves are very good. Most rooms in Amsterdam are small, but we had plenty of space and a lovely bathroom. The rooms also come with a hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and other amenities.
Loved the location, not quite in the center of things so it's a little bit quieter but easy to walk to everything and with the FoodHallen at the back, there's lots of options for eating.
Be aware, if you book an INDOOR ROOM on the ground floor your only direct sunlight comes through windows that face the hallway/atrium so privacy is minimal if the curtains are open. Booking through a third party site, this was not clear to me and I wish it had been.
The room was clean and cool, extra large bathroom with a huge soaking tub plus shower, bed was comfortable and they have a variety of outlets for different plugs.
Liked the style and would stay again but in a room on the outside.