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
- 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
What a beautiful renovation of an old tram station! This hip hotel is clean and quiet, and has such a cool vibe; we had a wonderful stay. The front desk was super helpful and accommodating, and the restaurant served a delicious breakfast each morning. Don’t miss the attached Food Hallen and the nearby street market for lots of delicious treats! The highlights of Amsterdam are a short walk away, but the hotel is also located super close to a tram stop.
Food great, rooms fantastic, service very good. Would definately go back. Location really good. Vondel park not far. Fab restaurants just ovet the road. City tax a little annoying though. Very nice hotel.
I think this is our fourth stay at Hotel De Hallen. This time were here for ten-days. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The location, a few miles outside the city center, is great as it is a little quieter, close to tram stops, restaurants and a very large food hall. Our room was clean and quiet. We are already looking forward to our next visit in 2019.
Had a great time at Hotel De Hallen. No real complaints. From the time my wife and I arrived in the early morning we were greeted very nicely by two lovely ladies with great smiles and personalities. I wish I knew their names. There was one in particular who please forgive me, is a little short in height but super nice. She was so very helpful at all times and really went out of her way to make sure we had what we needed. Many thanks to her. There was another lady who I enjoyed speaking with that worked during the day hours. (Tall blonde) She always ends her sentences with a hearty “YES!” Makes you wanna smile. I told my wife “listen for the yes!” Hahaha... She heard it and we both smiled. Breakfast was cool. Love the area where it’s served. I have no complaints whatsoever about the layout of the place. We were grateful that our room was made available so quickly despite our early arrival. My wife and I were in room 105. If I had any complaints to make, it actually wouldn’t be about the hotel but instead about the surrounding area where we were frustrated by the various eateries and businesses that had different requirements for how they wanted you to pay for something. In one restaurant they didn’t accept cash so we paid using Visa. In the Albert Heijn grocery store they wouldn’t accept a Visa card it had to be MasterCard and the smallest bill I had was 500 euro. That always got a huge chuckle and a reaction of “oh nooooooo! We can’t make change for that!” They told me to get change from the ING bank across the street. Their reaction? “Oh noooooooo! You don’t have an account with us!” lol The only time we got lucky was when we bought burgers in the Food Hallen next door to the hotel. The guy felt bad so he allowed me to pay cash but this was before I was only carrying my magical 500 euro bill that nobody wanted to touch. I never imagined to be paying for a two scoop ice cream cone with my credit card but I had to do that because the ice cream place didn’t accept cash. It was strange. What can I say! I’m a spoiled American who has never experienced in my lifetime businesses not being able to make change. Lastly, I would say to anyone curious about staying at Hotel De Hallen just go and enjoy! Check the other reviews for the minor complaints lol. It’s really a nice place with good people. Cool atmosphere too. And thanks to those neighborhood businesses that saved us a lot of money we had planned to spend on goodies and treats that we wanted to buy and stuff in our suitcases. Happy travels to everyone!
The room was very spacious,very clean & well decorated. The staff was friendly although the check-in was difficult and the lady in the reception who dealt with our check in didn't even bothered to try to accommodate our needs.