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
This hotel with its very quirky charm was a pleasure to visit! We was made very at home and immediately took to making that our home for a few days. There is a tram stop within a 5 mins walk from the hotel which makes getting into central Amsterdam very easy as well as just outside there is also a supermarket. The mini fridge in the room is very helpful as you are able to actually keep food in the room. Only thing which was a bit disheartening was there was no windows in the room so all the light was artificial and would get very hot during the night as the air conditioning would only go so low.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to stay in Amsterdam just be aware of the 7% tourist tax you have to pay as we was only informed of this when we was checking out! So make sure when budgeting this is included!
Great city hotel, nice interior, lovely surrounding, quiet and close to the rumour at the same time. Everything was great; the only thing I missed was the bodylotion in the bathroom. And the bar service was a little bit lousy, I had to ask all the time if someone can help me with a coffee or a wine.
Stayed for three nights and while our stay was alright, I don't think I would recommend this hotel. First off, we had asked for a quiet room. On two occasions I had emailed the hotel and indicated this request. Not only was that disregarded, we were put in the room right over the bar/reception area. So right off the bat a bad sign. (and yes our sleep was disturbed being in this area on one night for sure) The second thing.....and its just a small thing, but when we checked in there was a dirty glass/dish outside our room in the hall. No big deal, but when its still there 3 days later.....I see that as really very poor. It was literally there until the morning we checked out. The room was ok, a bit odd with no outdoor windows, but we knew that going in so that was fine. The bathroom was nice and large with a very nice shower, so that was nice. Location was ok. It was our first trip to Amsterdam and I think in hindsight I wish we had stayed in the Jordaan area. This area of the city felt more like any other city in the world and only when you got closer to the hub did it feel more like what we expected. So while not a poor hotel, enough small things that I wouldn't stay again.