Hotel JL No76
What We Love
- Seconds from one of the world’s best shopping streets
- Secluded garden gives a residential feel
- The honesty bar is hassle-free
- Breakfast hours are extremely generous
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What To Know
- A city tax of approximately 5 percent of the total room cost per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Party animals might want a livelier neighborhood
- Pale carpeting could use an update
- WiFi is free
- Free WiFi
As befits a hotel that’s smack bang in the middle of Amsterdam’s cultivated Museum Quarter, the JL is named after 17th-century poet Johannes Luiken (the hotel is number 76 on the street named after him, geddit?). Sure, it’s in the swankiest part of town (Chanel, Tiffany, Gucci, et al. are just a rhinestone’s throw away), and there’s a flat-screen TV above the Jacuzzi, but the guestrooms are more stealth wealth, with a soothing color palette and the odd splodge of quirky fun. Case in point: the parade of crash helmet–sporting dog sculptures in the reception area window.
Bed and Bath
Lots of thought has clearly been put into your comfort and convenience. Coffeemaking facilities are courtesy of Nespresso, mattresses are from eco-manufacturer Coco-Mat, and the indulgent “rain dance” showers are perfect after a punishing day on the culture beat. Housed in two 18th-century mansions, the rooms retain architectural details such as quirky window frames and sloping roofs, and some feature graffiti-style walls or artwork by Barbara Broekman.
The culinary options aren’t endless, but the fact that the kitchen serves wraps, salads and the like until 10 p.m. is impressive for a 39-room hotel. Nearby Willemsparkweg offers additional noshes. Fill up on Dutch pancakes with maple syrup at breakfast here and you won’t be requiring much lunch. The honesty bar is hassle-free, and the secluded garden gives a residential feel. In keeping with Amsterdam’s twin traditions of egalitarianism and gezelligheid (which roughly translates as coziness), the JL is the kind of place where fellow guests smile at each other and all seems well in the world.
In the Area
Fast, fun and eco-friendly, the humble bicycle remains the best way to see the city. You can rent one on the nearby Leidseplein from Mac Bike. Saddle up and cycle along nearby PC Hooftstraat, which leads directly into the elegant Vondelpark — the green lungs of the city. For a spot of culture, visit the recently reopened Stedelijk Museum. Nicknamed “the Bathtub” on account of its extraordinary design, it’s a world class modern art trove. For dinner Brasserie Keyzer, adjacent to the Concertgebouw recital hall on Van Baerlestraat, is the traditional hangout of Amsterdam’s literary elite.
How to Get There
As we made our way into the hotel we were met with a friendly member of staff didnt catch his name but we were told all the basics and let off to go to our room
We stayed in one of the executive suites, the room itself was very spacious, safe, fridge, double basin and a little surprise that there was a UK plug socket which was handy as forgot to bring 2 European adapters. Large kingsize bed, jacuzzi bath, wet room shower the works enough to make it a romantic weekend away for both my partners 30th birthday and valentines.
Upon arrival in the room there was balloons and a card by the hotel for her birthday which was a great touch
Shortly after getting ready we left to explore amsterdam for the 1st time
The next morning we decided we were going to hire bikes to do as the locals do and because we dont do that sort of thing in the UK. I have to mention Anders without which the hotel would be lost he is a breath of fresh air, chatty, knowledgeable and quite a funny guy he made the hotel very enjoyable so thank you for this Anders if you get to read the reviews
We got to use the bikes for the last few hours before heading back and this allowed us to explore that bit more we had not seen
Overall we loved it and are planning our return visit come around September time maybe this time on a weekend as apparently its must busier and more lively
Thank you to Anders and the rest of the team at Hotel JL No76 from Liam and Emma room 307 12th to 14th February
The location could not be beat. Really close to the museum's, transit and some lovely eatery's. The hotel had a honest bar, which was really nice to come back after a long day of walking and indulge in a beverage. The staff were wonderful and even assisted my partner in arranging flowers and a card for my birthday.
Hotel is ok. We were there for 5 nights. Staff was pleasent and hotel was nice. However, we didnt get service one day and elevator broke for two days - we had to use stairs to 4th floor. No compensation whatsoever. Not even a bottle of water. They could offer some kind of compensation. All they did was say "sorry for the inconvenience"
Picked this property because of location and reviews. Does have limited menu restaurant on premises, but the breakfast, and dinner selections were quite good. My room was well furnished with comfortable bed, and nice bath. Staff was particularly knowledgeable and helpful. Would definitely stay again.
The hotel is excellent, the staff kind and pleasant and happy to help with any questions. The atmosphere in the hotel is pleasant and stylish.
They should be more careful about the daily arrangement of rooms.
I highly recommend and look forward to returning there again