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
We came to Amsterdam for one night only to visit the Van Gogh museum and were delighted to discover the JL76. From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with such warmth and made to feel very welcome (especially the complementary Easter cake that they were offering at the front desk).
The ambience in the lounge was like being in an elegant home. Our room was well equipped with free tea and coffee, and we appreciated little bag of chocolate Easter eggs. It was very quiet overnight, even though our room faced the street and we have the window open, which is fantastic for a hotel that is so central. However the bathroom was not ideal. When you use the shower, it makes the floor slippery and there was no grab rail. It was odd to have the basins outside the bathroom.
The location is ideal if you are going to the museums as we were less than five minutes walk from the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijks Museum.
Altogether a lovely experience and we would happily come back next time we are in Amsterdam.
We have only good things to say about JL.76- the staff are great!!! Thomas he is probably one of the best,lovely and perfect manager.We did not came to a hotel........we came Home!! The room are clean!!! Spacious.lovely balcony to the very quiet street.A wonderful and perfect effort in information service/ help in selection of exhibitions,restaurants,purchase of tickets etc.etc.etc.the best and great location.
I conclusion-a small hotel,intimate and wonderful.
Great hotel, rooms are so comfortable, staff could not be more helpful. Hotel is in a great location for seeing all that Amsterdam has to offer, close to all attractions but in a peaceful location. Would definitely recommend
Love this hotel! The staff is very accommodating and friendly. There was a problem with the TV in our room initially and they did everything to fix the problem quickly. Love the breakfast! 😸. Location is also great — stonesthrow away from Museumplein. Will definitely stay here again.
This hotel is simply lovely, the location could not be better, smack in the middle of the museum area, we hardly had to walk during the day to visit everywhere on our list, or at night for restaurants. The hotel has an honesty bar is what they call it, guests can serve themselves snacks or drinks as they like, we really liked this, it added a lot of value. The hotel is decorated very modern, contemporary art everywhere, and they are equipped with Nespresso machines, and our room had a jacuzzi as well. Perfection!