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 arrived after a cruise and our luggage was tagged and stored in a locked closet until our rooms were ready.
We had an Executive Room on the third floor. It was very quiet and comfortable. The honor bar in the lobby was a nice feature. Note to Management: Thomas needs a proper bar to better serve guests, LOL!
Breakfast was very nice with a large selection of items to suit any dietary needs. Maria is a wonderful addition to the staff.
Everyone we interacted with went above and beyond to assist us in planning excursions, restaurants, etc. Thomas is particularly friendly and knowledgeable.
Thanks for a great stay, our first in Amsterdam!
Every now and then I come upon a hotel gem.
This charming boutique hotel is a diamond.
Extremely friendly and helpful staff.
Wonderful bedroom, large divine bed.
Most comfortable chairs.
The perfect bathroom - I loved.the jucussi bath with built in television.
The wet room shower was spacious and the water pressure ideal.
Breakfast was delicious with a large choice on offer.
The location was incredible - everything - museums, concert hall and designer shopping
all within five minutes walk.
I cannot wait to return.
We cannot figure out why so many people rant and rave about this hotel because we had a different experience. We booked this hotel based on a friend’s recommendations and the great reviews on Trip Advisor, we stayed three nights and we were just not impressed. First, the positives, the hotel is in a great location, close to the museums, Vondelpark and Concert Gebouw, the lobby is cute and hip, the room was very quiet, and the beds extremely comfortable. The cons, we reserved an executive room and were surprised at how small the room was, also the bed was two twin beds pushed together. At breakfast they frequently ran out of items and when you asked, their standard response was, “We are all out”, end of story. Also, we reported the batteries needed to be replaced in our room safe and they said they would get right on it, it was never fixed. We also are puzzled as to the positive reviews of the staff, we just did not have that experience with the exception of one gentleman who was working an evening shift, he was terrific, helpful and friendly. When we checked in the woman at the front desk did not even greet us, she had a rather glum expression on her face, asked our name and basically handed us our card keys, we had lots of luggage as we were traveling in Europe for four weeks and did not ask if we needed help, did not explain anything about the property. Other personnel at the front desk were similar, disengaged when we asked questions of one woman she said they were short staffed and although she was polite, she said she was sent over from another property, was just filling in so she was not able to answer our questions. This hotel was not cheap, so not sure if we just happened to stay at a time they were short staffed and the regular personnel was out but I had higher expectations.
We stayed at the JL76 for four days in May ’18. Loved it. It’s in a quiet neighborhood just steps from the Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark and the restaurants at Leidseplein and the shopping at the 9 little streets.
Public transportation (tram & bus) is readily available to visit other parts of the city.
The hotel itself is nice and modern, the room was comfortable and the little restaurant was friendly and had a nice menu. The food was simple and very good.
Above all, all of the staff were GREAT. Friendly, helpful and attentive. They provided excellent recommendations, help with tickets and navigation and sound advice all around.
Not sure how my husband found this hotel but he couldn’t have selected a more perfect spot. It is ideally situated in the Museum place behind the Van Gogh Museum,minutes from two perfect tram stops on a tree lined quiet steet.
The room are comfortable and charming. We were upgraded to an executive deluxe room when our room wasn’t ready for us. The concierge services have given us so many helpful suggestions (they even have the tram tickets available to purchase on site. Breakfast is served over a four hour time span to accommodate early risers or those who want to sleep in.