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
The Hotel was very accommodating, they let us check in early and leave late! The Staff were very helpful and the sleep was great with a clean and tidy room. Also the location next to Vondelpark was superb!
Stayed here for a couple of nights with the missus on a city break. Hotel was spot on, had everything you could want. Very clean, great bathroom with overhead shower and a bathtub with jacuzzi (2 can fit in????). Bed was super comfy, even great pillows which I always seem to have problems with at hotels.
Staff were great, just left you to it. Nice breakfast with plenty of choice. Quiet location. Apart from a wobbly toilet seat that’s all I can fault it on. Perfect independent hotel. Would definitely come back.
The hotel was located on a quiet street in Museumkwartier. Nice walking distance to places though quite a hike to Dam Square or Centraal. The Executive Double room was a nice size with plenty to storage spaces and a balcony facing a small school. The breakfast buffet was good and you can order ala carte as well. Everyone who works at the breakfast area are lovely especially Maria. The Dutch pancake and Liege waffle were standouts. Nearby, I highly recommend The Seafood Bar on van Baerle (need reservations.) FoodHallen and Leidesplein are about 10-15 minute walk.