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
Our 5th stay in Amsterdam in last two years and our 1st at this hotel and hopefully not the last.
The hotel is in a great location for visiting Amsterdam.
The room was quite large, comfortable beds and very clean, it had a walk in shower and a spa bath.
Self service breakfast had usual hot and cold drinks, cereal, yoghurt, meats, cheese, bread, croissant, pastries, sausage, bacon and beans. Other types of breakfast could be made to order such as omelettes, pancakes, waffles.
Would certainly come back here again.
Wonderful stay, 7th trip to Amsterdam and by far the nicest hotel. We were made so welcome on arrival and throughout our 5 night stay.
Would definitely stay here again, loved the location, easy to get too from airport on 397 Bus which we have never used before and some good restaurants nearby.
C & M
Second time visiting this hotel and it never disappoints! This visit made even more special by Andre, who upon discovering it was my birthday on the day of check out, went out of his way to make the stay so special by giving us a room upgrade and a lovely gift when checking out! The hotel itself is so cosy and has a lovely atmosphere. The rooms are a a good size, really clean and have great facilites. The hotel is in a wonderful area for anyone interested in the museums of Amsterdam and also perfectly situated for dinner and drinks in the lively Leidseplein. We love Amsterdam and love this hotel and will definitely continue to come back!
I had the pleasure of staying at this wonderful boutique hotel for a week. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. My room was gorgeous. I think my favorite part was sinking into the deep jacuzzi tub after walking around the city for hours. The street is quiet but literally around the corner from the Van gogh museum. Restaurants and shopping close by as well. Loved it! 5 stars!
I had a wonderful time staying, the staff was excellent. Andre was friendly and made sure we left with a smile on our faces. There was a ton of shopping in the area and if you're just window shopping, that's fun too. It was easy to find from the tram, maybe a 5-minute walk.
Ubering to and from the hotel was easy as well.