The College Hotel
What We Love
- The cool locale at the heart of the city's shopping and cultural district
- Atmospheric details like soaring ceilings, fireplaces, and romantic staircases
- There’s a restaurant, bar lounge, and terrace
- Traditional High Teas on Sunday afternoons
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What To Know
- Many of the youthful staff are students at hotel management schools
- Free WiFi
- In-house guests who book dinner at The College Restaurant get a free aperitif
- Some of the rooms are almost monastic in their minimalism
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Housed in an atmospheric former 19th century school, this 40-room boutique sleep recently won the Prix Villegiature for the “Best interior design in a hotel in Europe,” thanks to the beautifully pared-down guest rooms decorated simply but opulently in tones of chocolate, burnt orange, and gray. The restaurant–housed in the former gymnasium–has a lovely garden terrace shaded by olive trees, while the lounge sports a fireplace for cozy chats over cocktails.
In the Area
Right on the hotel’s doorstep is one of Amsterdam’s hippest ‘hoods, the Fashion & Museum district, in the city’s Zuid. Head straight to Museum Square, where a handful of legendary museums are located, including Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. Art lust sated, head straight to Rijsel, a Flemish rotisserie-style restaurant across the Amstel that’s a big hit with the city’s creative classes. Try the perfectly roasted chicken or the home-made duck sausage.
How to Get There
This hotel is in a great location if you want to explore Amsterdam, just down the road from the museums. There is a tram stop right outside, #12 takes you straight into the city centre.
We stayed in a deluxe room on the 1st floor.
Loved the decor and high ceilings.
We faced the main road therefore took at advantage of using the air conditioning over opening windows due to a little bit of noise from passing traffic.
There is a hairdyer in the room.
Staff were friendly and accomodating. Would recommend and would stay again.
Interesting that another reviewer led with this.
I got to hotel late and left early so no time to complain. But when I got to bed exhausted, the bed smelt “bed head”. Absolutely foul.
Also bar closed at 11pm, which is poor for any hotel but even worse we weren’t allowed to finish drinks in the bar, we had to go outside to courtyard!!
Not very friendly, at all. Very surprising for Amsterdam.
Stayed 1 night at the college hotel. We arrived late on a Friday night, exhausted from the work week and the drive up. As the room was quite dark, I only noticed blood stains on the side of the bed sheets the next morning. Disgusted, I went to the reception desk to make a complaint. Unfortunately, the only response I got is that I should have reached out the night before and then they would have come to clean the sheets. This to me is not an acceptable answer, as I expect the sheets to be changed BEFORE I arrive at the hotel, not after I complain about how dirty they are! After asking to speak with a manager, the person at the reception desk told us that the manager unfortunately doesn't work on weekends and cannot be reached by phone either.
I left, appalled with what had just happened, considering the amount we had to pay for a 1-night stay in the hotel. I will never return here again...