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
- 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
Situated on the soputh side of the centre, this hotel is perfectly located for visiting Amsterdam's famous museums and concert building.
It's quite elegant, walls painted in shiny black, soft tones (purple) for the tapistry etc. So the first impression is not bad at all! But then reality comes in....
Coincidence ? The hotel is build in an old college (hence then name) and it seems most of its staff is still in school! Very young and trendy types, but no sense of running a 4 star hotel. And the few staff members that are a bit older, mainly in the waiting staff, look like they'd rather work elsewhere.
I traveled alone, but had book a deluxe room, so should be suitable for two as well. The bed was small! Maximum 150 x 190, which was in fact to short for me. But a bigger bed would not have fitted the room! Wordt of all was the bathroom! Never in my life have I've seen such a small bathroom. It was the equal size as the toilet! And with hardly any lighting (trendy??), I doubt any women could have done her make-up in there.
The bars and restaurant looked nice. I only had breakfast, outside on the terrace, and that was fine. The buffet could have had a wider ranger of food....but it was o.k.
I came by car. Unfortunately the hotel's entrance can only be reached on foot and I didn't see any bell staff, so if you have a lot of luggage....good luck! They do have a car park, but it only fits maybe 5 cars and in on the opposite side of the street (including tramway) and you need a staff member to open it for you. So before arriving, you need to call the reception to ask them to join you at the garage...Could work better is they would have a voiturier.
All in all, a disappointment. If it wasn't for it's great location, I would have ranked it even lower.
Stayed here in June... great location, great hotel, good amenities but lacks 1 thing as far as I’m concerned....the staff could do well to smile more and be more hospitable. This was the only thing stopped me giving this place 5 stars.
I stayed in the hotel for 2 nights, rooms where lovely, service from the reception was great.
The breakfast was a bit minimalistic but it was ok. They have a beautiful inside garden, which is unique for Amsterdam!
Beautiful place. So nicely done this hotel/restaurant in old building. Nice terrace on the outside. But the service is sooooo poor. Nobody at the terrace. So with the right staff, training and attitude this can be an hidden jewel in the capital
This is my picture of a business meal, after more than one hour wait with Japanese guests. I felt ashamed of such a lousy service, this is just plain unacceptable. I don't even know how the food tastes, but this spoilt everything. Avoid if you are planning to have dinner in less than 3 hours.