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
I’ve been many times to Amsterdam, but never been in such a disorganized structure as the College hotel.
I spent 4 days at the college hotel for a business trip and the time I was spending at the hotel was supposed to be relaxing, well it was the opposite.
The number of people working there is very limited so whenever you need anything you need to look for somebody for hours...
The restaurant quality is not bad, the service is just not existing, there is one waiter for the all room, bar and restaurant.
The rooms are not very clean and they come to clean them very late in the morning, they always forget to change towels and to put new product for the shower.
The smell in the elevator it’s disgusting, like if somebody threw something on the carpet long time ago.
But the best is still yet to come.
They offered me to go a gym that has a deal with them, I go there and I it my access, then when I check out the make me pay again the same amount, basically I paid twice for going to the gym once... I tried to explain but a lady at the reception, called Julia, she said “it was impossible” (the amount was ridiculous, 20 euros, but it’s the principle that doesn’t make sense).
Honestly the structure of the hotel is quite nice but the personnel is very inappropriate and not at the level of the money you it for a room (from 200 to 400 euros)
I really suggest everyone to choose other hotels, there is so much better to find in Amsterdam.
Here are the good point: excellent location with different tram lines, nice area, hotel building is quite unique. We had a superior room that was spacious
Now, for the "need to improve area". We found that the staff was either lacking training or just unpleasant. When we asked the waitress if they had any snack, she replied "I have no idea this is my first day"..and we had to ask her to provide a snack menu. Then at breakfast, either the empty plates were not cleared, or table not ready for anyone -no cutlery, stained tablecloths.
The worst came when we came back at the end of the morning to get a coffee. Obviously the waitress was not pleased to have customers. We asked for one coffee and some mineral water, she turned up with 2 coffees no water, when we told her it was not what we ordered she just left, did not come back with water and offered no apologies. We had to ask again for water, she came back with a glass full of ice cubes where you could hardly fit any water at all.
When we went to pay, she was rather unpleasant too.
In short, we would not recommend this hotel. Albeit in a convenient area, there are other hotel around.
The hotel is in an architecturally stunning 19century building with a great location for museums etc but is nowhere near a 4 star. The rooms are dark and shabby, worn furniture. No facilities of any kind, service minimal, breakfast by Dutch standards a bit sad. At these prices, it’s just not good enough. It’s a pity, with some care and attention it could be a really cool city hotel.
Upon arriving to such a beautiful garden and lobby at 9 am after travelling all night- we were greeted by a man ( I can’t describe him as a gentleman because he was anything but! ) He seemed shocked and stupefied that we would have the gall to show up at his counter at any hour prior to 3PM! Was he not aware that flights from North America typically arrive in the morning??? That a weary traveler may simply be in need of a Hello??? Here’s what we can do for you while we wait for your room”???
We had to practically beg him to take our bags. He offered no suggestions for where to eat, relax or any of the offerings of the hotel. He looked down his nose at us in disgust.
I could only imagine the rage that an owner of such an establishment would feel after all the painstaking work restoring such an amazing building and to have this awful man completely ruin the intended experience.
The College Hotel should promptly replace this staff member. There are so many other people we have met while here in Holland that could do a far better job promoting your beautiful hotel. The experience overall was flat. There is no soul in the restaurant or bar. You need outgoing staff that are willing to interact with your guests and maximize their experience. Aesthetically the place is great. Rooms are a bit dark but all could be overlooked if only we were treated with kindness and an ounce of hospitality.
In fairness, our friends who had stayed at your hotel for three days prior-raved about all of the staff EXCEPT for the same Mr. Grumpy.
For what should be a rather unique experience I have to say this hotel was disappointing. It’s a very pretty building but the rooms are dark and half the lights didn’t work in my room. Similarly the food was bland. Also distressing is that there is no fitness center. They offer you a local gym but that is a separate fee — which in the modern era is rather sad. Finally the problem solving skills of the staff are limited. The location is great and if you get a good price then that’s fine - just realize what you are and are not getting.