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
I love staying here - centred in one of the best part of Amsterdam. Full of character and eclectic room design. Dock them one star because restaurant not always open and really, really expensive breakfast
We stopped by the hotel after a very easy bus ride from the airport around 8a. Obviously our room wasn’t ready but they took our bags so we could explore the city. The tram station is right out front. Upon returning at Checkin we were informed our baggage was already in the room and we had been upgraded. Our room is huge by Euro standards with a nice walkin shower and comfortable bed with free minibar and WiFi. Very easy walk to the museum district and quick tram ride downtown. Very happy with our hotel choice.
Bought this trip for my husband’s birthday. Mentioned it when I booked and we were gifted mini macaroons in our room to celebrate! Great little hotel, with fab design touches. You’re a little out of the centre but with a tram stop right outside you’re well connected. My only criticism is that the breakfast / drinks are very expensive as the rooms are starting to look a little tired from wear and tear. But great value and a thoroughly enjoyable stay.
Loved this hotel! We were in a perfect location, not too central and not too quiet - well situated enough to walk into the centre and seconds away from a tram stop. Room was spacious and gorgeous. Staff at reception couldn’t have been more helpful and I would definitely stay again.
A beautiful hotel with lovely-sized rooms and public spaces. However, I arrived mid-evening to a not very warm welcome from the reception, and found the public spaces and my room very dark indeed. The room itself was great - good sized and comfortable bed, seperate bathroom with a bath - however I found it difficult to use the mirrors in there to apply makeup due to the lighting. I then wanted to eat and then work - I found the restaurant but it was not operating a dining menu - just bar snacks - which when you fancy something a little healthy was not great. Staff in the bar were just not interested in serving me. After a good night's sleep I went down for breakfast - there was no welcome by staff again and I found the idea of a candlelit buffet (because the room was so dark) a little strange. I then went back to reception to leave bags, organise a taxi etc and the receptionist could not have been more helpful - it was like a different place - absolutely brilliant! After an initial meeting outside the hotel, I returned to pre-arranged meetings in the hotel - again, reception was buzzing with welcome drinks, macarons, etc - none of which I'd seen the day before. I held my meetings in the bar area - the staff there were again, disappointing, as I had to keep leaving my meeting to ask for service.
I would definitely want to stay in the hotel again due to its decor and location - however, the staff really do need to try a little harder