I’ve been to Amsterdam a couple of times and I’ve stayed in accommodation that spans the spectrum – including a hotel with glass walls around the shower and full view of the toilet from the bed! – so it is with great confidence that I recommend my most recent home away from home in the buzzing Dutch city.
As the name ‘Mr. Jordaan‘ suggests, our hotel was situated in the Jordaan area, which is a pretty central area renowned for its cool bars, independent shops and galleries, and of course, the Cheese Museum (what more could you want!?). To help you get your bearings, it’s also right by Anne Frank’s house and is the ideal location to start from whether you’re headed off to see all the tourist sights or going out for dinner. We didn’t use public transport once and averaged about 20,000 steps (fueled by about 3 bottles of wine) a day.
So, the hotel. My friends made fun of me for repeatedly summarising it as ‘a small, boutiquey kind of hotel that’s really cool and quite boutiquey’ but that’s exactly what it is. It’s great from the get go: welcome mat, chrome lighting, mid-century armchairs, cacti and a sweetie jar. The decor is absolutely spot on and a Pinterest board will shortly follow so I can recreate a similar thing in my future dream home.
Just past reception – where check-in was the smoothest I’ve ever experienced – is a little dining area with a coffee machine where you can pick up a complimentary latte, tea, hot choc or something herbal for the road, or take a break in between exploring at one of the little tables. At the back, there’s more seating and a kitchen, which is where breakfast is served. The setup feels like a very stylish someone’s house – that’s the concept, it’s Mr. Jordaan’s place and he’s been giving travelers the front door key for years – but also very sleek. Hungry? In the morning you can rummage through the cupboards for cereal, pastries and other treats, while a plethora of continental platters will be left on the worktop for you to pick over as you please. You do have to pay an extra £17.50 for the pleasure though so we ventured out for pancakes instead.
The ONE negative about this place is the lift. It is beyond slow. There are only a couple of floors at Mr. Jordaan but it genuinely does take about 5 minutes to get through them all. That being said, it did become quite a hilarious part of our day!
So, the room. Clean, compact and very ‘style blogger’. A double bed and a single bed, a clothes rail and ample mirrors ticked most of our boxes but it was the little touches that you’d expect from a much bigger operation that really endeared Mr. Jordaan to me. Things like a water bottle for each of us to fill up and take away, really lovely toiletries (including conditioner – I hate when hotels forgo this necessity), tea and coffee, a selection of Stroop waffles (OHEMGEE these are the best thing ever) and plenty of pillows and towels. There was a TV too and space under the bed to get rid of oversized luggage.
Every morning when we left, the lovely reception staff were there to say hello, answer our questions and suggest we take an umbrella from the stand – it rains quite a bit in February, who knew. And, on the morning we left it was no trouble for them to look after our luggage for the day and when we returned they sent us off with a bag of snacks and drinks for the plane. How.nice.is.that?
I will definitely visit Amsterdam again and I will definitely stay at Mr. Jordaan when I do. You should too! If only for the Insta opps…
Mr. Jordaan Hotel, Bloemgracht 102, 1015 TN Amsterdam, Netherlands