Picking somewhere to stay in Amsterdam can be a tricky affair. What if you want a fashionable, design hotel, but not the lux price tag? What if you fancy an apartment, but still want the convenience of someone else making your bed and breakfast? Something old, but something new. And as for the location? Let me guess – it needs to be central, but not too busy.
Yes, it’s a tall order, but it exists. Yep, somewhere that meets all of those requirements. Hotel V Fredericksplein is your answer.
The Perfect Base
It’s part of a hotel duo in Amsterdam. This particular one is located in a quieter part of the city on well, Fredericksplein. Although it’s tucked away from the seedy tourist spots and crowed high streets, it’s only a twenty-minute walk into the city centre and that walk happens to go through a lovely park and alongside some of those famous Dutch canals. A short five minute walk in the other direction leads to the Heineken Experience, a tour of the famous brewery.
Conveniently, the hotel is also surrounded by tram stops so if you’d rather save your energy for the vibrant nightlife and many sightseeing spots in the city simply hop on a tram. They go past every ten/fifteen minutes or so and run well into the night. They cost next to nothing too. It’s fair to say that Hotel V Frederickspelin definitely scores well in terms of location.
Catering For All
Somehow this place manages to fuse old and new effortlessly. The lobby is one of those trendy, open-plan types with bearded hipsters and cool ladies manning the reception. The contemporary open fire, hanging light bulbs and interesting vases create a design lobby that’s fit for a magazine cover.
However, stepping inside the lift is like stepping inside a time machine. It’s inexplicably tiny. There’s enough room for two slim jims and hand luggage, but not a whisper more. Even if you buck the bijou lift for the stairs you’re still transported to another era – the 1920s to be precise. Art deco tiles and stained-glass windows add a splash of colour to an otherwise fairly chic black style.
In true chameleon form, stepping into the twin XL room of the hotel feels like the equivalent of entering a modern, fashionable Airbnb pad. Beams criss-cross the ceiling and a huge motif sits prettily on one of the walls. It’s unique and modern, not to mention perfect for those who hate to be defined by their eclectic accommodation preferences. Seemingly neutral walls reveal detailed wallpaper, whilst a beaded coffee table shimmers against sleek furniture.
The beds are those magical ones that are somehow firm, but soft; the ones that make you sigh with happiness when you lie on them. Then of course there’s the guilty pleasure of the flatscreen TV with lots of channels, including English ones like Nickelodeon rather than just BBC World News.
Just when you’ve decided it’s definitely a modern hotel you notice the old-fashioned windows, including the historic hooks that jut out from the roof. There’s also the eco factor to consider. The bathroom has environmentally friendly touches, including the shower settings and encouragement for towel-saving.The cafe area also offers organic, healthy options. And then there’s the techie side to the hotel. You’ll find free wi-fi, as well as two computer stations to use in the lobby.
All in all, Hotel V Fredericksplein is hard to categorise and that’s why you’ll love it. It’s for those of us who want a bit of everything when we travel. Rates for this standard of room start from as little as €66. X