Amsterdam, Netherlands

College Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$154.12

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Light, contemporary, buzzy


Lofty ex-schoolhouse

A former schoolhouse turned stylish urban stay, the College Hotel in the heart of Amsterdam is appropriately staffed in its entirety by hospitality industry students. Easy on the wallet and the eye, this historic building's high ceilings, elegant rooms, popular restaurant and a laid-back bar combine to form an atmospheric stay in one of Europe's most picturesque cities.

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Need to know


40, including two suites.


12 noon, but flexible during the week. Check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $154.12 (€141), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 5% per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR149.46), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude the full Continental breakfast with hot dishes (€19.50 each).


It is important to note that the staff is comprised of hospitality-industry students, so you may have to find yourself 'bearing with them'; service is not always the slickest.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and Illy coffee machine.

Our favourite rooms

Room 123 is a double with a cute bay window looking onto the interior courtyard, with the bedroom on another level. Room 116 is a very spacious double room. Our favourite suite is room 101, with a freestanding bath in the middle of the bathroom.


In-room massages are available on request. Parking, €45 a day. Bike rental, €21 a day.


Cots provided at no extra charge. Roll-away bed (€65) and a babysitter are available on request.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Any near the big windows.

Dress Code

Understated, easy.

Hotel restaurant

Located in the former school gymnasium, with food inspired by the golden age of Dutch cuisine and given a contemporary twist.

Hotel bar

The lounge bar specialises in Dutch cocktails with ingredients such as cinnamon and apple. It officially closes at 1am, but there’s always someone on hand.

Last orders

Lunch, 2pm. Dinner, 10pm.

Room service

24 hours: restaurant menu, with snack menu from 11pm.


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The main international airport is Schiphol ( Direct trains leave Schiphol for Amsterdams Centraal Station every 10 minutes between 6am and 1am; the journey takes 15–20 minutes.


Centraal Station has high-speed links with Paris (in four hours), Brussels (in three hours) and further afield, as well as national connections to cities like the Hague and Rotterdam.


Parking in Amsterdam is a headache, so driving is best avoided; do as the locals do and rent a bicycle once you're there. Public transport is also very efficient, with trams and canal buses linking up all over town: visit GVB for timetables and tickets ( If you are arriving on four wheels, the main roads that lead to the College Hotel are the A4 and the A10.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Museum Square and the trendy De Pijp district. Start your day going dotty for elaborate Delftware and lingering over luminous Vermeer and Van Gogh paintings in the Rijksmuseum (+31 20 674 7000, If you can't get enough of the Netherlands' most noted artist, the Van Gogh Museum (+31 20 570 5200, is a 10-minute walk away on Paulus Potterstraat; his sophisticated 'selfies', tortured florals and lesser-known studies of peasant life are included in this fascinating collection. Then fast forward in time with a visit to the Stedelijk Museum (+31 20 573 2911,, which showcases intriguing modern art from the Netherlands and beyond. After cramming in centuyries of Dutch culture, head to the De Pijp district for chic boutiques and designer dining.

Local restaurants

Le Garage on Ruysdaelstraat (+31 20 679 7176) is a cross between a Paris brasserie, with mirrors and red banquettes, and an Italian trattoria, with culinary touches from Asia, too. It is run by restaurateur and TV celebrity Joop Braakhekke, and big with a starry Dutch crowd, so book ahead to get a table. The Mansion (+31 20 616 6664) on Hobbemastraat is the new restaurant-lounge of the moment, with ostrich leather on the walls, and paintings on the seasons. It serves Cantonese and Peking cuisine upstairs, with four cocktail bars downstairs; the basement has private rooms with butlers. Look out for the ostrich leather on the walls and ceiling paintings.


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Anonymous review

It pays to remember one important fact when visiting the College Hotel in Amsterdam: each member of staff, rather appropriately, is a student. (When we checked in, all five of the youngsters on reception were trying to look busy, seemingly praying we didn’t ask anything too testing of them.) This singular point will either make your day, or explain how such a designer hangout is so affordable.

The building, an elegant conversion of a 19th-century school building, dramatically lit throughout, it gives the whole experiment a good deal of authenticity. As for the stylings: imagine if an interior decorator from the East-meets-West school of design had been let loose at a prep school. The building has wonderfully high ceilings that reinforce the college credentials, a surprisingly relaxed elegant bar, and a hugely popular restaurant, which must have been the assembly hall. Giant black doors line the corridors on the first floor, each leading to rooms that have been created from the classrooms.

The bedrooms are tasteful and of a minimalist persuasion, with high ceilings and everything one would expect of a first-class hotel. While my roommate sprawled on the kingsize bed surfing the web wirelessly, I clocked up how big a party I could get started based on the contents of the minibar. (Hedonists will appreciate the black-slated bathroom and glass wall shower, which confirmed earlier suspicions that the interior designers must have been fans of Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut – not a bad thing, we agreed.)

Full marks awarded for design. However, as a stickler for polished service, I did find the set-up here had me wanting to issue a few detentions. But I wasn’t able to keep up the schoolmasterish front for long – it’s quite disarming when someone grins at you, then laughs when it’s all going wrong. Despite a few bumblings on reception we managed to arrange a table at the Supperclub, an institution in Amsterdam for some years now. I hadn’t visited the city since the Seventies, and my American companion never had, so we decided to take a little time and explore before the communal dinner at nine.

I dialled down to another new and helpful teenybopper on reception and asked for a cab, ‘Be here in three minutes,’ she confidently chirped. 20 minutes later we decided to wait in the bar, to chivvy them along. The doormen announced our cab’s arrival five minutes later. Signing the bill and sweeping confidently out of the bar, we reached the end of the hotel’s long path to be greeted by an empty street. Back to the bar, drinks all round and another ride called. The doormen thought it hilarious when the taxi didn’t turn up the third time either, and our fellow drinkers were equally amused. We finally arrived at the Supperclub, moments after it had swung into action.

Halfway through dinner my friend twigged that you can smoke in restaurants over here, and her big brown sad eyes forced me across the alleyway to procure cigarettes. That’s when the trip changed completely; I had heard all about coffeeshops, but the red-light district had been the extent of my schoolboy adventures. I returned bearing gifts. With the active encouragement of the management, we reclined on the huge white bed that is the Supperclub, where we were dripfed dinner, entertained by what appeared to be a Balinese dancer in a white catsuit, lit up in Christmas lights. Then again I can’t really be sure, because the purveyors of exotic substances from across the road had charmed their evil spell on us both.

When breakfast arrived late the following morning, only half there, the lovely girl from room service giggled and agreed that ‘bacon and egg’ usually shows some sign of an egg somewhere. As you can imagine, by now I was worrying about this review and its integrity. I also thought it might be prudent to check on our reservation for dinner. It turned out that the time of our booking was a little blurry. That evening, when they couldn’t find our allocated table, I asked to speak to the manager. The next thing, I heard the little voice in my ear telling me they were all students, yes, all students – even the manager. Things were bound to be, well, inconsistent. We all started laughing.

Still, they managed to squeeze us into a dining room that was two-thirds full, and served a really interesting supper from the deliberately tiny menu. So gregarious was the atmosphere that I think our waiter must have got lucky with at least two of the waitresses during his shift. I encountered a font of wisdom in the establishment's wonderful in-house Brazilian masseuse, who informed me that the whole crew changes here every three months. We had got them on day two – chaos! She assured me that by their last week they are all really slick.

So, you know what? We didn’t even mind that they constantly forgot things because they were all just so nice. Maybe if what you need is a super-efficient base, there are better places to stay, but if you want somewhere elegant, where the staff is having as much fun as you are, you’ll be happy to know the College is half the price it should be.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in College Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The decor. The onsite rental bikes. The pleasant staff. The outside patio area. Recommend late night canal cruise. They are set up outside the Bulldog Cafe in the red light. Boats run every 30 minutes and each is a bit different but small, intimate, romantic. 

Don’t expect

A full restaurant experience.


Stayed on 15 Aug 2016

We loved

High quality hotel. Interesting being looked after by students. On a tram route, so very easy to get about. Restaurant Le Garage nearby is very good. 8/10

Don’t expect

Don't expect perfect service; they're learning! However, the students could do to be supervised better.


Stayed on 2 May 2016

We loved

The hotel accommodation was fantastic and the staff could not do more to make you welcome and comfortable. The food produced in the restaurant was of high quality and is thoroughly recommended.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed!


Stayed on 5 Apr 2016

We loved

Friendly staff and handy location for access to De Pjip area and City Centre. Good places to eat: for beakfasts - Little Collins cafe (Eerste Sweelinckstraat 19F). For evenings - 33 Venster (Eerste van der Helststraat 42). For coffee - Swedish Embassy (Sarphatipark 34). To see: Resistance Museum (Plantage Kerklaan 61A) - off the beaten track but worth the visit for well presented insights into recent Dutch History! FOAM photography museum - small but great exhibitions. Be sure to get an I Amsterdam card for Metro and Trams.

Don’t expect

Not to be confronted with a corporate event, even at weekends


Stayed on 29 Jan 2016

We loved

Overall style of the place. The rooms on the top floor are smaller but more interesting and cosy, each one a little different. I wanted a bathtub and the team was happy to move me to another room. It was great to be able to rent bikes for the day, though 16 each. Warm, open team spirit from the staff – really helpful on tips and recommendations for cool bars and clubs in the city.

Don’t expect

The lobby and bar area to be warm or find a cosy corner. As an old school house, the design is open plan, with walk through to the next space. As it was a freezing January with minus 2 degree, the place was chilly, but I'm sure it's lovely in the summer. Service is mixed as they take students in training on extended work experience, which is actually a cool concept but means you may have to ask a couple of times, or the student need to check in with a colleague before answering your request.


Stayed on 15 Jan 2016

We loved

The hotel front of house staff were excellent, warm and friendly greeting. Plush surroundings and lovely room, decor throughout very attractive and interesting. Check out the ladies restroom, absolutely beautiful with a massive chandelier and silver wash basins(awarding winning!). Bar and lounge areas extremely inviting and luxurious. Location very good with tram stops close by and a few restaurants nearby one of which the hotel recommended as their restaurant was closed for a refurb and this was superb to say the least.

Don’t expect

There was hardly any toilet tissue on arrival and no coffee/tea/milk, but when I called reception several time they dealt with these issues immediately (but there was no decaf).


Stayed on 21 Jul 2015

We loved

The quirkiness of the rooms – the two rooms were both different shapes and sizes.

Don’t expect

A swimming pool, spa, etc.


Stayed on 3 Jul 2015

We loved

Decoration. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

Lightning in the bedrooms could be better.


Stayed on 1 Dec 2014

We loved

Close to museums, stylishly decorated, staff were sweet and tried to be helpful.

Don’t expect

I think the front reception staff could be trained to better greet guests when they arrive and be more knowledgeable about tourist attractions, and local information.


Stayed on 22 Nov 2014

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