Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pillows Anna Van den Vondel

Rates from (ex tax)$210.65

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 (EUR189.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Dream house

Setting

Blooming by Vondelpark

Set by Amsterdam’s flower-filled Vondelpark, boutique hotel Pillows Anna van den Vondel takes the satisfyingly soft ‘flump’ you feel on bounding into the best hotel beds as its inspiration. Life is unhurried within: the hotel eatery does away with set dining times; staff are smartly dressed sandmen making guests’ holiday dreams come true (if you dream of sipping a fine Dutch brew, acquiring a bike or booking a canal tour, that is…); and soothingly pastel-hued rooms are both tech-y and tranquil. The ‘Dam’s buzzy neighbourhoods are within walking distance; but if you’d rather stay in bed, snoozers are by no means losers here.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

31, including one Pillows suite.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $210.65 (€178), 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 (EUR189.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not include breakfast; for €25 you can take your pick from a lavish Continental buffet of freshly baked pastries and bread, granola and Greek yoghurt, fruit salad, cheeses and cold cuts, eggs any-which-way and hot and cold drinks.

Also

Some of the hotel’s rooms benefit from a French balcony (overlooking either the hotel garden or the city) or a big-enough-for-two terrace.

At the hotel

Terrace, concierge, free WiFi throughout, laundry service. In rooms: 32” flatscreen TV; Tivoli sound system with Bluetooth streaming; Smart control panel for the lights, locks and air-conditioning; kettle and Nespresso coffee machine; gourmet minibar; bespoke bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms are a living lullaby of pastel hues, fragrant eucalyptus plants and soft lighting. Bathrooms can be bijou, so opt for a Deluxe Room if you’d like a little more elbow room. The Pillows Suite is worth the extra euros for restful garden views, and it’s the only room in the hotel fitted with both a shower and bath tub. The Small Luxury Rooms, set in the attic, may appeal to garret-craving poetic souls, but their diminutive size could prove a little too intimate for some.

Packing tips

To really set the mood in your oh-so comfy bed, download some chilled-out tunes, and bring an eye mask and lavender oil – why, did you think you’d be using it for something other than sleeping?

Also

Hotel staff are happy to hand out free daily newspapers for fireside reading.

Children

You’re unlikely to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet in this serene, grown-up stay.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Pull up a stool to watch the action in the open kitchen or laze around on a banquette like you’re at home.

Dress Code

‘Dam girl in brights and cobble-friendly clogs. For boys: biker with bespoke tailoring.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel’s ‘clockless’ dining concept is excellent news for those who crave a rib-eye steak at 4am. The Living dining room’s menu has Mediterranean-inspired dishes (slices of pata negra ham, melanzane alla parmigiana) and comfort food (mini burgers, dim-sum, croque-monsieur bites). The space is impeccably dressed with walls of windows, parquet flooring and seafoam-green seating; a bank of banquettes give a little more privacy for alone time-seeking twosomes.

Hotel bar

The drinks list is mainly compiled of Dutch beers (Amstel, Affligem Dubbel…) and French wines; there’s no set bar area, guests are free to drink wherever they wish.

Last orders

All dishes are available round-the-clock.

Room service

Selections from the all-day dining card can be enjoyed in your suite at any time, day or night.

Location

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Address
Pillows Anna Van den Vondel
Anna van Den Vondelstraat 6
Amsterdam
1054 GZ
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Planes

The hotel is a 30-minute taxi ride from Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport. Flights arrive here direct from cities throughout Europe; from the US, you’ll need to stop over in Iceland’s Keflavik Airport or Istanbul. The Smith24 Team can arrange flights on request, and a one-way airport transfer booked through the hotel is €37 (€45 if you fancy your name on a sign).

Trains

Centraal Station is a 20-minute drive from Pillows; the hotel can arrange transfers for €25 each way. Trains arrive here from major destinations in France, Germany and Belgium, and throughout the Netherlands.

Automobiles

With narrow medieval streets – and waterways – to navigate, plus the disapproving scowls you’ll get from eco-conscious cyclists, hiring a car in Amsterdam is more hassle than it’s worth. If you do arrive by car, public parking is a five-minute walk from the hotel (€30 a day).

Other

Make like the locals and hop on yer bike… The network of cycle lanes and biker-aware motorists ensure no bent spokes or scraped knees.

Worth getting out of bed for

From your regal front door, Vondelpark is less than a 10-minute walk away. Swing by deli Renzo’s first to assemble a picnic of spicy, duck breast-stuffed rolls and manchego-and-rocket baguettes. In summer, the park hosts open-air concerts and plays, and if you ask the concierge to help you hire a bike, its cycle lanes are some of the prettiest. Amsterdam’s buzzy Canal District is a 15- to 20-minute walk away. Its narrow, gabled buildings house restaurants, bars and cafés, catering for more niche tastes than Amsterdam’s most infamous district… Catch a film at Tuschinski cinema a confection with both Art Deco and Art Nouveau touches, or wander around the area’s cool concept stores and Scandi design shops (Geitenwollenwinkel, Hope or Samsøe & Samsøe). Here, behind a bookshelf on the top floor of a nondescript building on Prinsengracht, history’s darkest hour is given a human face at the Anne Frank House. A tour of the Frank family’s attic hiding place is sombre – yet phenomenally important – but it’s buoyed a little by Anne’s hope-filled words and enduring spirit.

Amsterdam’s Unesco-protected canals have given it a fairy-tale look since the 17th century. Take a boat tour to wend your way through the city, or amorous types can stroll by them after dark when they’re romantically lit. The gentrified Jordaan district is worth a wander, too – galleries such as KochxBos and Tertius keep it edgy and its boozers retain their vintage charm; pause for a pint in higgledy-piggledy, delft-tiled Café Papeneiland.  

Local restaurants

Amsterdam slakes thirst and provides sustenance, whatever you crave. Sushi enthusiasts should grab some chopsticks at Izakaya or Kagetsu; ‘my body is a temple’ types can dine guilt-free at Lavinia Good Food or raw, vegan joint Alchemist Garden; the less-virtuous can build a towering snack at Burgerlijk or munch their way through the Old McDonald song at French diner Guts & Glory.

Local cafés

Pancakes aren’t relegated to the dessert section of the menu in Amsterdam. Have your expectations flipped at The Pancake Bakery in Jordaan, where these stovetop treats are loaded with Thai red curry, Nutella and cream, and every sweet-savoury combo in between. If you’ve overindulged on batter-based treats, take lunch at SLA, where every possible topping is added to a bowl of green leaves instead.

Local bars

With Holland’s centuries-old reputation for sippable suds, Amsterdam’s craft-beer game is strong at Proeflokaal Arendsnest, whose copper taps keep more than 50 Dutch beers flowing, or microbrewery Brouwerij 't IJ, who hold an annual beer festival come May. Alternatively, the cocktail is king at award-winning bars such as Door 74, whose bartender is impressively intuitive, or The Butcher in the hip De Pijp district, where a now less-than-secret drinking den is hidden behind a freezer door at the back of a decent burger joint.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this bijou boutique hotel in Amsterdam and unpacked their most flattering bike helmet and wheel of aged gouda, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, let’s cosy up to Pillows Anna van den Vondel hotel in the Netherlands…

A little Pillows talk: tucked into laid-back-and-liberal Amsterdam’s historic streets is a hotel with soft, yielding beds, a vivacious wining and dining spot, and a ravishing sense of style. Decorated in soothing oceanic greens and blues, and issuing an unspoken encouragement to ‘make yourself at home’ – even to the point of raiding the kitchen larders – Pillows hotel is as snug and dreamy as its name implies. Within, time takes it easy as guests drowse by the dining room’s fireplace or linger over a blonde beer on the klein terrace, as staff scuttle to and fro bearing croque-monsieur bites and mini burgers. 

The riotously hued blooms of Vondelpark and canal bridges that each end in a new adventure are close by, but wherever you roam it’s reassuring to know there’s somewhere cosy and cool to rest your head on your return.

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