Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pillows Luxury Boutique Anna van den Vondel Amsterdam

Price per night from$160.69

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR137.61), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Dream house

Setting

Blooming by Vondelpark

Housed in a triptych of elegant, revivified 19th-century mansions, boutique hotel Pillows Anna van den Vondel is snooze-inducing, in the best possible way. Amsterdam’s canal-laced, ‘more colourful than tulip season’ neighbourhoods are a mere wander away, but this Vondelpark-side stay lulls you into a relaxed state with subtle yet superlative service, a calming colour palette and rooms designed for sweet dreams, with luxurious bedding that beats having a bosom for a pillow by far.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

30, including one Pillows suite.

Check–Out

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

Prices

Double rooms from £135.31 (€150), including tax at 9 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 7% per booking on check-out.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast; for €26 more, you can upgrade to cooked eggs and the like.

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 Luxury Boutique Anna van den Vondel Amsterdam
Anna van Den Vondelstraat 6
Amsterdam
1054 GZ
Netherlands

Pillows Amsterdam is in the Oud-Ouest quarter of the city, within tulip-sniffing distance of gloriously green Vondelpark, and a leisurely 15-minute stroll from the Canal District.

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 mediaeval 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 at 2 Prisengracht.

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 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 (at 74 Reguliersdwarsstraat), 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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Lizzy Dening

Anonymous review

By Lizzy Dening, Feature writer

When most couples come to book their honeymoon, the places that spring to mind involve beaches, cocktails and Bounty-bar levels of paradise. But for my (new!) husband and I, our ideal holiday is somewhat different. We’ve done the all-inclusive beach thing, where we very nearly chewed our own arms off with boredom (although I won’t hear a word against the unlimited prosecco). So, when it came to planning our post-wedding mini-moon, we were unanimous: Amsterdam.

It’s the city where we’ve had our best holiday (four years ago: a blend of jazz bands, zoo exploration and plenty of gin… are you seeing a theme here?!) and we were keen to recapture the magic of our first fun-filled trip. This time we were looking for a more luxe experience, and we certainly found it at Pillows Anna Van Den Vondel.

The hotel is set in a chic and (on the outside) unassuming townhouse - we walked past it once before we noticed it - and has an understated yet inherently tasteful vibe. The entrance hall smells of rosemary (their own blend of scented candle, which is also the fragrance for in-room toiletries) and we were greeted by extremely welcoming staff, who offered us a free glass of fizz (it is our honeymoon, after all) and a rest on luxurious blue velvet chairs while we went through check-in. On the way to our room, we had a quick nose at the dining area: it was light, airy and has a bar that even we (consummate drinkers) were impressed by.

Our room, while not especially large, was clean and inviting, with crisp white sheets, sliding doors to let in some evening air, and an economic but well-stocked bathroom. Noise-wise, I’m pleased to say there’s nothing to report: even my sound-sensitive Mr Smith slept like a log.

Breakfast enthusiasts are in for a treat – Pillows offers an entire several-course menu to work your way through. We were less ambitious, but were delighted by the fruit salad and granola one day; eggs and smoked salmon the next. Freshly squeezed juice and a pot of tea gets the day off to a great start.

One of the best things about the hotel is its location within touching distance of the Vondelpark. We slip out each morning to wander through the greenery, enjoying the change in scenery depending on the time of day: post-work aerobics classes, early morning dog walkers and – at any time – bicycles galore.

We spent two days marvelling at the city’s museum district (a 15-minute walk away), delighted that the Van Gogh Museum is open (during our last visit it was shut) and doing a roaring trade – so much so that the tickets must be booked online in advance. If you do forget to book, there’s plenty of consolation at the nearby Riksmuseum or Moco Museum. Not feeling cultured? There’s the House of Bols Cocktail and Genever Experience, which I’m amazed we forsake for the Stedelijk Museum – we must be growing up.

Our visit (in late April) happened to coincide with King’s Day, which I have to confess I’d not heard about before. When I mentioned this to a Dutch friend, his eyes lit up: ‘it’s the BEST day of the year to be in Amsterdam!’ Firstly, most of the city wears orange (admittedly not a universally flattering colour!) so we dutifully bought orange jackets to fit in. Then, as most roads are closed to traffic, thousands of residents bring their bric-a-brac out into the sunshine in the largest city-wide jumble sale I’ve ever seen. We spent hours browsing and people watching as we strolled towards the canals. Here is truly where the action is – hundreds of boats, packed with revellers singing, dancing and generally looking very orange.

It capped off a fine honeymoon, one in which we eventually got the hang of saying the title of our hotel in full: Pillows Anna Van Den Vondel. It might be a bit of a mouthful, but is well worth bringing to mind when you’re next in Amsterdam and in search of a sleekly-run and stylish base for your city explorations.

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