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Hotel Roemer

Listed under Places to Stay in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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I loved this place! Fully functional means many things to many people. But in hotel jargon this seems to be the point of Vondel Hotels Roemer. Slick rather than chic, everything is laid out to ease the load of the tired trendy executive.

Nickpicking slightly - but the irony wasn’t lost on me as the lift to the 3rd floor took for ever, the TV required room service to become operable, there were none of the usual blankets above the safe in the cupboard and the pictures proudly boasting a sense of order were all skew-whiff!

It was the staff that made this place. Your dippy writer got the wrong night but was kindly booked in nonetheless by the first of three very effortlessly professional assistants. They actually had the genuine time and desire to help answer my questions. They were fully functioning!

Set back from a crescent road without much frontage and gently discreet the first thing you see is the omniscient Buddha statue which go with the contemplative candles – everywhere it seems! – to encourage a sense of calm.

The room was comfortable, - it passed the test for a middle-aged man, wanting little more than properly hot water, preferably blasting from a power shower and an excessive number of pillows for that unattainable mid-evening kip!

The design of the sitting room was cheeringly contradictory: modern but not cutting edge, with a mixture throughout of east and west, with zen spider lights and recognisable comfort but no flowers, minimalism and a classical colour scheme, essentially meaning no colour, just black, white and grey. Very much a City hotel catering (so to speak only, as I will explain later) to the young fashion-working type.

Pure but not perfect, homely yet self-consciously urban it is the lovely people that made the stay work for me.


The hotel is 4*, has a small but lovely garden, is 18th Century in its traditional structure, is 5 years old following on from the success of the original boutique Vondel Hotel which owner-designer Arjen van den Hoff started previously. It owns scooters and bikes. It is mainly for people between 35-50 and without a restaurant is really only used by the guests with an occasional drop-in.

What makes this 3 hotel chain (there is also the JL No 76 Boutique Hotel) succeed is no doubt the location. Perfect for the Museums (Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum) being only 5 minutes walk away across the equally ideal vicinity of the Vondel Park, Amsterdam’s major green area for joggers and walkers. But perhaps most critically it is the Fashion District (the streets of PcHoofstraat and van Baerlelstraat) which are only five minutes away that draw the right number of guests. Tommy Hilfiger has his headquarters nearby and there are many seasonal commercial art and jewellery fairs (Mode Fabriek in January and June) and Westergas Fabriek. A couple could happily split for the morning between shopping and museums and the many fine restaurants make up for its lack back at the hotel.

Hotel Roemer, Visscherstraat 48, 1054 EZ AMSTERDAM, Tel: +31 (0) 20 5 150 457

Hotel website.

Written by  Adam Jacot de Boinod.

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