When you move from Amsterdam’s historic canal districts to the city’s museum square, the colour palette changes from bright primary colours to more discreet, prestigious looking cityscape built of red brick. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Banksy and Warhol, design in museums and shops. Amid all this, JL No 76 is an elegant art lover’s hotel.
JL No 76 is one of Amsterdam’s Vondel Hotels 4-Star hotels. There is 39 rooms in JL No76, and a cosily classy atmosphere of a small hotel prevails. The service is friendly and attentive, as it is in Amsterdam in general. A few customers have parked themselves in the ground floor dining room with their laptops, I head to the museums just around the corner after checking in.
I advice you to visit one museum per day in Amsterdam, because there is so much to see: After visiting both the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, my head is spinning so it is particularly nice to quickly stroll back to the hotel – and without a worry of getting lost! I take the lift to my second-floor room, have a hot shower, wrap myself into a soft bathrobe, and start enjoying the hotel life.
JL No 76 is decorated with light pastel colours, with dots of bright colours here and there. A famous Dutch artist Barbara Broekman has designed the wallpapers and the beds are, ah, so soft COCO-Mats. Downstairs, you’ll find an honesty bar and a coffee maker which can be freely used. A coffee cup in hand, a morning stroll around one of the most beautiful areas in Amsterdam is a treat.
And a morning stroll you’ll need, indeed, after the JL No76 breakfast. The breakfast not only includes a vast buffet but also an à la carte menu with selection varying from omelettes to Dutch pancakes. This time, I’m not the first one to arrive, as there are already keen city travellers pressing the buttons of the coffee machine. At the table next to me, two American friends are planning the day’s museum tour and in the bigger dining room, a solitary traveller enjoys her coffee gazing out of the window.
The customers in Hotel JL76 seem to be a very diverse selection, and I do not wonder: everyone can step into this homely elegant hotel as if into a friend’s living room.
P.S. I wish to thank Hotel JL No76 for the stay and the warm and cosy hospitality! This post continues my series on “stylish stays” in Europe – alongside my exploration on historic hotels. I hope my readers enjoy a stay in Amsterdam and Hotel JL No76!
Hotel JL No76
Rooms from 90 to 250 €