When asked to describe my stay at the Pillows Anna van den Vondel Amsterdam, a particular quote automatically comes to mind. I am unsure of the author but it says “Home is not a place it’s a feeling”. Most of us can relate when we have had those moments when away and all you can think about is getting home to your own bed and relaxing.
Staying at Pillows Anna van den Vondel
After travelling around the Netherlands on various press trips, I was a little tired and was looking forward to my stay at Pillows Anna van den Vondel Amsterdam. Not just because it looked beautiful but I had only heard good things about the hotel since its opening in January 2017 after a massive 14 months construction. Also, I was looking forward to reconnecting with Amsterdam and exploring the museums.
From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, I felt like I was staying at a friend’s luxury mansion and not in a hotel. There was no check desk or hotel foyer, instead, you walk into a bright and modern living area with an open bar & kitchen that had a Clockless eating & drinking service. Which meant if you got the munchies even in the middle of the night, you could get something to eat.
I was greeted by the manager on duty when I arrived and taken to the main living room overlooking the outside garden. I was hot and bothered because I had been on the train travelling in the heat and just wanted to relax. As soon as I sat down, I was offered a complimentary drink (I had a glass of wine). The manager brought over the drink, sat down next to me and started chatting away with his android tablet in hand.
What I didn’t realise until he had told me, was that he was checking me into my room at the same time while explaining the hotel amenities. At this point, I was already starting to feel relaxed from the friendly ambience, so much so that I sat there for another two more drinks with the sun shining on me before I went up to my room.
About the Hotel
Located near the Vondelpark down a quiet street and less than a kilometre to Van Gogh Museum, Leidse Square and Stedelijk, the new Pillows Anna van den Vondel Amsterdam, is in an ideal position for pleasure or business. It is the first in the Pillows chain to introduce the new concept of offering a more intimate, personal experience whilst still keeping an exceptional service in a luxury environment.
The boutique hotel extends through 3 elegant 19th-century buildings, creating 31 beautifully decorated luxury rooms while keeping comfort in mind. On the ground floor is a bright open living area with two side sections (one with a fireplace) for relaxing and socialising with friends. As well, a bar & domestic kitchen which overlooks the outdoor area for enjoying the sun.
I love how they have been able to combined heritage with a modern style while still keeping the hotel warm and charming at the same time.
You can really appreciate the attention to detail in making you feel more at home, from the complimentary drink to the welcome note and macarons in my room.
The Living Room
Situated just inside the hotel is The Living Room a bright and warm area with an adjoining bar and kitchen. It offers fresh local & international dishes and is open around the clock for food and beverages. This is an ideal place to relax after exploring Amsterdam, for pre-dinner drinks or just unwinding in front of the fireplace.
The floor to ceiling windows provide views of the private garden which is perfect for meals especially breakfast.
About the rooms
All 31 rooms are all stylishly decorated and designed to meet your home away from home needs. Each room comes with a HDTV, a safe, a coffee machine, minibar and has 24/7 room service. The rooms have a city or garden view, with some having their own terrace or French balcony.
My bathroom had a large walk-in shower with a rain shower head from the ceiling, I could have stood under there for hours. It had been designed to maximise space and I was in love with the circle mirrors. It was equipped with hair dryers, bathrobes, slippers and complimentary toiletries.
A Smart Control system next to both sides of the bed allows you to control the lights, air conditioning from a push of a button.
The King size bed was definitely my favourite part of the room, not only was it super comfortable but you sank right in it like being on fluffy clouds. And with the hotel being on a quiet street, I literally slept like a baby.
The room also had Free-Wifi that worked really well and lots of power outlets, this is always a bonus especially when travelling.
How to get there & Location
Situated just over a 15-20 minutes walk to the centre of Amsterdam and around 10minutes to Van Gogh Museum, Leidse Square and Stedelijk, the hotel is in an ideal location.
The closest international airport is Schiphol and is about 30 minutes to the Pillows Anna van den Vondel Amsterdam by cab.
It is super easy to catch a train from the airport to central station, then the No1 tram (8 stops) to the hotel. The tram stop is only a 5 minute from the hotel.
- Walk through the beautiful Vondelpark if you going to go to the Van Gogh Museum.
- If you are in town for a couple of days, take a look at getting a multi-pass
to obtain free entrances and discounts.
- The hotel can arrange transfers from the airport at a surcharge. However, you must contact the property with arrival details.
- A baby sitting service is available on request
Price Range: Medium/High
Wifi: Yes and it is strong in areas of the hotel, especially in the rooms
Breakfast: Yes at an additional cost. You can have a standard cooked breakfast or A la Carte.
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Have you stayed in Pillows Anna van den Vondel Amsterdam before or in Amsterdam? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
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