Review: Jan Luyken, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Located on a quiet tree lined street in Amsterdam’s Oud West, Jan Luyken is a brand new addition to the Amsterdam hotel scene. Close to Museumplein, Vondelpark and upscale shopping street, PC Hoofstraat, the salubrious neighbourhood is the perfect choice for guests who want to experience a quieter side of the city and stay in a boutique hotel in Amsterdam.
After a multi-million pound refurbishment by independent hotel group Zien Group, Jan Luyken hotel in Amsterdam wows in all the right places. This historic 62-bedroom boutique townhouse hotel has been reimagined to create an intimate home from home that has some serious style credentials. Burnt oranges, dark wood furniture, clever lighting, contemporary artwork, soft edges and a bohemian, artsy feel are the order of the day here.
There’s no reception desk as such, just an Art Deco inspired counter where friendly staff greet guests on arrival, taking away the formality of a more traditional luxury hotel. Continuing in the same vein, once guests have checked in and paid for their stay everything is included: Jan Luyken’s aim is to take away the transactional feel of a hotel, ensuring guests feel at home as soon as they step through the door, with nothing to pay when they leave.
This ‘run of the house’ approach means you can grab a coffee or drink from the well-stocked bar whenever you want and it’s all included. Guests can also help themselves to homemade snacks and treats that are served throughout the day – perfect after a long day of cycling around the city.
Bedrooms have been updated to offer guests a stylish Amsterdam hotel, with plush vintage-inspired furnishings and comfortable beds. Some have a small balcony and offer views of the Rijksmuseum. Bathrooms are clean and contemporary with pleasing showers, chic fittings and toiletries by Codage.
Downstairs guests can make use of the inviting communal lounge, furnished with stylish 70s-inspired sofas, bookshelves packed full of cool fashion and art books and a private courtyard garden. For those wanting to workout, there’s a brand-new cork-walled home gym with modern equipment and weights.
A small buffet breakfast is served in the stylish, sultry dining room offering guests fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, Dutch cheese, homemade bread, cakes and pastries and excellent coffee. You won’t find huge buffets here and Jan Luyken is all the better for that. If you’re looking for one of the best hotels in Amsterdam, this is the perfect city retreat.
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I reviewed Jan Luyken for TTG Luxury magazine. Thank you to Hue & Cry for organising my stay.