Hotel27, Amsterdam: an offbeat luxury hotel to fall in love with
Looking for a bit of magic in the middle of Europe’s most mischievous city? Make Hotel27 – a five-star boutique gem with sixteen extraordinary suites that overlooks Dam Square – your destination. It’s pure luxury but with a playful spirit (see: its breakfast tasting menu), a modern and quirky luxury hotel to fall in love with.
Where is it?
In Dam Square – a tourist flytrap, not that you know it once inside. Hotel27 is a 10-minute walk from Central Station (ideal if you’re like Greta T and take a train there) and a stone’s throw from the Jordaan, the kind of neighborhood that lets you look for ” jobs in Amsterdam? on your first night there.
There are jewelry shops and beer bars on every corner, and imperiously elegant houses line the canals. Hotel27 is also a short tram ride from Museumplein, home of the city’s grand dame, the Rijksmuseum, filled with its elegant rafters of Old Masters, and a must-see when you’re in town.
But you see, the problem is – you might find it hard to leave the hotel. It has an excellent restaurant, a bar full of dark corners to drink (very) expensive cocktails, and each suite (there are no rooms – only suites) comes with a dedicated butler, a hot tub in the room with a view and its own hammam. The decor is an eclectic mix of print, photography and tradition with a twist – it’s crazy, but in a brilliant way, and feels in tune with the quirky city.
First, make reservations at Bougainville, the Michelin-starred restaurant inside the hotel. Places with stars in your eyes can feel a bit stuffy – but Bougainville is a treat. Much like the hotel, its tasting menu is a little off (one of my dishes – vegetarian – was basically a zesty version of cheese and potatoes) and its wine pairing – all selected by the award-winning wine director Lendl Mijnhijmer – is made blind, meaning his team pours you a generous drink and only hands you the notes after they’ve gulped it all down. Long story short, it’s fine dining but fun – and the staff are a riot.
But the hottest tip? The breakfast tasting menu – yes, really – which includes everything from mini smoothie to truffle toast to golden egg. We washed down ours with plenty of champagne thanks to our server and facilitator, Miguel.
The bar is a lively spot for a late-night drink, but the (spacious) suites are the main attraction. In other words: Amsterdam looks better from inside your personal spa.
We stayed in the Rooftop Stage Suite, a beautiful bohemian loft with sloping ceilings and a porthole overlooking Dam Square. Besides the hot tub and steam room, there’s a round bed (!), sofa to stretch out on, and a telescope if you want to stargaze (or rather spy on revelers bound for the naughtiest parts of town ).
Really pushing the boat – it’s a stay to remember.
How to get there
Amsterdam is less than four hours on a Eurostar (direct) from St Pancras to Central Station (Eurostar operates up to four services a day). The hotel is 15 minutes by tram from the central station. Alternatively, British Airways and Easyjet both fly to Amsterdam Schipol Airport – it’s half an hour’s drive or an easy hop on the train into town.
Suites from £534, Dam 27, hoteltwentyseven.com