The 3 best hotels in the Jewish Quarter and Plantage
This is a neighbourhood steeped in history. The men and women of Amsterdam's Jewish community were among Rembrandt's favourite subjects, and if you choose one of the best hotels in the Jewish Quarter (Jodenbuurt) and Plantage you'll be next to the Museum het Rembrandthuis, his former home and studio, and to other must-see landmarks such as the moving Joods Historisch Museum and the splendid 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue.
The Stadhuis-Opera complex – better known as the 'Stopera' - looming over the Amstel, is home to the Netherlands' national ballet and opera companies, while Waterlooplein, once the quarter's chief market square, is now crammed with trashy but colourful flea-market stalls. Instagrammers flock to Blauwbrug and Magere Brug, the most picturesque Amstel bridges. Hermitage Amsterdam, offshoot of the magnificent State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, draws culture vultures with dazzling works of art.
Across the Nieuwe Herengracht canal, the family-friendly Plantage district is a neighbourhood of leafy avenues, gracious 19th buildings and green spaces surrounding the Artis park and Hortus Botanicus, the world's oldest botanic garden. There's plenty here to keep kids occupied in any weather, from hundreds of animals and sea creatures in the Artis Zoo and Aquarium to interactive experiences at Tropenmuseum Junior, across the Singelgracht. Opt for one of the best hotels in the Jewish Quarter and Plantage and you're also just a few tram or metro stops from the historic Centrum and Centraal Station, and from the great art collections of the Museumkwartier.
The Best hotels in the Jewish Quarter and Plantage
FOR HIP PROFESSIONALS
- Zoku offers groovy self-catering loft apartments. Super-fast wifi and shared areas for work and socialising make it a perfect base for visiting professionals.
- The Wittenberg is a collection of chic self-catering studios and apartments in a peaceful location. An excellent choice for independent-minded travellers and families. Bike hire is offered too.
- Hotel Arena, balanced between Singelgracht and the leafy Oosterpark, is a child-friendly property in a stylish heritage building.
The Wittenberg 1018 VL Amsterdam 115 rooms from £160
Historic accommodation in a peaceful, leafy central area consisting of chic self-catering apartments, ideal for independent travellers. The decor is simple and fresh, with a muted palette of greys and creams and hip statement pieces. A stylish home-away-from-home.Local exploring - The apartment style living is ideal for more independent travellers, and its well located to easily access the famous sightsSights nearby - Head to the nearby Hortus Bontanicus just across the canal, the world's oldest botanic gardenLocal markets - Wander around the world-famous Waterlooplein Flea MarketRomantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Arena Amsterdam 139 rooms from £195
This chic, four-star hotel is located in a heritage property on the edge of Amsterdam's city centre. Rooms are bright and inviting with vintage design pieces; book a suite for beautifully appointed living space and panoramic views of the city or Oosterpark. Eat at the airy bistro; a charming hotel.Foodies - Foodies are spoiled for choice at the hotel restaurant, with local and international dishes and a focus on fresh produceCity Style - Located in a beautiful heritage building on the outskirts of the city centre, this hotel has reams of local styleRomantic Break - Book a luxury suite with a freestanding bathtub for added indulgence on your next couples' getawayGreat walks - Explore Oosterpark, the pretty public park which neighbours the hotel, on a long walk
Zoku Amsterdam 133 rooms from £239
Located in Amsterdam's buzzing Eastern Canal District, Zoku combines sleek and modern rooms with stunning, open-plan communal spaces where guests can socialise and eat together. A perfect base for travelling professionals. Stylish and contemporary living.Local exploring - Just a short walk from some of Amsterdam's main attractions.Bicycle hire - Bikes available to hire from €10 a day.Conference facilities - Co-working spaces available.Garden - Stunning rooftop garden.Recommended by - Tablet