Amsterdam, booming more than ever! Brand new hotels are popping up like mushrooms. Especially the small boutique hotels grab my attention. I don’t like the ‘room factories’, those grand hotels with hundreds of rooms that lack of personality. If I have to choose between these giants and the small, intimate ones, I definitely pick the last, no doubt. Are you also a ‘boutique lover’? Lucky you! Last springtime week – (my gosh, wish we had this kind of flowering, friendly season all year around) – I took a look at the newest boutique gem in Amsterdam. Say hi to Anna van den Vondel, the first scion of the completely new (inter)national hospitality brand ‘Pillows’.
Expect a cozy, luxury and an Instagramable, pastel colored interior
Anna van den Vondel, situated next to the lovely Vondelpark in one of the most authentic, decadent neighborhoods of Amsterdam. With a total of 31 luxury rooms she certainly deserves the title ‘boutique’. Upon arrival I was positively surprised by the bright, stylish entrance. I didn’t get the feeling I walked into a ‘normal’ hotel. No reception immediately in your face, no obtrusiveness, just a relaxed ‘feeling like home’ vibe and genuine hospitality. Pillows has given the definition of ‘hotel’ a whole new twist! Expect a cozy, luxury and an Instagramable, pastel colored interior. Hands up for the amazing styling skills of the hotel owner, all my credits for her. At the moment I’m busy with furnishing my own little house in the lively East of Amsterdam and I can tell you that’s hard enough..
Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? Good news! At Pillows Anna van den Vondel they serve all day breakfast, ye-hesss! They create all the yummy food and bites in their beauty of a cooking island in the middle of the living room. I’ve never seen something like this before in a hotel and I love it. Imagine you can eat poached eggs, croissants and Greek yoghurt at 7 a.m, 1 or even at 7 pm. Would you rather have dinner in the morning, afternoon or night? No worries, there’s also a clock-less dining menu. During the tasting menu which I had last week I tried the juicy mini-burgers and fresh Caesar salad with very tender grilled chicken breast, keep these two in mind! Side note: all the staff is multi-functional trained. This means they can play any hotel role, so cool! Besides I’m very enthusiastic about Anna, her rooms and food, it’s noteworthy that she isn’t accessible for wheelchairs or for people who have difficulty walking.
I definitely keep this hidden gem in mind when family or friends are coming over. Oh and when I’m around I’ll certainly do a drink (or two, or three) with a mini-burger on the side. See ya there?
P.S. Currently they’re working on a webshop. This is the place to be where you can buy all the amazing, stylish (interior) stuff of the boutique hotel. I’m already a fan of the scented candle, whose scent you can smell through the hotel hallways. Shopaholics beware!
Pillows Anna van den Vondel Amsterdam
Anna van den Vondel 6, Amsterdam