During my recent visit to Amsterdam I was fortunate enough to be able to spend two nights at the wonderful Mr. Jordaan Hotel.
With so many different hotels in Amsterdam to choose from it can be hard to determine which ones are worth it and which ones should be avoided – even if you’re reading reviews on sites like Booking.com and TripAdvisor.
That’s why I like to share my experience so that you can get a better idea of what you can expect if you’re hoping to stay at this hotel.
The Mr. Jordaan Hotel is located in the Jordaan neighborhood in Amsterdam.
This is a lively, upbeat, and popular part of the city and despite its central location it’s not crawling with as many tourists as some of the areas closer to the Rijksmuseum or the Dam Square/Red Light District area.
That’s because it’s more of a residential neighborhood so you get the benefit of having a nice selection of small shops, restaurants, and cafes nearby without the huge crowds of people.
This also means that it’s quiet at night and it’s more of an upscale area as well so there aren’t as many drunk people or partiers causing a ruckus later on in the day and into the early morning hours.
The Mr. Jordaan Hotel isn’t part of a chain so while I was staying there I very much enjoyed the personal and welcoming feel that the hotel has to offer.
Each of the staff was very friendly and would always ask if there was anything I needed while offering help when I did have a few questions or looking for info about the different things to do in Amsterdam.
I quite liked the vibe of the hotel as well and it felt much more personal than just one of your standard chains where you don’t really get a memorable or unique vibe.
I would even argue that the Mr. Jordaan is a boutique hotel, especially with its interesting interior design and overall concept, so if that’s what you’re into then I would definitely recommend checking out.
During my visit to Amsterdam I also stayed at the Hotel Jansen and you can take a look at my review of that hotel to see the difference between the two.
In this post I want to share the experience that I had at the Mr. Jordaan Hotel and I also want to provide an in-depth review of my stay so that I’m further able to show my readers and other travelers why this hotel is one of the best in the city.
A Mr. Jordaan Hotel in Amsterdam Review
Check-In and Interior
The entrance to the hotel is quite unassuming – I actually missed it at first and walked right by.
There wasn’t any large sign or anything but I eventually ended up seeing the hotel name on the sliding door and walked right into the lobby to check in.
I was quickly greeted by a young lady who began the check in process and gave me all the info I needed about the hotel.
The lobby was small though it was well-designed and there was really no reason for it to be any bigger.
I was happy right away because the lady checking me in pointed to a coffee machine in the sitting/eating area and said there was free coffee drinks for all guests!
On the receptionist desk counter were a bunch of pamphlets and other guides that you could take for more information about the city and there were even free pens and candy available.
The lower seating area had a similar vibe and everything felt welcoming and unique with a very home-like feel to it.
There were quite a few seats available and there was even a small bookshelf so it was possible to grab a book if you needed something to read while on your trip.
Since my room was on the top level I was told to take the super slow elevator up to the room with my luggage and just use the stairs every other time.
The elevator did turn out to be pretty slow but without luggage and my backpack it was no problem just taking the stairs.
On the top floor there were plenty of windows, so the area before my room was quite bright, and the decor also continued with the welcoming and homey vibe.
My room was located on the very top floor and as soon as I opened the door I was very excited to see that the entire living space, including the bathroom, was lined with windows.
The windows gave me about a 270-degree of the surrounding area and rooftops and I could even see the top of the church right beside Anne Frank’s house.
Thanks to the many windows there was plenty of natural lighting getting let into the room so during the day I never had to use the lights at all and since the room was so high up I didn’t have to use the curtains since there were very few people that could see directly inside.
The natural light also helped me wake up a lot easier and I loved laying in bed at night gazing at the stars or in the morning just watching the clouds drift by.
At one end of the room was a large bed and thankfully there were outlets on either side so I was able to keep my devices charged throughout the night.
Along the windows on the interior of the room was also a narrow platform that I used for storing some of my travel accessories and electronics.
At the entrance was a small, yet functional desk that I used for working on my computer.
On the table was also the different items needed for boiling hot water to make for tea or coffee.
I also noticed that there was a large portable air conditioner unit right in one corner of the room and I imagine this would be super helpful during the hot summer in Amsterdam.
Mounted on the wall was a tiny TV though I don’t watch TV at all so I didn’t get a chance to use it.
Overall, I found the room to be very spacious for Amsterdam, well-equipped for one or two people, and even more enjoyable thanks to the view.
One thing I would have liked would be a better area for sitting – maybe a small chair for one person or just somewhere to relax other than on the bed.
Even in the bathroom it was possible to enjoy the view and when I showered at night I just kept the lights off and looked out the window.
The bathroom itself was fairly small but came equipped with everything needed.
The interior design was quite modern, with a stand-up glass shower, and even though the space was small it’s not like I was bumping into anything while I was using anything inside.
Towels were provided and the amenities included Argan as the main ingredient with soap, shampoo, and conditioner available to use.
In the morning the large windows also let in plenty of natural light and for a lady or anyone using the space to get ready this is more ideal than having to use electric lighting.
Despite its smaller size the bathroom ended up being very functional and the design more than made up for the lack of interior space.
Depending on the type of room that you choose it’s possible to find rates for the Mr. Jordaan Hotel starting at around $135 USD (double room).
It’s possible to add a breakfast to the rate though I did not get a chance to try the breakfast offering so I’m not able to comment on it accurately.
However, nearby I saw plenty of cafes with breakfast menu options for a reasonable price and given the number of cafes in Amsterdam I’m sure you can find something great to eat nearby without having to spend too much money.
I find the price of the hotel to be quite reasonable, especially considering its great location and quality of service.
Amsterdam is a busy place, even more so during the summer, so I recommend booking your room as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates so that you can secure the best possible rate and avoid any issues with availability.
One of my favorite things about the Mr. Jordaan Hotel was its location.
Like I previously mentioned the hotel is located in the popular Jordaan neighborhood of the city and from here it’s possible to reach all of the main attractions in Amsterdam on foot.
Just down the street is the Anne Frank House as well as one of the ports for the different canal cruises that the city has to offer.
There are bus and tram stops just a few minutes walk away and with Amsterdam being such a flat city you can basically just walk everywhere you want to go.
The Dam Square and Red Light District are about 15-minutes away and the I-Amsterdam sign is also about 15-minutes away on foot.
In the Jordaan neighborhood you’re blessed with so many different cafes and restaurants that you wouldn’t even need to leave a few block radius from the hotel during your entire stay to find something delicious to eat.
Forget McDonalds, make sure to eat somewhere nearby and local – the options are plentiful and a good meal isn’t going to cost much more than a Big Mac meal.
There are quite a few guides online when it comes to finding somewhere to eat in Amsterdam and here are a few I recommend checking out:
- The Cheap Eats Guide to Amsterdam
- Elite Traveler Best Amsterdam Restaurants
- Coolest Restaurants in Amsterdam by Thrillist
As for accessibility, it’s about a 20-minute walk from the train station and if you don’t feel like walking or if you have a lot of luggage then you can easily grab a taxi or order an Uber.
If you’re arriving to the hotel by car you might run into some issues with parking but there is also quite a bit of information about parking in Amsterdam online that you can use to learn more.
During my stay I didn’t experience any issues with the internet and I found it to be quick and reliable.
I was able to upload photos to Flickr, browse Instagram, and I was even able to upload a YouTube video to my channel.
For regular web browsing it was more than suitable enough and even though I was on the very top floor I didn’t run into any issues with connectivity.
When it comes to hotels in Amsterdam I definitely have to recommend the Mr. Jordaan Hotel if you’re looking for somewhere comfortable and reasonably priced to stay and also in a prime location for exploring the city on foot.
I had a great time staying here and I can’t even come up with a single issue that I encountered during my entire stay.
The rooms are all well-equipped for a short-term stay, comfortable enough for one or two people and the service is welcoming and top notch.
Overall, I would definitely recommend checking out the Mr. Jordaan Hotel and I believe you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming and friendly hotel in the city.