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Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? We're highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: The Hotel JL No. 76's "An Ornament and a Crime" Lenin Bust by Studio Qubus/Maxim Velcovsky.
Walk into the Hotel JL No. 76 on the quiet Jan Luijkenstraat nearby Amsterdam's Museumplein and, first thing at reception, you'll come face-to-face with Lenin. Sure, it's only a bust of good ol' Vladimir, but the interest is in the traditionally Dutch delft design that covers his porcelain visage.
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There's a vibrant orange Vespa parked out front of the hotel, free WiFi inside, iPads available for complimentary use, a self-serve cappuccino machine, a location about two minutes away from the Rijksmuseum, sub-150€ nightly rates and beds so comfy we overslept...twice. Is this heaven? Nopeit's Amsterdam's Hotel JL No. 76, one of the newest hotels in the city and certainly one of the most overlooked (by Americans, that is).
The Hotel JL No. 76its name is its address, you seesits on the quiet Jan Luijkenstraat, an upscale residential street cozied between the huge attractions of Vondelpark (basically Amsterdam's Central Park), Museumplein and the luxury shopping street of PC Hooftstraat (Louis Vuitton is literally around the corner).
JL No. 76 is the shiniest star in the small crown of Vondel Hotels, a Dutch chain that solely focuses on their four properties in Amsterdam, but for comparison's sake, we'd say its attitude and design is closest to the American chain of Kimpton Hotels.
Now about that Vespa and those iPads....
It's Amsterdam Week over at our sister site Jaunted, so we're going a little Dutch ourselves. In Amsterdam, hotels don't just have one or two bikes available for rent. They have a whole rack ready and waiting out front. Biking is a way of life, it's how you commute, have fun, exercise and socialize. Therefore it's pretty easy to lay down the extra 13 Euros to take out one of the Hotel JL No. 76's bright orange Beicks and spend the day getting purposefully lost in Amsterdam's web of canals and bike lanes.
The Beicks used are standard Dutch city bikes, with wider tires for navigating cobblestones and tram tracks, but outfitted with a big black basket perfect for toting home wedges of cheese and bouquets of flowers and pairs of wooden clogs and bottles of Amstel or Grolschaka the makings of a pretty good time.
Yep, this is Amsterdam: weed and hash are tolerated, tourists indulging in such are tolerated...but the tourists with serious cases of the munchies need somewhere to sleep at night, right? Enter Amsterdam's hot hotel scene.
This is pretty much just a huge tease for next week here on HotelChatter, which will feature a slew of Amsterdam hotel photo galleries and more, but do know that this sign is not kidding. When you come to this city of canals and "coffeeshops," there's one big rule: what happens in the coffeeshop stays in the coffeeshop, especially certain things that would make Cheech & Chong quite happy, but your hotel very much not.