Proof that Amsterdam is currently one of the hippest cities in Europe, Villa Nicola’s fusion of mid-century modern and avant-garde flair feels bang up to date. This early 20th century townhouse oozes style in a way that appears expertly but effortlessly thrown together. If you have a thing for eclecticism, you’ll be enamoured by the antiques, objets d’art and brilliant little details in every room.
It’s a bed and breakfast so there’s no restaurant here, but its prime location on Nicolaas Witsenkade (right beside a waterway) puts some of the city’s best local gems within easy reach. For something a little different, hop on the tram to Da Kas, which serves Mediterranean dishes using organic ingredients that are grown and served on site within the ambience of their impressive glasshouse. For classic Dutch dishes, you’re just a 15-minute walk from Loetje.
Wondering what else to do in Amsterdam? Around its beguiling lace work of canals you’ll find 17th-century houses, independent coffee shops and a plethora of design-savvy boutiques, as well as antique emporiums, artist studios and a host of fascinating museums. The Van Gogh Museum is just a 15-minute walk from the hotel, as is Vondelpark and the Stedelijk Museum – a haven for modern art enthusiasts, and Rembrandt House Museum can be reached on foot in 20 minutes (of course, hiring a bicycle is also an option).
The best starting point when planning your day in the city is to get recommendations from your host, the owner, Werner. With only two suites in the building – the Urban suite located on the first floor (or bel-etage) and the serene ground-floor Garden suite – you won’t have to queue for insider tips.
In this intimate boutique base you’ll get the sense that every single aspect of the suites has been decided with great care, from the Designers Guild linen to the Christian Lacroix bathroom amenities. And the best thing? Book both with a few friends and you’ll have the whole place to yourselves.
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