The Vibe: Seventies retro meets relaxed cosiness.
The Area: In the residential eastern part of the city. The Amstel transport hub is a 10-minute walk away.
The DNA: V Hotel Fizeaustraat is the third hotel in the hip, local Amsterdam V Hotels small empire. Set in a former office building from the 1970s designed by renowned Dutch architect Piet Zanstra, it features the retro style of the V Hotels we got accustomed to. Wicker chairs, leather sofas and comfy armchairs are scattered in groups through the large lobby-lounge and bar. A spectrum of greens and browns is broken here and there by patches of raw concrete (referencing the building’s office-block past), with diverting moments of quirkiness – such as a giant chandelier made from bicycle chains reaching almost to the floor. Large, tinted windows (the original windows from the 1970s have been re-installed, alas with up-to-date insulation for a better environment and ecology) let in lots of gentle light.
Suite-Me-Up: The 1970s retro theme continues in the rooms. Basic rooms are amply sized (including bathrooms), while higher-grade ones are very spacious (especially the corner rooms), with a sofa and easy chair. Rooms on one wing have a view over a small canal, others look onto a small park, or suburban homes and a lone cluster of city skyscrapers.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 91 rooms (22-40m2) (237-431 sq ft) • hotel opened: August 2016 • bathroom amenities: custom • on-site parking (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk