While Jordaan has become somewhat gentrified, its roots are very much bohemian, so it’s nice to see that the area continues to offer accommodation solutions that don’t break the bank. Renovated in 2013, the Linden Hotel is a 1-star hotel that offers simple but modern rooms at affordable rates (from €60). Set in a typical Amsterdam terrace, the hotel is compact by nature, so guests should be prepared to face steep, narrow stairs and cramped bathrooms! Another good value address is the B&B La Festa (from €80). The hotel offers double and twin rooms (with camp beds and cots on request) plus a self-catering studio apartment with its own terrace, all of which are decorated in a simple but contemporary style. There’s also a pizzeria on the ground floor. Next up, the B&B Jordaan Corner (from €85) is located on a typical Jordaan street that hosts a number of small shops and cafés and proposes light, bright, spacious rooms. The name is a little misleading, as the hotel does not offer breakfast, but the rooms are all equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities as well as a small fridge.
Those looking for a higher level of comfort should consider staying in a serviced apartment or guesthouse. Jordaan is home to a wide choice of studios, apartments and lofts that all testify to the good taste and dutiful conduct of their owners through personalised décor and thoughtful features. Many travellers enjoy the balance between a private, independent lodging and the help and advice on offer from their hosts should they require it. Our pick of the best serviced apartments in the area starts with the Casa Nuova (from €150). Located to the south of Jordaan in a typical town house, it offers generously sized, bright, elegant interiors with period features and modern furnishings. Sleeping up to five guests in two bedrooms, this apartment is ideal for families, groups of friends and couples who want the extra space. In a similar style, the Yellow & Red Tulip Apartments also offer a smart mix of classic and contemporary décor. Both apartments – a two-bedroom (sleeping up to four guests) and a three-bedroom (sleeping up to six guests) – are located on a peaceful, residential side-street. More eccentric, the Oriental-style antiques and furniture at the Amsterdam Lily Appartement (from €160) create a haven of Zen for guests to enjoy, plus small private garden with a terrace. More of a guesthouse than serviced apartments, AMS Suites (from €130) offers four luxurious suites with private office space. Decorated with designer furniture and a sober colour scheme that creates a smart, executive feel, each unit is fitted with its own flat-screen TV, espresso machine and fridge. More than a touch of chic is offered to guests at the [Dylan Amsterdam)(h219278), a highly fashionable address that mixes stately grandeur with contemporary design features. This 5-star establishment with individually designed, elegant rooms also offers a fitness centre and a French restaurant set within an 18th-century bakery overlooking the courtyard garden. The facilities are a unanimous hit with guests who are prepared to pay the price (from €325) for a taste of the high life.
Four romantic retreats
The following addresses are all decorated in a thoroughly modern style and furnished to a high level of comfort. The Bohemian Jordaan Apartments (from €130), the Apartmenten Billy Jean (from €166) and the Jordaan Laurier Apartments (from €295) each offer privacy and tasteful interiors, making them a perfect spot for a romantic break, but the The Royal Canal Suite (from €160) is the most extravagant option, with its elaborate mirrors and collection of exotic ornaments.