Let’s get cozy. Real cozy. Because I’m about to take you on a little detour to autumnal, yet incredibly Christmassy Amsterdam. If you’re still looking for the perfect accommodation for your next trip to Amsterdam, I might have the perfect fit for you – the Mr. Jordaan!
– Invitation –
Staying at the Mr. Jordaan HotelLocated slightly off the beaten track you’ll find the hotel located in a marvelous typical Amsterdam house. Upon arriving you’ll immediately be greeted by the exceptionally friendly staff and a free tea/coffee bar. After fuelling up, we were brought to our wonderful Attic room.
The signature attic room
Of course, Sarah and I had a browse through the hotels Instagram page before arriving and already discussed how absolutely awesome it would be if they’d let us stay in the Attic room. And surprisingly enough, we were given the chance to experience this unique room. You know what – WE LOVED IT. In fact, we loved it so much, that one night we decided to spend the entire night in the room with cake and a few episodes of Gilmore Girls. The room was small, yes, but furnished effectively and so cozy that you immediately felt at home.
The only drawback: the view from our room sadly wasn’t as breathtaking as imagined. We overlooked a church, rather than the canals. But honestly, that didn’t matter too much as the room was absolutely perfect otherwise.
The big plus: Once we arrived in our rooms, we found a little care package lying on our bed, complete with crisps, chocolate AND a plastic bottle to fill with tap water to take out with you. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I adored this little gesture. I find the biggest struggle of staying hotels always is finding the nearest supermarket and buying water, but as you can safely drink the tap water in Amsterdam (it’s really good, too!) they supply their guests with reusable plastic bottles for the trip. So cool!
On their homepage, they describe their location with,
“we’re in the heart of the Jordaan, the sassy, smart village in midtown with is exciting art studios, quirky little shops, and authentic Amsterdam bars & cafés – where Sundays get as comfy and quiet as a tiny French town”.
And quite frankly I could not agree more. Sarah and I loved wandering around the streets of Jordaan, getting lost in the cozy streets, taking lots of pictures and wondering about the wonderful slowed down life one must live here, despite being in a big city. We did a lot of walking through Amsterdam and explored most of the areas. I must admit, though, that Jordaan was by far my favourite. I felt so at home in the tiny streets among the canals.
Breakfast at the Mr. Jordaan
We decided to also have our breakfast at the hotel because it gave us the chance to slow start the day and discuss our plans without having to rush out for an emergency caffeine fix. Their breakfast buffet, which is offered from 7.30 to 10 a.m. every day is continental, yet local and costs 17.50€ per person.
Actually, the smell of freshly baked croissants and pain au chocolat woke us every morning and had as swooning until we got down to the breakfast room to dig in. We loved that there weren’t too many people around and we had a still beautiful and fully stocked buffet every day. Naturally, I went for a healthy bread with veggies and salmon – and a croissant. Balance is key, eh!
But not only is the hotel itself super charming and welcoming. So is their story of origin. The tale goes as follows: One day in the sixties, the owner, Mr. Jordaan, decided to list his couch for tourists to sleep on. They loved the room, felt at home and had a fabulous time at Mr. Jordaan’s house. So he decided to not only list his couch, but the entire room. Yet again, people loved it. So he decided to purchase more room and eventually bought the entire house to turn it into a charming hotel that does not feel like one.
*Disclaimer: Sarah and I were invited to stay at the Mr. Jordaan hotel for two nights. We stayed longer, however, because we loved the hotel so much. So thank you so much to the staff at Mr. Jordaan for making us feel at home and making this trip even more special.
**Disclaimer 2: Most of the pictures were taken by the ever so talented Sarah – thanks girl.