Sleek boutique address on Amsterdam’s top shopping street
JUST A WHISPER AWAY FROM THE BIG DESIGNER STORES
of Gucci, Chanel and Hermes on Amsterdam’s posh shopping street PC Hooftstraat, Hotel Patou pays homage to famous French couturier Jean Patou.
Tucked between Amsterdam’s glossiest retail stores and the leafy museum quarter, boutique Hotel Patou is high on style – from its polished wood floors up to its monochrome fashion prints
showcasing Jean Patou’s most elegant creations. From the discreet front entrance, take the little elevator up to the first floor reception, and you’re there.
Dutch architect Jen Alkema’s sleek and minimalist design is set off in a handsome palette of dark chocolate and palest cream
, and fashion slaves can even gaze from the front rooms into the windows of the Chanel boutique across the street. Wool throws add a splash of colour to the crsiply dressed beds, while photos of Jean Patou creations adorn the walls.
Art Deco brasserie
Hit the spot
Centre stage in Amsterdam’s posh shopping street, PC Hooftstraat.
Get cosy in an intimate attic room. Top floor rooms also have the best views.
There’s no room service, but the brasserie is open during the day and there’s always a minibar. Bathrooms are open plan.
High end, high-fashion hangout.
Compact, clean-lined bedrooms have all the luxurious touches you could wish for – Carpe Diem beds dressed in whitest Vandyck bedlinen, flatscreen cable TVs, wireless internet and of course fashion magazines to leaf through. Spotlessly chic marble and chrome bathrooms with walk-in showers
are stocked with Zenzone lotions, XL towels, fluffy robes and slippers.
You won’t be going hungry at Hotel Patou. Pop down to street level at this intimate design hotel and you’ll find Brasserie Patou, elegantly Art Deco in style and with a large sun room looking over all those more-ish shops. Enjoy breakfast here as well as a cappuccino and tarte tatin between shopping outings
, or a champagne and oyster lunch.
Doubtless you’ll want to enjoy a little retail therapy from here, and Hotel Patou is temptingly close to Amsterdam’s big designer emporia
. Lively Leidensplein – packed with bars and restaurants – is just ten minutes away, and you’re also close to the big museums and Vondel Park. Helpful staff will point you in the right way, and trams will whisk you around the city if you’re feeling lazy.
Hotel Patou was reviewed by Room for Romance
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Art deco Brasserie Patou is a great meeting place, whether just for drinks or a relaxed lunch of Wagyu beefburger
and salad, truffle tortellini or champagne and oysters
. Breakfast of your choice is served here, and you can also stop in for a quick cappuccino or cocktail.
You’re in one of Amsterdam’s smartest areas here, and spoilt for choice. De Herengracht – its walls hung with interesting artworks – is a cool place to hang out. Vinoteca Gustavino on Gustav Mahlerplein serves excellent Italian fare, and boasts a vast wine cellar. There are also plenty of place to go for Dutch pancakes.
Brasserie Patou at Hotel Patou
Cakes and pastries, snacks and sandwiches, oysters and champagne.
Grab a window table and watch the fashionistas go by.
See & Do
You could spend hours in the Van Gogh Museum, the moving Anne Frank’s House and the mighty Rijksmuseum. See jewels in the making at the Diamond Museum or get a take on young artistic talent at Amsterdam’s Foam Fotografiemuseum, which showcases the work of emerging big names.
For something different pop into the Tassen Museum, which covers the history of bags and purses. Alternatively you could take it easy with a bike ride and a picnic in nearby Vondelpark.
The Nine Street is probably the best shopping street in town with heaps of boutiques and designer labels on show. De Kaaskamer is the place for speciality cheeses.
Amsterdam has plenty of late-night bars, and a stroll around the Red Light area is certainly…entertaining. You can always while away a few hours at one of the famous “brown” bars for a drink and a smoke. Try the exotic Jimmy Woo club for some late-night partying.
Queen’s Day – officially, celebrating the Queen Mother’s birthday – is one of the biggest calendar dates and an excuse for a huge party.
De Uitmarkt, in the Eastern Harbour, plays host to some 400 acts ranging from hip-hop to classical music and just about everything in between.
PC Hooftstraat, 1071 Amsterdam.
Parking available around the corner at Museumplein.
Amsterdam Centraal Station – 3km.
EUR 40 from the airport.
Amsterdam Schiphol – 20 km.
Rooms and suites
All rooms have a minibar, slippers, bathrobes, state of the art flatscreen TV and super–comfy Carpe Diem beds.
DVD players are available on request.
EUR 180 - 240
Open all year.
Minimum night stay?
Two nights at weekends.
Continental breakfast is served in Brasserie Patou until 10:30.
No – but the Brasserie is open all day.
Yes – all rooms.