Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Hotel Review

Location:

Entrance to Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
The hotel entrance

The Park Plaza hotel is located on a tree lined quiet street in the upscale Oud-Zuid district of Amsterdam, just steps away from the beautiful Vondelpark.  Tram 2 serves the hotel making it easy to get around as it takes just 20 minutes to Central Station passing many of the city’s attractions and museums on its route.

Arrival and check-in:

Reception, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
The hotel’s reception

The hotel has an attractive garden entrance with the theme continuing into the light and airy reception foyer with its many plants and flowers.  As we’d taken an early morning flight into Schiphol Airport we arrived at the hotel mid-morning just expecting to drop our bags off.

Reception lounge, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
Pleasant seating in the reception area

At the desk we were greeted by a friendly member of the front desk team who seemed to take a genuine interest in our journey and how we would be spending our time in the city.  On checking his computer he told us that our room was in fact ready and we could access it straightaway which was a pleasant surprise.

The Room:

Bedroom, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
Our room at the Park Plaza Vondelpark

A speedy lift took us to up our room which was decorated in shades of pale grey and white with a mustard coloured easy chair and throw adding a splash of colour.  From the window there were views over the garden and to the hotel’s adjoining building.

View from bedroom, Park Plaza, Vondelpark, Amsterdam
The view from our room

The bed had a comfortable mattress and was dressed with high quality bedlinen with wonderfully soft pillows to rest our heads on.  At each side of the bed was a touch screen for adjusting the air-conditioning, turning on and off the lights and opening and closing the curtains.  These worked well except for the curtains which would only go part way along the track so had to be closed manually as something was jammed.

Work desk, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
Our work desk was stocked with water and hand made chocolates

On a side table there were art books to browse, handmade chocolates to enjoy and complementary bottles of water.  The work desk had an adjustable chair, lamp and ample plug/USB sockets making it useful for charging our devices.  A good sized wardrobe completed the picture with the addition of a laptop safe, iron and board.  The hospitality tray came equipped with both a kettle and Nespresso maker for our evening drinks and mugs with the words ‘a natural habitat for curious travellers’.

Hospitality tray, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
The well stocked hospitality tray

Moving into the stylish bathroom, the powerful shower was to my liking as were the Elemis toiletries, fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers that you’d come to expect in a hotel of this standard.

Bathroom, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
Our ensuite bathroom

Dining:

Tozi Restaurant, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
Tozi Restaurant at the Park Plaza Vondelpark

Dinner: The hotel features Tozi, an Italian restaurant with a Venetian inspired menu.  This also has its own separate entrance for non-residents and a Vespa motorcycle by its door.  The restaurant seemed popular and was quite busy on both the evenings we were there.

Breakfast buffet, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
The hotel’s breakfast buffet

Breakfast: This is also served in Tozi with a good selection of hot and cold dishes, home baked bread, fruit and yoghurt on offer.  We sat at a marble topped window table whilst enjoying the buffet and found it to be a relaxing start to our day with friendly and efficient servers on hand.

The Facilities:

Cocktail bar, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
The hotel’s cocktail bar

Alongside the restaurant is an attractive cocktail bar with a parquet floor and a large fireplace with a screen above showing old Italian films.  Cosy seating in secluded corners can be found in the entrance lobby and in the hotel’s secluded garden.  There is a also a fully equipped gym on site for guests use.

Corridor to Tozi Restaurant, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
The attractive corridor linking the reception area to the hotel’s restaurant

The hotel doesn’t have its own car park but some street parking is available nearby though I think it would be best not to bring a car into the city centre unless absolutely essential.  Everyone cycles in Amsterdam and bikes can be hired from the hotel for getting around.

Garden, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
The hotel’s secluded garden

Out and About:

Vondelpark

Vondelpark, Amsterdam
Vondelpark is located close to the hotel

Amsterdam’s largest park is just across the road from the hotel and perfect for a morning stroll.  Walk or cycle along leafy pathways beside the lake and stop off for coffee in one of it’s charming cafes.

Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Enjoy a leisurely cruise on Amsterdam’s canals

Canal’s are synonymous with the city and if you don’t have time for much else, I suggest taking a boat trip.  Circle Line Cruise, €16 and included in the IAmsterdam Card depart from outside Anne Frank’s House and from the comfort of the boat you can view the city from the perspective of the water on the 75 minute trip.

Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum

Visit the Rijksmuseum, the National Museum of the Netherlands.  This vast museum contains over one million artworks and covers 800 years of the Dutch Masters from 1200 to the present date.  It would be almost impossible to view the entire museum in one visit so I suggest selecting highlights starting first with the Gallery of Honour, displaying masterpieces by the Dutch Golden Age artists including Rembrandt, Hals, Van Gogh and Vermeer.  The museum’s most famous painting is Rembrandt’s Night Watch which takes pride of place at one end the gallery.

Amsterdam Tulip Museum

Amsterdam Tulip Museum
Amsterdam Tulip Museum

Alongside canals, windmills and clogs, tulips are closely associated with the Netherlands.  The Amsterdam Tulip Museum is only small but showcases the history of the tulip from its origins in Central Asia to the Tulip Mania and cultivation techniques employed today.  It’s located on Prinsengracht close to Anne Frank’s House.

Houseboat Museum

Amsterdam Houseboat Museum
Amsterdam Houseboat Museum

At the Houseboat Museum, you get the chance to experience first-hand what it’s like to live in a houseboat on an Amsterdam canal.  The Houseboat Museum is located in the “Hendrika Maria”,  a former cargo ship built in 1914.  Its cargo hold is now a cosy living space and is interesting to view.

A’DAM Tower

Free ferry across the IJ, Amsterdam
The free ferry across the IJ to the north bank

Take the free Buiksloterweg ferry from behind Amsterdam Central Station for the two minute journey across the IJ to the north bank.  Enjoy a stroll along the promenade before taking the lift to the top of the A’DAM Lookout Tower.  The observation deck offers panoramic views across the city with thrill seekers having an opportunity to ride on Europe’s highest swing ‘Over the Edge’ dangling 100 metres above the ground.

Panoramic views from the top of the A'DAM Lookout Tower, Amsterdam
Panoramic views from the top of the A’DAM Lookout Tower

Overall:

Hotel key card, Park Plaza Vondelpark and the Amsterdam 72 hour card
Hotel key card, and the Amsterdam 72 hour card make an ideal combination in the city

Our stay at the Park Plaza Vondelpark exceeded expectations and we enjoyed a very relaxed stay.  Although part of the Radisson hotel group it did not have a corporate style and is perfectly suited for leisure travellers.

Details:  Park Plaza Vondelpark, Koningslaan 3, 1075 AA, Amsterdam

During our stay we were guests of I Amsterdam and as always all views and opinions are entirely my own.

 

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48 thoughts on “Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam

    1. I think both the tulip and houseboats museums are relatively new. My son also stayed in a hostel in Vondelpark when he was on a university field trip. If you ever return, the Park Plaza would be rather more comfortable. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. That is such a cool hotel! I love the gardens, and the breakfast buffet looked so delicious that it made my stomach growl just looking at it. The city holds so much history, and it is definitely on my list of places to visit. Thank you so much for sharing your review and experiences with us 😊

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  3. I didn’t stay there, but I have heard that Vondelpark is the prime place to be for staying when in Amsterdam, as it’s quite central. Your hotel looks very sleek and industrial, but I’m sure it was comfy! Your hotel reviews have inspired me to write a few of mine, so look out for them sometime in 2023! Glad you had a good time in Amsterdam. 😊

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  4. Your photos of Vondel Park were a wonderful reminder for me as I managed to get in a quick run through the park. We did an ancestral trip to Friesland and this was a relaxing way to spend a morning before leaving for home.

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  5. I will have to check out this hotel the next time I am in Amsterdam. Thanks for the stunning photos of the hotel and the surrounding area. The checkin desk looks like something from the future ! I enjoyed reading your review. Feel free to check out my hotel reviews too. Have a great day 🙂

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  6. I’m in the planning stage of a short break to Amsterdam. The ‘boys’ gave me a Eurostar ticket for my birthday last year which has to be used by the end of May. I think they thought I would use it for a trip to Paris, but as we spend so much time in France, I thought I would like to return to Amsterdam. Also, all previous visits were with friends so it will be lovely to go with my husband! The Park Plaza sounds perfect, although I had considered a stay on a houseboat, at one point. I will also be using your other Amsterdam posts as a reference, Marion! x

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    1. What a lovely idea for a gift. I much prefer ‘experience’ presents myself nowadays rather than an ‘actual’ gift of a handbag, etc. Amsterdam is beautiful and a springtime visit would be perfect. It’s good to read my series of Amsterdam posts is giving you some planning inspiration June. Have a lovely weekend. Marion

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    1. Yes, I recall you telling me that you spend some time working in Amsterdam. It’s definitely one of my favourite European cities and with being based close to Vondelpark we had the best of both worlds as it’s so calm by the hotel yet not far from the action! Hope you have a good weekend.

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  7. That hotel looks perfectly situated Marion in a more residential area and yet close to the action. We loved Vondelpark and walking around Amsterdam. We need to go back and spend more time there as we ran out of time to see the Rijksmuseum. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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  8. ThingsHelenLoves

    A lovely looking place- smart enough to impress, cosy enough for a leisure traveller. Love the garden with the fishpond, that’s a nice touch for a central hotel. I have fond memories of relaxing in the Vondelpark with Mr THL, post- partying in Amsterdam. I’d like to go back, I suspect we’d see a different side to the city these days!

    Love the key card illustration too, what a lovely touch!

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    1. I always enjoy a few days in Amsterdam and staying on the edge of Vondelpark gave us the best of both worlds. A delightful park for a morning stroll on the doorstep yet close enough to the bright lights of the centre too. Thanks for reading and commenting. Marion

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  9. That’s a very interesting reception desk! I love the sunshine flowing into your room and it looks comfortable to rest after a day of exploring. A cocktail bar in a hotel is always an added bonus … and how lovely is their garden. Definitely a good place to stay I would say.

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    1. Staying on the edge of Vondelpark offered us the best of both worlds. A haven of tranquility with the delightful park to stroll through each morning yet lies to a tram stop to reach the vibrant centre. Thanks so much for your interest and hope you have a good weekend. Have you any Christmas Markets close by to visit? Doubt you’ll be needing to warm up with a mug of mulled wine though!

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      1. I’m thinking more towards a cold beer or glass of ice-cold white wine Marion 😄. We are flying to Cape Town next weekend … and will be home (at Langebaan) for the holidays. There are many Christmas Markets and don’t you worry, I will visit each and every one! And I’m sure you have a couple yourself you will visit 🌸.

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