College Hotel, Amsterdam
Tel: 31 20 571 1511
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Conceived by Roc, Holland's most prestigious hotel school, this erstwhile schoolhouse is a breath of fresh air. The entire ground floor is public space: To the left of the entrance is the chic reception desk, made of leather and mother-of-pearl, and to the right high-ceilinged hallways lead to a colorful bar with patterned-velvet chairs and couches and, beyond, an airy white-brickandglass dining room that was once the gymnasium. The 40 rooms, with their flat-screen TVs, glass showers, and black-lacquer doors and wardrobes, are sleek but cozy; the German manufacturer of their sensually soft sheets also makes shirts for Gucci and Prada. The service throughout is thoughtful and sincere.2005 Hot List
When to go: Late May through September, for the best weather.
Which room to book: Nos. 203 and 204, former art studios, receive the most light
Amenities: Bar/lounge, 24-hour Room Service, Wheelchair-accessible