For the bank holiday last week, Jordan and I were very kindly invited to review the newly opened Aparthotel, The Wittenberg, in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a city I’ve been to once before with a few friends when we finished university, but it’s coming up to 5 years since that trip.
When I go away, I’ll usually opt for somewhere I’ve never been before to explore somewhere new, but as it had a been a while since my last trip to the beautiful capital, I was excited to go back and discover everything that Amsterdam had to offer.
We flew early Saturday afternoon and landed to 28-degree heat, which is always a bonus when you go abroad. After a short train ride to the centre, we walked to the apartment through the side streets and over the canals.
As we were walking, the buzz of the city reminded me of what a great place Amsterdam is to visit. Obviously, there are many other reasons that people tend to visit here, but to me, it is full of such glorious architecture, picturesque canals, and friendly locals which make it the perfect place for a weekend trip.
The Wittenberg is located in the district of Plantage which is an area north-east of the centre. The building itself is actually quite close to where I stayed last time I was here, so it didn’t feel like an unfamiliar area, but there was also a lot more to explore.
When we arrived at Amsterdam Centraal train station, we opted to walk the 20 minutes to the hotel because the sun was shining and everyone was in brilliant spirits throughout the city. The walk was lovely over the canals and through the side streets and it felt nice to be back in a city that held such fun memories for me.
When we arrived in the Wittenberg area, it was amazing how much quieter it was that the few streets before, and felt a lot more residential. The Wittenberg was sandwiched between a road of flats and a canal, so the perfect peaceful location.
When we arrived, I noticed the windows at the front had green and white-striped awnings on which really stood out compared to the darker brick of the rest of the building: I was really blown away with how beautiful it was.
The history of The Wittenberg is so interesting and really adds to the overall experience. The building itself dates back to 1772 and was owned by the Lutheran church who built a hospital, 100 years later.
In the apartments, there are black and white photographs on the wall which show some of the history of the building, but also the city. The space has now been converted into 115 apartments, which range from 1-3 bedrooms.
As I mentioned, The Wittenberg is only a 20-minute walk from the main train station, but once you get there you are greeted by the very calm and tranquil reception area and the lovely staff who are there all day and night: If you were arriving by car, there is also a car park and a bike store if you decide to hire one.
There is a gym on-site which is open 24/7 and air-conditioned if you fancy a workout during your stay (which I certainly did not…) There are also breakfast bits left in your fridge including cereal bars, yoghurt, tea, coffee and milk.
There is everything you need to cook up a full meal, including a hob, toaster and all your cutlery – perfect if you are spending a few days at the apartment. One of the things I thought was really sweet is that they have a garden outside where residents can grow herbs.
The layout of the Wittenberg is split into three separate buildings with a courtyard and tables and chairs and in the middle. Some of the apartments look onto the courtyard, whereas the rest have a view of the canal or the neighbouring houses.
We were very lucky to be staying in a studio flat, which was in the furthest building, but also the quietest one. It had a double bed (which was extremely comfortable), kitchen, lounge area and a gorgeous bathroom: there was also a small cupboard area with an iron and safe. The best thing about it though was the view: We had the most incredible (almost) floor to ceiling windows which looked out onto the water and it was just dreamy.
The decor was done out so tastefully with a grey wall, orange furniture (for their local football team, Ajax) and quirky extras. All of the kitchen appliances looked new and the whole space felt so relaxing. The bathroom was a really good size with a huge shower, toiletries and white subway tiles.
We were very kindly shown around a couple of other apartments on our last morning by the lovely An. She showed us one of the two-bedroomed ones and the little house, which is actually a little house over three floors with three bedrooms. She mentioned that as they were finishing the building, that was her office for a few weeks, and I couldn’t imagine a better place to work. The space was so light and airy and would be perfect for a family to spend some time together.
I honestly couldn’t recommend The Wittenberg more. We were only there for two nights but I could have stayed for a lot longer because it was so nice. The staff were so incredibly accommodating and even left us a note under the door to make sure everything was going as well as it could – it’s the little things like that that really make a stay feel more special.
If you are in Amsterdam for work or even just a trip, I would highly suggest getting in touch with the lovely team to discuss your accommodation needs: It is the perfect base to explore such a wonderful city but far enough away to get some well-deserved rest.
Watch my latest YouTube video here with some footage of The Wittenberg:
Our stay at The Wittenberg was complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.