A classy cultural weekend at Bilderberg Hotels Amsterdam

Last week we had a lovely cultural weekend in the Netherlands during a small citytrip, staying in a luxurious but authentic boutique hotel in one of the prettiest neighborhoods of Amsterdam, like tourists in our own country. We spent 1 night in the Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel, which is one the 17 hotels of the Bilderberg Hotel chain, one of my favourites in the Netherlands. They have already been around for a century, and are known for their relaxed luxury hotels on unique locations with beautiful architectural features, hospitality, fine cuisine and above all class!

So why settle for less, right?!

If you are interested in a citytrip to Amsterdam filled with cultural highlights and vibrant surroundings, in a personal accommodation typified by heritage, authentic details and situated centrally in the classiest neighborhood of the city, this is the right hotel for you!

Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken Amsterdam (2)Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken Amsterdam facade balcony  Arriving at Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken Amsterdam

Bilderberg Jan Luyken is a 4 star hotel located in a historic mansion, which makes it authentic but luxurious at the same time, so of course that matches my taste perfectly. Completed with a Michelin star worthy dinner in their nearby Bilderberg Garden hotel’s renowned restaurant ’de Kersentuin’ made it the perfect weekend!

Now you can stay here as well FOR FREE, because I am happy to announce that I will be giving away 1 personal voucher for a 2 person free night stay, including breakfast, in this beautiful hotel, or one of the other hotels of the Bilderberg Hotel chain! You can check and book all of them directly on the: Bilderberg Hotels website

To win this all you have to do is follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Like the page of AuthenticChica on Facebook and Bilderberg Hotels on Facebook and/or follow both AuthenticChica on Instagram and Bilderberg Hotels on Instagram,
  2. Name 1 good reason under this blog post or on social media why you should win this free night stay,
  3. And mention/tag 1 or more persons in that comment that you want to take with you (they can of course also participate by following these 3 steps = more chances to win a stay in one of these beautiful hotels)!

P.S. you can earn bonus points by sharing this blog post on Facebook, follow both accounts on Instagram and Facebook, or participate several times…:)

The winner will be announced on Facebook and Instagram on the 1st of June, good luck!

Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam facade at night

Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel facade at night

Now back to the hotel…

You might have noticed that I only write about hotels that are unique, have a special story and really impressed me, as I have slept in over 150 hotels so far and have a critical taste. You can also see this in my previous blog posts the Top 3 design hotels of Hamburg and my Top 10 Hotels around the world.

Let me show you what made the Jan Luyken Hotel in Amsterdam so special to me and why I can certainly recommend it to you as well.

This hotel is just a stone throw away from the renowned Rijksmuseum in a quiet side street of the classy and historic neighborhood Oud-Zuid. Although it is very centrally located and near many vibrant areas of Amsterdam this street is an oasis in the city centre. And the charming boutique hotel has stunning facades which represent Amsterdam so well. The perfect setting for an architecture and culture lover like me.

Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken Amsterdam

Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel facade

Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam authentic details (2)  Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam authentic details (1)

Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam private spa

The hotel’s private spa

I also liked the hotel’s story of origin, as I prefer accommodations with a unique history. This building dates back from 1897 and still has many Jugendstil details. In 1950 the original building was owned by the physical therapist van Schaik, who lived here with his family and was renowned all over the world. His wife loved to take in clients and care for them, which lead to a small hotel function. Because of this eventually the couple purchased 2 more buildings next to theirs, on the corner and the middle building to renovate and combine them into a 62 room hotel. In 2000 the hotel was passed on to the Bilderberg hotel chain who rents the building from the original family, who still care for the building and live across the street. Many interior features such as the chandeliers are part of the original interior and are still owned by the family.

Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam superior room with a view

Our beautiful superior room with balcony

Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam authentic details  Bilderberg Jan Luyken hotel

Unique features

  • Small-scale boutique hotel from the 19th century with authentic façade,
  • Location, location, location!
  • Very central near a variety of attractions, but still in quiet surroundings,
  • Mirjam and her team are very warm and welcoming,
  • They offer great service with a personal touch, always ready to help with directions, sightseeing tips and even arrange museum tickets for you!
Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam superior room

Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel superior room

Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam bar and garden  Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam garden

  • The superior room is spacious and comfortable, with great views, especially the rooms with balcony at the front side of the building,
  • There are many amenities in the room, such as free coffee and tea facilities, free WIFI, flat-screen TV, safe, mini bar and air-conditioning,
  • The breakfast and evening bites are excellent,
  • The bar has a great wine selection and lovely small garden patio,
  • They offer beautiful private spa facilities for rent,
  • Throughout the hotel unique architectural features with original historic elements are combined with contemporary and modern design.

Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam bathroom  Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel perfect welcomeBilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam superior room with a view

About the neighborhood

Next to the canal area, Jordaan, de Pijp and the historic city centre, which I already highlighted earlier in this Amsterdam sightseeing and shopping and this Amsterdam canals blog post, I really appreciate Amsterdam Oud-Zuid because of its classy atmosphere and many cultural options! The hotel’s surroundings are filled with museums and cultural sights, which lead to the area’s name: ‘Museum Kwartier’ (Museum Quarter).

In this area you will find 3 renowned museums: Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk and Van Gogh Museum and the beautiful Concert building, all next to each other on 1 square ‘het Museumplein’. The Rijkmuseum garden is in full bloom and so pretty this time of year, not to mention the artworks and unique architecture of this gorgeous museum both inside-as out!

And nearby Vondelpark, chique shopping streets van BaerlestraatP.C.Hooftstraat and of course the vibrant Leidseplein offer a variety of leisure activities, for both day and night.

See the beauty of the hotel’s surroundings and all must visit sights by clicking on the pictures in below gallery.

About dinner

Just a short 15 minutes’ walk from the Jan Luyken Hotel in the heart of Oud-Zuid, you will find another location of the Bilderberg hotels in Amsterdam called the Garden Hotel. This hotel even has an official 5 stars, including stylish restaurant ’de Kersentuin’ lead by 2 Michelin star winning chef Stefan van Sprang. Together with his team and managing chef Wessel he creates special signature dishes which are bold, beautiful, trendy, tasty and well presented.

As this restaurant was highly praised on many review sites and naturally by the Bilderberg team as well, of course we had to experience this for ourselves!

It was a nice walk to the Garden hotel, passing by the beautiful facades, small streets and rivers of the quiet neighborhood. Arriving at the restaurant we were surprised by the relaxed atmosphere and trendy chef, who even came to greet us personally. The ambiance, decoration and interior of the bar and restaurant are really trendy, but still stylish and have recently been re-styled. The restaurant, which has a long and renowned history since 35 years, has re-opened last year with flair.

Bilderberg Garden Hotel   Bilderberg Garden Hotel Amsterdam bar

We were so lucky with the warm weather that we could even enjoy all 4 courses outside at a specially prepared table. Each course was different, exciting and very tastefully decorated, presented on colorful ceramic dishes, which made them look trendy and fresh.

The taste of the signature dishes matched the look perfectly, as the ingredients are combined in an innovative way. Although the restaurant has a Michelin star history and is led by a renowned chef, it feels casual and the service is chic but relaxed at the same time!

We can definitely recommend the chef’s 4 course dinner including perfectly combined wines as a wonderful night out for both culinary experts and casual food lovers alike.

Bilderberg Garden Hotel Amsterdam desert

One of the prettiest and most tasty desserts I ever had

Bilderberg Garden Hotel chef in action  Bilderberg Garden Hotel Amsterdam dinner outside

What do you think of these hotels? Would you choose to stay here while visiting Amsterdam? I would love to hear your opinion, just leave a comment below!

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About Authentic Chica

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39 Responses to A classy cultural weekend at Bilderberg Hotels Amsterdam

  1. Sigrid Hoek says:

    Wow this hotels looks absolutely amazing!! Would love to stay here 1 night with my true love 😉 I’m the competition….wish me luck 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Great blog! Have to go there! 😊
    Ooooooooooh this looks so beautiful and perfect!
    Would love to check it out and stay and sleep in this great hotel in Amsterdam!
    Because Amsterdam is always a good idea and so are the Bilderberg hotels! Stay in a Bilderberg for 3 times now and I love it!
    I would love to go with my boyfriend, because he is always there for me, in good and bad (when I was very sick) times! He don’t have Facebook and Instagram so it’s not possible to tag him and it will be a great surprise!
    2 times a year we would have a diner in a Michelin Star Restaurant and it would be great to have it in the “Kersentuin”.
    And I will blog about the hotel and restaurant on food & flip flops!
    A win win situation ….

    Fingers crossed!!!!

    X Daphne

    Liked by 1 person

    • Wow Daphne, that is very convincing!! Thanx for the great comment and for entering the competition, crossing my fingers for you…You know what you have to do to earn more bonus point:) >> more changes to win…good luck!


  3. klaveren says:

    Ahhhh de examens zijn begonnen
    en zo iets gaafs heb ik nog nooit gewonnen.
    Want met Bilderberg in je hart
    gaat ze vandaag met Engels van start
    Dus deze GESLAAGDE actie,
    vraagt nog om een mega reactie..
    Ahhh Jeanieke van Klaveren dus nog even blokken en plannen en dan met een goed boek ontspannen


  4. Samen met Auke van der Meer heerlijk een weekend doorbrengen in mijn geboorte stad, even man en vrouw zijn ipv werknemer en wergever, moeder en vader enz. maar er voor elkaar zijn. Natuurlijk ook een museum bezoeken (bv. van Gogh) en winkelen en heerlijk op een terras genieten van de langslopende mensen en de omgeving. Kortom een heerlijk romantisch WEEKEND met zn 2!


    • Hi Nicole,

      Leuk dat je meedoet! Klinkt als een hele goede reden! Heb je mij en Bilderberg al gevolgd op IG en of Facebook? Als je extra kans wil maken kan je deze blog ook nog delen op Facebook en mij taggen:) Succes!


  5. Rachel Gault says:

    This hotel looks amazing! I’ve been wanting to visit Amsterdam for quite some time and am excited that my mom and I just decided we’ll be stopping there later this year during part of our Europe trip!


    • O really how cool Rachel! Where are u from and when will you be coming by? Happy I have been able to inspire u..This hotel and neighborhood is def worth a visit! Would be awesome if u would win and could even stay here for free:) Are u joining the competition too?


  6. Arzo Travels says:

    It looks great 🙂 I would love to visit because it is time to meet my most favourite Instagrammer from the Netherlands 🙂


    • Thanx Arzo, it IS great, but Bilderberg has many beautiful hotels throughout the Netherlands! Would be great if u could come visit soon and try one of their 17 locations, I know for sure you will love it..thanx for joining and looking forward to meet:)!


  7. Shirley | Endless Dutch Journey says:

    Great blog and super cool you can win a free stay including breakfast at this beautiful hotel! Thanks for sharing as I will for sure now stay once in one of the Bilderberg hotels! It looks amazing!

    Unfortunately I can’t join the competition as I live in Cambodia but I am sure my friends would love to! I shared the link on my FB page: Endless Dutch Journey 🙂

    Good luck everyone with the competition!


  8. Victoria says:

    The hotel looks gorgeous! I’d love to revisit Amsterdam with my boyfriend and explore the beautiful streets together! Fingers crossed and thank you for sharing the competition!


    • Hi Victoria, that sounds great!! Happy you liked my blog and make sure to like and follow me and Bilderberg on FB or Instagram and tag your boyfriend in the comment so I know who to write in for the competition!:) good luck!


  9. Naomi, you make me want to come back to Amsterdam!! 😝 Great post, love the details of the hotel. xo


  10. Tatiana says:

    Ik doe graag mee met de winactie, omdat Amsterdam nog veel leuker is wanneer je in een mooi hotel in zo’n fijne omgeving wakker wordt – samen met mijn liefje uiteraard 😉 Fingers crossed & keep up the good work! Love Authentic chica! X

    Liked by 1 person

    • Wat leuk om te horen en lieve feedback Tatiana!! Thanx voor het meedoen en fingers crossed idd. Alleen nog even Bilderberg hotels volgen op FB en IG om officieel mee te dingen:P succes!


  11. wim timmermans says:

    40 jaar als paar bij elkaar dat verdiend een heel bijzonder gebaar


    • Hi Wim, wat leuk dat je mee doet, ook op Facebook zag ik! Alleen nog even mijn pagina op Facebook liken en die van Bilderberg hotels natuurlijk en je doet officieel mee…Succes!


  12. Mevr. S. Hanuman Sing says:

    Helemaal blij om mijn 50 jr te vieren met mijn lief in Bilderberg met overnachten en ontbijt erbij. Super zeg als ik win🎊🎉🍾🌻💃🏻👍

    Hele mooie bloq! Super mooie foto’s en zeer zeker hoog gewaardeerd en uitnodigend!
    Heel erg duidelijk wat men moet doen om te winnen! Ik heb alle stappen gevolgd en gedaan om mijn 50jr jubileum te vieren met mijn partner. Nu nog winnen en voel me zeer geëerd om in Bilderberg Jan Luyken hotel te overnachten met ontbijt en diner voor mijn jubileum. alvast hartelijk dank als wij winnen🍰🎂🍸🍾🎉🎊👍🌻🎈🎈🎈
    Met vriendelijke groet, mevr. S. Hanuman Sing


    • Beste Shanti, wat leuk dat je mee doet en dat is inderdaad een hele mooie gelegenheid om te vieren in dit unieke hotel of 1 van de andere locaties van Bilderberg! Fijn dat je de foto’s en de blog mooi vond, leuk om te horen en bedankt voor het volgen! Liefs, Naomi


  13. Ursula Ball says:

    I totally enjoyed your review of this hotel and food in Amsterdam…good luck to those that can travel overseas for this awesome give away! 🙂




  14. Rudy says:

    We love THE hotel( and all Bilderberg) very much. When we go for an weekend by motorbike, it’s always a Bilderberg. The rooms are very good and very nice. And important also, clean!
    From the start till leaving we have a good time, each time again,. Why we like Bilderberg, no not like. We love it! See you soon perhaps


    • Sounds great Rudy, good to hear, and you are right all Bilderberg locations are unique and so good! That’s why I wrote a blog about it:) Really love their concept and hospitality! Are u joining in to win the free night stay competition too? xx


  15. Hey Naomi,
    After our little chat on Instagram I had some thoughts about it and came up with these 10 reasons why I would like to win a free night at the Bilderberg hotel in Amsterdam and who I would like to take… I will leave it up to you to chose which is the best reason 😉
    1. My friend Marion from Enschede because I do not see her often enough as I’m traveling so much and she had a hard time with taking care of her mom recently who was attacked by her brother’s dog and broke her pelvis, and we both simply love Amsterdam…
    2. My father Lucas because he keeps asking if we can please get away for a weekend together for once, and I’m sure he’ll love to go to Amsterdam…
    3. My boyfriend Tom as he is always so sweet, patient, loving and caring for me, and he was so cute to arrange a weekend stay for us in another hotel night in Amsterdam a few years ago so I’d like to return the favor…
    4. My friend Mirjam because she works so hard to set up her new restaurant and urgently needs a get-away and loves luxury.
    5. My friend Sylvia because we do not see each other often enough and she will never admit but I think she could use a short break from her 3 kids, husband and messy house.
    6. My friend Melissa because I am very proud of her as she lost 20 kilos by working very hard in the gym and always preparing healthy food for herself, and takes care of cancer patients every day.
    7. My sister Delaja because all she studies so hard to follow her dream and she had a surgery recently, following her serious car accident in Malaysia 2 years ago, for which the insurance did not pay for so no money is left for fun stuff.
    8. My friend Jacky because she lost her job recently and she is such a cool chick with whom I am sure of a super fun weekend.
    9. My cousin Naomi because she is always broke and has again a burnout, she is so kind and smart, and could definitely use a break from all the misery right now.
    10. So I can write a blog about it on my website, leave a review at Tripadvisor, post pictures on Instagram, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, etc. and a video on Snapshot and YouTube. I am always very critical on hotels, as a person and also after having stayed in at least 300 hotels in the past, so I’d love to check this one out, as you say it’s great and you have a good eye for it! Maybe we can go together then??! 😀
    Have liked all the pages mentioned in the above blog, will also share!!


    • Wow Elisa, soooo great and soooo many good reasons! Will be very difficult to choose, but I can see u def need it:P Thanx for your efforts and support, really appreciate it! Finers crossed for u!! xxx


  16. Well, haha first of all: because June 1st is my Birthday and that would be an amazing birthday gift haha!

    Second of all haha my boyfriend Erik has been so patient with me in this stressy period of time where I can be a real bitch. I love him so much so I would like to thank him for being the best boyfriend I could wish for!

    And then, Amsterdam is always a good idea!


    • Ahhh great that you are joining Jaimy, and such great reasons! I am sure you deserve it and your boyfriend even more:) and such a coincidence your birthday is on the 1st of June…Fingers crossed! xx


  17. Amandas_Wanderlust says:

    I have always struggled to find hotels that I’m really happy with, without spending a fortune, in Amsterdam. So this is a really helpful post.


    • Hi Amanda, happy to hear that! I know exactly what you mean, I am also very picky with hotels, but this one is def worth it! Are you joining in the competition to win a free stay too? xx


  18. Oh this is a great competion !! Thank you both and already following you everywhere 😉
    I should win this with my love Arnaud because we LOVE AMSTERDAM so much we are coming back in August ! And this hotel looks amazing and exactlely the type of hotel that we would love to try and advertise on our French blog durong our stay !!
    Fingers crossed !!!!!


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