THE LOBBY FIZEAUSTRAAT AMSTERDAM
After Hotel V Frederiksplein the entrepreneurial couple Tom and Mirjam Espinosa opened Hotel V Nesplein back in 2008. Directly in the heart of the city accompanied by restaurant The Lobby. An instant hit, if only for the delicious flammkuchen. A few years back they noticed a new building. Designed by architect Piet Zanstra, who is also known for the Euro Parking on the Marnixstraat (now Q-park), in the 70s. The building once served as a psychiatric hospital and later as an office. Tom and Mirjam had the guts to turn this immense space from scratch into a warm and inspiring hotel (opening on August 16) and restaurant: hotel V Fizeaustraat. Inspiration comes from the 70s with beautiful tapestries on the wall, Ligne Roset Togo’s which serve as a modern zitkuil (sunking seats) and many plants. The Lobby is divided in a casual cafe section (where they also serve lunch from the official opening date), a bar (perfect for an after-work drink), a sunny terrace and a lovely restaurant.
Chef Jeroen van Spall previously worked for Visaandeschelde in Amsterdam, Beluga in Maastricht and Cafe Modern in Amsterdam. Restaurants known for their amazing food. He and his team surprises us with an excellent 4-course menu. My favorite was the starter: a super fresh ceviche with corvina, kumquat, red onion and corn. I also tried and enjoyed the smoked eel, beef blade and bone marrow with potato fondant and as a strawberry dessert. The setting is amazing. Despite knowing that this once was a large open office space, nothing reminds you of that anymore. They’ve created cozy corners, you’re not that close to other tables and they lit candles everywhere. Oh and there’s a fire place – just like in all the other Hotel V’s.
Then something about the location. It’s certainly not as central as Hotel V Frederiksplein and Hotel V Nesplein but ideal if you need to be near the Amstel Station (from there you also in the city very quickly by metro or tram). It is close to the highway, so perfect for people who want to meet in Amsterdam, but do not like, or dare, to park their car next to a canal. There’s even a garage (open from the official openings date). Want to check out the rooms? More about them in The Amsterdam Guide!