Chic & Basic Hotel
Rarely can a hotel have named itself with such welcome honesty. The Chic & Basic does exactly as the name suggests, from the white, leatherette banquet seating and lurid green walls in the lobby area, to the funky mood lighting in rooms, this clean, simple ‘design hotel’ offers cheap(ish) digs with a bit of added flair and personality. Essentially, you can feel cool here without paying a premium. The bare, white rooms have large pop art prints just to emphasize what a groovy little funkster you are, and service is laid back, without being so horizontal that nothing gets done. Go for a room with a canal view if possible, but be aware that the Chic & Basic can book up months in advance. It’s well positioned too, ten minutes walk from Centraal, but just past the worst of the Red Light District tackiness.