Situated in the middle of the neighborhood the ‘Plantage’, on the Plantage Middenlaan 17, you will find Hotel Rembrandt. Hotel Rembrandt is located in the Jewish Cultural Quarter. Beautiful synagogues, striking buildings and impressive memorial sites color the street scene of the old Amsterdam Jewish neighborhood. In the heart of it is less than a square kilometer the Jewish Cultural Quarter, which is marked by the Jewish Historical Museum with its exciting Children's Museum, the impressive Portuguese Synagogue with the ancient library Ets Haim and the Hollandsche Schouwburg. You can also visit The Resistance Museum and The Holocaust Museum which is also within walking distance of our hotel.
What once was the house of a merchant from Amsterdam, is now a small but grand hotel with a lot of history. It all started when the merchant Gabriel Andries Willing (1824-1885) wanted a house for him and his family of six children. His eye fell upon the renowned architecht Isaac Gosschalk (1838-1907), who already built another house on the Plantage Middenlaan 78 (1879) and the Panorama-building, which unfortunately has been demolished.
He also built the Hotel Die Port van Cleve on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. Later in 1885, he designed two factories, one on the Haarlemmerweg and one on the Linnaeusstraat. The factory on the Haarlemmerstraat is well known as the ‘Westergasfabriek’, for more information: www.westergasfabriek.nl
Willing and his family moved into the property on March 1885 – see the plaque on the left hand side at the entrance of the hotel. Unfortunately, Willing died shortly after and his wife had to sell the house. Several people have lived in the house since then, amongst others the famous Jewish composer Leo Smit. After the Second World War, the house was turned into Hotel Rembrandt.