The History of the Apollofirst Boutique Hotel in Amsterdam
The four-star Apollofirst Boutique Hotel is located in three grand town houses in the elegant Southern city district, nearby the Center of Amsterdam. Under the inspiring leadership of two generations, over time the hotel has fledged into a unique boutique hotel with 40 rooms, a beautiful bar/lounge, interior garden, theater and hall of mirrors.
The first town house was built between 1928 and 1932 as a private home in the Amsterdam School of Architecture style. It was bought by Lily Meyer, a Dutch film star from the silent film era. In the early years, many celebrities chose to stay at the Apollofirst, which was originally named the Apollo Hotel. Despite its relatively small dimensions, the hotel ranged among the more luxurious ones in Amsterdam.
Lily Meyer sold the name ‘Apollo Hotel’ and changed it into the ‘Apollofirst Hotel. After she died, the hotel was bought in 1978 from her heir by Louise Venmans. Two years later, the adjacent property was put up for sale, which was a splendid opportunity to enlarge the hotel. Over the years, the rooms and the hotel were enlarged, refurbished and stylishly decorated. In 1995, Louise’s son, Rick, took over management of the hotel and Louise herself currently runs the Apollofirst Theater, a picturesque, 55-seat theater within the hotel. Known Dutch artists love to perform on stage here, and visitors from Amsterdam and beyond are appreciative of the varied programming.
For more than 40 years, true hospitality and personal service have been upheld in this genuine family business. You are most welcome!