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“Surprisingly Excellent Boutique Hotel, I Found By Accident” 4 of 5 stars
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Canal House
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Keizersgracht 148, 1015 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #31 of 346 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Surprisingly Excellent Boutique Hotel, I Found By Accident”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

A co-worker and I had to fly out to Amsterdam on a couple of day's notice for a film shoot last week. Had no clue where to stay, or what part of town or what our options might be. Found The Canal House mostly by accident while poking around a couple of boutique hotel sites (Tablet, I believe). Intrigued by the pictures, and the simplicity of their room tiers (Good, Better, Best).

Didn't have high expectations for whatever reason, particularly since we were going to be in Amsterdam for work and not on vacation. But stayed 3 nights there and, well, it was an all around surprisingly excellent experience.

Hotel is located in Jordaan neighborhood and it's nearby the tourist magnets of the Red Light District and the Anne Frank House (just around the corner), and some other smaller attractions. But it's just far away from everything that you don't feel suffocated by it. It feels residential and local for the most part, but still close enough to access the tourist stuff if you want.

Hotel itself is a narrow building about 4 stories high. Has 20-25 rooms total, but it feels like less. It's a little cramped and narrow inside (especially the stairs - there's no elevator either), but I got the sense that a lot of buildings along the canals in Amsterdam are like that. It was part of the local charm. Garden in the back is beautiful and worth hanging out in. Black and purple decor inside is executed well, as was overall design touches in the rooms and throughout the building. Simple and thoughtful and done well.

Didn't eat in the restaurant while we were there but it's apparently a well-regarded dining option in town, as often it had many tables occupied by non-guests for lunch and dinner.

Hotel staff was very friendly. Very accommodating. Made the experience personal - everyone would learn your name. But it wasn't ever creepy or insincere, and they didn't ever overdo it like some places do. Found this to be a real part of the overall pleasant stay we had.

I had a "Better Room" (the medium sized one) and it was a touch smaller than I expected for the price (and from the photos). But it was still comfortable and convenient. Was space for my stuff and for me to work. Wireless internet is free for guests, and it could have been faster. But it wasn't terrible. Better than most boutique places I've stayed in before.

There were a lot of couples staying at the hotel while we were there. It's a romantic hotel but still a place you can stay at if you're looking for something different on your work trip.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Canal House was recently renovated and we felt they did a great job in making a very contemporary hotel still feel firmly anchored to its history and traditions: cosmopolitan boutique hotel features are cleverly mixed with very "dutch" pieces – from paintings to porcelain statues - making it unique. The restaurant area and the bar are sophisticated and cosy – definitely worth a visit.

The rooms are exactly as you see them on the website: modern, glamorous and sleek. Felt luxurious, definitely - with every comfort you would expect from a hotel of this category.

The location is brilliant - close enough to walk everywhere and sufficiently far away from the 'tourist traps' of the city centre. Jordaan itself is a charming neighbourhood with lots of great restaurants, bars and shops.

I would highlight some small, but nice, touches: daily weather forecast on the bedside table; excellent complimentary wi-fi; high-end magazines in the room; high quality toiletries; very good complimentary breakfast... the list could go on.

Last but not least, the service: impeccable, from front desk to the bar and restaurant. They assisted us with everything we needed and made us feel very welcome throughout.

A perfect hotel for romantic escapes, highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

We stayed for 2 nights in June for a mix of business and pleasure and cannot fault the location, facilities or service at this hotel.

The location is absolutely perfect - in the prettiest part of the city with many bars and restaurants all within a very short walk. A very easy stroll right into the centre, and a very welcome short hop back out of it again! There are some great places to eat and drink in the Jordaans area and the restaurant at the Canal House is definately amongst them with a great menu and beautiful setting with impeccable service.

We had a mix-up with our room, and after an inital few words the management resolved this quickly and very fairly for us. The room itself was lovely - we ended up in one of the smaller rooms and it was perfect for a weekend away. I'd advise triple checking exactly what you are going to be getting in the room you book to avoid confusion but otherwise perfect!

We had a great stay at the Canal House - a perfect blend of functionality and style. We will definately return next time we are back in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

It's a relatively new hotel, by the canal, about 15 minute walk from the Central Station. Renovated old canal house.Gorgeous rooms, in a modern style, though they've kept some of the old features. We had an attic room done in black and purple. Very comfortable big bed. Wifi available throughout hotel.
Yummy breakfast included in the tariff. Dinner was good too we tried that one night. Staff friendly and helpful.
Easy access to around central Amsterdam yet in a nice area.
Will stay there again definitely.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

Stayed for a total of 6 nights and received outstanding service throughout our stay. The hotel staff was very pleasant and greeted us upon entering and exiting each day. The room was wonderful, a generous complimentary breakfast provided and the location was perfect for access to many sites or additional city transportation.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

Outstanding staff; went out of their way to take care of things. Looked over a pretty canal; around the corner from the Anne Frank House; easy to walk to everything else. Very good complimentary breakfast. Narrow halls and steep stairs (there is an elevator), but to us, that adds to the charm of these combined 17th century merchant houses.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011

We had a wonderful stay at the Canal House. The room was AMAZING: great linens, fabulous bed, great bathroom - smallish but otherwise the room felt like 5 star luxury. The vibe was very contemporary and spa-like. I loved the products in the bathroom offered in full-sized bottles. The lighting in the room was super high tech and really contributed to the mood. The staff was extremely professional and helpful. We recommend the Canal House with great enthusiasm!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Canal House

Address: Keizersgracht 148, 1015 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#22 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#22 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#33 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#34 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Canal House 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Canal House offers boutique-style rooms in the Grachtengordel-West district, 290 yards from Westermarkt tram stop. This design hotel features free Wi-Fi and grounds with summer house for private meetings.The rooms at Canal House feature sumptuous decor with dark woods and luxurious fabrics. Each room has an open-plan layout and includes a flat-screen TV, minibar and work desk.The Amsterdam Tulip Museum and Anne Frank House are less than a 5-minute walk from Canal House. Amsterdam Central Train Station is less than a 15-minute walk away. ... more   less 
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