Just returned from Amsterdam and a week-long stay at the Canal house. Great location in the gorgeous Jordan/Canal Rings neighborhood, on the Keizergracht canal. This is a quieter and very different world form the old city center/red light bustle & grit, yet it is walking distance to that and pretty much everywhere you want to visit. Also very close to some of the Amsterdam’s best restaurants and cafes. Hotel is a converted typical Dutch/Amsterdam canal building which gives it an authentic feel. This is a small boutique hotel. Hotel common areas are very design centric and surprisingly chic. Feel is modern European, updated and fresh, but with respect for the old, nicely done, though If you are like me you will find the front sitting room feels too "late night club" which is a bit incongruous during the daytime . Breakfast room is beautiful. Continental breakfast served was very good. Marvelous coffee! Great start to the day. Garden is an unexpected treat; large, quiet, absolutely lovely and barely utilized. After a long day of walking and doing, a quiet drink in the garden with the birds chirping is a memorable and simple pleasure. The room we stayed in was called an "exceptional " room. I didn't see other rooms, but can confirm our room was, in fact, exceptional. It felt spacious (for an urban hotel), clean and newly done, with sunny windows overlooking the canal. We really liked the visual design, fun, sexy, dark walls and floors with brightly colored fabrics, bedding and accents. The layout of the room was unusual, but worked very well. It’s an open format with the sinks and tub in the room, the shower was a darkened glass enclosure visible from the room. No, you don't want to share this room with the mother-in-law and the kids. Yes, you do want to be here with your spouse or significant other. The hotel staff was very helpful and accommodating. Concierge work was excellent. Special thank you to concierge staff and in particular one concierge named "Inge" for spending time to figure out some special activities for us far and beyond what we hoped for.
There are some things a visitor should be aware of before they book here. Firstly while the interior retrofit is charming, the stairs to many rooms (including ours) are really steep. While this is quite common in Amsterdam, if you are not physically fit or have vertigo make sure you get a room accessible by elevator (I am not kidding!). Because this is a smaller hotel occasionally the staff can get a bit overwhelmed and you may have to patiently wait for a bag to be brought upstairs or to speak to the concierge about dinner reservations. Hotel does not have some common amenties (like a fitness room).
We enjoyed our stay here and recommend it highly!
Some Amsterdam activities highlights: Van Gogh museum, Anne Frank museum, bike trip in the countryside, walking the Jordan & Browersgracht neighborhoods, shopping the nine streets, outdoor drinks at T’Smalle, dinner at Vinkles, dinner at Assagi, day trip to Delft…..
- 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 dining.The rooms at Canal House feature sumptuous décor 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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- Also Known As:
- Canal Hotel Amsterdam
- Canal House Amsterdam
- Canal House Hotel Amsterdam