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“Chic and Stylish” 5 of 5 stars
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Canal House
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Keizersgracht 148, Amsterdam 1015 CX, The Netherlands (Jordaan)   |  
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Ranked #31 of 340 hotels in Amsterdam
Warwickshire
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38 hotel reviews
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“Chic and Stylish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

My husband and i stayed at the Canal House last weekend as a birthday treat (for me). We simply loved it - it was beautifully and stylishly decorated with a truly eclectic mix of 'things'...The bedroom was small but had everything you'd need and the bed was extremely comfy.
The staff were very helpful and pointed us in the direction of a couple of excellent restaurants. We were heading to the Paradiso for a concert and they suggested a local place to eat afterwards which turned out to be a real highlight. So you can rely on their recommendations.

It was in a super location...right on the canal (clue is in the name!), close to Anne Franks's House and within 15 mins or so from other attractions. Although i recommend you carry the address with you as no taxi driver we spoke to had heard of it...so discreet too!
It's pretty pricey, although everywhere of a similar standard seems to be in Amsterdam these days - so comparing like for like and it's within your budget i'd definitely recommend it. Enjoy...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

The bedroom was super! Elegant and comfortable at the same time with a big window. Great shower.
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
The only thing to point is the breakfast that doesn't have a lot of choices but for a small boutique hotel is very good.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

I stayed at the Canal House one evening on a business trip. It was really...great. The staff is exceptionally kind and helpful, the design of the hotel is unique...very trendy but done well. Great light fixtures, wall decor etc. and the room design is modern but with very high windows, plenty of natural light etc.The rooms include your typical amenities plus a BluRay player, free Wifi, hairdryer, minibar and complimentary bottled water. The bathrooms are great! (I feel like a hotel bathroom can make or break a place.) Full sized shampoo/conditioner/soap in the rainfall shower. There is a separate deep soaking tub for those of you who get the time to enjoy it (I unfortunately did not). The bed is fabulous...huge fluffy white down comforter, matching pillows...just really great. This is a hotel room I wouldn't mind being sick in, and forced to stay in this bed all day and not have to leave. The only negative is the hotel doesn't have a fitness center, but I got over that quickly (going for a run along the canal is an easy fix).
I can't think of any reason to not stay here. So you should. I definitely will again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Last week we stayed at the Canal House, a small 23-roomed Amsterdam city hotel. Reservations dpt. was very helpful to fulfill our requests: a canal view room with separate shower. The entrance hall of the hotel was nicely decorated with different kinds of black picture frames. The lobby is actually situated in the same room as the (small and cosy, mysteriously whilst trendy lit) hotel bar, which makes checking in quite an enjoyable thing to do. Hotel staff is really friendly , giving you a very warm welcome.

We booked the Exceptional Room, no. 12, located on the first floor, with a wonderful view to the canal. This spacious room was beautifully decorated in dark/purple colours, matching (photo) paintings, big kingsize bed with lovely soft sheets, bathroom with walkin shower and bathtub placed into the room, just like the two wash basins that appeared to be too small, separated from the shower area by a glass wall. Bathroom toiletries were abundantly available from the deliciously scent Green & Spring. There are several chairs and a sofa available in the room to enjoy reading your book or just the fabulous canal view. Magazines are available as well as information about the town, just like the Bose iPod docking station next to the bed. Which by the way is placed right next to the entrance door. We can imagine when having a romantic weekend, this might lead to a bit of a privacy problem… ;-)

Breakfast as well as snacks and appetizers are being served in the restaurant called The Great Room, located at the back of the hotel near the garden. Breakfast is not too extensive: just bread, croissants, diluted orange juice, different kinds of jams, cheese and meats. Scrambled eggs nor fried eggs are available; they can only cook you an egg if you wish. We think the limited breakfast is a disadvantage in such a luxury environment.

However, we do understand why George Michael loved to stay at this hotel instead of the bigger and more famous ones: it's not only decorated very tastefully, the personal way the Canal House treats you, gives you the feeling of being a real valued guest. Thank you for a lovely stay; we'll return for sure!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The hotel is situated on Keizersgracht and offers beautiful views of boats and birds on the canal, as well as beautiful architecture. A photographers dream - and that's just from the room. We stayed in the "Best room" - read most expensive. While pricey, it was certainly a most delightful stay! It snowed a lot during our stay and we didn't mind staying in the room to watch the changing colours on the water. When we did go sightseeing, most everything was within easy walking distance (we enjoy walking!). Canal House definitely is a great place to stay when in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Stayed for two night. We were on the first floor with a big windows facing the canal.
Room was very small but beautifully decorated. Unfortunately you could hear all noise from the street so every car, bile or just people talking while walking by were interrupting your sleep. Make sure to ask fir a upper floor or just more quiter room.
Otherwise breakfast buffet's selection was limited but still fresh and good.
Service here is good. Also the very small bar in the lobby is nice.
For me the last stay here, The Dylan close by is just much better in every way.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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30 hotel reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

I LOVED our stay at the Canal House and here is why:

- the impossible-to-improve-upon location: on the Keizersgracht, minutes away from the Negen Straatjes shopping area. There is no doubt that you are IN Amsterdam.
- the wonderfully enthusiastic welcome: I don’t know if this is always the case, but on our arrival a staff member leapt into the corridor (ala Ginger Rogers) with a big hello and welcoming smile. Often ‘boutique hotels’ feel a bit stiff and snooty and take themselves very seriously, but here it was not the case. It was very refreshing.
- the dramatic and very beautifully decorated room. We had booked a Great Room and were upgraded - yay! - to an Exceptional Room. It was super-stylish and very comfortable with a great view over the canal and BY FAR the best choice of in-room reading material I have ever found in a hotel (current issues of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair etc. and one or two other more alternative publications, as well as a stack of books probably left by previous guests). Another best ever was the hairdryer: I never thought I would feel fondness towards a hairdryer in a hotel, but it really was a fine piece of machinery.
- the service: for example, we ordered a bottle of sparkling water and I had hardly put the phone down when it arrived at our door. Where was he hiding with the water to be able to get to us so quickly? It will remain a mystery. The staff overall were eager to help and full of advice and good suggestions.
- a breakfast room which is a Dutch design treat. With good coffee and excellent croissants. They could, however, improve on the selection for breakfast and more fruit would be welcome.
Two aspects of the hotel may or may not be problematic for you (neither one bothered us):
- you must be willing to bath in public. The bath in our room, is, well, in the room and affords no privacy. Unless you are on a trip with your partner, this might be tricky.
The very steep and very narrow stairs leading up to the room (and no elevator). Not easy to negotiate if you are perhaps a bit less agile or more rickety.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Canal Hotel Amsterdam
Canal House Amsterdam
Canal House Hotel Amsterdam
Canal House Hotel
Address: Keizersgracht 148, Amsterdam 1015 CX, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Jordaan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#19 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#26 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#47 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#56 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Canal House 4*
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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