We recently stayed 5 nights in Suite C at the Seven Bridges Hotel in Amsterdam. It came highly recommended by a friend, and we now agree. The hotel is located at the intersection of several canals amidst several quiet tree lined streets. It was so sedate and lovely. We did not stay in the main building, but in a building two doors down in which there are several "suites" sitting rooms. As a result, there is no breakfast served in these rooms, so I cannot comment on that, as I have seen in other reviews.
Our room was lovely and spacious for European lodgings. The room was decorated in an eclectic style with some lovely antiques. The bed was memory foam, and SO comfortable. Now I want to buy one for myself. Linens soft, good pillows. It is a unique place with it's own style - you will NOT feel like you are in a cookie cutter hotel, but a lovely apartment of your own on a quiet canal.
The room had a tub/shower, WIFI, TV (didn't use), phone, small refrig, and hairdryer. The owner was helpful with getting us settled and arranging cabs when we needed them. We did not stay in the main building, as I mentioned, so I don't know how much he is around in the main house. We really felt like we were staying in our own apartment, but he was very helpful when needed. They did come and make beds/clean each day. I agree - the stairs to the suite are incredibly steep! But we got used to it, and had help from the owner with our baggage when needed. I don't think you'll find anything different in any other of the canal houses in the area - possibly better in larger hotels.
I will say, the location was great. Amsterdam is small, so most things are within walking distance. That being said, we were a 5 minute walk to Rembrandplein (plaza), where there is apparently some good nightlife (we did not partake), 10 minutes to the Museum Campus, 5 minutes to another street along the Amstel where there seemed to be a lot of restaurants frequented by locals, and 15 minutes from "downtown" Amsterdam. We loved walking the outer canals (Prinzengracht, Herengracht, Kierzergracht) and just finding things - cute shops and restaurants. The river life was fun to watch as well.
GREAT restaurant nearby on Prinzengracht - Buffet Van Odette. Fixed menu on Mondays and a la carte otherwise. Fare is light and fresh and delicious, and you can sit outside and watch the life on the Prinzengracht canal go by as you dine. We went TWICE, and would have gone more if we had been there longer. Can't say enough good things about it. We also rented bikes from Mike's Bikes (5 mins away on Kerkerstraat?), and managed to survive the crazy traffic life (mostly bikes) of Amsterdam. Was useful when we really wanted to go way across town. But a little harrowing. Near Mike's Bikes was a great little epicure/food shop called Stach - great sandwiches, fresh packaged salads, drinks, cheeses, pastries, cookies etc. And a cool soup place across the street. There's a Starbucks down on Rembrandtplein.
If you like to have a more personal experience when you travel, as opposed to staying in a hotel where the decor does not reflect the culture, this is the place for you! We would definitely stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seven Bridges Hotel is a 300 year old charming canal house at the beautiful confluence of two canals in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Character and atmosphere are created by individually decorated stylish rooms: precious antiques from Baroque, Louis XVI, Empire, Biedermeier to Art Deco, from Sotheby's and Christie's; oriental carpets on wooden floors; handcrafted marquetry furniture - mirrors, tables, beds by a Dutch artisan. Welcome to charm, sophistication and a beautiful ambience inside and outside. The hotel now has AIR CONDITIONING - in all but the "cool" rooms 3 and A. ... more less
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