We booked a room with a canal view and lucked out getting the top floor (fine if you are comfortable with three flights of typically steep canal house stairs, though they are equipped with an electronic chair). This was room 7, in the gable, which makes for a tall ceiling with an extra window, bringing in lots of light. Conversely, the gable makes for a low shower, so if you are reasonable tall you'll crouch. The room has heaps of space and a huge bed. It has two arm chairs, from which gazing out at the canal through the leaves of the trees along Leliegracht is pleasingly zen. There's no street noise and you can't hear the neighbours from the room, but the bells and music of Westerkerk are pretty loud. They go off every half hour, and at certain times they sound briefly on the quarter hour. There's a different musical prelude to the bells each time they go off, the one at 4 a.m. being especially elaborate (sort of harpsicord, I guess). Bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper (I can imagine that if you are a local you would grow to love the regularity of the bells). There are cool shops on the canal, and lots of the best of Amsterdam nearby (brown cafes, Dutch restaurants) without the less appealing bits. Top marks to the young chap at the desk and at breakfast who looked after us most days. He kindly booked us tickets for museums and Keuekenhof online.