Accommodating in every way, the staff of Canal House Hotel make you feel at home, but not just any home, a secret and wonderful home away from home. From requesting scissors, to breakfast and a chance to shoot the Best Room, all was accorded swiftly and with a smile. The location is picture perfect and right at the center of Amsterdam, but without the crazy commotion you’d expect from the center. But such contemporary luxury comes at a price and the Exceptional Room I stayed in was a little steep. Having said that, one look at the secret garden to the back of the property and all my concerns quickly ripple away. It’s the ultimate hidden retreat, relaxing among the small pools and flowering plants scattered around this most impressive of spaces. Perfect for afternoon tea or simply reading a book or meeting a old friend, and it’s never too noisy or crowded, no words to describe it than simply: a blissfully enchanted place you want to tell your friends about but never actually give them direction to.
The rooms are edgy, contemporary with purple bed covers and massively colourful Lachapelle-style celebrity glossy images, adding to the rock-star allure are the Bisazza mosaic toilet tiles and modern designer furniture. I’d describe it best as “eclectic chic”, especially when you combine the 17th century portraits along side the narrow entrance walls with the modern art interior lighting and strong accent colours. All-in-all it works wonderfully well, noted there are a few design missteps like the confusing half stairs and twin lavatories that splash everywhere when you wash your face or shave and the odd space behind the reception which is neither a bar nor a games room nor a waiting room, but a combination of all 3. But the accommodating staff, the secret garden and the lusciously sexy interior make it a good enough reason to return.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Canal Hotel Amsterdam
- Canal House Amsterdam
- Canal House Hotel Amsterdam