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“Great little gem in center of Amsterdam” 5 of 5 stars
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Canal House
Ranked #14 of 363 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Jorpeland, Norway
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57 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great little gem in center of Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

This was the first time we stayed at the Canal House but it will not be our last. We stayed in room 20 that is only reached by climbing some very steep stairs (don´t go down if you have had a few drinks) and it was worth the climb. It was a large, open plan space with three large windows overlooking the canal. The bathroom is open to the sleeping area (toilet is separate), which works well here and leaves the entire space open to see the canal. We enjoyed the bar area after a long day of walking around Amsterdam. The staff was very friendly and always helpful. This is a good small hotel for a romantic visit; don´t pick this hotel if you have trouble with stairs but if you can stay here do it.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the canal are excellent - ask about stair or elevator access
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Scott K
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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

A gem in the heart of Amsterdam. I had a whirlwind trip to Amsterdam, but wanted a beautiful hotel albeit for only one short night. Canal House lived up to and exceeded expectation. Everything about this hotel was lovely. The staff were so helpful, even opening the bar for us and ordering a take out pizza at 2am after we came back to the hotel from a very very long day. Over and above the call of duty but it gives the hotel a real edge.
The rooms are small but beautifully formed.. Breakfast was lovely.. Location great… I couldn’t have asked for more from a hotel.
If in Amsterdam I will return. I will certainly be staying at the sister hotels in Paris and the UK if I get a chance: (L’hotel Paris, and Cowley Manor Cotswolds UK).

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

A special 'thank you' to the staff that made this place a great option for Amsterdam, a notoriously difficult city when it comes to accommodation. Although it does not come at a cheap price, this hotel is an excellent option for the occasional tourist and the business traveller. My room was simply lovely: cosy, not too big and not too small, very well decorated, with a nice and modern shower with toilet and sinks in the bedroom. I was greeted with a delicious ginger and white tea cocktail and then assisted by a wonderful staff throughout my stay, including a lady who helped me order pizza in my room through a Dutch website. When you have a staff like that everything else is slightly less relevant... Good minibar and good continental breakfast with eggs etc as additional option on request. Loved it, definitely recommend it, my best experience in Amsterdam so far.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

FIRST AND FOREMOST: MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT IF USING A BOOKING SITE YOU DONT INADVERTENTLY GET SENT TO AND BOOK A SIMILARLY NAMED 3* hotel on outskirts of city!!! We did.....let us tell you how the real Canal House saved the day (and my wife's birthday weekend treat!)

We arrived relatively late on a Thursday evening due to the wind storms in the uk. Using a very well known booking site (which I use regularly) it pushed us to a similarly named new hotel that I booked all the while thinking if booked Canal House!

We had no booking!

Apart from being disorientated by this and briefly and wrongly deciding to go to the other hotel (which we did by cab and did an immediate about turn back to Canal House), we we're re-greeted with total grace and elegance by the gent and lady in duty (5/12/13) who organised a room for us in thurs and fri (leaving us without a room sat) - that was great for now.

The room was in the eves of the roof and was unique and quirky and beautifully appointed: look at the website it's wonderfully decorated

The tour of the room features was comprehensive and the toiletries to use during your stay were very nice too.

The artwork really compliments the atmosphere of the establishment and the staff were superb.

TO THE MANAGEMENT - please thank the chap with specs and the lady with blonde hair. He accommodated us a late evening snack in the lounge and she rang round similar hotels to try and sort our Saturday evening accommodation: both a credit to the hotel.

Location is perfect. On the emperors canal in the classiest part of town: perfect for couples and growing families.

Unreservedly recommended and with thanks for making our stay so chic and memorable


  • Stayed December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We took our children and grandchildren for a special birthday weekend.

We know Amsterdam well and would always choose to stay in a converted house on the canals. We were not disappointed with Canal House which has been very carefully updated and is of a very high quality.

The reception team could not have been more helpful to all of us and really helped to make the weekend memorable.

The only slight negative was that on each day the man who came to turn down the bed arrived at about 6:00pm when any self respecting guest is in the room getting ready to go out for the evening!

Room Tip: Go for a room with a canal view and we would always choose a separate bathroom
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank davidb02
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We spent two nights in this hotel in room 21 overlooking the canal. The room was very stylish in dark colours and had everything one might need. The bed was superb and the duvet extremely cosy. The separate bathroom, also in dark colours, had 2 sinks, a toilet and a bathtub with shower.
The breakfast is included and has a large choice of juices, bread, cheeses, fresh fruit and more, so we did not miss the hot items which are to be paid extra. The breakfastroom, as well as the bar, are decorated as one might expect in a small boutique hotel. Very tastefully done, much in black.
The staff is very kind and helpful.
The hotel has a beautiful garden and is surely a great place to have a drink on a warm day.
The location of the hotel is in a nice neighbourhood, just around the corner of the Anne Frankhouse and a interesting 20-minute walk to the Museumplein. Shops and restaurants are close by, so this hotel has everything one might need.
The only minor points of the Canal House might be, that parking is almost impossible (but Amsterdam is notorious for its parking problems), that one must be able to walk some stairs to enter the hotel or to get to the elevator in the hotel and that not all staff speaks Dutch. But for most visitors, these details will not be important, so we can only advice to stay here as this small hotel is really a home away from home.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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honolulu
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

we stayed 2 nights here in room #13. What a beautiful, large room, gorgeous modern bathroom with double sinks, bathtub and separate shower. Our view was facing over the canal. We loved this hotel. The staff and service was top notch and very warm and personal. We could walk to all the sights any visitor would want to see. Breakfast was very nice also. It was cold so we did not spend time in the lovely looking outdoor courtyard. Nice turndown service at night and we were given chocolates and water bottles daily. Loved this beautiful boutique hotel.

Room Tip: we loved room 13
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Canal House
Address: Keizersgracht 148, 1015 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#22 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#24 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#33 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Canal House 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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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