We only had two nights in Amsterdam and due to a last minute booking, could only get into the Sunhead, an old canal house, for one night.
Roelf-Jan let us drop our baggage off because we were early, after which we went exploring the Jordaan and the Nordermark. On our return they had very kindly put the bags into our room; thankfully because as with any of the canal houses, this one also has a very steep stair case.
Our room was on the second floor overlooking the Herengracht with wooden floors, one exposed brick wall with one of Carlos' trompe l'oeil creations on the wall behind the bed. Tea and coffee facilities are provided, as is a fan, which is probably very welcome in the warmer months.
The en suite shower and toilet was adequately sized with the hand basin inside the room itself. There is a good view of the canal from both windows, but no seating, which would have been more comfortable.
We battled to find anywhere close by for dinner after the venues we selected were either fully booked or closed. With a longer stay we would have found more options we have no doubt.
Breakfast cooked by Carlos and served by Roelf-Jan was very nice, and a time when most guests are all together. There isn’t much space in the breakfast room, but the trompe l'oeil decorations on the wall give a lively and vibrant feel to the room. In fact all the decorations through the house are most interesting and no doubt have many stories to tell.
Unfortunately we only had a short stay and I’m sure would have enjoyed getting to know the hosts and get some tips form them had we been able to stay for longer. The Sunhead clearly has a large following and has been well reported on by many guides.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunhead of 1617 is located in the heart of the wonderful 17th century canal district. Built in 1617, it is one of the oldest heritage monument buildings of the Herengracht. The Herengracht is the most beautiful and prestigious canal of lovely Amsterdam. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sunhead Of 1617 Hotel Amsterdam