Style and comfort by the bucketload at this boutique hotel near fashionable Nine Streets
Set in Amsterdam's hip Jordaan district, and sister property to
Cowley Manor in the UK, Canal House is everything you'd
hope it might be: trendy, friendly and spoiling. Made up of 3
17th-century merchant's houses overlooking the Keizersgracht canal,
its USPs are an abundance of space, something that most canalside
properties lack, and a wonderfully peaceful garden (which, FYI, is
one of the biggest in central Amsterdam).
Step inside and you're greeted by wall-to-wall repros of Dutch Master paintings in beautiful gilded frames, and sumptuous, plush décor throughout the shared spaces and 23 romantic rooms; boldly modern but with a nod to traditional heritage. At the centre of it all lies The Great Room, once a ballroom, with its stunning stucco ceilings, ebony walls and contemporary lighting. Big comfy armchairs are just the ticket after busy days of shopping and sightseeing, or if you've got enough energy left to socialise, pull up a stool at the mirrored bar and try the signature martini.
Reviewed by Emily Preece
- Super-stylish rooms with plum velvet bedspreads, leather sofas and exposed original beams
- Service is fantastic, a perfect balance of friendliness and professionalism
- Located in the Jordaan district with plenty of restaurants and cafés nearby, as well as the Anne Frank house and Nine Streets, famous for its independent boutiques
- A lot of thought has been put into the finer details: hi-tech lighting, Blu-Ray players with a selection of films, beautiful mosaic tiling and fancy toiletries
- Ideal for couples, though lone travellers or guests here on business will appreciate the friendly atmosphere
- No restaurant but there's an all-day snack menu and staff can recommend local eateries
- The only hot item at breakfast is boiled eggs, but at least breakfast is included in the rates
- Due to the wooden floors, noise carries between rooms, and some Good rooms look onto a lightwell
- The quirky layout may not appeal to some - steep windy stairs to get to certain bedrooms, and you have to walk through the kitchen to reach others!
- No tea/coffee-making facilities in the bedrooms
A comfortably contemporary interpretation of historic charm...Conde Nast Traveller (UK)