Boutique Apartment Amsterdam

Grachtengordel, Amsterdam, Holland Book from Book from £225 per night

A sexy little apartment in a 17thC canal house, perched over a couple of Amsterdam’s most scenic - and central - canals (sleeps 2)
This jewel of a rental leans over one of Amsterdam’s loveliest intersections: 2 charming canals with a large square (cum beer terrace) across the street. You could lounge for hours on your mini-roof deck or beside your living room windows, simply watching the boats putter along. But there’s so much else to do! Nearby, you can explore Utrechtsestraat's eclectic boutiques or grab a bite in hip De Pijp. Want to hit a museum? The world-class Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum, and Stedelijk are all within walking distance.

But if you'd prefer to just stay home, we wouldn’t blame you. Your apartment - recently renovated by an up-and-coming young fashion designer - is playful, fun, and full of surprises. Climb a steep flight of stairs to reach the first level: a kitchen/living area decorated in rich jewel tones with striking ebony floors and a bright white modern kitchen. Continue climbing and you'll find your bedroom, an oasis of soothing whites and creams with a massive canopy bed under the sloping eaves. Pure romance. There’s a gorgeous bathroom up here, too, plus the little roof terrace with yet more views, the Prinsengracht stretching below. We felt like we were living in the Amsterdam postcard.

Highs

  • Oozes style: funky furniture, vibrant art and fun details (a vintage vinyl record player, Snoecks magazines)
  • An unbeatable location
  • Privacy: this is your own place, all to yourself
  • Bikes included in the rental so you can spin off all over the city
  • Luxurious touches: Marie Stella Maris body care products, iPad with Sonos sound system and Netflix, a Nespresso and a generous selection of local liquors

Lows

  • Steep, shallow stairs with no elevator
  • The central location means some city noise at night
  • No dining table, just a breakfast bar
  • No free parking, though you won't need a car

Best time to go

Amsterdam is fun any time of year, but we'd love to return to this apartment in the warm summer months, when you could throw open the windows or sit out on the tiny roof terrace to watch the parade of boats on the canals below.

Our top tips

We love nearby Utrechtsetraat for its rich mix of old-school shops (a vinyl record store, bookshop, butcher, bridge-side fish stall, bakery, and comfy cafes) with newer, high-end boutiques (women’s clothing stores, designer trinket shops, jewellers, a fancy patisserie and, at the very end, a posh cannabis boutique!). Great people-watching, too.

Great for...

City Style
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Apartment
  • 1 bedroom
  • Self catering, restaurants nearby
  • Welcome but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

The apartment may have the façade and bones of a 17thC Dutch canal house, but it’s decorated in a bold, contemporary style. In the living/dining area, floors and casings lacquered in sharp, shiny ebony contrast with rich, emerald-coloured walls. There’s a boudoir feel here: a leopard-print footstool in one corner, a green shag rug and a vintage couch in vivid, velvet fuchsia. Playful touches include a neon “Wham!” sign, a vinyl record player perched on vintage magazines and a cluster of colorful Guillaume Corneille prints on the wall. We coveted the Prince poster in the kitchen.

Upstairs is a different story: whitewashed floorboards and walls surround a comfy, white canopy bed. It’s like living in a cloud, up under the eaves. The gorgeous ensuite bathroom has a rain shower and windows onto a mini-roof terrace, which is the perfect spot for evening cocktails or a morning cuppa while watching the boats and bicycles wind along the Prinsengracht below.

Features include:

  • Apple TV
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • IPad
  • Ipod dock
  • Microwave
  • Mosquito net
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The modern kitchenette has a hob, oven and basic cookware plus Nespresso pods and an array of locally made liquors. Decent supermarkets are a stroll away, and the owners are happy to stock the fridge before you arrive.

But with so many eating options nearby, will you really be tempted to cook? There’s Utrechtsetraat with its renowned Indonesian restaurants right around the corner. There’s the trendy De Pijp neighborhood, full of fabulous breakfast nooks and hip bars, just a few blocks south. And there are cafes across the road. Can’t choose? Ask owner Stieglitz to advise (she lives downstairs) or consult one of her excellent guidebooks in the living room.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • You’re in the very heart of the city; wander the streets of the Jordaan neighborhood or cosmopolitan De Pijp, popping into small shops and chilling in cafes
  • The apartment comes with 2 bikes. Use them to criss-cross the city like a local
  • Tour the canals by boat - you’ll likely swing by your apartment!
  • Hit a world-class museum: the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Stedelijk Museum are all within walking distance
  • Admire vintage treasures and seasonal produce at local markets: Noordermarkt (every Saturday and Monday mornings), Westerpark (some Sunday mornings) and the flea market at Waterlooplein (Monday to Saturday)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Families are welcome but the apartment is best suited to adults - there are no extra beds, the stairs are steep and shallow and there are objets d’art carefully positioned throughout the uber-styled rooms.

There's a small playground and football pitch across the street.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Kid Friendly:

Location

Boutique Apartment Amsterdam is located at the intersection of 2 famous canals (Reguliersgracht and Prinsengracht), in the heart of historic Amsterdam.

By Air:
Fly into Schiphol Airport (22km). On arrival, take a taxi or train it to Amsterdam Central Station (around 20 minutes) and walk from there (15 minutes).

By Train:
Eurostar operates direct trains from London St Pancras to Amsterdam. Alternatively, take a ferry and train combination from Newcastle, Hull or London (via Harwich).

By Car:
Amsterdam is easily explored by bicycle, by public transport and on foot, so you won't need a car. However, if you want to hire one to visit the surrounding region, see our car rental recommendations. Note, the apartment has no parking but there are car parks nearby.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Amsterdam Schiphol 22.0 km AMS

Other:

  • Beach 30.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Service
7/10
Value
9/10
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