“Style and comfort by the bucketload at this boutique hotel near fashionable Nine Streets”
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.
- 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 Better 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!
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast + snack menu; restaurants nearby
- Welcome but not encouraged
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
- Board games
- Film library
Canal House's bedrooms are very much in keeping with the rest of the hotel: thick plum curtains, silk wallpaper and heavy velvet bedspreads complementing restored original features such as timber beams, ornate ceilings and opulent fireplaces. Technos will be in heaven with the latest flatscreen TVs, iPod docking stations, WiFi and Blu-Ray players (a selection of films is available at reception). Old-school types can laze about with glossy magazines - Vogue, GQ etc.
In short, when choosing a room, paying more gives you more space, a view and a sofa. Apart from this, all are similar. Bathrooms have tubs, showers, robes and luxurious Green & Spring toiletries, but some are separate to the bedroom and some are open-plan; you can express a preference when you enquire.
Starting with the biggest room, Best is a huge open-plan suite that sprawls over the entire top floor and has sweeping views of the canal. Honeymooners love it - the standalone bathtub is romantically curtained off and you get a complimentary minibar. More recently, the Outstanding category has been added; boasting canal views, we look forward to viewing it soon.
Exceptional rooms overlook the garden or the canal and feel very spacious. All have double sinks and a sofa area to relax in. Great rooms are similar but a bit smaller - book Room 2 for a little private terrace. Better rooms look on to the internal lightwell so are slightly darker, but they have a sitting area; we'd recommend them if you're budget-conscious because, while you compromise on a view, you still get lots of floor space. Good rooms are the smallest, and some have just showers (no baths) and vertical in-room beams, which adds to the bijou feel. Some look onto the garden, with generous windows letting in lots of light; others look onto the internal lightwell. Some Good and Great rooms can be set up as twins but be aware that the majority are open-plan, with bathtubs in the bedroom.
- Air conditioning
- Blu-ray player
- Central heating
- Coffee tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Ipod dock
- Iron (on request)
- Safe box
- Satellite tv
Breakfast is a large buffet of treats beautifully laid out in The Great Room - pastries, breads, cakes, fruit, cereal, yoghurts, meats and cheeses. Sadly, the only hot items available were boiled eggs, although mine were cooked perfectly to my liking!
For other meals, staff can recommend restaurants nearby, or there's a list of Canal House-approved takeaways - order a pizza, have it delivered to the hotel and it will be brought to your room on a china plate! For a laid-back café atmosphere but gastro-pub food, try Café De Reiger on Nieuwe Leliestraat, 5 minutes behind the hotel. The menu is minimal but the food is delicious: our lamb was divine and prices are reasonable. Other favourites include Casa Di David for authentic Italian cuisine or Longpura for Indonesian fare, which is very popular in Amsterdam.
Alternatively, you can enjoy cocktails at the hotel bar and order from the snack menu - tasty little Dutch morsels like veal croquettes and shrimp bitterballs followed by a gooey chocolate brownie with ice cream.
- All-day snack menu
- Coffee tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Literally around the corner, the famous Anne Frank Huis museum is not to be missed. Beat the queues by booking in advance - reception can help
- Dubbed 'Nine Streets', this area of trendy one-off boutiques in the Jordaan district is becoming the place to shop in Amsterdam; we could have spent hours in the vintage clothing stores!
- Every month the hotel compiles a local 'Eyes & Ears' guide with 10 brilliant suggestions for things to do that month, including restaurants, galleries, museums and new openings. Be sure to check yours out before you plan your days
- Hire a bicycle and explore; staff can advise on routes and museums to visit - we loved the lively modern art at the Stedelijk Museum
- Visit the Sunday Market in Westergasfabriek where local artists and designers sell fashion, arts and local foods
- Spend a relaxed evening in The Great Room, playing board games, drinking cocktails and ordering from the snack menu. In the warmer months there's a garden bar in the Summer House
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
Families are welcome, and the spacious private garden is a useful space. There are plentiful family attractions in the city. All rooms can take a baby cot (free) and larger categories can also take an extra bed (extra charge).
Family friendly accommodation:
We suggest Exceptional, Outstanding and Best rooms for families, although all rooms can fit a baby cot. Exceptional rooms can fit a baby cot and an extra bed. The Best suite has a lounge that can fit 2 extra beds and a baby cot
Available on request
- High chairs
- Baby cots
- Buggy hired on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities on site:
- Board games
Kids Activities nearby:
- NEMO science centre
- Maritime museum
Families Should Know:
There are steep staircases to some rooms
- Airport: 30 minutes
- Hospital: 15 minutes
- Shops: 5 minutes' walk