“Style and comfort by the bucketload at this boutique hotel near fashionable Nine Streets”
Canal House has 23 bedrooms, which 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. There are 5 room categories, and in short, 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. Its lounge can fit 2 extra beds and a baby cot, so it's a good option for families, but honeymooners love it, too - the standalone bathtub is romantically curtained off and you get a complimentary minibar. Exceptional rooms overlook the garden or the canal and feel very spacious. All have double sinks and a sofa area to relax in - Room 12 has the best views. 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 Better rooms can be set up as twins but be aware that the majority are open-plan, with bathtubs in the bedroom.
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 croissants were cold and 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.
Families are welcome, though not encouraged. Baby cots (free) and extra beds (extra charge) are available.
Good, Better and Great rooms can fit a baby cot; Exceptional rooms can fit a baby cot and an extra bed. The Best suite can fit a baby cot and 2 extra beds.
Available on request.
High chairs can be provided on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There are steep staircases to some rooms.