“Style and comfort by the bucketload at this boutique hotel near fashionable Nine Streets”
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.
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.
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).
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
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There are steep staircases to some rooms