Canal House

Jordaan, Amsterdam, Holland Book from Book from £211 per night

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.


  • 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. There are bikes to rent right by the hotel
  • 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
  • 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!

Best time to go

Amsterdam is a year-round city. In winter, the many coffee shops and bars nearby all have open fires. In summer, you can enjoy the hotel garden, but you should be prepared for crowds at the main sights and museums. From late March to early April, the 2,000 tulip bulbs in the hotel's garden raise their heads to herald spring.

Our top tips

You'll find a 'Black Box' in your room containing easily forgotten bathroom essentials, so don't panic if you didn't pack any cotton wool!

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 23
  • Breakfast + snack menu; restaurants nearby
  • Welcome but not encouraged
  • 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
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
  • Board games
  • Film library
Room: Outstanding


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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Blu-ray player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron (on request)
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Breakfast is a large buffet of treats beautifully laid out in The Great Room - pastries, breads, cakes, fruit, cereal, yoghurts, meats and cheeses. If you’d prefer a cooked option, you can order yourself a full English breakfast or a stack of pancakes with maple syrup.

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.

Features include:

  • All-day snack menu
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • 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 right by the hotel 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:

  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets


Families are welcome, and the spacious private garden is a useful space. There are plentiful family attractions in the city and there are bikes to hire right by the hotel. Only the Great room, Exceptional room, Outstanding room and Best room can take a baby cot (free) and larger categories can also take an extra bed (extra charge).

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

We suggest Exceptional, Outstanding and Best rooms for families. 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

Baby equipment:

  • 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
  • DVDs

Kids Activities nearby:

  • NEMO science centre
  • Maritime museum
  • Westerpark
  • Vondelpark

Families Should Know:

There are steep staircases to some rooms


  • Airport: 30 minutes
  • Hospital: 15 minutes
  • Shops: 5 minutes' walk
Kid Friendly:


Canal House is in the Jordaan district of central Amsterdam, a stone’s throw from the Anne Frank Huis museum and the boutiques and cafés of Nine Streets.

By Air:
Amsterdam Schiphol (17km away) is the nearest airport. It’s a major hub and is served by many international flights.

From the Airport
The hotel offers transfers or you can catch a taxi. Alternatively, take the train to Amsterdam Central Station (around 20 minutes) and walk from there (15 minutes) or take a taxi.

By Train:
If you prefer to travel overland from the UK, 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 on foot, by public transport and by bicycle, so a car isn’t necessary. However, if you want to hire one to see the surrounding region, see our car rental recommendations. The hotel offers valet parking for a daily charge.

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


  • Amsterdam Schiphol 17.0 km AMS


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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests


The perfect location and I was particularly impressed by the genuine friendliness of the staff.


Lovely boutique hotel and the room was very comfortable. I think a little expensive but maybe that's the exchange rate!


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