Misc eatdrinksleep

Old Centre, Amsterdam, Holland Book from Eur155

A funky little hotel with just 6 rooms, centrally located in one of the oldest parts of the city
Those seeking a fun weekend in quintessential Amsterdam with love this quirky little guest house. It’s set in a classic 17th-century canal house next to the historical Nieuwmarkt Square, and is just moments from many of Amsterdam’s most famous sites, including the infamous ‘Red Light District’. You can expect a family-run vibe, with owners Pepijn and Rachel providing a warm welcome and friendly service: English maps and guide books are provided, universal plug adapters are available, and they’ll even loan you an umbrella if needs be.

There are just 6 guests rooms. Half have gorgeous views over the canal and all use a colourful mix of Ikea style and vintage elegance to create their individual theme (names include Africa, Baroque and Primavera). Downstairs there’s a great little café-bar for breakfast, and in 2012 a cocktail bar was added where classic mixes are served alongside house specialties. The perfect place for a nightcap after an evening spent at one of city’s eateries.

Highs

  • Great location, great price and great views
  • Friendly, helpful owners who are happy to provide assistance in exploring Amsterdam
  • Snack and drinks from the minibar are included in the rates, and all rooms have Nespresso coffee machines
  • A simple but fabulous breakfast that's served until noon - a bonus for late risers
  • Despite the busy location, locked front doors and efficient key cards ensure that guests feel safe and secure

Lows

  • It's an old building set over 3 floors, so expect steep, narrow stairs and no lift
  • Due to the location, Canal View rooms are likely to be noisy
  • The Garden View room are a little small and lack canal views, but they're also quieter
  • No outdoor space, but all of Amsterdam is on the doorstep

Best time to go

Any time you fancy a break. The city is pleasantly quiet during the summer months of July and August, when many of the locals are away on holiday. Or, you could try a winter break for some Christmas shopping and ice skating on the frozen canals.

Our top tips

  • The stairs are steep and narrow so don't bring large or heavy suitcases (though if you do, Rachel and Pepijn are the kind of people who will whip them off you and carry them upstairs themselves)
  • Rachel, who is American, is a mine of local info and has a specialised knowledge of architecture
  • If you are a light sleeper opt for a Garden View room, they may not be as impressive as those overlooking the canal, but it's worth it for the peace and quiet
  • Great for...

    City Style
    Eco
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 6
    • Breakfast only (+ on-site cocktail bar)
    • All ages welcome
    • 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
    • Bicycles Available
    Room: Canal View - Design

    Rooms

    The 6 themed rooms are clean, fun and personalised - very much a labour of love for the owners. Beds are kingsized and super-comfy, plus there’s a flatscreen cable TV, a free (non-alcoholic) minibar, Nespresso machine, WiFi and a useful personally-coded laptop safe. Ensuite bathrooms have excellent rain showers and fluffy bathrobes.

    At the front of the house, the 3 Canal View rooms are flooded with light and (as the name suggests) have wonderful views over the canal. Afrika is the largest room, with woven chairs, rustic wood furniture and a floor-to-ceiling mural of the setting sun. Rembrandt is covered with reproduction paintings from the master's Night Watch period, and Design is an airy, contemporary room decorated with white walls and colourful, angular fittings.

    The 3 Garden View rooms are a bit smaller, quieter and look out over the rooftops from the back of the hotel. Wonders is a cosy room with Asian touches, while La Primavera has a vibrant springtime feel, with green walls and yellow-curtained windows. At the top of the house the Baroque room lives up to its name with a dramatic monochrome canopy (complete with chandelier) over the double bed, ornate mirrors, cherry-coloured chairs and elevated views from its garret windows.

    Features include:

    • Bathrobes
    • Central heating
    • Coffee tea making
    • Cots Available
    • Extra beds
    • Fan
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Phone
    • Phone chargers (for most brands)
    • Safe box
    • Satellite tv
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi
    • Wifi internet

    Eating

    Breakfast is served from 9am until noon (or between 7:30am and 9am upon request) in the arty café-bar downstairs. It’s a simple buffet-style selection, but we found it to be great quality (especially considering it’s included in the rates). Expect croissants, muesli, various country-style breads, ham, Dutch farmer's cheese, fresh fruit and bacon and eggs (cooked any style), plus smoothies, fresh orange juice, coffee and an extensive range of teas. Any other style breakfast is available upon request (at least 24 hours in advance).

    There’s an informal cocktail bar for evening drinks, where traditionalists can sup a classic Margarita or a Hemmingway’s Daiquiri, while the more adventurous might opt for one of the seasonal drinks (a Hazy April with orange spiced white tea, perhaps) or a house speciality - the tequila-based Red Light Delight made up laugh and tasted great!

    Apart from breakfast (and the tasty little bites that come with the cocktails), there's no other food served at Misc eatdrinksleep - surprising considering its name). However, it is in a great location for restaurants and the hotel staff will be happy to point you in the right direction for lunch and evening meals. We ended up at De Engelbewaarder, a chilled out little eatery just moments from the hotel, where we found locals and tourists all happily mingling over meals of steak, seafood (clams and mussels), pasta and even cheese fondue. Unusually, the menu is only available in Dutch, but the staff are happy to translate each item for you.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Breakfast
    • Coffee tea making
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Restaurants nearby
    Eating:
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Just about everywhere is reachable by foot in Amsterdam - or by bicycle for those feeling a bit more adventurous. Stroll along the canals stopping off regularly at some of the wonderful cafés and shops

    • Museum lovers are spoilt for choice here - from the famous Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum museums just a 15 minute walk away to the modern galleries dotted around the city-centre

    • In spring and summer, the hotel can arrange private open-air boats tours of the canals (10 pax)

    • Shop till you drop - check out the trendy little boutiques in the Jordaan district, or the designer shops in the Museum quarter (most are open on a Sunday)

    • Visit the Hortus Botanicus with a free pass from the hotel. The Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Garden) has been a part of the city since 1638

    • Visit the local coffee shops...

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Cycling
    • Discount passes for the Hortus Botanicus
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Shopping / markets
    • Traditional cultures
    • Walking tours

    Kids

    Children are welcome, but the logistics of staying here are a family aren't ideal (see below).

    Family friendly accommodation:

    The Canal View rooms each have space for 1 rollaway bed or baby cot, however there's only 1 cot and 1 extra bed available in the entire hotel, so it's very much subject to availability. Children up to 15 years can stay in their parents' room on an extra bed. Families with 2 children should book a 1 Canal View room and 1 Garden View room on the same floor (request when booking).

    Babysitting:

    Babysitting can be arranged on request (with prior notice).

    Baby equipment:

    One baby cot and 1 high chair available on request

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Kids Activities nearby:

  • Waterloo Square playground

    Families Should Know:

    The is set over 3 floors with steep narrow stairs and no lift. The hotel is in a busy central area, so it's not ideal if you want a tranquil family retreat.

  • Distances:

    • Doctor: on-call
    • Hospital: 10 minutes
    Kid Friendly: Canal View Room - Design

    Our guests' ratings...

    9/
    Rooms
    10/
    Food
    10/
    Service
    9/
    Value
    10/
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