“A funky little hotel with just 6 rooms, centrally located in one of the oldest parts of the city”
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.
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.
Children are welcome, but the logistics of staying here are a family aren't ideal (see below).
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 can be arranged on request (with prior notice).
One baby cot and 1 high chair available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
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.