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Romantic courtyard garden
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Set across a cluster of 17th-century merchants houses on the canal front, historical charm abounds at this special spot. Owners Jess and Peter spent three years rebuilding the properties, and were keen to keep the personality of the original structures intact when decorating. The end result? An incredibly comfortable, luxurious, and contemporary boutique hotel with a decidedly sultry feel. A dark colour palette, use of sumptuous purple velvet, sleek modern furnishings and clever use of mirrors mingle with Dutch artwork and 18-century pieces. And unlike many luxe hotels in the city, it boasts a large, romantic garden – the perfect place to retreat to at the end of a day exploring.
Located on the Keizersgracht canal in Jordaan, the cultural centre of Amsterdam, this is a fantastic spot to base yourself. What's more, the staff are exceptional and offer a warm and personal service that is second to none.
We stayed here about 20 years ago and knew that if we ever did a hotel in Amsterdam, this would be the one. It’s the perfect size and shape with its enormous garden, history and character – from its entrance to its magnificent sitting room. Quite often when people renovate, they pull everything down and build from scratch but, for us, it's important not just to make reference to Dutch history and Dutch art, we're also trying to be a continuity of what this building has always been – so objects that have lived here longer than we've owned it, we still found a place for them whilst also bringing it up to date.
Design, location and brand are important but it’s all about service. Luxury is about the service being right, that you don't want for anything - you've got everything you need at your fingertips. You decide you want something, you call and the team here will arrange it for you. Tickets for something that's impossible to get, food that's impossible to find or reservations that are impossible to make – they’ll take care of it. It's about the experience that you have in that city that makes you come back and feel that you really understand a place better. That's the trick of travel, the trick of life philosophically – it’s about filling yourself with experiences.
- Jess & Peter Frankopan, Owners
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Breakfast at Canal House is a traditional Dutch buffet including local meats, cheeses, fruits and yoghurts. And if you fancy something additional, order from the menu, where the likes of a Full English, eggs, smoked salmon, avocado on toast, and waffles are on offer (extra charge applies). The Great Room or out in the garden is the place for a glass of wine or beer, and if you fancy a quick bite there's a selection of wraps, sandwiches, Dutch bitterballen, fries, and sweet treats (available as room service too).
While the interiors of Canal House are contemporary, the 23 rooms draw on the historical influences of Dutch art and history. Silks and velvet that were popular with traders have been used, alongside striking artwork. Original features, such as ornate ceilings and timber beams have been restored and revived, and the combination of traditional and modern creates a super stylish and opulent feel.
The latest technology centres this boutique hotel in the 21st century with Blu-Ray players, LCD screens and Bose iPod docking stations, and Green & Spring bath products are provided throughout your stay.
All of the rooms are individually decorated, the main difference being the size of the bedroom and bathroom and the view. Good Rooms or Better Rooms can be converted into twin beds on request. The capacious Best Room occupies the top floor and has views across the Keizersgracht, its own sitting area, and a bath big enough for two.
Amsterdam is a truly wonderful place to wander around taking in the historical buildings and scenic waterways dotted with bridges. A thirty minute walk from the hotel is the Museum District, home to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. And the Anne Frank House just a 3-minute walk away, and an incredibly moving place to visit. Top tip: book tickets online in advance.
For those who enjoy a bit of retail therapy, the Nine Streets neighbourhood is for you. Browse the designer and independent shops to your hearts content, or sit in one of the many cafes and watch the world go by.
How to get there
Canal House is a 15-minute walk or a short taxi journey from Amsterdam Central Station.
Schiphol Airport is a 30 minute drive from the hotel (20 kilometres) or a 15-minute train journey will take you to Amsterdam Central Station.