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Housed in a 17th century merchant’s house, Canal House is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the Jordaan, the cultural centre of Amsterdam.
The hotel consists of two elegant townhouses separated by an intervening house but joined at the back to form a clever horseshoe-shaped hotel. The triple width garden behind the hotel is also a very rare feature in the city.
There are just 23 rooms in total, ranging from the 'Good', some with garden views, through 'Better', 'Great' and 'Exceptional' to the 'Best' room, a suite in the eaves of one of the buildings with views out over the Keizersgracht canal and a huge bath. Throughout the hotel the look is contemporary but influenced by traditional Dutch paintings with contrasts of light and dark, and with silk and velvet as a reminder of Holland's famous trading past. Wherever possible original features such as beams and fireplaces have been incorporated.
While there is no restaurant at the Canal House, continental breakfasts are included in the price (cooked breakfast extra), and served in the Great Room with its high ceilings, comfortable armchairs and views out over the garden. The hotel bar overlooks the canal, and serves coffee, draft beers and cocktails day and night. In the warmer months the romantic Summer House in the garden can be booked for private tea a deux and there are plenty of private spots to relax in what is one of Amsterdam's largest private gardens.
Away from the hotel the Anne Frank Museum is an easy walk away as are many art galleries, boutique shops and restaurants. The Museum Quarter is also within easy reach.
Why we love it
The hotel was once owned by an American with a passion for all things Dutch. Much of his collection of paintings and objets d'art from around Holland remains on display.
Harriet, Original Traveller