Canal House

Canal House

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Perfectly located Canal House hotel packs contemporary chiaroscuro decor into a brace of 17th-century merchant's houses, channeling the dramatic light, natural textures and rich fabrics of the Dutch Old Masters. Bedrooms are seductive, the breakfasts are delicious, and the courtyard garden's a romantic hideaway. You don't have to go far to see great art: not only is the Museum District a short tram ride away, the hotel has its own neck-craning array of antique ceiling mouldings, cabinets of curiosity, contemporary design and modern art.

Highlights:

  • Fantastic location near the boutique-lined Nine Streets quarter

  • Moody, glamorous decor, period features and courtyard garden

  • Characterful rooms with canal or garden views

Smith extra

A pampering full-size bath product by Green & Spring

In the know

Also need to know:

In-room spa and beauty treatments can be arranged, and personal trainers can be booked via reception, where you'll also find jogging maps, tram tickets and other helpful extras. From late summer 2011, the Summer Room and Garden Room offer private dining. If you're feeling sociable, an extra bed for an adult guest can be added to larger rooms for €75 a night.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

As Mrs Smith and I approach the huge and age-blackened oak doors of Canal House on Amsterdam’s pretty waterway the Keizersgracht, we’re not sure what to expect. After all, the things that usually lurk behind such forbidding portals are liable to go bump in the night. Bracing ourselves for an encounter with one of Dr Frankenstein’s shuffling henchmen, we are relieved when welcomed by the altogether friendlier figure of the hotel’s concierge. After checking us into the hip 23-room hideaway, he leads us through the former 17th-century merchant’s house – all high ceilings, tastefully faded repros

Accommodation details

Address:

Keizersgracht 148, Amsterdam, Noord Holland, 1015 CX
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Location:

0.3 mi / 0.4 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Concierge desk
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Bridging the two merchant's houses is the Great Room, a decadent but intimate space looking out across the garden behind the hotel. A generous buffet breakfast is served here, along with a light menu of snacks (local meats and cheeses, croquettes, smoked salmon, pâté and some sweet nibbles, too) to accompany drinks. 

Top table:

Get comfortable on a leather banquette in the lounge for cocktails or a coffee with the Sunday papers. In the Great Room, get a window table for two; when the frescoed, four-seat Summer House is open, it will be an über-romantic spot for private dining.

Last orders:

The cocktail bar-slash-reception desk serves until the last guest has headed to bed. Breakfast is served in the Great Room between 7am and 11am.

Room service:

Have breakfast brought to your room, or order light snacks after 11am.

Hotel bar:

With brushed steel stools lined up around theatrically lit counters and a separate lounge area, the Bar at Canal House is atmospheric and attractive. Multiple mirrors, matt black walls and gilded Napoleonic plasterwork set the scene for seduction. Don't miss the signature martini: cinnamon- and mint-infused vodka topped up with cloudy apple juice.

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