AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
“I really love the vibrancy of Amsterdam; the mix of old-world museums with an energetic 21st-century culture. Canal House perfectly captured this for me. A row of 17th-century merchants’ houses has been transformed into an up-to-the-minute hotel with funky, eclectic decor. Interiors have apparently been inspired by the light and palette of Dutch Old Masters and the effect is very glam and very dramatic.
The rooms are modern, but with a few historical touches such as antiques and classic art alongside mid-century furniture and contemporary photography. Definitely a place to show off your fashion street cred: the restaurant is as much as hipster see-and-be-seen spot as it is a good evening option. However, style never trumps substance - I felt I was in good hands for the entire stay, with friendly and efficient staff as well-versed in the classics as they were in more contemporary ideas for activities (like the don’t-miss Sunday arts market)."
- Trusted friend Marc Appostler, Houston Texas
(Date Experienced: June 2013)
A cool grown-ups getaway.
Leave the kids behind - this is an adult-centric boutique hotel.
Renting bikes and cycling along the canals of the Jordaans district - cool galleries and boutiques on one side, picturesque waterways on the other... This is the feel Amsterdam is famous for!
Best time to go
April-June and August-October. The rest of the year is either chilly or crowded.
Canal-side rooms can get noisy.