- Style Reinvented Dutch masterpiece
- Setting Cobbled canalside Jordaan
The rich textiles and signature light of the Dutch Old Masters' paintings inspired décor at the Canal House hotel, a bundle of 17th-century merchant houses overlooking – you guessed it – a canal in central Amsterdam. The entryway's historic canvases give way to sultry rooms, whose walls are lined with contemporary artwork, dramatic curtains and plush fabrics in deep purple hues. After a day out biking and museum-hopping, unwind in the courtyard garden, refined restaurant or over your room's marvellous canal views.
Need to know
- Rooms 23, including one suite (the Best Room).
- Rates Double rooms from $194.42 (€142), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 5.5% per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates usually include buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Courtyard garden, DVD/BluRay library, free WiFi throughout, private dining rooms. In rooms: LCD TV, Blu-ray/DVD player, Bose iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, full-size Green & Spring bath products, hairdryer, slippers and robes.
- Check–out A generous 12 noon – late check-outs are subject to a fee, though. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Welcome, although this is a getaway for grown-ups. Cots or extra beds are free for children 12 or under and €50 a night for teens; a highchair is available in the breakfast room. Babysitting can be provided with a local nanny.
- Also 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.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Good Rooms make up in style for what they lack in size, with the same luxury trappings, twin sinks and contemporary photography as the higher room categories – 18 overlooks the garden. Exceptional Room 12 has an ingenious sink/entertainment island and our favourite photography, including two Kevin Best showstoppers. The aptly named Best Room is an enormous top-floor suite with a freestanding bath, shower for two, two seating areas and canal views. If invisible ablutions are a non-negotiable for you, Great Room 3 and Exceptional Room 15 both have entirely separate bathrooms (the rest have in-room baths and sexy glazed shower stalls).
- Packing tips Pack light, and hit the boutiques in the nearby Nine Streets to pad out your wardrobe with cutting-edge designer or upcycled vintage pieces. Save stilettos for the bedroom: the Dam is all about Converse, cobbles and canalside walks.
- Also If you're feeling sociable, an extra bed for an adult guest can be added to larger rooms for €75 a night.
Food and drink at Canal House
- Hotel 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.
- Dress code Fashion-savvy APC, Opening Ceremony, Dagmar and Rodebjer.
- 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.