by Santorini Dave • Updated: January 12, 2019
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Canal House – Sumptuous boutique hotel in a beautiful canal ring setting.
Encompassing three 17th-century merchants’ houses, this intimate boutique hotel is old-world grandeur meets quirky 21st-century style. Beyond the grand marble entrance, the decor is an atmospheric mix of black walls with gold-gilded mirrors, Mori spider lamps hanging from white stucco ceilings, and reproductions of Dutch masterpieces in black frames. The rooms are all plush purple velvet, heavy wooden beams, pastiche art, and leather headboards; some come with fireplaces and skylights, and all are fitted out with iPod docks and large TVs. Most of the bathrooms are open-plan; some come with free-standing tubs. The staff is approachable and knowledgeable, and the location is ideal for sightseeing.
Canal House – Location
- Address: Keizersgracht 148,1015 CX Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Westermarkt.
- Area: On a quiet street overlooking the Keizersgracht canal in the historic Canal Belt, just a few minutes’ walk from the lively Jordaan district and the boutiques, cafes, and bars of the trendy Nine Streets neighborhood. The Dam Square and the Royal Palace are a 10-minute walk away, Anne Frank House is less than 5 minutes on foot, and the Museum Quarter is around 20 minutes away by tram. Good tram connections to the Centraal Station from the nearest tram stop (less than 5 minutes’ walk).
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #13 to the Westermarkt stop, a 4-minute walk from the hotel.
- Handy to: Anne Frank House, Nine Streets, historic canal ring, Dam Square.
Canal House – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel has a romantic retreat vibe, and most guests tend to be couples on a city break, but children of all ages are welcome.
- Pet Policy: No pets allowed.
- View: Over half of the 23 rooms overlook the Keizersgracht canal, while the rest overlook the quiet garden.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzi.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Extras: The wonderful garden out back is one of the largest in the Canal Belt, and there are several secluded sitting areas (and a summer house) for quiet relaxation. The Garden House can be booked for private dining. The toiletries in the bathrooms are the all-natural, herb-scented house brand, Green & Spring. The minibars are stocked with locally-sourced alcoholic beverages. Checkout is at noon – later than most Amsterdam hotels. Bicycles are available for rent.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: 020-622-5182
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: canalhouse.nl
Canal House – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No on-site spa, though in-room massages and beauty treatments can be arranged.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center, though personal trainers can be booked via reception.
- For Disabled Guests: Disabled guests can be accommodated in the ground floor rooms.
- For Families: Baby cots and extra beds are provided for €75 per night, and babysitting services can be arranged.
Canal House – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: There’s no in-house restaurant, but the bar serves a mix of burgers, wraps, soups, and cheese platters throughout the day. • $$.
- Lounge/Bar: There’s an intimate feel to the lobby bar with its matt-black walls, mirrors, subtly-lit counter, and a cozy lounge area. Good for a quiet glass of wine or draught beer.
- Breakfast: A generous complimentary buffet breakfast complete with cold cuts and smoked salmon is served from 7 am to 11 am in the high-ceilinged Great Room that connects the 3 canal houses. Hot items cost extra.
- Room Service: Room service is available from the bar; you can have breakfast brought to your room, with snacks available after 11 am.
Canal House – Rooms
- Room Types: Good • Better • Great • Exceptional • Outstanding • Best
- Smoking Rooms: Canal House is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The Best Room is the hotel’s only suite – very spacious, with excellent canal views, 2 sitting areas, and a free-standing bath. Guests who prefer private ablutions to open-plan bathrooms may wish to book Great Room 3 and Exceptional Room 15.
- For Families: The larger rooms can accommodate extra beds and baby cots.
Canal House – Local Transport
- Walking: Anne Frank House, the Medieval Centre, the Royal Palace, and the characterful Jordaan district are just minutes away on foot, the Red Light District is 10 minutes’ walk away, while the Museum Quarter is less than 20 minutes by tram from the hotel.
- Tram: From the nearby Westermarkt stop, trams run to Centraal Station via the Medieval Centre. To head south towards Leidseplein and the Museum Quarter, catch a tram from the nearby Dam stop.
- Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.
Canal House – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Gs Brunch Boat – The world’s only brunch boat sets sail year round from Keizersgracht 177. Extensive menus are accompanied by mimosas and bloody marys, together with an hour and a half’s Amsterdam canal tour. Start location: 2-minute walk.
- Lovers Canal Cruises – Hour-long small boat canal cruises depart from the dock near the Anne Frank House. Start location: 2-minute walk.
- Secret Food Tours – Sample raw herring, stamppot, stroopwafel, pancakes, and more on this walking tour of traditional Dutch food hotspots. Meet at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 3-minute walk.
- Jewish History Amsterdam – Themed walking tours of Jewish Amsterdam; tours of the western canal ring typically start at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 3-minute walk.
Nearby Restaurants and Cafes
- Spanjer en van Twist – Frequently changing, internationally-inspired menu, excellent apple tart, and a great canal-side terrace for people-watching. 2-Minute walk.
- Restaurant Bleu – Salads, hamburgers, and croquet monsieurs for lunch and carpaccios and steaks for dinner at this hip brasserie. 3-minute walk.
- Pancake Bakery – Traditional Dutch pancakes with sweet and savory toppings, cooked in an open kitchen opposite the Anne Frank House. 4-minute walk.
- Breda – One for special occasions. Multi-course, seasonal lunch and dinner menus by some of the city’s most creative chefs, plus 15 wines by the glass. Reservations essential. 5-minute walk.
- Koh-I-Noor – Established Indian restaurant specializing in tandoori dishes and curries. 5-minute walk.
- Japanese Pancake World – Thimble-sized Japanese spot where you choose what goes on the iron grill before eating the okonomiyaki pancake. 5-minute walk.
- Bistro Bij Ons – Homestyle Dutch dishes such as stamppot (potatoes mashed with sausage and vegetables) and poffertjes (pancakes with butter and sugar). 5-minute walk.
- La Perla Pizzeria – Thin-crust pizza wood-fired in a traditional stone oven. Bring your family, or bring a date. Bookings recommended. 6-minute walk.
Nearby Bars and Breweries
- De Twee Zwaantjes – The Two Swans gets particularly lively on weekend nights with karaoke sessions. 3-minute walk.
- Café de Vergulde Gaper – Former apothecary turned popular canal-side bar, with vintage posters and sunny terrace. Good for a coffee, beer, burger, or light lunch. 3-minute walk.
- ‘t Arendsnest – Dutch beer only: almost 200 bottled brews, and 30 on tap. Choose between the canal-side terrace, or the gorgeous brown café interior, complete with copper jenever boilers. 4-minute walk.
- ‘t Smalle – 18th-century jenever distillery turned beautiful brown café, with porcelain beer pumps and appealing riverside terrace. 4-minute walk.
- Bar Prik – Retro gay bar that attracts a crowd in their 20’s and 30’s, with live DJ sets in the evenings. 6-minute walk.
- Wijnbar DiVino – Superb selection of Italian wines – by the bottle and by the glass – with a supporting cast of cheese and charcuterie platters. 6-minute walk.
- Pulitzer’s Bar – Stylish art deco cocktail bar inside the eponymous hotel. Classic cocktails as well as expertly-mixed signature drinks. 7-minute walk.
- De Drie Fleschjes – Characterful 17th-century tasting house that specializes in liqueurs and jenevers. The accompanying snack of choice here is meatballs. 10-minute walk.
- De Admiraal – Amsterdam’s largest traditional tasting house, with 16 jenevers and 60 liqueurs. 11-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Universe on a T-shirt – Cute little store with original t-shirt and sweatshirt designs. 3-minute walk.
- Rock Archive Amsterdam – Limited edition prints of icons such as Leonard Cohen, Bjork, and Robert Plant. 3-minute walk.
- The Otherist – Curiosity shop where you may find anything from framed butterflies to fine jewelry. 3-minute walk.
- Puccini Bomboni – Some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates. 1 of 3 branches. 4-minute walk.
- I Love Vintage – Vintage dresses, jewelry, and accessories from 1920’s-1950’s, as well as retro-style new threads. 4-minute walk.
- Amsterdam Duck Store – Nothing but rubber ducks here, from classic yellow to Batman, S&M, and Game of Thrones ducks. 4-minute walk.
- Reypenaer Cheese Tasting – Peruse the cheeses in the shop above or descend into the cellar to taste 6 of the offerings (book ahead). 4-minute walk.
- Mark Raven Amsterdam Art – Mark Raven’s cityscapes, posters, and t-shirt art. 6-minute walk.
- Rebel Wines – Bio-dynamic, organic, and other specialist wines: mostly from Europe, but a few global ones also. Plenty of local craft beers too. 6-minute walk.
- Rush Hour Records – Vinyl and CD shop that’s particularly strong on house and techno (though you’ll find funk, electronica, jazz, and disco as well). 6-minute walk.