by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 12, 2018
Luxury Suites Amsterdam – Luxury canal-side suites near buzzy Nieuwmarkt square.
Comprising 25 luxurious suites, this intimate boutique hotel combines killer views of one of the city’s biggest canals with thoroughly modern facilities and contemporary, elegant decor. All suites come with spacious, carpeted living areas decked out with reproductions of Dutch Masters, as well as kitchens and large marble bathrooms. While there’s no onsite dining, the surrounding streets are dotted with restaurants and cafes, and it’s the ideal cozy bolthole from which to explore the city on foot, or embark on a private boat tour of the canals.
Luxury Suites Amsterdam – Location
- Address: Oudeschans 75, 1011 KW Amsterdam.
- Nearest Metro/Tram: Nieuwmarkt/Waterlooplein.
- Area: Quiet street in an affluent neighborhood, overlooking one of the city’s largest canals, a 6-minute walk from Nieuwmarkt square and the surrounding bars and restaurants. A short stroll from the Red Light District, Medieval Centre, historic canal ring, Rembrandt House, and the Jewish Historical Museum.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then either ride on the metro to Nieuwmarkt (5-minute walk), or take tram #9 to Waterlooplein (6-minute walk).
- Handy to: Rembrandt House, Red Light District, Jewish Historical Museum.
Luxury Suites Amsterdam – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be couples on a romantic getaway or honeymoon. All ages are allowed, and cribs are available on request, but there are no specific amenities offered for children, and no kids’ menus in the restaurant. Lounge/bar is 18+.
- View: Half of the suites overlook Oudeschans canal.
- Kitchen: All suites come with fully-equipped kitchens.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service available.
- Extras: Golden Key concierge service. Helpful multilingual staff.
- 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: 020-723-8300
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://www.luxurysuitesamsterdam.com/
Luxury Suites Amsterdam – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa, but massages can be arranged in-room.
- Fitness Center: Compact, well-equipped gym.
- For Disabled Guests: Some of the suites are adapted for disabled guests.
- For Families: Baby cots, kids’ high chairs, babysitting services on request.
- Activities: Canal tours with Ambolux Classic Ecoboats; classic saloon boat tours complete with luxury catering.
Luxury Suites Amsterdam – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: No restaurant onsite, but there are numerous dining options within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel.
- Lounge/Bar: The cozy lounge comes with plush armchairs and an attached bar that serves an extensive range of beers, wines, and spirits. Open daily until 12am.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. Buffet breakfast costs €23, and is served 7.30-10.30am in the dining room.
- Room Service: Available around the clock.
Luxury Suites Amsterdam – Rooms
- Room Types: Luxury Suite • Luxury Suite Patio • Superior Luxury Suite • Royal Suite • Royal Penthouse • Imperial Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Suites at Luxury Suites Amsterdam are 100% smoke-free, but there’s a smokers’ lounge in the lobby, and 3 rooms have patios that can be used for smoking.
- Best Room: The Imperial Suite has a great view of Oudeschans canal, as well as a luxury bath and shower in the palatial bathroom. The Penthouse Suite is somewhat smaller, but offers tremendous views of Amsterdam’s gabled roofs and canal, and comes with a vast porthole-like window.
- For Families: Baby cots can be provided in all the suites on request. An extra bed can be provided in all the suites bar the Luxury Suite at extra cost, but there are no family rooms as such.
Luxury Suites Amsterdam – Local Transport
- Walking: The Red Light District, Medieval Centre, Rembrandt House, and the historic canal ring are all within easy walking distance. Walkable to the Dutch Resistance museum and the Museum Quarter.
- Metro and Tram: The nearest metro stop is Nieuwmarkt (5-minute walk), while the nearest tram stop is Waterlooplein (6-minute walk).
- 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.
Luxury Suites Amsterdam – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- City Free Tour – Departing from the Nieuwmarkt square daily, this engaging, free 2-2.5 hour tour walks you through 800 years of Amsterdam history. Specialized tours of the Red Light District also available. Start location: 6-minute walk.
- Jewish History Amsterdam – Historian Jeanette Loeb leads specialized walking tours of the former Jewish quarter, and in-depth tours of the Jewish Historical Museum. Book in advance. Start location: 22 minutes.
Best Nearby Restaurants and Cafes
- Gebr Hartering – Canal-side timber dining room, and daily changing multi-course menus that make the most of local ingredients. Romantic ambience; reservations essential. 5-minute walk.
- Frenzi – Imaginative Mediterranean tapas, live jazz on Saturday afternoons, and over 100 types of grappa. 7-minute walk.
- Nam Kee – Classic Cantonese cuisine in more spacious surrounds than its sister restaurant in the Red Light District. 7-minute walk.
- Thaise Snackbar Bird – Diminutive Thai restaurant, authentic curries, spicy papaya salad, and more. Takeout service. 8-minute walk.
- TER Steakhouse – Prime cuts of meat seared to your specifications. Dinner bookings advisable. 9-minute walk.
- Anna – White tablecloths, imaginative modern Dutch fare, terrific list of global and organic wines, and a fine location overlooking the Oude Kerk. 10-minute walk.
- Dabka – Good Lebanese mezze spreads and kebabs; eat inside, or on the canal-side terrace. 10-minute walk.
- Omelegg – Central branch of the popular all-day breakfast/brunch café. 2 dozen different omelettes and shakshuka are specialties here. 11-minute walk.
- Kam Yin – Large, inexpensive portions of Chinese and Surinamese standards. Popular with students. 12-minute walk.
- The White Room – Beautifully presented, seasonal, ingredient-driven creations from the Michelin-starred chef inside a stately 19th century white-and-gold dining room. Multi-course tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays; weekday lunches a bargain. Dinner reservations essential. 12-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- De Sluyswacht – Former lock-keeper’s house turned brown café, with a wonderful canal-side terrace for sipping a beer. 3-minute walk.
- De Bekeerde Suster – 16th century cloister turned brewery with 4 own brews flowing from copper tanks, seasonal and guest beers, and numerous bottled brews. 7-minute walk.
- Rosalia’s Menagerie – Intimate little cocktail bar that’s part of the Misc EatDrinkSleep hotel. Ideal place to sample your first jenever, or sip a cocktail with your sweetie. 7-minute walk.
- Lokaal ‘t Loosje – One of Nieuwmarkt’s oldest brown cafes, with etched-glass windows and a mixed local crowd. 7-minute walk.
- Proeflokaal ‘t Kelkje – The tasting room of the Nieuwe Diep distillery stocks an impressive range of jenevers, gins, and liqueurs, as well as a few Czech and Bavarian beers. 9-minute walk.
- Wynand Fockink – Squeeze into this intimate 17th century tasting house to sample an extensive range of jenevers and liqueurs. 11-minute walk.
- Brouwerij de Prael – Multi-level tasting room of the eponymous craft beer brewery, with numerous IPAs, stouts, barley wines, and other brews on tap. 11-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Knuffels – Toy shop for all ages, from stuffed animals to optical illusions and gadgets. 5-minute walk.
- RecordFriend – Basement vinyl store with good selection of LPs in every genre. 6-minute walk.
- Joe’s Vliegerwinkel – Kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors. 6-minute walk.
- The Headshop – Everything smoking and cannabis-related, from seeds to herb to vaporizers, with knowledgeable staff. 7-minute walk.
- Anna & Nina – Eclectic earrings, accessories, clothing, and interior design that reflects the nomad-like travels of the store’s owners. 7-minute walk.
- Puccini Bomboni – Some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates. 1 of 3 branches. 7-minute walk.
- BIEC – Ceramics, funky gadgets, bags, shawls, shoes, sketch books, and other cool gifts. 7-minute walk.
- Rutger Brandt Gallery – Modern art by up-and-coming artists as well as established international ones. Some art for sale. 8-minute walk.
- Droog – Cool homeware and design, unique gifts, plus a gallery space and café attached. 8-minute walk.
- Amsterdam Duck Store – Nothing but rubber ducks here, from classic yellow to Batman, S&M, and Game of Thrones ducks. 9-minute walk.
Nearby Market or Grocery
Luxury Suites Amsterdam – The Hotel
The plush lounge bar is open until midnight daily, and serves an extensive range of wines and spirits.
All suites are decorated with reproductions of Dutch Masters, and have comfortable living areas; the Luxury Suites are the most compact.
The Superior Luxury Suites come with spacious living areas.
Bathrooms in Luxury and Superior Luxury Suites are equipped with power showers.
The Royal, Royal Penthouse, and Imperial Suites have soaking tubs in addition to rain showers.
There’s a small, well-equipped gym on the premises, open 7am to 9pm.
The Luxury Suites with Patio benefit from their own little private outdoor terraces.
Royal Penthouse Canal View suites come with large, atmospheric porthole windows overlooking the Oudeschans canal.
The Imperial Suite is particularly spacious, with an oversized TV, fully-equipped kitchen, and canal views.
Half a block north of the hotel, and 2 blocks west is Nieuwmarkt square, surrounded by bars. On Saturdays, the square hosts a farmers’ market; on Sundays, an antique market.
Facing the Kloveniersburgwal canal near the square is a row of bars and cafes. De Bekeerde Suster is a particularly atmospheric place for a beer. A 16th century cloister turned brewery, it has 4 of its own brews on tap, plus many bottled ones.
Inside the Misc EatDrinkSleep boutique hotel, the cosy Rosalia’s Menagerie cocktail bar is open to non-guests in the evenings. It’s an excellent place to sample jenevers and jenever-based cocktails, and the ambience is a world away from most bars of the Red Light District.
Nearby, Lokaal ‘t Loosje is a classic brown café: a good place to mingle with locals over beer.
Tucked away along a tiny side street, the Rutger Brandt Gallery is a good place to search for pieces by up-and-coming artists as well as established international names.
Half a block south along the canal is Anna + Nina, one of the few fashion boutiques in a neighborhood that’s a little rough around the edges. It stocks women’s apparel and accessories by Amsterdam-based designers.
Across the canal, The Headshop is one of the better smart shops in the neighborhood, with knowledgeable staff on hand to assist with anything marijuana-related.
2 blocks south, tiny Staalstraat runs east towards Amsterdam’s opera house. It’s dotted with a few good shops and eateries. These include BIEC, where you can pick up funky household gadgets, ceramics, women’s accessories, and other cool gifts.
To reach the Stopera, you cross small and picturesque canals, such as the Groenburgwal.
Nearby, the neighborhood branch of the Amsterdam Duck Store sells novelty rubber ducks in every disguise imaginable: as Batman, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones characters, and more.
A few doors down, the local branch of Puccini Bomboni sells some of the best handmade chocolates in the city.
Just west of the bridge over Zwanenburgwal canal, bustling Frenzi is popular with its imaginative Mediterranean tapas, dozens of types of grappa, and occasional live music.
A short walk east is Stopera, Amsterdam’s opera and ballet venue that hosts performances by renowned ballet companies and orchestras from around the world.
Just north of Stopera, the Waterlooplein hosts a busy flea market (Monday to Saturday), selling everything from clothes to bric-a-brac. There are some food stalls as well.
Behind the market is the Rembrandt House, where the painter lived for much of his working life before going bankrupt. His rooms have been recreated as they once were, and you can see his original sketches. The audioguide is worthwhile.
Across the street from the Rembrandt House, and overlooking the confluence of 3 canals, De Sluyswacht is a former lock-keeper’s house turned into an adorable pub with an excellent waterside terrace.
North from Rembrandt House, along Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat, and overlooking Waalseilandsgracht canal is Gebr Hartering. It’s one of Amsterdam’s standard-bearers for modern Dutch cuisine, with daily changing menus composed of local ingredients and a romantic ambience. Reserve ahead.
Dishes at Gebr Hartering may include beef cheek with spring greens.
2 blocks east of Rembrandt House and down a narrow lane is the superb Jewish Historical Museum, with exhibits about the Jewish community in the Netherlands from 1600 to the present day, spread across 4 beautiful synagogues. The ticket gives you access to the Portuguese Israelite synagogue across the busy main thoroughfare.
Leading back to Nieuwmarkt square from the Rembrandt House, St Antoniesbreestraat features a number of quirky independent stores. These include Knuffels, a great place to pick up optical illusion toys, stuffed animals, and other fun things for kids.
Further north up the street, you can rummage through the basement vinyl collection at RecordFriend for pretty much any genre.
Joe’s Vliegerwinkel, on nearby pedestrian Nieuwe Hoogstraat, is another family-friendly store, with kites of all shapes, colors, and sizes.
From Nieuwmarkt square, the largely pedestrian Zeedijk street curves north in the direction of Centraal Station. This is Amsterdam’s colorful Chinatown. Nam Kee is one of the standout Cantonese restaurants here; oysters with black bean sauce a speciality.
A little further along, there’s usually a line outside Thaise Snackbar Bird, where locals gather to collect their Thai takeout. Authentic flavours, limited indoor seating.
The north end of Zeedijk is part of the Medieval Centre’s nightlife scene, with scores of bars, pubs, and largely mediocre eateries. Exceptions include Dabka, a longstanding local favorite for Lebanese mezze, and a great canal-side terrace to boot.
Down the narrow Oudezijds Armstraat, Brouwerij de Prael is a real treat for beer lovers. The tasting room of the eponymous craft brewery has numerous brews on tap.
Tiny Nieuwebrugsteeg lane hides the central branch of Omelegg. Like the original in De Pijp, it’s all about the egg here: a couple of dozen different omelettes, shakshuka, and other eggy creations served all day.
Around the corner, Kam Yin is a cheap and cheerful place favored by local students, with heaped portions of Chinese and Surinamese dishes, and a canteen-style ambience.
The street culminates in the Damrak docks, where most canal cruise boat companies depart from. Have a look at a few, since some offer open-boat and small group tours that can explore the narrow, less well-trodden canals, while others have large boats that may only navigate the main canals.
The Damrak is the main thoroughfare and tramway that connects Centraal Station and the Dam, Central Amsterdam’s busiest square, filled with visitors and buskers, and home to the Nationaal Monument, dedicated to WWII’s fallen.
The big attraction here is the Royal Palace, the official residence of the King of the Netherlands. When the king’s away, you can check out the sumptuous rooms.
Just north of the Royal Palace, the 15th century Nieuwe Kerk is well worth a look for its beautiful oak chancel, and excellent temporary art and photography exhibitions.
Running parallel to the Damrak from the tour boat docks, Warmoesstraat bisects the Red Light District, and ends in Dam square. It’s lined with largely mediocre dining options. But if you duck into the tiny square surrounding the Oude Kerk church, you’ll find Anna, an excellent modern Dutch restaurant that pairs imaginative dishes with global and organic wines.
Inside the Hotel Krasnapolsky on the east side of the square, the White Room is the place to blow your budget, or celebrate a special occasion. Multi-course Michelin-starred menus in the evenings, and a surprisingly affordable lunchtime menu. Dinner reservations essential.
Behind Hotel Krasnapolsky, Damstraat runs east towards the Red Light District. Just before Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal, TER Steakhouse has a solid reputation for its expertly-grilled cuts of meat.
Around the corner from TER Steakhouse, Proeflokaal ‘t Kelkje is a venerable tasting room for a distillery responsible for numerous jenevers. There are also a few Bavarian and Czech beers on offer, if gin isn’t your thing.
A little way north and down a tiny lane, Wynand Fockink is a tiny 17th century tasting house: another great place to acquaint yourself with jenevers and other local liqueurs.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal that bisects the Red Light District is arguably the most picturesque in the Medieval Centre.
A block east of TER Steakhouse, you’re in the heart of the Red Light District, one of the most tourist-heavy parts of the city. Museums here cater squarely to tourists interested in marijuana and the prostitution industry, but that doesn’t make them any less worthwhile. The Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Gallery has entertaining exhibits on hemp art, marijuana cultivation, and the use of the ‘holy herb’ in religion.
A couple of blocks further north, amidst the live sex show venues, the Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution lets you check out a replica Red Light room, play dress-up in the dominatrix room, and learn about the inner workings of Amsterdam’s prostitution industry.
Nearby, the Erotic Museum offers a quirky look at eroticism through the ages, with nude photo and bondage equipment exhibits. Pricier than Amsterdam’s other sex museums, so you’re better off going to the Sex Museum along Damrak in the Medieval Centre.
In spite of the somewhat seedy reputation, the Red Light District is perfectly safe (though on weekends there are a lot of inebriated people), and it’s fun to wander the tiny lanes. Just don’t try to take photos of the ladies of negotiable affection displaying themselves in the windows; they have bouncers for a reason.