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The Hoxton – Amsterdam branch of hip London hotel in the historic canal ring.
The first Hoxton outside London encompasses five historic houses overlooking Amsterdam’s grandest canal. The decor is retro mixed with contemporary cool, and Escher-style carpets lead you to an assortment of rooms that come in all shapes and sizes, divided into tongue-in-cheek Shoebox, Cosy, and Roomy. All come with really comfortable beds, a lot of dark wood and leather, copper accents, and a blend of old-school features (1980’s phones, vintage alarm clocks), retro-style Roberts radios, and quirky contemporary furnishings (hexagonal mirrors, abstract brass-wire lampshades). Generously-sized bathrooms feature walk-in rain showers, signature Pen + Ink toiletries, and large sinks. There’s excellent, informal on-site dining, a friendly neighborhood bar, and wonderfully helpful service.
The Hoxton – Location
- Address: Herengracht 255, 1016 BJ Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Westermarkt or Dam.
- Area: On a quiet street, overlooking Herengracht canal in the Unesco World Heritage canal ring, and part of the hip Nine Streets neighborhood. Numerous boutiques, bars, and dining options nearby. Lively Jordaan district, Anne Frank House, and Dam Square are just a few minutes on foot, and the Museum Quarter is 6 minutes away by bike or 17 minutes by tram. Convenient connections to the Medieval Centre and Centraal Station from the nearest tram stops.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #13 to the Westermarkt stop (5-minute walk), or tram #2 to Dam (3-minute walk), both close to the hotel.
- Handy to: Anne Frank House, Nine Streets, historic canal ring, Dam Square.
The Hoxton – The Basics
- Ages: Guests are a youthful mix of couples and friends on a city break, and business travelers. Children are welcome, though the hotel has an adult feel to it.
- View: Over half of all the rooms overlook the Herengracht canal.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzi.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Extras: Bicycles available for guest use. The reception sells snacks at supermarket price. Guests get free mineral water daily and an hour’s free calls to anywhere in the world.
- 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: 020-888-5555
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: thehoxton.com
The Hoxton – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled travelers.
- For Families: Baby cots can be requested in advance.
The Hoxton – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Open all day, Lotti’s serves internationally-inspired brasserie-style dishes that use local ingredients: expect ribeye with fries, homemade burgers, grilled plaice with artichoke, all-day breakfasts, and weekend brunches. • $$.
- Lounge/Bar: The buzzy reception area and lounge – decked out with scuffed leather sofas, vintage 1950’s and 1970’s furnishings, and works by contemporary artists – is extremely popular with guests and Amsterdammers alike. The bar does an excellent Soho Mule and jenever-based cocktails, and there’s a quieter mezzanine area with armchairs and communal tables for laptops.
- Breakfast: A complimentary breakfast bag with yogurt, orange juice, granola, and a banana is brought to the rooms in the morning. Lotti’s serves more substantial breakfast options such as pancakes with fresh berries, avo poached eggs, and full English breakfasts.
- Room Service: Room service is available from Lotti’s.
The Hoxton – Rooms
- Room Types: Single • Double • Double with River View • Deluxe King • Deluxe King with River View • Concept Room
- Smoking Rooms: The Hoxton is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The 3 Concept rooms (which cannot be booked, only requested) have their own character. Cosy Tubby, up in the loft, is the only room with a standalone bathtub next to the bed. Fruity comes with a fireplace and superb canal views, while opulent Floral has hidden doors in the wood-paneled walls and golden mosaic ceilings in the bathroom.
- For Families: There are several interconnecting rooms.
The Hoxton – Local Transport
- Walking: Lively Jordaan district, Anne Frank House, and Dam Square are just a few minutes on foot; walkable to attractions in the Medieval Centre and Red Light District; Museum Quarter is 20 minutes on foot.
- 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.
The Hoxton – 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: 6-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: 7-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: 7-minute walk.
- Lovers Canal Cruises – Hour-long small boat canal cruises depart from the dock near the Anne Frank House. Start location: 8-minute walk.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Haesje Claes – Low ceilings, dark-wood furniture, and Dutch classics – from smoked fish platters to stamppot (potatoes mashed with vegetables). 4-minute walk.
- D’Vijff Vlieghen – Characterful restaurant spread over 5 17th-century canal houses, renowned for its imaginative Modern Dutch dishes and decked out with original Rembrandt works. Reservations essential. 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. 4-minute walk.
- Lucius – Local institution, popular as ever after 4 decades. Expect refined seafood dishes, from the pike the restaurant is named after to steamed razor clams with chili. Reservations. 5-minute walk.
- Restaurant De Struisvogel – Basement restaurant specializing in French-inspired dishes. 5-minute walk.
- Koh-I-Noor – Established Indian restaurant specializing in tandoori dishes and curries. 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). 6-minute walk.
- OCCO Bar & Brasserie – Modern European dishes, plus excellent gin-based cocktails. 6-minute walk.
- Vinkeles – Michelin-starred French fine dining inside an atmospheric 18th-century bakery. Reserve well ahead. 6-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Pulitzer’s Bar – Stylish art deco cocktail bar inside the eponymous hotel. Classic cocktails as well as expertly-mixed signature drinks. 3-minute walk.
- Café Schuim – Mural-bedecked grungy bar that gets seriously packed on weekends and in the evenings. Younger crowd. 3-minute walk.
- De Admiraal – Amsterdam’s largest traditional tasting house, with 16 jenevers and 60 liqueurs. 3-minute walk.
- Café Hoppe – Centuries-old, wood-paneled brown café attached to a modern pub with terrace. 6-minute walk.
- De Doffer – Informal, 70’s-style café and bar, popular with students and artists. Inexpensive beer and food. 7-minute walk.
- Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Tiny cocktail bar with award-winning bartenders and killer signature cocktails. Try the Flying Dutchman. 7-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. 8-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Amsterdam Watch Company – Sells exclusive handmade watches by the likes of Christiaan van der Klaauw; old watches restored here. 3-minute walk.
- We Are Labels – Casual street wear, shoes, and accessories for men and women by mbyM, Numph, Global Funk, edited the label, Norr, and more. 4-minute walk.
- Concrete – Locally-designed t-shirts, trainers, and jeans. Also doubles as an exhibition space for street art and photography. 4-minute walk.
- Scotch & Soda – Chic street wear for men and women from the Amsterdam fashion label gone global. Lots of denim. 5-minute walk.
- Zipper Vintage Clothing – Retro gear, from 1940’s zoot suits to dresses, printed shirts, and pork-pie hats. 5-minute walk.
- Mendo – Books on art, design, photography, and architecture. 5-minute walk.
- Puccini Bomboni – Some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates. 1 of 3 branches. 5-minute walk.
- Amsterdam Duck Store – Nothing but rubber ducks here, from classic yellow to Batman, S&M, and Game of Thrones ducks. 5-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). 5-minute walk.
- Marie Stella Maris – Local, sustainable brand of beauty products, with part of the proceeds donated to clean water projects worldwide. 6-minute walk.
- Dutch Accent Gallery – Unique Dutch landscape and Amsterdam cityscape paintings. 6-minute walk.
- Denham the Jeanmaker – Flagship menswear store selling jeans, jackets, and knitwear; the women’s branch is around the corner. 7-minute walk.
- The Darling – Quirky, funky, locally-designed clothes and accessories for women. 7-minute walk.
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