The Toren – Over-the-top luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of the historic canal belt.
Spread across two stately 17th-century canalside buildings, The Toren is not subtle. The interior is all dark wood, chandeliers, gilded mirrors, luscious fabrics, and a color scheme heavy on crimson, purple and black, with a few surviving original features – painted ceilings, stucco molding. The rooms come in all shapes and sizes and are as eye-catching as the common spaces, with four-poster beds, gilded ceilings, and bold wallpaper in all but the smallest, along with contemporary touches such as Nespresso machines. Some bathrooms are open-plan; most come with walk-in rain showers and the pricier rooms come with jacuzzis. Service is well-informed and congenial.
Toren – Location
- Address: Keizersgracht 164,1015 CZ Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Westermarkt.
- Area: On a quiet street overlooking the Keizergracht 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 (3-minute walk).
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #13 to the Westermarkt stop, a 3-minute walk from the hotel.
- Handy to: Anne Frank House, Nine Streets, historic canal ring, Dam Square.
The Toren – The Basics
- Location: 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 (3 minutes’ walk).
- Ages: The hotel has an adult, romantic getaway feel to it, but children are welcome.
- View: Many rooms overlook the Keizersgracht, while others offer garden views.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Pricier rooms come with jacuzzis.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Extras: There are bicycles available for hire (€15 per day).
- 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: 020-622-6033
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: thetoren.nl
The Toren – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests.
- For Families: Kids under 6 eat free of charge, and there’s a 50% breakfast discount for children under 12. Babysitting services can be arranged, though.
The Toren – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Open from 11 am to 11 pm, the Bar Lounge serves light dishes, canapes, and platters of cold cuts. • $$.
- Lounge/Bar: The atmospheric Bar Lounge serves expertly mixed cocktails and wine by the glass.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. A decent breakfast buffet (served in the Bar Lounge from 7 am to 11 am) costs €19 per person.
- Room Service: Room service is available around the clock.
The Toren – Rooms
- Room Types: Cosy Single • Cosy Single with Bath • Cosy Double • Cosy Double with Canal View • Cosy Double with Extra Bed • Deluxe Garden View • Deluxe Canal View • Special Deluxe Canal View • Special Deluxe Triple Canal View • Junior Suite • Garden Cottage • Royal Suite • Executive Suite • Double Executive Suite
- Smoking Rooms: The Toren is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The Executive Suites comes with private garden terraces – a huge boon in the summer. All suites have whirlpool tubs big enough for 2, rain showers, and aromatherapy steam cabins.
- For Families: Some of the larger rooms can accommodate an extra bed or 2.
Toren – Local Transport
- Walking: Anne Frank House, the Medieval Center, the Royal Palace, and the characterful Jordaan neighborhood are just minutes away on foot, the Red Light District is 10 minutes’ walk away, while the Museum Quarter is 25 minutes on foot from the hotel.
- Tram: From the nearby Westermarkt stop (3-minute walk), trams run to Centraal Station via the Medieval Center. To head south towards Leidseplein and the Museum Quarter, catch a tram from the nearby Dam stop (7-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.
The Toren – 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.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Spanjer en van Twist – Frequently changing, internationally-inspired menu, excellent apple tart, and a great canal-side terrace for people-watching. 1-Minute walk.
- Restaurant Bleu – Salads, hamburgers, and croquet monsieurs for lunch and carpaccios and steaks for dinner at this hip brasserie. 3-minute walk.
- Wil Graanstra Frites – Some of Amsterdam’s best Belgian fries, around the corner from Anne Frank House, served with ketchup, mayo, peanut sauce, or spicy sambal. 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.
- Koh-I-Noor – Established Indian restaurant specializing in tandoori dishes and curries. 4-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.
- 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.
- La Perla Pizzeria – Thin-crust pizza wood-fired in a traditional stone oven. Bring your family or bring a date. Bookings recommended. 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.
- D&A Hummus Bistro – Compact Lebanese place renowned for its hummus dishes, though its lamb kebabs and spiced cod also shine. 6-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- De Twee Zwaantjes – The Two Swans gets particularly lively on weekend nights with karaoke sessions. 2-minute walk.
- ‘t Smalle – 18th-century jenever distillery turned beautiful brown café, with porcelain beer pumps and appealing riverside terrace. 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. 4-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. 5-minute walk.
- Pulitzer’s Bar – Stylish art deco cocktail bar inside the eponymous hotel. Classic cocktails as well as expertly-mixed signature drinks. 6-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. 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. 9-minute walk.
- De Admiraal – Amsterdam’s largest traditional tasting house, with 16 jenevers and 60 liqueurs. 10-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- The Otherist – Curiosity shop where you may find anything from framed butterflies to fine jewelry. 2-minute walk.
- Rock Archive – Limited edition prints of icons such as Leonard Cohen, Bjork, and Robert Plant. 2-minute walk.
- Amsterdam Duck Store – Nothing but rubber ducks here, from classic yellow to Batman, S&M, and Game of Thrones ducks. 3-minute walk.
- Puccini Bomboni – Some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates. 1 of 3 branches. 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.
- I Love Vintage – Vintage dresses, jewelry, and accessories from 1920’s-1950’s, as well as retro-style new threads. 4-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. 5-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). 5-minute walk.
- Universe on a T-shirt – Cute little store with original t-shirt and sweatshirt designs. 6-minute walk.
- Mark Raven Amsterdam Art – Mark Raven’s cityscapes, posters, and t-shirt art. 6-minute walk.
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