“Maintaining the feel of its original 17th century merchants’ home setting, the slick Canal House retains characterful original features such as ornate ceilings and fireplaces, but also, in its newly renovated guise, adds 21st century glamour and comfort. Its new owners are British group Curious Hotels, who also own Cowley Manor in Gloucestershire and L’Hotel in Paris, and they have employed modish design company Concrete to rethink the interiors. They’ve used the chiaroscuro palette of traditional Dutch genre paintings, some examples of which can be found adorning bedroom walls. Divided into five types, from Good to Best, the bedrooms have all the amenities you’d expect, including the sometimes troublesome open-to-view bath and washbasin. But if you’re cool with baring all to your partner, then this is the new cool place to be. ”
Written by Leonie Glass
“Why do people love staying in your hotel? Intimate, warm and friendly service, great location and spacious and incredibly comfortable bedrooms
What is there to do in the area? Sightseeing – Anne Frank House is just around the corner – and lots of interesting shops and boutiques for both serious shoppers and browsers alike. Amsterdam is very walkable and Canal House is right in the centre of it.
What kind of breakfast do you offer? A wonderful complimentary buffet with fresh fruits and juices, breads, cheeses, cereals and meats as well as eggs and waffles from an a la carte menu, anyway you fancy.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally? We have a bites menu with delicious local treats and have an extensive take away menu offering for in room dining. Our favourite local restaurants include: Bussia (Italian cuisine), De Belhamel ( French – Dutch cuisine), Envy ( modern European cuisine), De Kas (Organic cuisine).
Which are your most popular room types, and why? Honestly? All the room types, each and every room is different whether it be down to room layout, size or view but decorated in a similar style with luxurious bedding and designer furniture. Regular guests book different rooms when they come as they are curious to experience all the different types.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ? We can organise babysitting in advance and a selection of rooms allow for extra beds.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers? Being in the heart of Amsterdam on one of the main canals is such a special experience. We look after you throughout your stay and give guidance and advice on how to experience the city depending on your focus. The hotel also acts as a wonderful haven after a day of exploration with thoughtful and friendly staff and space to relax and unwind, inside and out!”