Amsterdam, Netherlands

Canal House

Rates from (inc tax)$206.77

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Reinvented Dutch masterpiece

Setting

Cobbled canalside Jordaan

The rich textiles and signature light of the Dutch Old Masters' paintings inspired décor at the Canal House hotel, a bundle of 17th-century merchant houses overlooking – you guessed it – a canal in central Amsterdam. The entryway's historic canvases give way to sultry rooms, whose walls are lined with contemporary artwork, dramatic curtains and plush fabrics in deep purple hues. After a day out biking and museum-hopping, unwind in the courtyard garden, refined restaurant or over your room's marvellous canal views.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

23, including one suite (the Best Room).

Check–Out

A generous 12 noon – late check-outs are subject to a fee, though. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $206.77 (€184), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 5% per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include buffet breakfast.

Also

If you're feeling sociable, an extra bed for an adult guest can be added to larger rooms for €75 a night.

At the hotel

Courtyard garden, DVD/BluRay library, free WiFi throughout, private dining rooms. In rooms: LCD TV, Blu-ray/DVD player, Bose iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, coffee- and tea-making kit, full-size Green & Spring bath products, hairdryer, slippers and robes.

Our favourite rooms

Good Rooms make up in style for what they lack in size, with the same luxury trappings, twin sinks and contemporary photography as the higher room categories – 18 overlooks the garden. Exceptional Room 12 has an ingenious sink/entertainment island and our favourite photography, including two Kevin Best showstoppers. The aptly named Best Room is an enormous top-floor suite with a freestanding bath, shower for two, two seating areas and canal views. If invisible ablutions are a non-negotiable for you, Great Room 3 and Exceptional Room 15 both have entirely separate bathrooms (the rest have in-room baths and sexy glazed shower stalls).

Packing tips

Pack light, and hit the boutiques in the nearby Nine Streets to pad out your wardrobe with cutting-edge designer or upcycled vintage pieces. Save stilettos for the bedroom: the Dam is all about Converse, cobbles and canalside walks.

Also

In-room spa and beauty treatments can be arranged, and personal trainers can be booked via reception, where you'll also find jogging maps, tram tickets and other helpful extras.

Children

Welcome, although this is a getaway for grown-ups. Cots or extra beds are €75 a night; a highchair is available in the breakfast room. Babysitting can be provided with a local nanny.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Bridging the two merchant's houses is the Great Room, a decadent but intimate space looking out across the garden behind the hotel. A generous buffet breakfast is served here, and a light menu of snacks (local meats and cheeses, croquettes, smoked salmon, toasties, spring rolls and some sweet nibbles, too) is served in the Great Room, lounge and in-room in the afternoon, to accompany drinks.

At the bar

With brushed steel stools lined up around theatrically lit counters and a separate lounge area, the Bar at Canal House is atmospheric and attractive. Multiple mirrors, matt black walls and gilded Napoleonic plasterwork set the scene for seduction. Sip wine, sink highballs or sup cold draught beer.

Last orders

The bar-slash-reception desk serves until the last guest has headed to bed. Breakfast is served in the Great Room between 7am and 11am.

Room service

Have breakfast brought to your room, or order light snacks after 11am.

Location

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Address
Canal House
Keizersgracht 148
1015 CX
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Planes

Schiphol airport is 12km – less than 30 minutes by taxi – from Canal House (allow 45 minutes if there's heavy traffic); the ride will set you back around €50 and you can jump in a cab outside the terminal. Direct trains leave Schiphol for Amsterdams Centraal Station every 10 minutes between 6am and 1am; the journey takes 15–20 minutes.

Trains

Centraal Station has high-speed links with Paris (in four hours), Brussels (in three hours) and further afield, as well as national connections to cities like the Hague and Rotterdam. A taxi from Canal House to the station is about €15.

Automobiles

Parking in Amsterdam is a headache, so driving is best avoided; do as the locals do and rent a bicycle once you're there. Public transport is also very efficient, with trams and canal buses linking up all over town: visit GVB for timetables and tickets (www.gvb.nl).

Worth getting out of bed for

You're just a short stroll from one of Amsterdam's biggest tourist attractions: the Ann Frank House at 263–267 Prinsengracht (www.annefrank.org). Hop on tram 2 or 5 from Dam Square, 10 minutes' walk away, to the Museum District, for the Rembrandt and Vermeer-packed Rijksmuseum (www.rijksmuseum.nl) and Van Gogh Museum (www.vangoghmuseum.nl). Book a private guide through the hotel for an insider tour of the sights (from €35 an hour). Tour the city on the water: the nearest canal bus stop is steps from the Anne Frank House on Keizersgracht. Tickets for 24, 48 or 72 hours (from €12) allow you to hop on or off at more than 20 stops around Amsterdam. Alternatively, with 24 hours' notice, Canal House can arrange a private boat from a fleet of restored sloops, complete with captain, full bar and food if you wish. Prices start at €400 for two hours; additional hours cost €160. On yer bike: see the city the way the Dutch do, from the saddle of a push bike. Canal House has plans to provide a fleet of smart cycles – until then, MacBike rents two-wheelers, from €13 a day (www.macbike.nl); you'll need photo ID and a credit card. The neighbouring Nine Streets district is chock-full of quirky shops and designer stores. We're sure you'll find your own, but our favourites include fashion-forward womenswear boutiques Nummer 9 at 226 Prinsengracht (www.nummer-9.nl), and Laundry Industry at 10 Huidenstraat (www.laundryind.com); vintage-style stores Spiegelbeeld at 24b Huidenstraat (+31 20 638 5364) and ‎ De Maagt & De Leeuw at 32 Hartenstraat (+31 (0)20 428 0047); and the inspiring creative-industry bookshop Mendo at 11 Berenstraat (www.mendo.nl).

 

 

Local restaurants

A 10-minute amble along Keizersgracht will get you to the Michelin-starred Vinkeles restaurant at the Dylan hotel, 384 Keizersgracht (+31 (0)20 530 2010). Set in the 18th-century bakery of a Catholic hospice, the elegant room has original brickwork, floors and ovens. Chef Dennis Kuipers dazzles with signature dishes incuding roasted Anjou pigeon with five spices. At 11 Reestraat, smart little Nooch (+31 (0)20 622 2105; www.nooch.nl) has a menu of Tepanyaki, sushi, Vietnamese noodle soup (pho bo), and other Asian delights. Restaurant Keizersgracht 238 (guess where it is) is the Pulitzer Hotel's classic brasserie grill and is ideal for grown-up lunch or dinner (+31 (0)20 523 5235).

Local cafés

Koffehuis de Hoek is a laid-back neighbourhood café that's great for brunch and people-watching. Find it at 341 Prinsengracht (+31 (0)20 6253872; www.koffiehuisamsterdam.nl). Kadijk de Winkel at 26 Huidenstraat is the little-sister outpost of Kadijk Café (www.cafekadijk.nl), with tasty twists on Indonesian snacks (like Nasi Goreng), and drinks on offer from noon till 8pm. For laid-back  lunching, try unassuming but wonderful Raïneraï at 252 Prinsengracht (+31 (0)20 6249791; www.rainarai.nl), an Algerian deli-traiteur-café on a quiet canal crossing. Try couscous, tagines and baklava to take away or wash it down with mint tea while perched on a bench outside.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

As Mrs Smith and I approach the huge and age-blackened oak doors of Canal House on Amsterdam’s pretty waterway the Keizersgracht, we’re not sure what to expect. After all, the things that usually lurk behind such forbidding portals are liable to go bump in the night. Bracing ourselves for an encounter with one of Dr Frankenstein’s shuffling henchmen, we are relieved when welcomed by the altogether friendlier figure of the hotel’s concierge. After checking us into the hip 23-room hideaway, he leads us through the former 17th-century merchant’s house – all high ceilings, tastefully faded repros of Dutch Golden Age paintings, swathes of silk and velvet, and Gothic-luxe design touches – and up to our suite.

On the way, we glimpse a man who I will describe here as only an Incredibly Famous Rock Star (I'm not a writer given to, um, careless whispers). He sits contentedly sipping coffee the Great Room, a majestic space that functions as Canal House’s all-day restaurant and chill-out spot for guests, who can while away the hours leafing through an impressive range of kooky, and occasionally kinky, art, photography and design books, or simply staring (as the IFRS did) out of the windows into the large, beautifully tended back garden – a rarity in built-up central Amsterdam. Mrs Smith shoots me a look that seems to say ‘Well, if he is staying here this place must be pretty good’. She’s right: with its air of discreet decadence, Canal House is the kind of hotel that can make anybody feel like a rock star for a night or two.

As we enter our room on the hotel’s top floor, we almost have to squint to see the bed. Not, of course, because of its Lilliputian dimensions (it is vast and deeply comfortable), but because the room is so very long that it takes a moment to determine quite where it ends. Before we finally flop down on marshmallow-soft duvet, we pass a lounge area with a sofa and large LCD screen, a purple-tiled ‘wet space’ with a freestanding bathtub big enough for two and a shower cubicle that could take easily twice that number, a dressing table set with all manner of Green & Spring products (approving murmurs, here, from Mrs S.), and an entertainment station complete with board games, copies of GQ, Vogue, and Wallpaper*, and another even bigger LCD screen and Blu-ray player, on which we later watch one of the comfortingly trashy Hollywood movies available to hire, free of charge, at the front desk.

When we finally slot an iPod into the bedside dock and crank up – who could resist? – the IFRS's biggest hit, we feel pleasantly exhausted. Time to pour a glass of something great from the minibar, see just how bubbly a bath we can run using the complimentary unguents, and marvel at the huge and glossy Nicole Marnati photograph above the bed, in which a Nicki Minaj look-a-like poses in a gold Marcel Wanders gown, a cross between an 18th-century princess and a dayglo hip-hop queen. When the Canal House's design team said that their aim is to combine influences from the building's past with a 21st-century aesthetic, they weren't messing around.

Toes and fingers wrinkled from a long soak, and having watched dusk settle over the city’s gabled rooftops from our canal side window, we repair to the hotel’s bar. It’s a space that marries mercantile grandeur and darkly romantic styling with an atmosphere that a Dutch person might describe as gezellig – an untranslatable word that connotes something close to cosiness. Mrs Smith orders an excellent cucumber martini, while I plump for a ‘Green and Spring’ – not a cocktail of the Canal House’s excellent bath products but rather an enticing mixture of Grey Goose vodka, orgeat syrup, lemon juice and muddled pear. Mrs Smith takes a sip from my glass, and pronounces that it tastes like ‘a really delicious pond’. Our tipples are just what we need to put us in the mood for a night out with friends in Amsterdam’s hip de Pijp district, home to the city’s thriving young art scene. We return late, all too glad to sink into the great cloud of our bed and await another crisply beautiful Amsterdam winter morning.

After breakfasting in the Great Room on perfectly poached eggs, fresh fruit, and creamy jong kaas (young cheese), we hire bicycles from the nearby Bike City, and set out to explore the surrounding streets. Cruising along the canals of the Jordaan neighbourhood, home to everything from traditional brown cafes to world-beating design store Moooi, we get to wondering whether the IFRS is doing the same. Amsterdam, after all, is one of the world’s most famously relaxed cities, where even the spectacle of a pedaling music idol would do little to faze its easygoing inhabitants. Perhaps, though, he was still holed up in the splendid Golden Age meets Third Millennium fantasia of the Canal House. As Mrs Smith points out, when a hotel is this beguiling, why bother stepping out of the door?

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Canal House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location, very convenient for exploring on foot. Hotel staff were impeccable. And we loved the hotel garden, it's a very peaceful place to be. Cafe Black Blue, just around the corner. We had a very nice lunch there, and it's also a lovely place to sit outside with a drink. A walk around Prinsengracht is a real pleasure.

Don’t expect

A hot breakfast to be included

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Stayed on 20 May 2016

We loved

The location and the view from our room. Recommend Vyne a fabulous wine bar closeby!

Don’t expect

A bath tub in the bedroom

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Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

The hotel décor, great room with a garden view, the breakfast and the friendly staff. We had a great meal at Venus and Adonis and also at Black and Blue nearby

Don’t expect

We booked a taxi to take us to Keukenhof gardens through the hotel but didn't realise we were paying by the hour so it was a bit more expensive than we thought it would be!

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Stayed on 4 Apr 2016

We loved

The Staff was OUTSTANDING! The location, perfect. The room, clean and efficient. The breakfast, satisfying. The bar, FUN! The location was perfect, on the canal and 2 blocks or so from the Anne Frank House. Brasserie Vlamington was around the block and we loved it.

Don’t expect

A lot of privacy, having the shower/sink in the room is a little "different," but you get used to it ;)

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Stayed on 1 Apr 2016

We loved

Location is great, in the heart of the city, love the fact that it has retained many of the original element of a Dutch house yet so nicely decorated. Comfortable bed, quite romantic in lighting, very helpful and professional staff. 

Don’t expect

I'd prefer the bath to be separated from main room, and for there to be a switch to the vent. My sleep was not deep due to noise. Also I thought the warm dishes on the breakfast menu should have been included in the normal breakfast, instead of having them as add-ons.

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Stayed on 31 Mar 2016

We loved

The service, the location, the size of the rooms, the breakfast!

Don’t expect

To be disappointed

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Stayed on 5 Mar 2016

We loved

Great location in the best part of Amsterdam. A beautiful old building with stylish modern, romantic and cosy interior. Beautiful garden to match which is stunning even in midwinter. Great setting for a hotel which is fantastic in every other way. Very comfortable room - we booked one of their 'Exceptional Rooms' which is well named. Very quiet and looks down over the garden and across towards Prinsengracht. Has everything one could wish for, including lots of space, bath as well as shower, very comfortable bed. Perfect. Memorable public rooms. Lovely dining area with the best views of the garden and a bar looking towards the canal. Good breakfast buffet with hot items available for extra. Some nice restaurants for dinner nearby, notably Prego. Staff very friendly and welcoming and helpful in every way. A special place and highly recommended.

Don’t expect

Easy access to emails if you have an Apple device. They are trying to sort out the glitch. Other WiFi access ok.

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Stayed on 17 Jan 2016

We loved

Comfortable bed, nice toiletries, and lovely staff who were extremely helpful. Top service!

Don’t expect

Canal view room unless you have specified one at additional cost.

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Stayed on 10 Jan 2016

We loved

Great fit out, really enjoyed the breakfast! It was great value.

Don’t expect

A gym or a pool.

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Stayed on 15 Dec 2015

We loved

Location and service!

Don’t expect

Brightness: it's all dark black walls, furniture, and tiles.

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Stayed on 9 Dec 2015

We loved

The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. It was close to the centre of Amsterdam and it was brilliant!

Don’t expect

To be disappointed.

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Stayed on 27 Nov 2015

We loved

The relaxed atmosphere, understated elegance, and attentive staff.

Don’t expect

Restaurant dining.

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Stayed on 20 Nov 2015

We loved

Location on the canal. Good sized and comfortable room. Staff very friendly and helpful.

Don’t expect

Rooms are quite dark and the nearby church bells chime melodiously every 15 mins!

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Stayed on 8 Nov 2015

We loved

Location, comfortable bed, fabulous garden, funky decor.

Don’t expect

The bar to be open when you want it; a mini bar or fresh milk in your room.

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Stayed on 25 Sep 2015

We loved

The superb service, the ingenious design which made the most of limited space, the garden, and did I mention the excellent staff?

Don’t expect

I simply can't think of anything negative to say about Canal House.

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Stayed on 31 Aug 2015

We loved

Our peaceful garden view room with its own private seating area, the attentive staff and the location - a stunning period building, on one of the loveliest canals.

Don’t expect

To experience the more illicit side of Amsterdam around here.

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Stayed on 13 Aug 2015

We loved

The decor the staff who were superb - attentive, caring personal truly excellent customer service.

Don’t expect

A tad dark.

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Stayed on 20 Feb 2015

We loved

The hotel was beautiful, with a great central position and very friendly staff.

Don’t expect

We would have preferred a better view from our room; next time we'll upgrade.

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Stayed on 12 Dec 2014

We loved

Location was perfect for Amsterdam, room was great, wonderful breakfast and the staff were very helpful. The building is stunning.

Don’t expect

Bedroom and hallways were a bit dark with a lot of black and dark grey used, as was the breakfast room which is very black, personally I'd paint it a lighter colour myself as it is a wonderful room - but having said that the quality of the breakfast more than made up for the choice of colour.

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Stayed on 4 Dec 2014

We loved

Beautiful hotel and room, very friendly and helpful staff and great location.

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Stayed on 14 Nov 2014

We loved

The canal house was a real delight. From the moment we walked in I knew it would be great. We loved everything about The Canal House – an authentic building with a very stylish refurbishment. I have already recommended it to friends. The staff were very attentive and helpful.

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Stayed on 19 Oct 2014