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This swanky boutique hotel is among Amsterdam's most luxurious properties.
Canal House's glamorous decor feels like it could belong in a hip nightclub. The dark lobby combines classic style (such as gilded ceilings) with black walls and purple accents, a style that continues into the nearby bar and lounge -- both of which double as a restaurant space. The hallways, which are somewhat confusing and narrow, feature eclectic artwork and antique pendant lamps, and a nice outdoor garden has trendy lounge seating.
Rooms (the different types include Great, Exceptional, Better, and Best) are similar in decor but different in size and layout. Most have open layouts, and partially open bathrooms. The Best Room, for example, is one continuous space: The bedroom flows into the open bathroom, which flows into a living room -- making it best suited for couples.
In Amsterdam's Canal Ring neighborhood, overlooking a canal
Canal House is located in the Canal Ring neighborhood, so called because it is made up of a ring of canals around the Old City Center. It's one of Amsterdam's most picturesque areas, and is an extremely popular place for visitors to stay. It's full of multiple shops, restaurants, and centuries'-old buildings. The hotel is within walking distance to Anne Frank’s house, the Westermarkt train station, and Madame Tussauds.
Marked by cobblestone roads, street-level canals and an abundance of coffee shops (which are most often known for something other than coffee), Amsterdam is both a quiet and lively city without the pretention of European metropolises.
In the summer, visitors can enjoy live music at the Openluchttheater, an open-air venue at the Vondelpark, or the Roots Music Festival. The Gay Pride parade also takes place in the summer, and the city's many museums -- including the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House, where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during World War 2 -- are popular year-round. Visitors in April can experience Queen's Day, which celebrates the queen's birthday and includes a massive flea market, parties, and outdoor concerts.
Noordermarkt is known for its antiques, and Brouwerij de Prael is a recommended stop for beer enthusiasts. Fun dining spots include the famous sandwich spot Van Dobben, as well as Pancake Bakery, which offers more than 70 types of pancakes and a slew of other breakfast goods.
Canal House Hotel is a sumptuous 23-room boutique hotel towering above a canal in Amsterdam's Canal Ring district. The lovely brick front suggests something more traditional, but the interior is flashy and fashionable. Swanky rooms are among Amsterdam's most luxurious, and are decked out with rich purple fabrics and dark woods. More modest travelers might have an issue with the open layouts of some room types, though parts of the bathroom are enclosed. Throughout, bathrooms feature gorgeous tiling and modern basin sinks; many have soaking tubs as well as walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads. The Great Room, an upscale lounge and dining space, gives guests access to books and games, and the hotel itself is only minutes away from canal tours, shopping, and local eateries.