The Toren Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Canal Ring, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Pros

  • Boutique hotel with old-world ambiance and historical significance
  • Charming neighborhood near the Anne Frank House
  • Stylish room decor with rich hues and ornate objects
  • Flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and coffeemakers
  • Some rooms have private terraces and/or jetted tubs
  • Atmospheric bar and lounge area
  • Highly acclaimed restaurant nearby delivers to rooms
  • Committment to eco-initiatives, including LED lights and sustainable products
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Rooms are divided into different buildings -- a walk for some
  • Some standard rooms are small
  • The historical property comes with creaking noises

Bottom Line

This romantic boutique hotel near the Anne Frank House has historical significance: It was once used as a safe house in WWII. The Toren family bought the property in 1968 and expanded it over time to include additional accommodations along the Keizersgracht canal. Today there are 38 rooms and suites ranging from smaller standard size, to more spacious options with jetted tubs and views of the garden or canal. Though each room is unique, they are decorated with the same sophisticated Toren touch combining rich hues, chandeliers, and bold patterns. Some have their own private terrace -- a nice perk for summer evening cocktails. For everyone else, there is a cozy bar on-site, and the hotel is affiliated with Christophe -- an acclaimed restaurant around the corner that delivers directly to guest rooms.

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 Location

In a charming neighborhood along the inner canals, and close to the Anne Frank House

The Toren hotel is located in a historical area of Amsterdam known for 17th century grand canal houses. There are bus and trams nearby to take guests to the Concertgebouw, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and Amsterdam's shopping street: P.C. Hooftstraat. In addition, many sites are within walking distance, including the Anne Frank House, Dam Square, and the Royal Palace. The Jordaan district, full of restaurants, bars, and cafes, is also nearby.

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.

  • 21-minute drive to Schiphol Airport
  • 3-minute walk to Anne Frank House
  • 4-minute drive or 9-minute walk Amsterdam Brown Cafe
  • 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk to Amsterdam Centraal
  • 6-minute drive or 13-minute walk to Civic Guards Gallery
  • 6-minute drive or 14-minute walk to Oude Kerk (historic Protestant church)
  • 7-minute drive or 15-minute walk to Museum Amstelkring
  • 9-minute drive or 30-minute walk to Magere Brug (famous draw-bridge)
  • 9-minute drive and 33-minute walk to Scheepvaartmuseum
  • 10-minute drive or 27-minute walk to Rijksmuseum
  • 10-minute drive or 29-minute walk to the Van Gogh Museum

 Bottom Line

This romantic boutique hotel near the Anne Frank House has historical significance: It was once used as a safe house in WWII. The Toren family bought the property in 1968 and expanded it over time to include additional accommodations along the Keizersgracht canal. Today there are 38 rooms and suites ranging from smaller standard size, to more spacious options with jetted tubs and views of the garden or canal. Though each room is unique, they are decorated with the same sophisticated Toren touch combining rich hues, chandeliers, and bold patterns. Some have their own private terrace -- a nice perk for summer evening cocktails. For everyone else, there is a cozy bar on-site, and the hotel is affiliated with Christophe -- an acclaimed restaurant around the corner that delivers directly to guest rooms.

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Address

  • Keizersgracht 164, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1015 CZ

Room Types

  • Deluxe Whirlpool Room
  • Double Executive Suite
  • Executive Garden Suite
  • Garden Cottage
  • Junior Bridal Suite
  • Royal Bridal Suite
  • Single Room
  • Small Canal View Double Room
  • Small Double Room
  • Smalle Double Room w/ Extra Bed
  • Small Single Room
  • Special Deluxe Canal View Room
  • Special Deluxe Room
  • Standard Double Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 38
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Canal Ring, Amsterdam
Address: Keizersgracht 164, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1015 CZ
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