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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.
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.