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... history books. And for those of you familiar with the streets around Much Music when Justin, One Direction or insert current teen heart throb band name here is in town, I swear to god the line up for the Anne Frank house was just as long. Good thing my lovely wife plans ahead. Pay a couple extra bucks in advance to see a short presentation and voila! you skip the line! From there we went to ...
... Gare De L'Est, we decided on a coffee and some breakfast.....having spent two days happily communicating in French to relatively positive and obliging French people, including both boys managing a sentance or two, all changed! The woman behind the counter put the wrong thing in the bag, when I pointed it out, a man behind me suggested "You should speak in French now, you are in France, you should set a good example to ...
... trip and it was wet and cold. After lunch we went on a canal cruise through the old canals. Very small houses and smaller streets - lots of bicycles and houseboats permanently moored to the canals. After the cruise we has a short tour of the city with the "Free Time" in the shopping district. Lots of bicycles and ...
... district got the green light and off we trekked! The smell of hash was overpowering and filled the air. It was like sleazy pubs,hash cafés, and prostitutes at every turn!
At least I can say we have been there and done that.
... everyone out the front of their restaurants calling out for you to eat their steak or try their ribs.. It's quite hard to find somewhere you want to eat when you feel you can't even look at a menu without them hassling you.finale we gave into one of them and had a meal.
Half way through our meal Stacey asked me if she looked funny, I was confused and said no. Then she said she was talking about the muffin, I didn't actually think it would work or be any good and neither did she, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Canal House Amsterdam
Great location on a quiet street about a 10 minute walk from the city center. Close to good restaraunts. Right around the corner from the Anne Frank house and a bus station that can take you to all of the other attractions. Staff was helpful and friendly. Breakfast was typical Europen - bread, meat, cheese, etc. Some rooms looked better than others.
Friendly and welcolming, great location
Like some of your other reviewers, I booked a stay at the Canal House hotel having read about it on this website and in some guidebooks. The hotel has a fabulous location one of Amsterdam's many canals. The interior is that of a traditional canal house ; the breakfast room is a wonderful space, with a fabulous crystal chandelier. The rooms are tastefully furnished. It's worth paying the extra for a room overlooking the canal. The hotel's staff are all very friendly and were happy to answer any queries we had. Lots of bars and restaurants are within walking distance, the location is quiet, but safe, at night.
Anne Frank's House is just around the corner on the next canal and the Westerkerk is at the end of the street. Access from Centraal Station is only 5 minutes by tram. If you don't have too much luggage and it's not too hot, you could almost walk. All in all, a very good palce to stay.
Loved this hotel
We just spent 2 wonderful nights at this hotel, and it was just lovely.
No, the room wasn't large, but we had a great view of the canal and the breakfast was more than enough, a lot of variety. There's a quiet, small and charming bar to relax in after sightseeing, and the staff is excellent. The location is perfect and just off the noisy and beaten path. We were there just prior to the heat wave, so if A/C is a factor (and we thought it would be, thank goodnesswe didn't need it) this isn't a good choice as there is none. We laughed at the narrow spiral staircase when we first saw it, but mastered it, and found charm everywhere in this intimate hotel.
A mixed bag
After many recommendations I booked a room in the Canal House Hotel for 2 nights. The Hotel is beautiful, location is excellent and the service impeccable.
However the room was a big disappointment. I booked months in advance and stated that I would like a nice room. At 170 Euro's a night I expected a far nicer room than the box that we were put in. I spend 9 months a year in hotels and can honestly say that the room had about as much individuality as a room in large chain - but without the facilities.
Speaking to other guests it was apparent that some had fantastic rooms (in their opinion) at similar rates to ourselves.
Don't let put anyone off, just insist when booking that you get one of the nice rooms! The rest of the hotel is worth it.
Not like amsterdam
I hate hotels. Loathe detest and despise the whole experience. I also have to say that while in my twenties I thought the dam was fab, its attractions (or at least the most obvious ones) have faded.
The Canal House is a hotel as far from the somewhat tawdry attractions of amsterdam as its possible to get - though they're all fairly accessible if that's what does it for you. I've stayed there three or four times. Its comfortable, the bar's grand. The staff have that dutch thing - not overtly friendly but extraordinarily good if you lose your luggage, boyfriend or patience. Nothing is too much trouble.
Like I say I hate hotels - but its a pleasure to be at the canal house.
For the best experience combine it with a trip to the Kaiser Sauna in Haarlem. And go with someone you really enjoy.
The most wonderful hotel...
I booked Canal House after reading the excellent reviews on the web, and we were not disappointed. It is the most beautiful hotel I have stayed in and I look forward to returning. Stepping through the front door is like stepping back in time into a grand home; beautiful decor and antiques and yet a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Children are not encouraged, but this adds to the tranquility!Make sure you book a canal-view room, and book well ahead.The location is perfect, set in a peaceful spot on one of the best canals, and within easy walking of the centre and most main points of interest (just around the corner from the Anne Frank house... visit late in the day to avoid queues). I recommend dinner at Casa di David - an excellent Italian 15 minutes walk away.To locate - on the opposite side of the Keizergracht canal to the Huis met de Hoofden.All in all, a wonderful hotel!
Everything was perfect even the price was reasonable.
Found info on the Canal House on Web and in many guide books. Truly lived up to our expectations. Although we traveled the last week of Feb 2003 the weather was not as bad as we expected. Didn't even need gloves in the morning during the last few days. You can easily walk from Central Station to/from the Canal House. We did not need any public transportation while staying there. Strongly suggest taking in the Stroganoff exibit, the Van Goth Museum, a canal boat ride, and any performance of the national ballet company. Tante Agaath is an excellent, intimate restaurant near the inn. We had a small, inexpensive room that suited us just fine. The staff was helpful and we enjoyed hearing the church bells. We will stay there again!
Elegance with Canal Views
Stayed here a couple of years ago and would undoubtedly stay again. With all due respect to the prior reviewer, he or she missed the point - much of the charm of Het Canal House was in the maze of corridors and different room elevations. This is, after all, a series of canal houses in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, not a Holiday Inn in Amsterdam, NY. We had a second floor room facing the street, and thus the canal, with tall windows and comfortable appointments, which despite its location was very quiet at night. The dining room provided a great breakfast and the innkeepers directed us to a couple of wonderful restaurants for dinner. The location was central - Anne Frank House and the Westerkirk are around the corner and restaurants, shops and the major museums are within easy walking distance. Give it a try - you won't regret it.
Summer 2001 we were guests at this lovely and charming hotel. Our rooms were great, the hotel elegant and the staff very accomodating. My one "complaint" is the absolute maze one has to undergo to get to and from one's room. Through NARROW corridors and up and down NUMEROUS short flights of stairs..YES I do mean up AND down staircases to get you the assigned rooms! Try this carrying 4 suitcases!
We also stayed at the Ambassade hotel during this same trip (TERRIBLE experience) and recommend the Canal House if one wants local color.
Our last two nights (after the disaster at the Ambassade) were spent at the Marriott, which is everything one expects in a luxury American Style hotel and if I were to return to Amsterdam, the Marriott would be my choice.