Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... s signature. The door on the other side of the entryway was ours. There were about 15 extremely steep narrow steps leading up to the first floor of the apartment. Grant immediately decided he needed to use the restroom when he saw the first floor powder room had a television in it. We figured he would be in there for hours! The apartment was fantastic. The owner had left a small welcome gift on the table of orange juice, Dutch cookies, a bottle of wine, ...
APRIL 30, 2014 - THIRD DAY
We were up at 7:00, dressed & met for breakfast. Robert will have other clothes as his luggage is at the airport. He shared that he had washed his shirt & underware and dried them with a hair dryer, just in case. He said it wasn't a pretty sight. After Robert returned with his luggage, we took th hotel shuttle to the ferry & walked to Central Station where we caught the ...
... why she does it, etc. Being a tourist attraction, ***** doesn't sound like the best job there. Shell and I ended up at this pub where we met some Argentinians. They were nice and fun to hang out with. The bar closed and back to the hostel we went. Since Michelle doesn't like beer, she got the non drinking ticket because you could get drinks on board. Well those drinks were a choice between orange juice and ...
... a walk to Lidl to stock up on edibles. We mainly bought Gouda. Local Netherlese Gouda is amazingly good. After several rounds of Gouda, we drifted off into a cheesy slumber, to be awoken the next morning by the goats screaming thier stupid heads off like hungry goats do, screams that were soon to be quenched with hay by the goat tender. We arose, showered, and got dressed ...
... for use of stoves, pots, utensils, etc, there is often a lack of spices and 'extras' (they rarely sell individual garlic cloves...) to really create the 'home-cooked meal' experience. A wardrobe. With six outfits, it means you spend a lot of time wearing the same clothing combination. Though content with every article of clothing I brought, and have not really wasted a thought on 'oh, I wish I had this shirt!', Im beginning to forget what it looks like to open a closet ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.