A 16th-century canal house, restored in a way that preserves its past but steps firmly into the 21st century. Apple Mac computers stand alongside mahogany wardrobes, among luscious colours. A champagne breakfast is delivered with style, in an air of genuine home hospitality.
£ 232 per night
Wed 04 Dec
Fri 06 Dec
1 room, 2 adults, 0 children
Rates provided by
Rodney Bolt, destination expert
Location9 / 10
Excellent canalside location in the centre of town, midway between Centraal Station and the major museums (15 to 20 minutes’ walk to each), and around 10 minutes’ walk to the Dam or Anne Frank House.
Style and Character9 / 10
Peter and Wolter have renovated their 1585 canal house with imagination and flair. Peter worked for 25 years as an interior designer, and it shows. Original features remain (wooden beams, old brickwork, a spiral staircase), and are enlivened by bold colours and inviting fabrics.
Designer classics (Le Corbusier sofas in the bedrooms) rub cheeks with stately antiques. But underlying all this is Peter and Wolter’s sense of home. It’s a place where you can feel completely relaxed, as a personal guest.
Singel 416, 1016 AK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.Singel 416, 1016 AK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.Singel 416, 1016 AK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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Service and Facilities9 / 10
There’s an elaborate attention to detail, but not in a way that’s oppressive. It’s simply that your every need seems catered for. The couple have travelled extensively themselves, so know the little things that make a difference, and also what irritates.
Your room is unobtrusively freshened up in the afternoon, there’s an open bar (included in the price), good coffee and a huge range of teas (and fine petits four when a sugar-kick is needed). There’s a secluded roof terrace (up a steep ladder), complete with musically tinkling Balinese umbrellas, and a small bathroom if you need to freshen up having checked out, but with a late flight.
Two weeks before you come Peter and Wolter send you an email with tips, and their favourite restaurants (genuine insider recommendations, rather than commission-led clichés).
Rooms9 / 10
Up under the rafters, the Blue Room, done up in alluring film-star-eyed blue, has an impressive canal view and a cheeky round bed. The Red Room, one floor below, is a womb of rich warm colours, with a super-comfy king-size bed. It also has a canal view. Both rooms are ample enough to relax in, with sofas and a table; both have smart televisions and iMac computers and beds with memory-foam mattresses.
Bathrooms are fair-sized, but have clear glass walls visible from the bed. The street-level Green Suite has a smaller, but enclosed, bathroom, a large separate sitting-room, and a truly magnificent four-poster bed (designed by Peter). Note that the upper rooms are reached by a steep (spiral) staircase, and there is no lift.
Food and Drink9 / 10
The champagne breakfast (fruit, yogurt, cheeses, cold cuts, eggs to order, breads, pastries, Mediterranean vegetarian dips and spreads, and more) uses mostly organic, locally sourced ingredients.
Even the sparkling wine is Dutch (it’s really good), though there’s the real stuff from France, too. The open bar includes organic juices, craft beers and sodas, as well as excellent wines and cava.
Value for Money9 / 10
Double rooms from €308 (£271) in low season; and from €358 (£315) in high. Breakfast and drinks included. Free Wi-Fi.
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