The once small fishing village is now a city of canals, cobbled streets, bicycles, parks and cafés. In the Dutch Golden Age, this city prospered and became a famous port. Amsterdam is known for its peaceful and relaxed ambiance. Grachtengordelm, which is the four canals ring fanned out in concentric semi-circles, houses most of the boutique hotels in the city. Their location in townhouses from the 17th century offers picturesque views of the canals. The Diamond Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk and Van Gogh Museum are located nearby in the Museumplein. Anne Frank's House is the best tourist attraction in the city with numerous tourists thronging here to read the stories of the Jewish wartime diarist.
After you have explored every nook and cranny of the city, head to these boutique hotels in the city for a comfortable and luxurious stay.
Seven One Seven
It was built as a luxurious residence for a sugar trader in 17th century in the heart of Amsterdam. In the 19th century, it was renovated to include warehouses and a sugar mill. Now, it offers an all-in experience to the customers including breakfast which is served on the patio or in the Strawinsky room, afternoon tea, wines and drinks. This private canal townhouse has a homely feeling. The rooms offer views of a courtyard garden. Its nine rooms including two executive suites get their names from famous composers and writers. Each room has a unique bright décor. The guests are welcomed with flowers and refreshments upon arrival. The executive suites dubbed Schubert and Picasso overlook the canal, Prinsengracht. The Tolkien room is the favorite among couples while Room at the top offers rooftop views of the cityscape. Wi-Fi is free.
InterContinental Amstel Hotel
InterContinental Amstel in the city is as famous as the Ritz Hotel in Paris or Sacher Hotel in Vienna. It is a grande dame of hotels with an exclusive guest list of the Queen, Walt Disney and Audrey Hepburn. Its magnificent façade, sparkling chandeliers and high rise archways reflect the wonderful past. The hotel consists of 79 rooms and suites many of which face Amstel River. The décor features period furniture, Italian marble flooring, and warm colors with fresh tulips emitting a sweet odor. Its two Michelin starred restaurant, La Rive features a French Mediterranean cuisine. Royal Carré Theatre and the Hermitage Amsterdam museum are located a few minute walk away.
The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is the first ever one-to-five star design hotel in the world. It is located near the former docklands. The building was built in the 1920s as an emigrants’ hotel and then later used as a prison. After some time, the building was reinstated as a hotel and as many as 50 Dutch designers revamped it into a unique hotel with imaginative design. Although it has 117 rooms with playful décor featuring 1 star as well as 5 star rooms, it is still considered as a boutique hotel. The five star rooms feature a 4m wide bed or a grand piano while 1 star room has shared bathroom or eccentric showers in the room’s corner. The Cultural Embassy organizes various shows and exhibitions.
Hotel De Filosoof – Sandton Hotels
Located near the Vondelpark, De Filosoof has an enclosed garden and 38 rooms. As the name suggests, the rooms are named after philosophers from Socrates, Wittgenstein to Bataille. The Passion Room is dedicated to Georges Bataille and his publication, the Tears of Eros. Gold and red palette symbolizes passion. The Wittgenstein room is decorated in Black, Grey and Orange colors.
NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
The hotel has a belle époque style restaurant known as the Winter Garden. It is centrally located on Dam Square opposite the Royal Palace. It is the biggest hotel in the Netherlands with five stars ranking. The hotel consists of 1 Tower Suite, 468 rooms, 36 Apartments and 6 junior suites. Besides the Winter Garden, the hotel has three more restaurants, the French Reflet, Bedouin Shibli and Japanese Edo/Kyo. This century old hotel is an epitome of peaceful luxury with a central location.
This hotel is a collection of 25 buildings extending from Prinsengracht (315-331) canal to the Keizersgracht canal. This labyrinthine hotel offers one of a kind hospitality in canal houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a warren of courtyards and corridors, wooden beams and marble staircases. The lobby has communal seating with plump sofas and leather armchairs. Guests can use the private boat service to explore the tourist attractions of the city. The rooms feature traditional Dutch décor with heated marble floor restrooms. Restaurant Keizersgracht 238 serves classic meat and fish dishes.