Chic and boutique – what more can you ask from Amsterdam? With so many nooks and crannies crammed full of vintage stores, hipster cafes, sophisticated wine bars and pubs stacked to the ceiling with craft beer, Amsterdam is bursting at the seams with creativity.
But that’s not all, because – shhh – we have a little secret. Why not have more, and rest your head in one of Amsterdam’s chic hideaways? Here, we bring to you some of our favourite boutique hotels in Amsterdam tucked away from the city lights – so small you’ll miss them if you blink. Each feature no more than 40 rooms, so you know you’re in the know.
6. The Dylan Amsterdam
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The stuff of interior design magazines (and dreams) really does exist, and here is a luxury hotel to prove it. The unique suites at The Dylan Amsterdam are the creation of the Dutch Interior architect Remy Meijers, who not only designed the rooms, but also the individual pieces of furniture and accessories within them. If you want to experience all the perks of being one of Amsterdam’s elite, book your stay here – with private dining facilities and a secluded garden, you’ll be in on one of the city’s best kept secrets.
5. Canal House
Canal House is the perfect place to collapse on your fluffy bed after a day of exploring The Nine Streets. A contemporary hotel, it retains its original features, with ornate ceilings, fireplaces and timber beams still intact. The striking feature of each room, however, is the contrasting palette of light and dark décor inspired by traditional Dutch art – this would’ve been sure to keep the 17th century Dutch merchants happy. Why settle for just obsessing on Pinterest, when you can actually stay at one of these beautifully crooked canal houses?
4. Hotel Roemer
ROEMER VISSCHERSTRAAT 10, 1054 EX
Art lovers, take note. Hotel Roemer claims that the accommodation’s contemporary collection of paintings, handpicked by the owner, will “touch your soul.” But for those who want to indulge their senses as well, every room comes equipped with a Jacuzzi – complete with a flatscreen TV and luxurious bath amenities. Surrounded by quiet suburbia, but not far from museums and restaurants, this hotel makes for an ideal high-end retreat in vibrant Amsterdam.
3. Seven one Seven
PRINSENGRACT 717, 1017 JW
Intimate and warm, Seven one Seven’s attention to detail is what makes this hotel feel like a real home. Each of the seven rooms are immaculately appointed, with furnishings that are opulent and luxurious without being overbearing. It’s the small touches in every suite that sets this hotel apart from the big guys – from the tasselled red cords cinching the curtains to the china lamps and fresh orchids. For a regal feel, try the Schubert suite with its rich navy blue hues, heavy drapes and wooden furniture.
2. Conscious Museum Square
DE LAIRESSESTRAAT 7, 1071 NR
This eco-establishment describes itself as fit for the “cosmopolitan independent traveller.” For someone who loves a leisurely coffee or discovering a niche hobby (whether you’re into collecting records, comics, or vintage bric-a-brac), Conscious Museum Square fits the bill. It’s clean, modern and green while still being friendly and unpretentious – everything down to the hand soap is designed to be kind to the earth in a subtle and humble way. So you can save your energy for exploring the city, knowing you’re doing your bit to help the environment too.
1. La Remise
The minimalist design of La Remise offers a refreshing retreat from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam city. But don’t be fooled by its monochrome palette – contrasting textures and natural accents liven up the space, which is furnished with high quality bed linen, cosy throws and tasteful artwork. And best of all, each room is fitted with a Tivoli audio system complete with iPod connection, so you can personalise the space with your own tunes.
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