Hotel Seven One Seven

Prinsengracht 717, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 JW

Price from: £296

Van Goethe suite

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#9 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
3.9
3.9
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
4.5
4.5
Leisure facilities:
3
3.0
Service:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Romance, Special occasions

Best for Luxury - Expert review of Hotel Seven One Seven

Ultra-luxurious guesthouse in an historic canal house.

If I wanted somewhere discreet for a romantic weekend in Amsterdam and money were no object, this handsome, double-fronted house dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries and overlooking the Prinsengracht, would be my first choice.

Location: 

Good that it's on a canal. But being picky, I'd say that a place like this would ideally be in a more out-of-the-way spot - it's just off busy Leidsestraat, up from the raucous Leidseplein area.

Bedrooms: 

The eight bedrooms are vast (even those labelled as "rooms" as opposed to suites), elegantly proportioned, and come with large, inviting sofas, brass beds, antiques galore, and period and modern fine art in abundance. With drinks from the minibar, plus use of CDs and DVDs, included in rates, you may well feel inclined to head on back after dinner to make the most of your accommodation. The Picasso and Schubert suites are the biggest (and priciest) options, and are the only ones to overlook the canal, through multiple windows.

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Public areas: 

The pair of communal sitting rooms and the library are, like the bedrooms, furnished with antiques and art, and endless objects and curios - from classical busts to African statuary, and beautiful vases to fascinating little pots. Downstairs is an elegant breakfast room.

Eating and drinking: 

Many guests take the highly regarded breakfasts in their rooms (they all have big tables), and in summer outside on a little suntrap, communal patio. House wines and nibbles, and afternoon tea and biccies, are included in the rates, and served with aplomb in the lounges. Bear in mind that there is no restaurant.

Leisure facilities: 

In-room spa treatments can be arranged.

Service: 

Staff are efficient and quite formal - they are dressed in pinnies rather like housekeepers.

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Who stays there: 

Couples seeking, and willing to pay for, the finer things in life.

Price advice: 

Though expensive, rates do include breakfast, afternoon tea, drinks and city tax.

Pros: 
Intimate surroundings
Elegant and beautiful bedrooms
Good service
Lots of "extras" are included in rates
Cons: 
Five-star hotel prices without the range of facilities in a five-star hotel
Location lacks seclusion

More information on Hotel Seven One Seven:

Price from:
£296
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Prinsengracht 717, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 JW
Amenities:
Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Room Service

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