Seven Bridges Hotel
Reguliersgracht 31, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 LK
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, History, Romance
Expert review of Seven Bridges Hotel
This immensely characterful, and popular, b & b is one of my favourite places to stay in Amsterdam. It's been run by Gunter and Pierre since 1975. Now in their sixties, they are winding things down a bit, and planning on reducing the number of rooms from 11 to eight, and are angling for longer stays if you book well ahead - though they do accept shorter stays for late bookings. Full details of their idiosyncratic reservation policy is set out on their website - www.sevenbridgeshotel.nl - where you can also find multiple photos, and frank descriptions, of every room.
Overlooking Reguliersgracht, a picturesque waterway lined with leaning, gabled canal houses, and crossed by a series of curvaceous little bridges - the hotel's name comes from its view.
Expect antiques galore - Biedermeier cupboards, Art Nouveau mirrors, Louis XV chairs, Tiffany lamps, Persian rugs - along with beams and boarded floors. Bathrooms are attractive, modern shower rooms. I've been lucky enough to stay in room number 5, the biggest and most desirable bedroom (though with no canal view): vast, with painted cornicing, an ancient Dutch wardrobe, and a private terrace reached through its bathroom. Room number 7 is also a good bet, with views of the canal through three windows. Three rooms are in an annexe just along the street.
The Seven Bridges has no public areas whatsoever, so breakfast is served in your room. Delivered by the owners on a tray, it is beautifully presented on bone china, and includes warmed croissants, fruit, yoghurt, juice and a hot drink. Breakfast isn't available in annexe rooms.
The owners are very engaging, hard working and helpful, but do run things the way they want to.
Discerning travellers who rate the character of a place above facilities.
Rates vary a lot, depending on the size of the rooms. Breakfast is 12.5 euros extra per person.
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- Reguliersgracht 31, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 LK
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