You're also just across the canal from the Nine Streets, the city's most enjoyable shopping area, and it's a short walk to the bars and nightlife of the Leidseplein. The Stop/Go public minibus will stop on request right outside the door of the hotel on its journey along the Prinsengracht.
As I say, some of the 37 bedrooms are not the hotel's strongest selling point - cheaper ones typically have a mix of mismatched modern and second-hand furniture, and can be a bit on the tired side. It's worth paying extra (from around 20 euros more on standard rooms) for one of the better canal-view rooms, which come with chunky antiques such as big wardrobes and marble-topped sideboards and, in the case of the best corner rooms, have multiple windows overlooking the canal.
Aside from the aberration of taste that is the suit of armour by the reception, these are very pleasant. The large, comfy sitting room has painted beams, Persian rugs on boarded floors, clusters of comfy armchairs and displays of teapots in the window. Watching the myriad cyclists rushing off to work and school through the many windows of the fetching, blue-and-white breakfast room is a lovely way to start the day.
Eating and drinking
An ample buffet breakfast is included in the rates.
The hotel has been in the same family for three generations, and John Boddy, the current owner, is a benign presence at reception (as is Taz, the friendly Alsatian dog).
Who stays there
Mostly couples, quite a lot of Americans.
Discounts are available for stays of three nights or more. For the quality of the rooms, the hotel is a little overpriced - you're paying for the location.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Would be hard to improve the location
- Atmospheric public rooms
- Cheaper rooms can be a bit tired
- Steep stairs and no lifts