Arguably the best of any of the city's five-star hotels: three minutes' walk from the Anne Frank House, and on the edge of the Nine Streets district of one-of-a-kind shops.
These have a modern look, with boarded floors and leather armchairs setting the tone in most. Some ground-floor rooms open on to the garden, so may be worth asking for if you're staying in summer. Original paintings appear in all rooms.
An iconoclastic version of a Frans Hals painting, with subjects smoking cigarettes and drinking cans of Heineken, has pride of place in the informal restaurant. The bar, with its black leather armchairs, has a clubby feel. In fine weather, you can have drinks, and meals, outside in the extensive, and attractive, courtyard garden. The garden, by the way, is bisected by a glass walkway which serves as a gallery of seasonally changing contemporary works - cows in various guises were on display when I stayed recently.
Eating and drinking
Buffet breakfasts are excellent. The restaurant becomes a grill in the evening - there are better dining options in the vicinity.
The hotel offers daily, 75-minute canal cruises on its own Art Nouveau vessel for 38 euros per person - a unique selling point. There's a small gym.
Good - I've found the concierges very helpful, and restaurant staff perky.
Who stays there
A mix of people on business and holiday, with a relatively high proportion of Americans, who presumably like the reassurance of the brand.
Breakfasts cost from 24 euros per person extra.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Big garden
- Historic canal houses
- Great location
- Less intimate and personal than some of its five-star rivals