Throwing it back to December today when my mom and I took our incredible Christmastime trip to Europe! It’s only fitting since #ChristmasInJuly, right?!
The last stop on our trip was Amsterdam and it was a quick one (less than 24 hours)! We really only made a stop here because it made the flight home easier, but nonetheless were excited to explore the city. Our home base for the night? Canal House Amsterdam.
History + Location
Canal House Amsterdam has been around since the 1950s, but there’s so much history in the walls of the hotel. In fact, the hotel is actually comprised of 2 buildings – numbers 148 and 152, which were once home to Dutch merchants and business owners during the 17th to 19th centuries.
We picked this hotel because we wanted to be near one of the famous Amsterdam canals (and this was right on one), and also appreciated its close proximity to the Anne Frank House, since we knew we were on a tight schedule.
Our room was pretty spacious – don’t let those narrow Amsterdam houses fool you! We loved the purple colors our room was decked out in too. While we were bummed we didn’t have a canal view room (the hotel was fully booked up and since we arrived late it was slim pickings), we still enjoyed our cute garden view in the hotel’s backyard.
But oddly, the only thing behind a door was the toilet! It was the truest studio-type room I’ve ever been in. Meaning the shower was completely out in the open AND had a mirror on the wall next to it. Definitely something we weren’t fans of and something to note if you’re planning a stay – especially if you’re traveling with others! You’ll want to specify that the shower is needed behind the door!
Rooms at the Canal House Amsterdam also include a DVD player. Obviously they’re not expecting guests to lug their favorite DVDs around, so they have a collection available you can borrow from. Our trip was incredibly short so we didn’t have time to take advantage of it, but it was nice to know the option was available!
Service + Amenities
Service was really great at our hotel! The staff were incredibly attentive and greeted us every time we walked in the front door! We did have some issues getting connected to the Wi-Fi, but they were quick to jump in to help resolve the issue, which we appreciated.
Breakfast was included in our stay at Canal House Amsterdam and featured a traditional European spread, filled with fresh fruits, cheeses, meats, and muffins! But the most spectacular part was that it was served in The Great Room, which had the biggest Christmas tree and of course, Christmas music playing in the background. To be honest, I would’ve been perfectly content just hanging there (my happy place)!
Overall, we were really happy with our stay at Canal House Amsterdam. For the short time we were visiting, it checked all of our boxes (i.e. proximity to main attractions and near one of the canals). Our only gripe was the shower because #awkward.
During our visit, the hotel was also undergoing some renovations, so I’d definitely love to get back to the Canal House out to see what kind of improvements were done in the lounge area.