Canal House Amsterdam

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.

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.

The Room

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 Thoughts

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.

If you’re interested in learning more about Canal House, you can check out their website, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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  • Ashley Stephenson

    Wow that bathroom is just amazing!!! Not too shabby for a quick like stay!

    • The whole place was lovely! I wish we had more time to stay!

  • Claudia Wood

    This hotel looks so cute! I would love to stay there one day.

    • It was! I hope you’re able to visit one day, Claudia!

  • Gabriela Cerdas

    It looks adorable! I love boutique hotels with lots of charm and unique decor so this one is right down my alley! thanks for the tips!

  • Robin

    It’s so gorgeous from the street – and that bathroom is stunning! So cool!

  • That hotel room is beautiful!

  • This place looks so cute- I love how much charm it has!

    • Charming is the perfect word to describe it! We loved it!

  • Your room was gorgeous!!! I love the rich mulberry color. Maybe we need to redo our bedroom decor… so romantic.

  • thesophiadiaries

    Woah… that looks so gorgeous <3 I totally gotta stay here in the future!!!

    • I definitely recommend it! It was perfectly located and such a cute little place!

  • Kristen Jones

    The view from the window is simply stunning!! Such a gorgeous room, too!

    • It was! Aside from the weird shower situation, we loved it! Definitely a place we’d go back to!

  • This place is beautiful!
    with southern grace,
    Lindsey
    http://www.withsoutherngrace.blogspot.com

    • We thought so too! Definitely a great place to stay if you find yourself in Amsterdam!

  • Anna Hubbard

    This is absolutely beautiful! It looks a lot nicer than the hostel I stayed at when I was in Amsterdam, haha!

    • We loved it! You’ll have to keep this in mind for your next visit to Amsterdam :)

  • Wow, that place is absolutely beautiful! It looks like it was a lot of fun :)

    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

    • It was! Such a charming boutique hotel right on the canal. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect location!

  • Wow this looks beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam! The shower situation is a bit odd haha, I’d feel weird if I was staying with anyone besides my boyfriend.

    Lauren // http://laurensjourney.com

    • Seriously! I’m surprised they even have a room like that available, but it was only for one night, and other than that weirdness it was a great place!

  • Adriana

    That bathroom is incredible!! What an absolutely gorgeous place to stay at!

    • Right?! I need their decorator to come work on my house ASAP, haha.

  • I’ve heard so many great things about Amsterdam but yet to go. Hopefully soon. That bathroom is amazing though the shower did not have a door.

    • I hope you can plan a visit, Mistle! It’s definitely a spunky city!

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    This trip looks totally magical-I think traveling around christmastime would be so much fun!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

    • It is! I’ve planned all of my Europe trips thus far in December because I love how festive it is!

  • Lacey Anne Douthat

    Okay that bathroom is legit goals! I’ve always wanted to go to Amsterdam!

    xx,

    Lacey//theglittergospelblog.com

    • The tile was my favorite part of it – so pretty! I hope you can plan a trip to Amsterdam someday soon!

  • Taylor Smith

    This is gorgeous! I love it! I would love to travel.

    • Me too! Which places are at the top of your travel bucket list?

  • It’s seriously such a stunning place! I even love the bathroom!!

    • Gorgeous, right?! I want that interior designer to come do my house!

  • Amsterdam just looks so cool! So much character!

    • SO much character, haha. An interesting city for sure!

  • This is such a gorgeous place! I’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam!

    • We loved the hotel! Our time in Amsterdam was SO short, I definitely want to get back to explore more!

  • This is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never had a strong desire to visit Amsterdam, but now I definitely want to go.

    • Glad to hear it, Samantha! I love inspiring people to visit new places :)

  • mckenna bleu

    Your room looks awesome! What a nice place to stay!

    • It was fab! Highly recommend if you visit Amsterdam!

  • Sami Mast

    Wow the Canal House looks incredible!! If I ever make it out to Amsterdam (which I hope to one day!) I will definitely want to stay here!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

    • It’s a gorgeous hotel! I hope you love it as much as we did when you make it there one day :)

  • This place is so cute! Someday, fingers crossed, I’ll get to visit Amsterdam!

  • This is such a cute place to stay! When we made our way to Amsterdam a few years ago, we actually stayed a bit outside the city in a caravan hostel! As much as I enjoyed it, I would definitely want to try and stay in the city next time. This place looks perfect!

    • Staying in a caravan sounds so cool! There are always a million excuses to plan a trip back somewhere :)

  • What a cute hotel, sounds like you had a great stay there!

  • What a pretty hotel! Everything from the bedroom to the bathroom looks so nice. I’d love to visit Amsterdam some day! It’s definitely on my travel bucket list.

    • It was gorgeous – even with all of the renovations going on! I hope you can plan a trip soon, Katie!

  • Casey

    This looks like a dream hotel! I want to go there some day!

    • It was fantastic! I hope you’re able to get there some day, Casey!

  • Azanique

    Everything looks amazing and like this was a great time! Such a fun way to spend your weekend

    – xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • It was! I wish we had a longer stay – one night wasn’t enough!

  • It looks so pretty! The shower does sound a little weird haha BUT with that being said, I would 100% stay there!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    Oh my gosh this place looks amazing! Officially added to the bucket list!

    • We loved it! I hope you can book a trip someday soon, Kaitlyn!

  • tannawings

    Even the bathroom is beautiful! This has to be one of the lovliest places I have seen. I bet Amesterdam itself is quite the experience. I would love one day to see this city.

    • It’s definitely an interesting city! I hope you’re able to explore yourself one day!

  • Wow that bathroom is gorgeous! I love everything. My bucket list keeps growing and growing! LOL I love all of this.

    • You and me both, girl! There are SO many fantastic places to visit! Which places are at the top of your bucket list?

  • That is SUCH a gorgeous hotel! I would love to stay there!

    • It really is! I loved that we were right on one of the canals too!

  • Girl I love this post!! I’ve never been to Amsterdam but it’s obviously on the list. This trip looks like so much fun!

  • With the exception of the shower situation, this hotel seems amazing! Your photos from your stay were gorgeous, and that breakfast spread is making me hungry! Haha

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • Thank you! It was wonderful (aside from the shower thing)! Definitely a great place to stay if you plan to visit Amsterdam!

  • How darling! I am dying to make a trip over the pond here. That hotel is so charming!

    • We loved it! Which destinations are at the top of your travel bucket list?

  • Chloé Adams

    Amsterdam is totally on my bucket list! Your hotel was gorgeous.

  • mQs

    Wow, such a stunning place. That bathroom is amazing.

  • Birdiebee

    What a beautiful place to relax in. I have never had the opportunity to stay in any place this nice. You took some really great pictures that capture the ambiance.

    • Thank you! I hope you’ll be able to stay here one day yourself – you’d love it!

  • This looks like a great hotel… but for the shower thing. lol. That breakfast looks divine!!

    • Yeah the shower was pretty awkward, haha. The breakfast was delish though and especially perfect in that Christmas setting!

  • So glad to hear it! The only other Amsterdam post I’ve done is on visiting the Anne Frank House. We had an incredibly short stop in the city!