Amsterdam's top design hotels
Dutch design is at the fore of many of Amsterdam's hotels, and nowhere more so than at the city's best boutique hotels. Stay in local style at these three boltholes, where stunning aesthetics and old-world canal house charm take centre stage.
Set across 25 Golden Age canal houses on Amsterdam's prestigious Prinsengratch, this local favourite — part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection — boasts a thoroughly intimate feel with lots of hidden corners, and a prime location down the road from Anne Frank's House. Start off at Janzs, the hotel's cosy yet classy restaurant. Named after the family that once lived here — and decorated in copper to honour the family's occupation as coppersmiths — you'll find simple dishes that match international flavours with quality Dutch produce. Appetite sated? Waddle over to the Pulitzer Bar, a sexy cocktail divan with bookish charm (literally, as there are plenty of books here) and heady concoctions.
There are rooms here too, naturally. They're all gorgeous, but have individual personalities that make the most of each space — creative director Jacu Strauss, formerly with Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio, stayed in each room to make sure everything from layout to lighting felt perfectly intuitive. With bike repair kits and classic telephones, there are no devils in the details here, just quirky accents and luxury touches like bespoke Dutch furniture, marble bathrooms, and Le Labo products.
Sneak a peek at the exquisite Collector's Suites, whose treasure troves of books, music, art, and antiques will thrill any culture vulture, and the romantic Pulitzer Suite — which you'll definitely recognise from your social media feeds. Don't miss the chance to take a spin on "The Tourist", a restored 1909 salon boat — complete with polished wood, brass fittings and champagne — that Winston Churchill celebrated the end of World War II on.
It may be a huge hotel of 274 rooms (and nine specialty suites) but every aspect of this property has been calculated to be as boutique, designer and yes, as quirky as they come. The hotel also pays tribute to its host city in every detail, starting with the Delft-inspired tiles and local brand pop-up, Marie Stella Maris, in the lobby.
Towards the back, Brooklyn-born chef Sam DeMarco marries classic American fare with home-grown Dutch influence while at House Bar, craft cocktails are made with local spirits and are inspired by the character of the city's different neighbourhoods — think the posh South and hipster North.
Upstairs, the guest rooms combine sleek European modernity with tongue-in-cheek Dutch design and a touch of Art Deco elegance. You'll find specially-designed Frette robes, open hanging closets, LEFF Amsterdam electronics, and an honour-system minibar stocked with local snacks and drinks. All of this, of course, comes with bespoke design elements created by Dutch designers like Pols Potten and Atelier Areti. For the top suite, book the three-storey Little House, a suite set in the childhood home of local playwright P.C. Hooft, that comes with its own wet bar and spa bathroom.
Get ready to live like Dutch aristocrats of old at this charming hotel, built around the courtyard of an 18th Century canal side mansion. Each room boasts plenty of personality and modern dash, and comes rendered in one of five aesthetic styles — soothing shades with Serendipity, flamboyant reds with Klassbol, minimalism with Loft, and Japanese zen with Kimono. Whichever style you pick, you'll find sleek cupboards, colourful, plush seating, Bosé sound systems, Frette linens, and James Heeley bath amenities.
If you're looking to splash out, book in at the Jacaob von Campen Suites, which are a gorgeous tribute to the Dutch Golden Age. The space is fitted out with 20-feet ceilings, free-standing tubs, and bronze chandeliers.
While the rooms are spectacular, it's also the other offerings that keep low-key celebs and well-heeled individuals coming back every time they're in town. There's Restaurant Vinkeles, an elegant eatery where chef Dennis Kuipers dishes up contemporary French meals that have been awarded one Michelin star, and Bar Brasserie OCCO which — as its name suggests — offers brasserie bites, signature cocktails, wines by the glass, and artisan coffee. In town for a celebration, or perhaps just looking to impress your plus one? Try the High Wine experience, where four wines are paired with a decadent amuse bouche, or book the canal-front Regents Room for an exquisite private dining experience.