We stayed for a long weekend in March 2011. We were met by the owner who welcomed us to her home. So this is not the usual faceless international hotel but rooms in a 17th century canalhouse. You have a front-door key; you join other guests at the long table for breakfast. There is a good range of the usual meats, fresh fruit, cereals etc and you will be asked if you want an omelette or pancakes. We had a first floor room at the back of the house and ours was the only room on that staircase. The room, which had an old fireplace with Delft tiles, was homely rather than slick. We liked this and would stay again. The room had a shower cabinet and the lavatory, which only we used, was just outside the door. Yes, the spiral staircase is steep and narrow but remember this is a conserved 400-year-old house that, because of the tax laws, was built to be narrow-fronted.
The museum plain is just a few blocks behind the hotel and we liked being away from the noise of Dam Square. There is a great restaurant at the end of the street. It has no name, no menu and only does steak or salad. It may look forbiddingly expensive but a whole lobster, great chips (fries) and well-dressed salad at about 21 euros was good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our seventeenth century canal-house is located on the picturesque Keizersgracht in the historic heart of Amsterdam. The house was built in 1672.And is a registered monument with original features as the spiral staircase, exposed beams, monumental outside steps and original fireplaces Between 1906 and 1920 the house was frequently visited by members of the Dutch Royal family, among which our Queen,Juliana who used to play here when she was a little girl. Our hotel has free WIFI in all rooms Behind the hotel you will find our peaceful backyard with an abundance of flowers where, weather permitting, we serve you an excellent Dutch breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Keizershof Hotel Amsterdam