Ok, there isn’t an official ballot, but if there ever is, our money would be on t’Hotel. While you are walking along the cobblestone sidewalks from the train station to your hotel gazing over the impossibly cute canals, you look at all the canal houses from the Dutch Golden Age. You wonder what they look like inside and what it will be like to stay in one. Luckily, your answers are just minutes away.
t’Hotel is located along the quiet Leilegracht canal in the center of Amsterdam. The location can’t be beat-it’s close to everything, yet located on a peaceful canal. You’re just a few minutes’ walk from much of what makes this city famous — like the Anne Frank House and the Heineken Brewery, as well as the infamous Red Light District. This boutique hotel is in a canal house dating from the 1600s. The houses aren’t that big and neither is the hotel-it has only 8 rooms so book ahead. Way ahead. Rooms with a canal view cost a little more, so if that is something you have worked into your budget, go ahead and splurge. Otherwise, the rooms that do not face the canal are just as nice and their windows open to a courtyard.
When you check in, you will be shown to some pretty steep (though typical by Dutch standards) stairs that lead up to your room. If you get there before your room is ready, go ahead and leave your luggage with the friendly staff. They will hold it for you while you go grab some lunch-after all, you are probably starving after the long flight. The rooms are quite spacious by European standards, clean and comfortable. All rooms got a renovation in 2011, so they are in tip-top condition, and all have a toilet, shower, tub and sink en suite. There is a TV with some English language programming, but honestly, you are on vacation so you will either be out seeing the city and its surroundings or sleeping.
From Thursday through Monday there is a minimum stay of three nights. You can cancel up to 48 hours before you check in free of charge. After that, it’s going to cost you.
Booking ahead has its rewards.