Amsterdam’s famous canal houses are like doll houses. 3-4 stories high, narrow, and crammed together. When in Amsterdam, live as Amsterdammers live. Being the hotel experts we are, we’ll tell you just where you can play out that fantasy! So live like Alice did in Wonderland, get cozy in one of the following centrally-located, user-recommended Bed & Breakfasts, and rub shoulders with Amsterdammers in actual Amsterdam apartments!
BB by Servio
Govert Flinck 109, 1072 EE Amsterdam[caption id="attachment_714" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo by Gabriela Hengeveld[/caption]
Freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade low-sugar jam, organic muesli, ham, eggs, and oven baked rolls, are among the breakfast ingredients stocked daily in your room’s private fridge so you can enjoy breakfast at anytime of day. BB by Servio uses hypoallergenic linens.[caption id="attachment_716" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo by Gabriela Hengeveld[/caption]
Do: Ideal for foodies and shoppers, this two-room B&B is close to the Albert Cuypmarkt, one of Europe’s longest street markets. You’ll certainly get your fill of Stroopwafels and cheese here!
Prinsengracht 810, 1017 JL, Amsterdam[caption id="attachment_44" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo courtesy of Prinsenhof[/caption]
This nine-room hotel is located, as its name implies, on the Prinsengracht, one of the popular Southern Canals. Wake up with coffee or tea and brown or white bread, and all the spreads you can think of including cheese, peanut butter, and cold meats.
Do: Spend a day at the Utrechtsestraat, popular for its trendy collection of fashion stores, bars, and restaurants, within walking distance from the hotel.
Bed & Breakfast 1680
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 144, 1012 DV, Amsterdam
With just two 17th century styled, canal view rooms be sure to book your stay at Bed & Breakfast 1680 well in advance. After a long flight from Singapore to Amsterdam, get the royal treatment with a continental breakfast served to you in your king-sized bed.[caption id="attachment_772" align="aligncenter" width="365"] Photo courtesy of Bed & Breakfast 1680[/caption]
Do: Admire the designer corsets made by B&B 1680’s innkeeper, Dennis, who is a fashion designer by day, and then continue your lingerie tour at the famous Wallen (red light district), a minute-walk from the house.
Herengracht 176, 1016 BR, Amsterdam[caption id="attachment_740" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo courtesy of Herengracht[/caption]
Found right on the historic Raadhuisstraat, b&nb Herengracht is a renovated 16th century canal house. While similar in style and comfort to the other locations featured here, there’s a twist to this this three-room accommodation – it’s actually a bed & no breakfast.[caption id="attachment_1793" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Photo courtesy of Herengracht[/caption]
Do: If café hopping is your thing, then no breakfast is probably for the better will the grand variety of . Satisfy your bagel craving at Bagels & Beans (coincidentally, also abbreviated B&B), located at Raadhuisstraat 18, a two minute walk from the b&nb. And order a koffie verkeerd (Café au lait) simply because it literally means “incorrect coffee”.
Tulip of Amsterdam
Kloveniersburgwal 9-HS, 1011 JT, Amsterdam[caption id="attachment_794" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo courtesy of Tulip of Amsterdam[/caption]
The concept behind Tulip of Amsterdam is based on the history of 17th century canal house the B&B is located in, built during the tulip mania period of Dutch history. From the décor of the two-room house, to the breakfast buffet, everything is quintessentially Dutch.[caption id="attachment_752" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Cheese, bread, nuts and fruit – Dutch breakfast hasn’t changed much! Still life ontbijtje from 1610 by Floris van Dyck[/caption]
Do: There’s nothing more authentically Amsterdam than the Nieuwmarkt – the city’s main marketplace for centuries – and it’s a minute-walk from the B&B. Nowadays, Amsterdam’s Chinatown is found in the streets surrounding the square. With a high restaurant density, staying in this neighborhood is a foodie’s dream.
Herengracht 21, 1015 BA Amsterdam
Situated on the corner of the Brouwersgracht and Herengracht, this boutique abode is a five-minute walk from the Central Station. The house’s original 17th century dining room is where you’ll find warm bread rolls, fresh juice, and a newspaper waiting for you every morning.
Photo courtesy of Herengracht 21Do: A highlight of your stay at the two-room canal house will be the option of a private tour of Amsterdam’s canals in the B&B’s own authentic missionary boat from 1922.