The Hoxton Amsterdam
What We Love
- A 17th-century canal house that was once home to the mayor
- The central location, which is right on the Herengracht and near the city’s best sights
- Kicking back with an artfully-crafted cocktail in the stylish lobby bar
What To Know
- It’s a 10- to 15-minute walk to Dam Square
- While Canal View rooms offer great sights, they're also noisier
- Some rooms can only be reached through a stairway
- Free, reliable WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
The Dutch outpost of renowned hotel group Hoxton puts an emphasis on chic design, laid-back luxury, and impeccable service—though you’ll already be sold with its location right on the Herengrach, one of the city’s main canals and just minutes from the art museums, bars, clubs, and cafés that give this vibrant and progressive city its edge. The property was originally five separate canal houses, where the city’s mayor once lives back in the 17th century, but has since been combined into one beautiful 111-room stay. While all guest rooms feature flat-screen TVs, well-stocked minibars, and playful décor, the ones most requested for are the inviting Cosy Canal View rooms, which promise tasteful contemporary design and incredible overlooks of Herengrach. After days spent marveling at artworks by celebrated Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh and hitting the famous bicycle-crazed streets to shop its quirky boutiques, head back to the hotel’s stylish lobby bar for craft beers and cocktails before savoring delicious cuisine at the Italian-inspired restaurant Lotti’s, where a retractable roof makes it a fashionable spot to be during sunnier days. (Lotti’s also provides for the breakfast bag you’ll find outside your door each morning, filled with goodies like fresh orange juice, yogurt, granola, and a banana.)
In the Area
Being right on the Herengracht, one of Amsterdam’s most important main canals, you’ll be able to enjoy all the best the Dutch capital has to offer. Must-dos include checking out the rose garden at Vondelpark, visiting the Anne Frank House, and getting a closer look at Dutch and international art masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum, modern and contemporary art at Stedelijk, and, of course, the Van Gogh Museum. The floating Bloemenmarkt flower market, also nearby, is the place to stock up on tulips, and it’s worth popping by the city’s seedier side in the Red Light District. You’re also in close proximity to the 17th-century Royal Palace, right in Dam Square, which offers tours of its magnificent interiors when not being used for a royal event.
How to Get There
My college-age daughter and I stayed for a few nights at the end of our 10-day European trip. We both agreed that this hotel had the most comfortable beds and pillows. The staff were always friendly and helpful. The hotel itself is fun and the location is perfect. We enjoyed sitting in the lively bar at the end of the night for a drink, and I felt comfortable heading up to the room when I was tired and leaving my daughter to come up to the room a later after she had time on her phone/laptop (free WiFi) to connect with friends back home. It was the perfect hotel for a mom/daughter trip. We loved our canal view room. It was perfectly quiet at night. The blackout curtains kept out all light in the morning.
I travel a lot, and my general go to hotel normally is the Andaz or the Park Hyatt. I make an exception in Amsterdam. I have stayed there twice - once with a friend, and once solo. The Hoxton Amsterdam is my embodiment of a perfect hotel. The rooms are both beautiful (mid-century modern) and functional, and you are greeted with an individualized note (and they remember return visits!). Each room gets free coffee (in a bag - like tea), tea, and an electric kettle, and free water and milk. Lotti's has really good food and drinks, is open late, and is not absurdly priced. And each room has the option to get a free simple breakfast in a bag - a banana, yogurt/granola, and a juice. Equally important, the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful, and has great recommendations - be it for a cheap lunch or a 1am bite to eat. Nothing fancy, but something to help you start your day. In short, this is a long way of staying you should definitely stay there.
We stayed here for two nights as the last stint of our 16 day Europe trip; the Hoxton was hands down our favorite hotel! The photos online are exactly what you see once you arrive too. We felt like we were in a hip, luxurious hotel during our entire stay. The location is absolutely perfect, we walked everywhere with no issues. The hotel restaurant and bar is delicious as well. The staff!!! The entire staff here was so helpful and professional but most of all personable! Jamy helped us several times to find good, local restaurants and she just had the best personality. I can’t recommend this hotel enough! We will definitely be back!