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
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
We were made to feel welcomed from the moment of checking in until our departure. A wonderful hotel right in the centre of things. The room was very tastefully finished, and well stocked with different teas and coffees. The mini fridge offered complimentary water and a carton of milk. The portion sizes and quality of food preparation in the casually appointed restaurant made it easy to overlook the choice limit of the menu. It was difficult to leave the cosy atmosphere of the Hox lounge to sample Amsterdam’s other cafe’s and bars, which perhaps explains why so many locals appeared to visit the hotel lounge even though they were not resident. Definitely will have the Hox on my list of places to return to.
While it's not the best hotel we have ever stayed in, we really felt at home here at The Hoxton. The location could not be any better, especially if you only spend a few days in Amsterdam, you can easily walk to all the historic sites. This is the typical neighborhood when one thinks of Amsterdam. Our room on the fifth floor immediately felt like home, and the very busy lobby is always stimulating if you want just a cup of coffee or more. In fact, there are nights when it was not possible to find an empty seat in the lobby. Overall we enjoyed the concept, liked the breakfast bag in the morning, and cannot imagine staying anywhere else in Amsterdam. It was almost like the hotel could by itself be the destination.
Took my husband here for his birthday. The vibe is relaxed and welcoming. Food is tasty and well presented. I loved the breakfast bags that they hang on your door at no extra charge. We had breakfast, supper, cocktails and lunch here (on different days!), and all were good. Everything you want to see for your first stay in Amsterday is within half an hour and most of it is on your doorstep. Our room (a roomy double) was snug and cool. Loads of chill out areas too. Pack light though as there is not much storage room (hanging space only). Comfortable beds with good pillows. Staff were lovely.
Superb location. Easy to get to the main attractions but not in the middle of the bustle. Rooms were clean, fresh, and quiet. I would recommend something larger than the cozy for 2 people, or if you want a chair besides a desk chair, but it was perfect for one. The hotel lobby and bar were also very hip and fun. Spent far more time there than anticipated with my friends. It appears to have a local following rather than feeling like a hotel. Highly recommend!
Amazing service and lovely room, very spacious and no noice. The hotel has a great vibe as soon as you walk in the door and its in a great location, walking distance from lots of great bars and restaurants. I had mentioned in my booking we were celebrating a birthday and they went that extra mile with lovely decorations in the room. Will definitely stay here next time in Amsterdam!