The Toren hotel is made up of two historic buildings in the Kiezergracht and is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. It is ideally situated in the Jordaan district with the Anne Frank Huis just a walk away.
The Toren is a smaller boutique hotel and as such, not riddled with the unnecessary distractions like beauty salons and conference rooms. Their staff instead focuses on making your stay comfortable and warm.
Each room in The Toren is completely different in every way. They have different sizes and layouts and decorative accents, making every stay a personal one. It is quite lovely for a romantic getaway but also serves well for those who want to retreat alone. Rooms range from small and cosy to quite large and sumptuous. All rooms have an ensuite lavatory and full amenities. There are elevators reaching to all the floors. Travellers should speak directly with the Toren when booking to ensure they pick the room that is right for them.
The Toren has a world-classbar which is decorated in sumptuous baroque style. Full bar service is available and the lush surroundings make it easy to relax and feel comfortable. There is not a full restaurant but there is a small bite café on site with offerings like cheese platters and sandwiches. You can order to your room or have food delivered to the bar.
There is no parking; indeed parking anywhere in Amsterdam is exorbitant. However hotel staff will help you sort out the best choices if you do need to arrange for a vehicle. The concierge service is available 24 hours a day. Room rates start at £93/ night.
The Dylan is located in the grachtengordel, the city’s central canal area also close to the shopping district and easy walking distance to museums. It is a small hotel with 40 rooms designed from a Kiezergracht or canal house and a central garden. Its design marries history with contemporary features.
Guest service is paramount at The Dylan with one of three concierges always at hand and greeting you upon check-in. The concierge service is trained in traditional European manner to make each guest’s stay the best. Requests are not forgotten and a personal touch is given to each individual’s stay.
Rooms are available in double or duplex, making The Dylan a good choice if travelling with a large group or family. Rollaway cots for children are available upon request. All rooms have ensuite lavatories and full amenities. If you have forgotten something or run out, it will be provided swiftly upon request. Connecting rooms are also available. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms as is bathrobes and slippers, televisions, espresso machine, minibar, Bluetooth/ipod connection and safe. Room rates at the Dylan begin at €350 per night.
The Dylan has both a bar and two restaurants: Vinkeles offering a contemporary French menu; and Brasserie OCCO offers a Brasserie style menu. Room service is also available. For something extra special consider booking the Vinkeles catered Barge. Amsterdam is really best seen from the canal, and The Dylan has this service covered. The Barge can manage up to 50 people. Valet parking is available for a fee. €80 per day for on street parking and €90 per day for garage parking. Self parking is €30 per day for on street and €20 for an evening ticket in the garage with €45 being the full day price. Europarking is also available a 10 min walk from The Dylan it is €2 per 26 min or €40 per day.
Max Brown is a smart young feeling hotel. It blends the feeling of community you get with a hostel with more of the privacy and perks of a hotel. The hotel is made up of three canal houses at the corner of Herengracht and the Brouwersgracht, two of the main canals of Amsterdam. Being centrally located, it is a great starting off point for either historical exploration or nightlife.
You won’t find stuffiness here, when you arrive, you pick up your key at the bar and may want to hang out for a drink to pick the brains of the bartender and locals. Each of the cosy rooms has everything you need including Wi-Fi, television and an ensuite lavatory. The design of the hotel is recycled chic and you will find endearing touches like reclaimed barn wood panelling and lace curtains alongside eco-friendly and energy efficient amenities. If you need a bit more room to spread out, pay for the price up from a standard room, which is quite small, but not a problem if you intend to be out all day.
Breakfast is included in your room rates and is a traditional continental fare. The bar serves pub-style food as well as smoothies and of course drinks, making use of local spirits. It is a comfortable spot to hang out and many locals do. The bartender acts as a new-age concierge. They can tell you a lot about the neighbourhood including the best times and spots to hit.
There is no parking but most of the clientele don’t use cars. Amsterdam is not a car friendly city. Bikes are available all over town for rent and the transit is a 5 min walk away. Rates start at €160 / night.
Bikes are the preferred form of transportation in Amsterdam and at Frederic Rent a Bike Guesthouse, a bike is inclusive with the price of a room. Located on the Brouwersgraght canal and just 5 minutes from central station and Dam Square, guests are already situated in the heart of the city close to shopping and museums.
This is a unique guesthouse experience. Something between a bed and breakfast and a traditional vacation rental, The Frederic actually began its existence as an art gallery. While there still is an art gallery, the owners soon saw a need and expanded to letting out rooms in various nearby properties to travellers.
Rooms for let include lodging in a historic houseboat, a canal house apartment and guestrooms within the converted canal house where the art gallery is located. The concept is quite new and functions on a collective. Many of the rooms, barges and apartments are owned by different entities, however they come together to let them out under the umbrella of Frederic Rent a Bike. In addition, each host is local. They are happy to share local spots for shopping, dining, historical walks, picnicking or just people watching. The collective element of the business encourages many businesses to get excited about each other and share with guests.
All hosts are English speaking, many are multilingual. Of course, every rental comes with bikes to get around Amsterdam and explore. Rooms begin at 50/night. Be sure to book with Frederic Rent a Bike and not with an agent to get your best price and also to meet your unique needs.