Canal House – Amsterdam

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Hotelchain: Curious Hotels
Location: Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitecanalhouse.nl

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Situated right the Keizersgracht, the well-known Canal House is a small boutique hotel right in the center of Amsterdam. If you are looking for a high end property with personality, the Canal House truly is the place to be! No large lobby here, the check-in desk is located right at the bar. I was definitely welcomed with a great smile! Everything I needed to know about the hotel and surrounding areas was explained in a very kind way. I immediately felt home here which is quite unique.

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A lot of hotels call themselves a “boutique hotel”, but the Canal House just really IS one! Soft relaxing music all over the place, a tranquil ambiance and only 23 rooms. The personal approach is lovely without acting over the top. On top of that, I was in love with the decoration.

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As said before, there are only 23 rooms here. All of them are very comfortable and very classy! I stayed at five star hotel rooms that were less comfortable than here. It is all about the details at the Canal House, from the stunning Mexican mosaics used in the bathroom to the comfortable leather couch…
Decoration is quite modern and I really appreciated the high quality furniture. Bathroom had large tub and separate rain shower and toilet. Definitely try the bathroom amenities by Green & Spring, they are great and you will find them in all Curious hotels. You can actually purchase some for home.

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Since the Canal House is a small hotel, there’s no full service restaurant but they do offer several fancy snacks such as the burger with fries, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed the chicken wrap. When I ordered a cappuccino, I absolutely LOVED the (homemade!) brownie! It was just to die for! Oh, and prices are very reasonable considering I was in Amsterdam. Great cocktail menu too! It was so nice sitting outside in the gorgeous garden. You wouldn’t tell I was in the center of Amsterdam, it is like a hidden gem and I could have spent here all night long.

At night, I spent some time in the garden… enjoying a mojito (of course) + chicken wrap and then had some me-time in the luxurious room. I took a bath and then had a great night’s sleep. The bed was great with plenty of good pillows.

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Breakfast is served downstairs in the main living/dining area. The buffet was excellent with a lot of healthy options and juices. Several (hot) à la carte items are available as well at an additional charge.

The unique thing about the Canal House is the staff. Everyone I met here was so professional and kind. They all seem to enjoy their time here which is always nice to notice. No grumpy faces here, but all want to make sure you have a great time in Amsterdam! They seem to be true ambassadors of the Canal House and nothing was asked for too much. Looking for a true unique boutique experience in Amsterdam? The Canal House definitely is the place to be! Highly recommended!

Hotel Beveren

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Hotelchain: Van der Valk
Location: Beveren – Belgium
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitehotelbeveren.be

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The Hotel Beveren is a comfortable four star hotel near Antwerp. This hotel truly surprised me and from the moment I stepped in this hotel, the most accommodating staff made me feel at home in just seconds. Some highlights of my stay: the suite I stayed in, the quality of food at the restaurant De Mangerie and the most amazing wellness center I visited in Belgium!

As soon as you enter the hotel Beveren, you immediately notice the reception area with the beautiful Ozzo lounge right opposite the check-in desk. Since I am not a sushi fan myself, I did hear amazing things about the restaurant. It is mentioned in the Gault Millau guide with 13 points. I did have a drink there and appreciated the overall trendy décor and ambiance. It was busy at night and all guests seemed to have a great time.

Check-in was very efficient and friendly. Everything I needed to know about the hotel and its facilities were mentioned. What a great start!

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I stayed in the VIP suite and was blown away when I entered the room. How beautiful is this suite? This is the perfect room for couples. With soft colors and up to date furniture the suite is absolutely amazing. The oversized bathroom is just stunning featuring a free standing bath tub, large walk-in rain shower, traditional sauna and double sink. The sauna is easy to manage and only takes a few minutes to warm up. The bathroom amenities are of a great quality. As I told before, I kind of felt at home in this room which is kind of unique and I can’t tell you exactly why… Maybe it is the cozy décor… Maybe the lay-out of the room… It probably is a mix of all those elements. I also visited some other suites and all have different themes and lay-outs. Even the standard rooms at the Hotel Beveren are of a good standard.

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At night, we had dinner at De Mangerie and to be honest, the overall quality of food and service were outstanding! Staff was very friendly and answered all the questions we had with a smile. We thoroughly enjoyed our three-course menu. Every single bite was just delicious! As a main course, I enjoyed the grilled plaice which was to die for… The Dame Blanche was one of the best I have ever had! Also, presentation was flawless! Dishes are reasonably priced. Staff was efficient and nothing was asked for too much. Always nice to have a little chat between the dishes. Also, great wine recommendations!

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Breakfast is served here as well and Van der Valk is quite known for their excellent breakfast buffets. The breakfast at the Hotel Beveren didn’t disappoint! Plenty of choice and I loved the fresh orange juice and pancakes. Be sure to check them out when you’re there.

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After the wonderful breakfast it was time for some me-time at the Boost wellness center. As soon as I entered the wellness, I felt zen. You first enter the pool area. The pool is quite big and again, the soft colors are relaxing. Next to the pool is the spa area. For a small additional charge, you can enjoy a full spa experience. Be sure to reserve in advance as only a maximum of eight people are allowed to use the spa at the same time.

The place is beautiful and so peaceful! There are several types of saunas such as the bio sauna, finnish sauna and an infrared one. The steam room is great as well making sure your muscles and mind are relaxed as soon as you step in and out. The experience shower is fun! If you need to cool down immediately, an ice fountain is there for your convenience and afterwards you can relax in the wonderful relax area with fire place. I loved every single minute in here! To me it was like a small escape from the real world… Highly recommended to use the spa facilities here, you won’t be sorry!

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I’m a huge fan of the Hotel Beveren and already recommended the hotel to family and friends! I would and will return in a heartbeat!