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Staying in one of these bed and breakfasts in Amsterdam is a great way to experience the Dutch city’s scenic canal belt. You’ve world-class museums on your doorstep, such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museums and Anne Frank House, plus beautiful Dam Square in the heart of the cobblestone city and quieter neighbourhoods ripe for exploring, like de Pijp. Many of these B&Bs have their own stories to tell, for example an 18th-century sugar warehouse that once belonged to the Dutch Royal Family.
This boutique hotel looks as if it hasn’t changed since the late 19th century and, with its opulent furnishings, could easily be mistaken for a museum. Though there are some modern touches, the interior style mostly harks back to the fin de siècle, creating an atmosphere that will appeal to travellers with a taste for the ostentatious. As there are only two suites available inside the hotel, it is among the most exclusive establishments in Amsterdam, making it perfect for couples searching for a romantic retreat.
Experience life in Amsterdam’s peaceful de Pijp neighbourhood by staying at this charming B&B. It features 15 spacious rooms and apartments, spread over several connected town houses on the northwestern banks of the Amstel river. There’s a wide array of accommodation options available here, ranging from loft spaces perfect for couples to a bright basement room. Breakfast is served across the street in a cafe called Bij Paul that also functions as NINE(T)TEEN’s reception.
This spot in Amsterdam’s ever-popular, and madly photogenic, Nine Streets quarter boasts five individually designed suites. Housed inside a 17th-century residence, each suite retains exposed beams and brick walls, alongside modern amenities such as an espresso machine, kettle and free-to-use minibar. Though the hotel doesn’t offer meals, you are surrounded by many excellent restaurants and cafes, which serve food from early morning until late at night. A keyless entry system means you can come and go as you please.
Like other spots in Amsterdam’s canal belt, Crown Bed and Breakfast is steeped in history. It stands inside an 18th-century sugar warehouse that once belonged to the Dutch Royal Family. The upper levels have been converted into two modern guest rooms fitted with all the essentials, plus bathtubs and flat-screen TVs. Due to its excellent location and stunning views across Singel canal, this bed and breakfast is ideal for couples or urban travellers looking for a peaceful stay.
Tom Coggins contributed additional reporting to this article.