Lacquered trunks, mahogany screens, modernist hardwood tables, and luxurious upholstery all lend design flair to these lovely quarters on the site of the historic Municipal Theater, which burned down in the 17th century (an arched entryway remains). The best rooms command a view of a canal, while many overlook a serene central courtyard. The hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, Vinkeles, offers a French menu in a voguish setting (dinner only). Chef Dennis Kuipers also
cooks for the brasserie OCCO (lunch and dinner), with courtyard service in good weather.
Dec 4, 2002
Staying at Blakes (August, 2001) was a luxurious treat. Extremely comfortable beds, impeccably clean, striking modern/Asian-influnced decor, terrific service. The only negative was the small-ish room size and narrow winding stairwell to get to the room -- ok for us, but not ok for someone with limited mobility.