Overlooking one of Amsterdam's most famous sights, a lineup of seven consecutive bridges across the Reguliersgracht, this independent hotel offers old-fashioned hospitality and classic furnishings in addition to those iconic canal views.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Hotel Seven Bridges is located in an 18th-century merchant’s house with typically steep Amsterdam stairs.
Uniquely styled guest rooms, meticulously decorated with marquetry antiques, Persian rugs, and handcrafted Art Deco-style furnishings are the antithesis to the humdrum chain hotel. Top-floor, beam-ceilinged rooms are the smallest and are priced accordingly. The canal-facing rooms all have big windows and antique chairs from which to enjoy the view. First-floor room No. 5 is practically palatial, with an original decorative plaster ceiling, 1680 Zeeland rankenkast cupboard, 18th century mirrors and a 19th century brass table that once graced former Dutch royal residence Het Loo Palace. It even has a little private terrace outside.
The proud owners will be only too happy to tell you about each piece of furniture, all of which were personally scouted at antique stores and auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s, and come with their original documentation.
While some feature hand-painted Italian tiles, the bathrooms feel dated with only the most basic amenities.
The small reception sitting room, with its rare 1820s Dutch Empire marquetry récamier, is the only public area.
There’s no on-site restaurant, but there are plenty of options in the area. Breakfast (not included, €10 per person) is served in your room on Villeroy & Boch porcelain. When we stayed, it included croissants, sliced bread, cheese, jam, yogurt and fresh fruit, juice, and a pot of coffee.
Located close to bustling Rembrandt Square, this hotel offers good access to the Eastern Canal District on foot. Tram 4, which runs south from Central Station, stops at nearby Keizersgracht, and most of the major museums are within 15 minutes’ walk away.
For a taste of “the old days” (presumably, colonial ones), head to Tempo Doeloe (3-minute walk), where you’ll find some of the city’s fieriest rijsttafel (literally, “rice table”). You can’t go wrong at Segugio (5-minute walk) for high end Italian food in a chic setting (and the best risotto ever). Or go all out at inventive 2-Michelin star restaurant Librije Zusje Amsterdam (2-minute walk), the city’s finest!
A 6-minute walk will take you to Café Oosterling, which has been owned by the Oosterling family since 1897. If you find yourself wondering why the bar’s so low, it was originally used as a shop counter to trade coffee, tea, and spices from the Dutch East India Company. If you like your drinks to look as good as they taste, head to next door Vault Bar (2-minute walk), situated in the original vault of what was once the MeesPierson bank (now the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam).
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to stay in one of the Rijksmuseum’s style rooms, this is the place to do it.