Encompassing five 17th-century canal houses straddling the Singel and Herengracht canals, the first Hoxton Hotel outside of London delivers a coolly sophisticated vibe—think Williamsburg meets East End London—in a coveted spot within the 9 Straatjes shopping area.
Rooms come in three sizes—"Shoebox," "Cosy," and "Roomy"—to fit a range of budgets, with ultra-comfy beds, mid-century modern furnishings, dark wood, leather and copper details, and a Roberts radio, which is always on when you arrive. Over 50% overlook the canals and some also have traditional details like beamed ceilings that lend a sense of place to the hip surrounds.
Let your loved ones know you’ve arrived by taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi and up to 1 hour of free international calls a day.
Generously sized, the black and white tiled bathrooms feature walk-in rain showers, large sinks, copper towel racks, and proprietary Pen & Ink bath products.
The large lobby/lounge, outfitted with an assortment of Mad Men-style armchairs, comfy couches and communal tables, invites both working on a laptop or lingering over a cocktail from the inviting bar.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While the buzzy bar closes at 1 a.m., those seeking a quiet refuge might get irritated
Simple complimentary breakfast bags with granola, yogurt, fruit, and juice are delivered to your room each day, along with free water and milk. Want something more extensive for breakfast, lunch or dinner? There’s room service or Lotti’s, the in-house restaurant, which serves Anglo-American crowd pleasers in a casual setting. And, while there are no mini bars in the rooms, a variety of snacks are sold at reception at supermarket prices.
Don’t bother with a hire car: The Hoxton is ideally situated in the Western Canal Belt, within comfortable walking distance of all the major sights and with excellent access to public transport. Tram lines 1, 2, 5, 13, 14 and 17 stop a 5-minute walk away.
Since local restaurant tycoon Casper Reinders opened his first wildly successful restaurant in 2000, he’s always been able to tap into the zeitgeist, and all-day eatery Libertine Café Café (4-minute walk) one of his latest, offers New York-style Italian food in a moody, monochrommatic setting. Or continue along Berenstraat for some of the best pancakes at town at Pancakes! (5-minute walk from hotel). However, if all you can handle after all that airplane food is something simple and clean, get your ramen kick at Fou Fow Ramen (7-minute walk).
Drink in the authentic old “brown café” atmosphere at Café ‘t Molentje (1-minute walk), which has been around since the 1870s. If you’re craving cocktails instead of local beers, sample the signature drinks at Pulitzer’s Bar (3-minute walk), a cocktail parlor with canal views, intimate fireplace nooks, and an Art Deco-style bar.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Some will find The Hoxton too hipsterish, but we like the cool vintage vibe, the relaxed yet buzzy bar, and the setting between two canals. With regular DJ’s and a roster of design-related happenings you can be part of Amsterdam’s arty scene if you choose, but if you just want to hang out or explore the area, that’s fine too.