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Fodor's Expert Review The Toren

Keizersgracht 164, Amsterdam, North Holland 1015 CZ, The Netherlands See on Map

A baroque vibe prevails in these two 17th-century canal-side buildings, with red, purple, and gold color schemes, lots of velvety fabrics and chandeliers, and lights that can be changed to different colors for different moods. The overall atmosphere is one of romance, though some may find it too glitzy.


Nothing about The Toren’s décor is subtle. Imagine flocked red curtains against glossy black sash windows with canal views, snakeskin- and shiny faux-corrugated iron wallpapers with gold accents, and plenty of fringe curtains. But, while all that piled-on glamor can come off like the cover of a romance novel by day, the rooms really come into their own when the lights go down. Indeed, after dark, metallic wall hangings add glow rather than glare and all that fringe softens the light. The king-sized four-poster beds are sure to inspire passion in even the most petered out. Clearly, these rooms were designed by a romantic at heart and made for couples.

Garden rooms have private outdoor areas, which are ideal in the summer months!


Many rooms have luxurious whirlpool baths for two and twin sinks with Rituals bathroom products. Most have walk-in rain showers, while some suites boast double-sized steam showers.

YOU SHOULD KNOW While a few rooms have open-plan bathrooms, heavy curtains create ample room for modesty, and toilets are always tastefully tucked away behind a door.


With marble and gold walls, fringe curtains, curvy antiques and glossy art, this is not an understated lobby, and it’s a tight canal house squeeze, so you’re better off relaxing in the beautiful bar.




No, but most rooms have large whirlpool tubs and some bathrooms have double-sized steam showers.




There is no on-site restaurant but bites are served in the atmospheric bar, which features original wainscoting, chandeliers, and a fireplace. It all transforms into a restful breakfast room with canal views by morning.


Enjoy a gin and tonic or local beer in a room Rembrandt frequented, and admire the monumental ceiling decoration painted by the master’s students.


Getting Around

Located in the Western Canal District, this hotel offers good access to most of the old center and Jordaan on foot. Tram access is available at nearby Westermarkt.


If it’s comfort food you’re after, La Perla Pizzeria (5-minute walk), is famed for its authentic wood-burning oven Pizza Margherita, and convivial vibe. For fine dining in understated, stylish surroundings, Bussia (6-minute walk) is one of Amsterdam’s most beloved Italian restaurants. An 8-minute stroll will take you to one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, De Belhamel for French-Italian fare in a Belle Epoque ambiance.


Café ‘t Smalle (3-minute walk) has been around since the 18th-century when it was the Hoppe Distillery, and its canal-side terrace is one of the prettiest places to grab a casual beer. For some of the most creatively presented cocktails in town, head to craft cocktail bar Tales and spirits (7-minute walk).


The Toren tantalizes with a prime canal-side location and genuinely warm service. And with its decadent décor, jacuzzi tubs and fringed four-poster beds, it’s the perfect place for passion-filled getaways with your partner.


Historical, Romantic, Service, Views
38 rooms and suites
Breakfast Yes (not included)
Lunch Bar bites and roomservice only.
Dinner Bar bites and roomservice only.
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service Yes


Phones: +31 (0)20-622–6352

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