Keizersgracht 618, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doubles from: $106 to $145
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
When we visited the Hotel Keizershof, Hanneke De Vries, the hotel's friendly proprietor, told us, "This is really a family place. We keep it all in the family." Indeed, the family vibe is palpable at this sweet two-star hotel, run by the same clan since 1959. That means good rates, a classy feel and a laid back, quirky atmosphere that will easily win over travelers looking for a quiet, unique place to stay.
The Hotel Keizershof’s six rooms are each named and decorated around a classic Hollywood movie star, and most are located on the top floor of a picture-perfect Dutch townhouse. All are relatively spacious for a hotel, and the furniture is mostly basic, with small wooden cabinets, simple beds, and art falling somewhere along the post-Impressionist spectrum. Wooden beams cross the ceiling, adding an extra dose of charm.
There are few amenities to list, but all rooms are equipped with a TV, free Wi-fi, and views of either the canal or the Keizershof’s own garden. (We like the “Charlie Chaplin” room, overlooking a sumptuous slice of Amsterdam canal life.)
Bathrooms are straightforward (although one in the back has a lovely stained glass window), and all are spic-and-span. Each is equipped with a shower and hair dryer, and a few share a toilet in the hallway.
Location-wise, the Hotel Keizershof is tops: You're between the Leidsestraat and the Vijzelgracht, putting many of the city's sights right outside your door. And history buffs will enjoy knowing that the 17th-century building, designed by famed French architect Jean Godin, was a frequent stop for the Dutch Royal family in the early 20th century.
Breakfast is included in the room rate. Be warned that the stairs are steep enough to frighten a seasoned Alpinist.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
About the Hotel Keizershof neighborhood
The most elegant area within the city center, Grachtengordel South (also referred to as the "Southern Canal Ring") features opulent residences, mansion-lined streets and a hot nightlife scene. The area boasts both Rembrandtplein (the city's one-time butter market) and Leidseplein (a former horse and buggy drop-off point). Both squares have been reborn as hot spots for bars, clubs, restaurants and no small number of tourist traps.