I’ve always wanted to stay at the Hoxton in London, but alas, it seems silly to spend money on a staycation when you can go on a vacation. That’s why I was so excited when MB suggested we stay at the Hoxton in Amsterdam during our weekend away- read more about that here. The London establishment’s cousin, it was a way to experience all the Hoxton has to offer—in a new setting.
The Hoxton Amsterdam is located in the Nine Streets area; this, like its London counterpart, is a trendy part of town where you’ll find a mix of tourists and locals alike. It is a short, short walking distance to most of the tourist attractions you could want, including the Anne Frank House, the Red Light District and the Rijksmuseum.
It is also beautifully set right on a canal, so if you’re lucky like we were, you can sit in your room and look out onto the narrow streets that flank the canal- and if you’re like me, you may even be able to see in to the houses across the street. I love having a peek in to how people live, wherever I go.
The hotel itself hosts a trendy bar and restaurant on the main floor, so when we checked in around 11pm on a Friday night (after walking about 15 minutes from Rijks, one of the best restaurants I’ve been to this year, and part of the Rijksmuseum), the place was crowded. If you were in a mood to just settle in, this may not be the right place for you. Luckily, the receptionist was absolutely a dream- friendly, chatty and knowledgeable. She gave us some important local tips for our touristing the next morning, and even upgraded our room!
Pushing through the crowds thronging the bar (and resolving to pop back down for a drink once we settled in our room), we took a second to admire the quirky decorations. Vases, old books, kitsch paintings and wallpaper adorn the bottom floor. It’s a very Dutch take on the British decoration style.
The elevator steps up the game with paintings of people in traditional Dutch garb. Some are pretty hilarious.
Our room, which was toward the back of what turns out to be a deceptively large building, was actually pretty small, but the ceilings were at least 20 feet, giving the illusion of size. And, as I said before, the view was unparalleled for Amsterdam.
The bathroom was my favourite. I loved the black and white with the bronze fixtures. Just don’t touch, the bronze piping is HOT HOT HOT. I also really liked the amenities; the designer shampoo and conditioner is a nice touch, as was the nice rainfall showerhead.
The hotel also offers a free breakfast, which was perfect for us busy tourists. Each morning you can select from several different types of yogurt and granola, and you’ll also get orange juice and a banana. The staff come around and hang the bags on the door to each hotel room so you have a little doggie bag to take with you if you need to run to the nearest tourist location, like I did with just 24 hours in the city.
Later in the evening, with sore feet from walking around so much, we relaxed in the hotel bar. Our travel buddies, who were staying in an Airbnb nearby, joined us on the top floor of the bar/restaurant, a cool library-themed area with sprawling rugs and comfy wingback chairs. And, of course, good wine and beer.
If you’re looking for a trendy place to stay in the center of Amsterdam, you wouldn’t be going wrong with the Hoxton!