Before it became a nine-room guesthouse, Seven One Seven was a Dutch fashion designer’s private Amsterdam pied-à-terre, a lovingly restored canal house where friends gathered for long weekends. And long before that, it was a 17th-century home occupied by a sugar trader, who added the 19th-century front house, right on the canal, in order to better display his wealth. When the current owners bought it in 1997, they had the fashion designer leave every little piece of the refined, spice trade–inspired aesthetic he’d cultivated for the building, from the Hague School paintings and tweed sofas to the brass bed frames and African pottery.
So, when you stay at this hideaway in the heart of the city, it still feels quite like you’ve just wandered into the home of a well-to-do friend with excellent taste. The library-like living rooms, with their wingback chairs and fireplaces, are just the place to curl up à deux or to let the welcoming proprietors ply you with wine and cookies. The quiet back garden is just the respite needed from the busy city outside.
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Perched on picturesque Prinsengracht canal right in the heart of Amsterdam, Seven One Seven couldn’t be more centrally situated. Lively Leidseplein, the city’s main square, is just around the corner, with ice skating rinks in winter and outdoor events in summer, and one of the city’s main shopping streets, Leidsestraat, is just down the block. The surrounding canals are classically Amsterdam, ideally explored by bicycle, like a local. Theaters and other cultural institutions fill the area, and the Museumplein, home to the Van Gogh Museum and the recently reopened Rijksmuseum, is within walking distance.
Need to Know
Rooms: Nine rooms, six suites. From $330. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The hotel doesn’t have a proper restaurant, but it does serve an extensive buffet breakfast each morning (though it comes at an extra charge) in the conservatory-style Strawinsky room, and snacks and drinks can be had at any hour in the elegant salons or the leafy garden. Some food can be ordered to your room, and the staff offers top-notch recommendations for local favorite restaurants. Spa and gym details: The small hotel has neither a gym nor a spa, but both personal training sessions and massages can be arranged in your room, and the several flights of stairs to most rooms provide their own workout.
Who's it best for: Independent, active couples who want to feel like pampered locals. Our favorite rooms:The romantic Tolkien suite has a Hague School painting on its dramatic red wall, and the Room at the Top, with its original beamed ceiling, offers panoramic views of the city. The two Executive Suites—the Picasso and the Schubert—look out over the Prinsengracht canal. Snack time:The hotel may lack a restaurant, but afternoon tea and evening wine are laid out for guests daily and are included in all stays.