The design of the hotel is contemporary, glamorous and comfortable. The aim was to centre the hotel in 21st Century Amsterdam, but recalling the influences of Dutch art and history. We have used the light and dark palette of traditional Dutch paintings, the silks and velvets of earlier Dutch traders and, in many bedrooms, the modern version of the traditional porcelain washbowl and washstand. All the surviving original features such as timber beams and ornate ceilings and fireplaces have been retained and restored.
We also wanted to reflect the building’s more recent history as a home and hotel. Many of the pictures and objets from this previous life can now be found along the corridors and landings – some of which have called Canal House home for many decades if not longer still. We wanted the hotel to feel as much as possible as a 21st Century Canal House home, but at the same time linked to its past.