This boutique hotel is the latest venture by the Curious Group – behind Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds and L'Hotel in Paris. Located close to the fashionable Jordaan district, Canal House has 23 rooms in a trio of 17th-century merchants' houses overlooking the Keizersgracht canal. A dark palette pervades, with velvet bedspreads, ebony-hued walls and inky tiles in the bathrooms. Walls are lined with figurative portraits, etchings and antique prints that hark back to the Dutch masters.
Canal House, 148-152 Keizersgracht, Amsterdam (00 31 20 622 51 82; canalhouse.nl). Doubles start at €240, including breakfast.