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Getting cosy canal-side: 4 classic Amsterdam stays

Grand Max Apartment, Amsterdam

Grand Max Apartment is a self-contained terraced house that will have you feeling like a true Amsterdammer – albeit one from centuries past. The house sits on a gorgeous stretch of the Prinsengracht canal and feels frozen in time.

In the light-flooded living room, a crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling, tasteful grey and white furniture completing the scene. Porcelain sits in the wooden cabinet, an ornate lamp promising evening reading by the window and a bouquet of fresh flowers reminding you of Amsterdam’s many markets. At the top of an ornate staircase, the bright bathroom features classic black and white tiles and bedrooms face the canal.

V Lofts, Amsterdam

Enter this 19th-century building, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in a New York City penthouse. The lofts are designed in dark colours and each loft has a fireplace set against brick walls, with exposed wooden beams and black-and-white photographs artfully hanging on the walls. Stylish details like copper lamps and an oversized globe contast with furry rugs and comfy beds make it homely.

Apartment Brewery Inn, Amsterdam

This classic canal house in located on Brouwersgracht, or ‘Brewer’s canal’. Inside, light streams in through tall windows – even on grey Dutch days – and high ceilings give the room an airy feel.

Reproductions of Dutch masters hang on the walls in gilded frames – but this harkening back to older times stops there and amenities like a sauna, hot tub and swanky kitchen mean you can live like a modern-day Amsterdammer.

Luxurious Dam Apartments, Amsterdam

These apartments are in Amsterdam’s medieval centre – just a short walk east of the Grachtengordel and down a narrow lane off Dam Square.

Here, style meets practicality – and for those getting their first taste of Dutch culture, this is an authentic introduction. Plenty of light comes in through the sky-slanted windows and everything is white and brown, from the compact kitchen to the curved couch of the greenhouse-like living room.