Recently myself and Mr B celebrated a very special wedding anniversary, a silver one to be precise, although how 25 years has passed so quickly is beyond me!
These sort of occasions call for a couple of days away without the children in a nice hotel to remind yourselves that there was a life you had together before family came along. While we deliberated on whether to try a destination neither of us had been to before, or to return to an old favourite, we came across a new site, called Very Chic. Basically they pick the very best of the worlds hotels and nail them down for the very best prices.
After we had looked at what they had on offer, we decided on The Hoxton in Amsterdam. I have been to Amsterdam before, as some of you may remember from the blog, to celebrate a special birthday with friends. Mr B had been to Holland on business but never to Amsterdam and we had both heard very good things about The Hoxton and so the dye was cast and The Hoxton was booked. I might add at this point that the prices on the Very Chic site were 62% discounted from the usual room rate, so it’s now our go to site to visit for any future trips.
As soon as the taxi pulled up outside the hotel, I knew we were going to love it as it’s situated on the Herengracht which is the main canal which make up the canals around the nine streets area. This area is the picture postcard shots you see of Amsterdam, with bikes nonchalantly leaning against canal bridges with lovely antique lamps lighting the way in the evening and the Dutch merchants houses elegant and grand, now mainly turned into shops, cafes and bars for you to explore.
The entrance to the hotel is also the bar and dining room, so immediately you are enveloped in a warm convivial atmosphere, although not stuffy and formal, very relaxed with young staff and a canteen style interior, mixed with vintage finds and mid 20th century designed furniture.
Our room was beautiful, over looking the canal, as most of the rooms are, with soft lighting and a digital Robert’s radio playing jazz music as we entered. The large comfy bed, had an amazing headboard, made of caramel coloured leather and the ensuite bathroom had a spacious walk in shower and artfully laid metro tiles in a geometric design. Everything was perfectly picked from the Pen & Ink toiletries to the selection of Teapig teas in the room.
Each evening ,over the weekend we were there, a DJ played in the bar until 2.00am and the cocktail list was long and exquisite. The food was informal, home cooked style at very reasonable prices for a hotel of this standard. My niece, who used to work for Soho House in London, informed me that The Hoxton kitchens are run by Soho House, enough said.
The next time I return to Amsterdam, as I surely will, such is my love for this city, I can’t imagine staying any where else, from the location to the staff, the toiletries and the cocktail menu, everything was perfect.