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  • Agora: Those canal-house hotels that don't hit you over the head with opulence more than make up for it with the personal touch. This paragon of the type feels like a canalside home.
  • Ambassade: Here, in 10 neighboring canal houses just off the Golden Bend (for centuries the city's most fashionable district), you'll feel like you're in the home of a rich 17th-century merchant. Most of the spacious, individually styled rooms have large windows overlooking the canal.
  • Arena: What this unusual place has, in spades, is an action-oriented and informal temperament that's typical of Amsterdam — the kind of shared outlook that attracts many to this city in the first place. Arena combines this unpretentious bustle with genuine style and a judicious level of comfort.
  • Seven Bridges: In some hotels, you realize the owners aren't just running a business, but doing what they love. This is that kind of place. It's obvious that all the furniture, fixtures, and fittings have been selected with loving care, and guests receive the same conscientious attention.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.