An example of the winds of change blowing through the Amsterdam hotel world, this ultra-cool boutique hotel is part of a European chain enjoying great success for it simple styling and decent prices. It's tucked away behind a canal-house facade, and the compact bedrooms are gaily decorated with homely touches like patchwork quilts or wackily upholstered comfy chairs, while the public spaces in the hotel are all smooth and contemporary. Best of all is the light-filled loft apartment with glorious views across the canal—although there's no elevator.