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The Hoxton Amsterdam Hotel

The first two hotels from the Hoxton, both in London, earned the budget-friendly brand a reputation for creating spaces as cool to look at as they are to lounge in. The Hoxton Amsterdam, the first property outside Britain, opened in July 2015 with 111 rooms spread across five historic canal houses on the Herengracht canal.

The Dutch design firm Nicemakers created warm, welcoming interiors, and the large lobby, with its worn leather couches, classy U-shaped bar and mezzanine-level lounge, has become a favorite drinking-and-dining destination among hip Amsterdammers and visitors alike. Guest rooms, most with canal views, range in size from “Shoebox” to “Roomy,” and among three special concept rooms is the adorably named “Tubby” in the attic, outfitted with a bathtub.

Location

The optimal central location is a five-minute walk from Dam Square, from which the city’s central train station is less than 10 minutes away by tram. Buses and tram lines stop nearby, and most attractions are within easy walking or biking distance.

The Room

Arriving on a Friday night, my husband and I found the lobby abuzz with cocktail-sipping locals. But our lovely fourth-floor “Cosy” room — the middle price class — was serene with two tall windows overlooking the peaceful canal.

Cozy indeed, the stylish room had herringbone wood floors, heavy gray curtains, a large mirror on a wall, and a soft gray quilt atop a supremely comfortable bed with a padded leather headboard. A Wi-Fi-connected radio played soothing jazz melodies, and a bookshelf displayed secondhand novels and a pair of antique alarm clocks. Tucked in a nook decorated with handsome artworks was a small desk with a drawer that contained pens, paper and a corkscrew.

The Bathroom

The tiny bathroom had an eye-catching design with geometric-pattern ivory tile and snaking copper piping in the shower. But the shower’s small glass partition did not prevent the rainfall showerhead from soaking the entire floor. And those cool-looking copper pipes were scalding hot, so showering in the cramped stall required vigilance to avoid burns.

Amenities

A minifridge was stocked with complimentary milk and mineral water, and reception doubled as a shop selling snacks and drinks at reasonable (read: non-minibar) prices. Wi-Fi is free, as is an hour of phone calls to anywhere in the world. There are also bicycles available for guests’ use at no cost.

Dining

Waking up to find a complimentary breakfast bag hanging outside the door, delivered by “breakfast fairies,” was a delight. The paper bag appeared at my requested time filled with bananas, orange juice and cups of yogurt with blueberries and honey-nut granola from the local health-food chain Stach. Heartier plates are available from morning to midnight at Lotti’s, the hotel’s Italian-inflected restaurant, where everything from a full English breakfast to plates of celery-root ravioli are served beneath a retractable glass ceiling. The peacock-blue banquettes invite lingering, as do the ’50s-style swivel chairs at the bar, which also serves snacks like bitterballen, traditional Dutch beef-filled croquettes. A selection of menu items is available for room service at the same prices charged in the restaurant.

The Bottom Line

An excellent value with Dutch style and British humor, the Hoxton Amsterdam hits the sweet spot by balancing a hip vibe and relaxation.