Creating a charming, memorable and distinctive space in the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam’s city centre is no mean feat, but The Toren does so with effortless elegance. It’s about 15 minutes walk from Central station and around 20 minutes walk to the red light district, yet it really couldn’t be more different from the overcrowded, oversexed centre. The beautifully apportioned façade of the historic townhouse hotel initiates the feeling of calm and secluded luxury and exudes the historic hospitality which the hotel seeks to give to its guests. The cobble-stone streets and historic stonework bridges have a timeless feel, and at night, when the pale orange streetlights glance off the water, it’s easy to imagine a time when barges floated down the canal, transporting exotic goods to Europe’s premier port city. The interior of The Toren is all about indulgent luxury; the burlesque decor is tinged with shades of neoclassicism, in rich purples and golds, dark smoked glass and plenty of antique mirrors and floral accessories. The rooms are fantastically unique, with flocked wallpaper and silk and velvet upholstery. The sense of opulence is translated throughout all the rooms, each of which has a bespoke feature or two, such as bedside Jacuzzis or elegant ensuite steam rooms. The dining experience at The Toren is equally unique; although they have a small kitchen on site, they have a relationship with a nearby restaurant, the Christoffe, which delivers refined French food in handcrafted silver plated containers for room service or to eat in the inviting velvet seats at the bar. Service here is friendly and genuine, with staff providing elegant hospitality with the kind of welcoming attitude that comes only with real job satisfaction.