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BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN THE HEART OF AMSTERDAM

our story

Overlooking the Prinsengracht canals, Hotel 717 is the first five star boutique hotel of the Netherlands, delivering luxurious modern care in an atmosphere of historic delights. This monumental canal house has existed since the 17th century, and welcomed guests through its doors as a hotel for the past 25 years. 717’s backhouse was first constructed in the 17th century by city residents lost to history. 

1810

In 1810 the merchant constructed the elegant front house you see today to display his success to his fellow Amsterdammers. This was designed in the highly fashionable Empire style (think ‘Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris). The same facade has remained intact for over 200 years.

19th and 20th century

After the passing of the sugar merchant, 717 housed a variety of people and organisations over the 19th and 20th centuries, all with social functions that improved the lives of its city residents. For many years it acted as the headquarters of the Wilhelminahuis – a non-profit establishment initiated by Queen Wilhelmina herself.

1997

In 1996 the property was renovated while keeping the heritage of the monumental canal house intact. The ambition was to turn 717 into a boutique hotel, inspired by the exclusive private guest houses that were gaining popularity in Scotland. So it was that in 1997 the first luxury boutique hotel of the Netherlands opened its doors to the public, and has welcomed guests ever since.

2022

After a major renovation we bring back glory to our heritage hotel at the Prinsengracht. We look forward to welcoming you back to our glorious hotel located in a Unesco Heritage site.

EXPERIENCE TRUE LUXURY

modern luxury

Rooms

EXPERIENCE

Services

exceptional dining experience

The Livingroom