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The Neighbourhood



Our traditionally small but charming building is situated right next to the Utrechtsestraat, with many shops and restaurants and many famous sightseeing spots. Just around the corner you will find the Amstelriver, the starting point around which Amsterdam has been built in the early 13th century.

Many shops in the Utrechtsestraat are family businesses that value quality, service and hospitality. But international brands can also be found. 

Are you looking for a restaurant or cosy café? On Utrechtsestraat and the surrounding area, it all comes together. Bars and international cuisine, even 3 Michelin restaurants are right around the corner.



The street is named after the city of Utrecht and dates from the major city expansion of 1658. Utrechtsestraat received this name because it ran from Reguliersbreestraat to Utrechtsepoort. Located between Rembrandtplein and Frederiksplein, the street crosses three canals: the Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. A fourth canal that crossed Utrechtsestraat was the Achtergracht, but this was filled in in the mid-19th century.

Since 1877, horse-drawn trams ran through Utrechtsestraat. Because of its narrow width, there was single track, with switch points on the bridges over the canals. In 1904, the electric tram appeared. Since then, tram lines 5 and 11 ran through Utrechtsestraat. In 1948, line 4 replaced it.


Tram 4 which is right in front, will give you the opportunity to see the city’s most interesting places by public transport.


During reception hours our Amsterdam staff is happy to provide you with their personal knowledge and advice on what to do in our beautiful neighbourhood.


Hotel Prinsenhof is located on the famous ‘Prinsengracht’ in a popular but peaceful residential area, right in the heart of Europe’s largest historic city centre, with as many as 165 canals, 1,539 bridges and 6,800 listed buildings. 

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