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For all-out extravagance, grand canalside hotel Seven One Seven is unbeatable. Its eight rooms are impressive and huge, and service, afternoon tea and house wine are all included. You’ll be close to tears when you leave (Prinsengracht 717; from £240).

Transport
Schiphol airport, five miles south of the city, is served by BA, easyJet, Flybe and Jet2, with flights from all major UK airports (from £90). Regular rail services are available from the airport (singles £2.80). The Eurostar from London takes just under five hours to Amsterdam, changing at Brussels (from £100). City trams are fast and frequent (day tickets £6), while Metro and bus services primarily operate in the outer districts. This is Amsterdam, however, and your best bet is the bike: you honestly won’t find an easier city in Europe to cycle in (cycle hire from £9.50 per day).

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The article ‘Mini guide to Amsterdam’s canals’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Traveller.

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