It may call itself a guesthouse, but Maison Rika is unlikely to be making it onto the pages of Lonely Planet; in fact unless your backpack is made by Luis Vuitton I would look elsewhere, as rooms go for just shy of €200 a night without breakfast.
Yes, this is a boutique hotel in the very boutique-iest sense of the word, combining the fashionable style of the brand’s shop across the street with small but perfectly-formed accommodation. Found in the “nine streets” district of the city, straddling canals at every turn, Maison Rika is a former art gallery which still boasts plenty to attract your attention, thanks to the interior design by Rika founder Ulrika Lundgren and individual works by artists such as John Derian and Sang Ming.
The rooms are decorated to a high standard – you might just be able to make out the hand-made copper washbasin in our pictures here, and there are numerous other examples of attention to detail that sets this place apart. Straying outside, Maison Rika is brilliantly placed if you are shopping-orientated, and offers all the charm of Amsterdam without any of the sleaze. Schmashing.