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At the end of the nineteenth century, Salomon Levie de Beer had an office built here for his trade in marble and natural stone. The building used to be very distinct because of this natural stone, which no doubt came from his own stock. It was a nice business card for the company. Nowadays, only the vestibule is still made of marble. This was partially preserved, and functions as the hotel lobby of the Bridge Hotel today.
In 1990, the current owner bought out a hotel with 26 rooms. He saw the charm of the locations, and the opportunities the building offered. Throughout the years, the hotel quality was improved enormously. In 2014, there are 53 rooms, all of which are comfortably decorated, spacious and pleasant to stay in. Many of our guests often return to us because of that.
Most of our staff has been with us for a long time. They are gladly of service to you at the hotel, and they can offer the very best tips for an unforgettable stay in Amsterdam.
How the beautiful wooden drawbridge over the river Amstel got its name...
If you face away from the hotel and look to your right, you’ll see a wooden drawbridge over the river Amstel. This is De Magere Brug, which is in the limelight of Amsterdam.
The story says that the bridge was built in the seventeenth century, in order of the immensely rich ladies Mager. One lived on the one side of the river Amstel, the other lived across. To visit each other, the sisters had a wooden walking bridge built: a narrow bridge where pedestrians could hardly pass each other.
Is it true? No one knows. What we do know is that the first version of the bridge was built as far back as 1670. It’s a pleasure for the eyes, especially at night, when the bridge is lit by a thousand little lights.
About the building next to the Bridge hotel: the most famous theatre in Holland...
Without exaggeration, we can say that the Bridge Hotel is right next to the most famous theatre in the Netherlands. If you’ve got time, be sure to visit a show here. At least walk in once, just to experience the atmosphere. The doormen with their beautiful costumes will welcome you with the greatest respect.
Over a century ago, the circus family Carré performed all over Europe with their horse act, but they were never more warmly welcomed than in Amsterdam. Oscar Carré thus decided to have a circus theatre built here on the river Amstel, a monumental building that’s both a theatre and a circus tent. The number of shows rapidly increased, and not just circus shows, but also revue, plays and operetta shows.
Many artists consider it an honour to be allowed to perform here. And they are not minor artists either: Sammy Davis Jr, The Jackson Five and many others.
Why is there a sluice here?
‘A fair maiden with a smelly breath...’, that’s what inhabitants of Amsterdam called it in the seventeenth century. They were proud of their Amsterdam, but it had to be said that you could smell it a mile off. That was mainly caused by the foul water. Inhabitants saw many opportunities that the water provided: you could sail on it, it was convenient to have water in close proximity in case of fire, and it could be used for waste disposal. Ships regularly ran aground in the muddy canals.
The mayor at that time, Joannes Hudde, came up with a solution: a sluice. Two birds, one stone: the canals would be flushed out better, and one would be able to control who entered or left the city. That became the Amstelsluizen, right in front of the Carré theatre.
Another fact worth mentioning: the canal water in Amsterdam is very clean nowadays. So if you feel a desire to take a swim, you can safely do so.