The more than one hundred kilometers of canals in Amsterdam, along with about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges, have led the city to being termed the "Venice of the North". The three main canals, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht, were dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age and form concentric belts around the city. They are known as the "Grachtengordel". Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings with beautiful facades. The hotel is just 9 miles from Amsterdam.