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Review 1636: Amsterdam City Rentals, Rozengracht 11
2bed/2bath apartment in Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 28 - August 7, 2005, 9 nights
The apartment was in the old town of Amsterdam only one block from the Anne Frank house and a few doors from one of the canals. This is known as the Jordaan area and includes Westermarket as a major location nearby.
The apartment faced the street, up two floors from the ground and included that floor and the one above it as the buildings are narrow. One bedroom was on the second floor (US third) along with the kitchen and a full bathroom; one was on the next floor up along with a second bathroom and the living room.
The apartment was within walking distance of everything. We walked to restaurants, exhibits, food stores and tourist sites. We walked along the canals. There is no need for an automobile in Amsterdam, or to get from Amsterdam to anywhere in the Low Countries. When we didn't walk, we rode street cars which were everywhere.
I think I covered most of this above except to say that the apartment was in great shape with every appliance and stocked with coffee, milk, orange juice and butter. There is one other apartment in the building but we never saw the owners.
There were little patios off the bedrooms but nothing special. No pool, nothing shared.
Everything was clean, everything was there, plenty of furniture and equipment (silverware, cups, glasses, pots, pans).
2 queen sized beds, two bathrooms. A little tight around the beds but not atypical for Europe. Nice sized bathrooms with bath and showers.
Everything was great. See above.
Problems or Bonuses
Two cell phones were provided for our use, at no cost. They had a few euros on them but it was easy to go to the supermarket and buy additional time.
I will not qualify this as good or bad, but the first weekend in August is Gay Pride weekend with outlandish floats and disco music all over town. Hard to avoid if you're not interested, hard to miss if you are.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Everything went smoothly. We were met by a representative of the owners who showed us through the apartment; everybody in Amsterdam speaks English (it seemed). We paid 1800 euros for nine nights in high tourist season. The weather was cool.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would stay here again in a heartbeat. Great place, great location, nice agency that followed through and reasonable price.
Things to do in this area
Amsterdam is chock full of restaurants and unique shops. The canals are a beautiful amenity and the people were helpful and friendly. Because of the trading status of Holland in the old days, the city is very international. Indian food, Indonesian food, Italian food, Dutch food.
We took side trips to Harlaam and Brugge on the train. Very easy to do and there are more kinds of beer to drink between Belgium and Holland than you can begin to taste. The Heinekin brewery was in Amsterdam but it has been replaced by the "Heinekin Experience" a fun tour about how beer is brewed. Ten euros to get in but you get three free beers and a souvenier after the tour.
Big Van Gogh museum, big Dutch Masters museum, lots of Rembrandts. All around a great city to visit.
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