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Review 3541: Owner, La Vie en Rose
1bed/1bath apartment in Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 2007, 3 weeks
Located on NZ Voorburgwal, up dark and steep Dutch stairs, very near a tram stop, you will find La Vie en Rose surrounded by all the activities of wonderful Amsterdam. On a corner with large windows on two side you are treated to great people-watching.
Staying in La Vie en Rose was a great experience. Each time I stuck that key in the lock I felt like I was home, not just visiting. Grocery shopping at Albert Cuypmarkt only made it feel more like home.
Downstairs is De Spaanse Ruiter, a cafe/bar where you can get a tasty meal and a stiff drink. There is a shop selling tasty broodjes (sandwiches) just across the alley/street, and an Internet cafe across the street.
This is a great location. Amsterdam is pedestrian friendly, but walking with groceries can be a drag. Albert Hein is the name of the big grocery stores in Amsterdam. Throughout the city you will see many small grocers, as well, where it is recommend you go and have a look around just for the fun of it. It was at one of these I met by first Dragon Fruit (pitahaya) so I do not pass these small grocers lightly.
But just a few tram stops away is an Albert Hein Market where you can get your goodies, walk to the tram stop to be delivered almost to your door.
Restaurants are too plentiful to list. Everything from Shoarma cafes to Argentinian steak houses. The hard part is choosing.
From the street all you see is a single, black door. We met the owners in De Spaanse Ruiter to take care of business, all the while wondering where we would be staying. The cafe is typically tiny, in the way of Amsterdam, with only one door in, so where was our apartment?
There it was. The door between De Spaanse Ruiter and a hostel open to reveal a dimly lit stairway. We were on the third floor. No elevator. Since my first trip here I have embraced this type of step as definitive Amsterdam and count them as a mandatory part of my experience. At least these were not spiral.
Up the dim stairwell we trudged, with the owners helping us with our luggage. At the second floor we passed a man who was doing repairs. I wondered how he could see what he was doing and what kind of apartment were we to have.
My worries were unfounded. The door opened to a beautiful apartment. There are two available; the owners live on the topmost floor. Pictures of the apartment can be seen on their website. The apartment looks exactly like that.
A well-equipped kitchenette, two televisions, a large bathroom, lots of cozy blankets are all yours in this immaculately clean and well decorated apartment.
You can view the property directly: La Vie en Rose.
There are seats outside De Spaanse Ruiter where you can sit and enjoy a coffee with more people-watching.
The living room holds a TV and two sofas that can be used as beds. Everything was clean, comfy.
Two comfortable double beds in the bedroom could be separated or pushed together.
The single bathroom was roomy, vast by European standards.
Great kitchenette. Perfect for small meals, storing and heating leftovers. Small dinette accommodated three of us snugly. Not recommended for the chef, perfect for a cook.
Problems or Bonuses
The only thing is the trams can become your alarm clock in the morning. I liked it because I wanted to get up and out.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I booked this online, wired the money to hold the apartment, and paid in full when we arrived. The owners, two lovely young women, were pleasant and spoke English. The apartment looks exactly like the photos.
The owners are accommodating without being intrusive. They gave us our key, and left us alone unless we needed them. For instance, the heater had to be turned on by them in some way I never figured out.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would gladly stay in this apartment again and highly recommend it to anyone who can climb the stairs. This apartment comes with my highest recommendation for location, graciousness of the hosts, and its own loveliness.
Things to do in this area
This really is a perfect location. Most sights in Amsterdam are within walking distance of each other. I bought a tram pass I didn't use because it was more fun to walk, and I am not normally a walker.
The tram can get you anywhere in a hurry if you're tired of walking or weighted down with packages.
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