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Review 4633: Simply Amsterdam, Entrepotdok

www.simplyamsterdam-apartments.nl

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Review by ellens from NJ who is a SlowTrav Contributor

1bed/1bath apartment in Amsterdam, Netherlands


When

June 2010, One Week

Location

This apartment is located at #19B on the Entrepotdok Canal, which is less than a mile from the Central Station, and just across the canal from the zoo. It is in the middle of a long row of joined buildings and has been completely renovated. This is a residential neighborhood only steps away from the historical center of Amsterdam. The canal is busy with small boat traffic all day long but is quiet at night. There is a pedestrian bridge a few doors down from the apartment that goes over to Plantage (right at the zoo). There is on-street parking in front of the apartment and there always seemed to be availability, but there is no need for a car in Amsterdam. There are several tram lines a few blocks away but we walked everywhere and did not need them.

Nearby Amenities

There are two markets nearby, a small SPAR market at Rapenburg 91 (about four blocks away) and a larger Albert Heijn supermarket at Jodenbreestraat 21 (across from Rembrandt House, a five to ten minute walk) that is open seven days a week. There is a bar/coffee shop a few door down from the apartment at the base of the pedestrian bridge, there are several more across the bridge on Plantage Kerklaan as well as around the corner on Kaduksplein.

The House/Apartment

The door to the apartment is at street level, but immediately after entering there is a steep, narrow flight of ten steps to get to the living room. There is no handrail along these steps, so it may not be a good choice for the elderly, mobility impaired, or those with very young children.

The apartment itself is in excellent condition; recently renovated, nicely decorated and very clean. There is a living room, wide hallway, eat-in kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom.

The living room is large and light-filled, with two big windows and a set of floor-to-ceiling windows all facing the canal. All three of these open (but there are no screens). There are two leather couches and a coffee table in the center of the room, in the back is a day bed (to accommodate a third guest) and along the walls are a television (with cable TV), DVD player and bookcases filled with English and Dutch language books. There is a hardwired Internet connection, but I found and used an unsecured wireless connection.

Garden

There is a small courtyard garden in the back that is shared with the landlord (although we never saw them out there) and faces similar neighboring gardens. It is accessed through a door in the bedroom. There is no pool, but we often saw people swimming in the canal.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furnishings were all in good condition and the entire apartment was very clean.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

There is one bedroom with twin beds, bedside tables, a sitting chair, another bookcase filled with books in English, and an armoire. There is no dresser, therefore no place to put clothing other than hanging it in the armoire. The beds were comfortable and plenty of extra blankets were provided, if needed. The bathroom is tiled in primarily clean white and has a shower but no bathtub. There is no bidet. There is a washing machine and dryer in a cabinet in the bathroom, and soap is provided. There was an abundance of towels in the bathroom (with more in the armoire in the bedroom), as well as toilet paper and a hairdryer.

Kitchen

The kitchen is a good size and we cooked several meals here during the week. The cabinetry and appliances are all new and in excellent condition. Full sets of pots, pans, dishes and cutlery were provided, as well as staples (olive oil, vinegar, coffee, tea, sugar, salt, pepper, etc.) and cleaning supplies (dish detergent, dish washer soap, etc.). There is a mid-sized refrigerator with a small freezer, a dishwasher, microwave/convection oven, toaster, coffee maker and electric tea pot. The apartment heat is regulated by a thermostat in the kitchen. There is a table with four chairs comfortable chairs in the kitchen.

Problems or Bonuses

The landlord is lovely and easily accessible should you need her, but invisible if you do not, and she speaks perfect English.

Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the details for this rental. Everything we needed was there when we arrived, and as the apartment was vacant the night before, we were able to move in as soon as we arrived (around 10am).

The only negatives I would note about this apartment are the steep stairs and the noise level from outside. We did not hear our neighbors above or below us, but conversations out in the street at night sounded like they were almost in the apartment with you. This was only an issue in the living room, the bedroom was very quiet.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency responded very quickly and answered all questions thoroughly. I interacted with them only via the Internet. The apartment was exactly as described.

We paid 190 per night in June 2010.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would absolutely stay here again, both for the location and the apartment itself and have no hesitation in recommending it to others.

Things to do in this area

All of Amsterdam, which is not terribly large, is within walking distance. For those who like the hop-on-hop-off tours, there is a canal version with a stop just across the canal from this rental (it's the stop for the zoo).

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