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Review 4756: Owner, Amsterdam B&B Park9
2bed/2bath apartment in Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 2010, 3 nights
The flat was located on the ground and lower level of a town-home in Amsterdam right across the street from Sarphatipark. The location was just outside of central Amsterdam but we walked everywhere from the front door. Tram 25 ran right around the corner for access to Centraal station.
Although this place is titled as a B&B it is really a complete apartment with the owners providing a generous breakfast in the refrigerator to do yourself.
There was a Coop grocery store approximately two blocks away. Many restaurants and the market right around the corner.
The building was constructed in the 1800's and in very good shape. Peter, the owner, had just recently renovated to make a lower level with the two bedrooms. You entered at street level and to the right was a living room, separate dining room, small area with a table and two chairs overlooking the back garden which we were allowed exclusive use. There was a half-bath on this level.
You accessed the lower level by some very steep stairs down (apparently quite common in Amsterdam) to the two separate bedrooms; each with its own full bathroom.
The outside sitting area was exclusive to the apartment. It was surrounded by tall buildings with balconies overlooking the garden so it was not secluded but it was kind of cool to look up and around. Kind of like in the movie "Rear Window"!
Table and chairs provided although it was very rainy while we stayed so this area was not utilized by anyone other than my son as a place to smoke.
The furnishings were of high quality and very nicely done. Everything was spotless and the owner came each day to make beds, clean the bathrooms and replenish the breakfast items.
The living room had a TV with many English-speaking channels. TVs were provided in each bedroom as well. There were three sitting chairs and a large sofa in the living room so there was more than enough room for our group of five.
We found the beds very comfortable with high-quality mattresses. They were quite spacious with closets to store our clothing and bags.
The bathrooms were beautiful. One had a very large walk-in shower stall; the other had a separate tub and shower stall. It was quite nice to have two full bathrooms and one half-bath upstairs.
The kitchen was small but very functional. There were plenty of pots and pans and we made breakfast and several small meals. I think the owner prefers that you not make full meals there but we had someone diabetic with us who needed to eat throughout the day so had permission to prepare some small meals.
Problems or Bonuses
The biggest surprise was how very nice it was. You come expecting a self-service B&B and are rewarded with a designer-style two-level flat that is quite chic. The owner Peter is a gem - full of recommendations and very friendly.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We arranged the booking by I nternet. Peter, the owner, was our on site person and he was wonderful. We paid €235 per night on arrival. It was the priciest place we stayed but well worth it. In retrospect €235 per night for five people is quite good.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would love to stay here again. Our time in Amsterdam was far too short and I can only hope this place is available when we return.
Things to do in this area
We did a free walking tour, visited the Van Gogh museum and shopped the market. We took the train out to Zaanse Schans - a 15 minute ride - to see the windmills, cheese shop at this outdoors folk museum.
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