The B & B 1680 is a pleasant place to stay in, but it has two big drawbacks (read on for those).
Upon arrival the first thing we noticed was that the b&b was quite hard to find. If you are having trouble, look for the door beside the window with the wedding dress.
The location of the b&b is very central, almost in the middle of the red light district, but still in a reasonably quiet spot.
Our hosts were all very nice and friendly, trying to do their best to make us feel welcome. And here comes one of the two big drawbacks: the stairs. Elderly people and those with some walking disabilities should be aware of the fact that there is no lift up to the room(s), only a very steep and narrow staircase.
We stayed in the black & white room which is located at the back of the house. That means that the room was quiet (sort of, but I'll get to that later), but I can imagine it can get a bit too hot during summer months (no air-conditioning or something similar).
The room itself is large, rather rustic and decorated in a minimalistic, if stylish, way. Big and comfortable double bed (might be on the hard side for some, though it suited me), a sofa with a table, a tv and a large clothing cupboard. There are two large windows towards a backyard.
The en-suite bathroom is reasonably spacious and spotlessly clean, like the room itself. A few hooks in the wall there would be handy for the towels and other stuff, though.
The wifi is free and works perfectly. The breakfast in the morning is "served" in a basket that the hosts put in front of the door to the room in the evening and it's okay, but very basic. Fruits, a carton of juice, powder coffee or tea-bags, bread, butter, marmelade and those funny chocolate/fruit sprinkles that apparently is a dutch breakfast custom to spread on the bread :)
Bring your own shower gel and shampoo since none of these are supplied, only hand soap. You will get towels though and they are changed every day.
And now it's time for the other big drawback: lack of sound insulation. The building is old and apparently there are strict regulations regarding changing and improving the interior. Hence, noise from the flat above was quite intrusive at times, especially when they were having an evening dinner with friends one night. We heard people walking around on the floor boards and furniture being moved about almost as loud as if it had been inside our own room. There is a rather a lot of noise also when people are walking up and down the stairs outside the room.
To be fair, at night the place was very quiet.
But, all in all, I liked this B&B and might consider staying there again, now that I know about all the pros and cons and am prepared for them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy stylish accommodation and free Wi-Fi in this monumental, 17th century canal house, conveniently situated in the oldest part of Amsterdam city centre. The 2 rooms of the Bed & Breakfast 1680 each offer a private bathroom, a DVD-player and a fridge. Every morning a fresh breakfast is served up to your room, including orange juice, sandwiches, spreads, coffee and tea. Whether it’s the bright elegance of the white room or the warm atmosphere of the black & white room, you will have a comfortable base for your city trip. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the canal or the wonderful inner courtyard. Just 1 minute from the popular Red Light District and 2 minutes from Dam Square, this B&B provides you with an excellent location.About the Innkeepers:Joost is a MD working in the largest hospital of Amsterdam and Dennis is a fashion designer, specilised in corsets.When you enter the house, you will see a collection of his creations! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- b & b 1680 Hotel Amsterdam
- Bed And Breakfast 1680