We have been home for just an hour (not even unpacked) and I feel compelled to write about our time at Petit Prince, it was so exceptional. We stayed in the apartment on the 1st floor (not the loft which is the floor above). From the moment we arrived and found Menno standing by the front door waiting for us, the welcome and service we received throughout our stay was superb. The apartment is gorgeous and so stylishly done. A sitting-room with dining area at the front (with roaring fire, Bose speakers, candles galore and beautiful fresh flowers everywhere) and floor to ceiling windows with amazing views over the canal and the chic '9 streets' area (read Greenwich Village but prettier). There is a small kitchen area with everything one could need and a fridge stocked with beer, wine, juice, Coke etc as well as copious amounts of delicious deli food + everything you could want for breakfast - fresh fruit, yogurts, milk, eggs, bacon, croissant, bread + a Nespresso coffee machine. The bedroom has plenty of cupboard space, an amazingly comfy 5'6" double bed and a large flat screen TV. Finally a very large bathroom with bath and shower and twin basins (with yet more orchids and fresh flowers everywhere) We are fussy customers but the owners had thought of everything and we just loved having a place of our own which soon felt like home. We were equipped with phone numbers in case we wanted anything (which we didn't) and Menno very unobtrusively checked in with us each day to ensure we were happy. We've decided we never want to stay in a city hotel again - this is definitely the way forward ! Did we miss having the services of a concierge, the forced smiles from receptionists, the bills every time we wanted a cup of tea or glass of wine, the turn-down service, housekeepers knocking on the door ?? NOT ONE BIT, we just loved the privacy, the freedom and feeling like locals.
The apartment is also located in possibly THE most convenient and delightful part of the city - you are right in the heart of things and we walked everywhere. There are stunning shops and restaurants within a stone's throw, it's 3 mins on foot from Anne Frank's house, 10 mins from the main shopping street and 15 mins from the Rijksmuseum (don't miss).
I would not recommend Petit Prince for a family - its very much a place for a romantic stay for a couple. The owner Charles has several properties in the city (they all look stunning) and when you email him to enquire about availability, he personally replies with full details about all his available properties and you can take your pick depending on your requirements. His approach to service and determination that you will have a perfect stay is extraordinary. Hotels around the world could learn a lot from Charles. We've never before stayed somewhere so perfect. Don't hesitate - just book it !
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- Also Known As:
- Petit Prince Hotel Amsterdam