This Bed & Breakfast is a terrific deal if you want to relax, and enjoy more of Amsterdam than the tourist sections along the Damrak.
The house has three stories, with the two guest rooms on the second floor - the host family on the first & third. You come & go as you like, and the location is literally adjacent to the entrance of the Vondelpark - a beautiful park that many Dutch use to run, walk their dogs, relax. Gorgeous during the summer! The host family was very amicable & the breakfast provided each morning was certainly more than I expected! The kitchenettes have coffee & tea at your disposal - the breakfast consisted of croissants, rolls, butter, cocoa, cereal, milk, yogurt & juice. If that's not enough for you - there are local cafes & a Dutch supermarket a few blocks down. The kitchenette has absolutely everything you could need to cook, if you wanted. We stayed in the West Room (see website) and it was huge.
For the price you pay (compared to a hotel closer to the main train station), this was a superb deal. We had just arrived from Paris, where the hotel/price ratio was simply abyssmal, and stayed in a tiny room with infant-sized beds. In comparison, this room was very large with one queen & one full size beds, two closets, multiple updated Amsterdam guidebooks, complimentary maps, and a modest sized tv with dvds (but are you really there to watch tv all day??)
The downsides to the Vondelpark B&B are simple, and relative to the goals of your trip. it is NOT in the middle of the Damrak, nor the Red Light District, so if your plans are to go take advantage of that part of the culture - dont stay here. This is not for you. That being said, the tram line stop is literally 50 feet from the front door, the wait was never longer than 30 min (pick up a schedule, and you can see when the tram will stop) and impressively punctual. My brother and I were still able to catch a tram into Damrak to hit a pub, and if needed, a 15 dollar cabride home worked just fine. The other issue is that one bed was extremely confortable while the other was a futon, and although still provided a good night's sleep - it is obviously not preferred to the mattress queen (my brother & I simply rotated every night).
If you are looking to relax a bit more, enjoy the casual culture of the city & its people, with very light, easy, beautiful walks to the nearby Museumplein (Van Gogh & Riiksmuseum - big Rembrandt action), then you need to consider this place. The nights were quiet, deep sleeping with no loud ambient noise and No ambient light blazing into the windows.
I have traveled to 15 European countries, and frankly - I cant complain one bit about this B&B, and would easily stay there again - especially with a significant other, for a more relaxing trip to Amsterdam. If you want to party and get baked every night, go stay closer to the Red Light District. Dont take advantage of the hospitality of this B&B.
Ultimately, this place is really quite perfect for enjoying all the city has to offer, particularly easy to travel to the major tourist attractions, and still close enough to enjoy the nightlife.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two private and quiet rooms very close to the Vondelpark. The rooms have private bathrooms and kitchenette and are located on the first floor. The Rijks Museum, Van Gogh and Stedelijk Museum are just a short walk through the Vondelpark. Shopping areas, restaurants and good public transport within reach. ... more less
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