We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Perfect accommodation in a quite perfect setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of B&B Herengracht 21

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Save
You added B&B Herengracht 21 to your Saves list
B&B Herengracht 21
Herengracht 21, 1015 BA Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)   |  
  |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #71 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Bangkok
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Perfect accommodation in a quite perfect setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2011

My wife and I have just returned from a 10-day trip to Amsterdam and we stayed at the Herengracht 21 B&B for a total of 7 nights. We stayed three nights in the canal room and four nights in the 'back room' so we're in a good position to evaluate both options.

Apart from the fact that the Herengracht 21 looks cosy and typically Dutch, the main reason I chose it as a place for my wife and I to stay was because pre-departure, Loes, the owner's e-mail communication was excellent. Always friendly, always business-like, always prompt. Right from the start, I got the impression that Loes ran a tight ship. And so it proved to be.

Husband and wife team, Loes and Ton, are simply the perfect hosts. They are both passionate about their home and their city. They can help you plan your day trips and your walks around Amsterdam and they offer an extensive library of guide-books on both Amsterdam and Holland, which you are of course welcome to borrow.

The cooked breakfasts are excellent. (cheeses, bacon, eggs, fresh orange juice, rolls, croissants, etc) and Ton - being a keen sailor - even has a small boat moored in front of the house. Our trip around Amsterdams canals with Ton at the helm was something we'll never forget.

"Our home is your home" sums up Herengracht 21 perfectly.

So what about the two rooms on offer? The back room is a two-floor duplex with a living room on the first floor and a comfy bed, shower and toilet on the second. We liked this room better because it was like having your own self-contained flat in the heart of Amsterdam. The only thing it lacks is a view of the canal, which of course the canal room has. To open the curtains and gaze on to that lovely stretch of canal is a perfect start to the day. It's a very close call, but I think the back room just edges it.

You are also just a short walk to Centraal station and from there you can be in places like Delft, Alkmaar, Hoorn and Haarlem in 15-45 minutes thanks to the excellent Dutch rail network.

There are plenty of markets, restaurants, shops and bars within the vicinity as well.

Stay at the quirky, cosy Herengracht 21 and you are getting a feel for Amsterdam that I don't think you would get staying at some five-star hotel chain.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

39 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    26
    11
    2
    0
    0
See reviews for
5
28
Solo
0
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (8)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, UK
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2010

A charming quirky private house, on a pretty canal, with two guest rooms. It is only ten minutes walk from the central station, yet in a quiet area. It is possible to walk to many of the major attractions if you don't mind longer walks.

The front and back guest rooms are entirely different to each other, but both are accessed by steep spiral staircases. I stayed in the back room which does not overlook the canal. The back room has two floors: a lower living room and an upper bedroom with toilet, shower, sink and a bed. The only problem with the upper bedroom is that the roof space makes it impossible to walk around the bed with stooping. It is also impossible to stand up in the toilet – making it difficult for a man to ‘wee’ standing up. There is tea making facilities (essential for Brits) but a Fridge would be a nice addition. The upper room is quite warm in the winter but the lower living room is much cooler. I did not find the bed or pillow very comfortable, but others may disagree!

The owners are both friendly, charming, speak excellent English and are a font of knowledge about what to see and do. Breakfast is served in the kitchen with the guests from the other room. Egg and bacon are provided as well as cereal and breads. This historic quirky house is full of Dutch charm and so much better than a chain-hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cork, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2010

The location was perfect very close to everything. The room was great with a very comfortable bed, plenty of space and a fantastic view! I have stayed in many hotels and apartments and this was excellent for the city. I tend to spend ages searching through all accomodation in the city i visit and would consider myself quite picky. Saying that i would have no problem recommending here to anyone. I know some people may complain about the price but i looked at many hotels that were way more expensive for a room half the size of the Canal room here. Plus you can't put a price on pure relaxation and comfort which Herengracht has in abundance.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Madrid
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2009

Stayed with my husband and friends from Madrid during the weekend of October 23rd to the 25th. This is a place I would absolutely return and I have already promoted the B&B to many friends and colleagues. Its location is perfect. The B&B is cosy, 'gezellig', and the hosts are very kind and make you feel very welcome.
This place is so much better than a hotel!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to B&B Herengracht 21? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about B&B Herengracht 21

Address: Herengracht 21, 1015 BA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Jordaan
Hotel Style:
Ranked #71 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Odigeo so you can book your B&B Herengracht 21 reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage B&B Herengracht 21, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.