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B&B Herengracht 21
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Herengracht 21, Amsterdam 1015 BA, The Netherlands (Jordaan)   |  
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Ranked #68 of 297 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
CapeTown : South Africa
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24 hotel reviews
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“excellent boutique accommodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

I think this accommodation is in the better part of the city - many very good restaurants (and the central station) within easy walking distance- for us it was ideal for our 3 day stay we wished we coutd have extended it by another week.
The owners wife Loes was away but her husband was fabulous without being in any way over-bearing - the location could not have been more ideal and we had a really fantastic 3rd introduction to Amsterdam - our 3rd level room had a really good view over the canal (careful when you change as you are in full view of the constant tourist barges) - however it is not a heavily touristic area (definately no red lights )

Our stay left us wanting to re-visit and we would definately choose this accommodation over the other researched accommodation. (The price is much the same as the hotels) but the personal service is very good and in my opinion the accommodation is really good value for money

The only downside was the rowdy students partying a few houses away (out of control of the owners) - the glazing in the windows isoriginal 18th century and may not be replaced with modern double glazing - as an architect I respect this grace to these ancient and graceful buildings and am happy to forfeit a few hours sleep for them.
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The staircase to the 3rd level is very narrow- but such are the stairs in these very old buildings.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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
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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights following a cruise. It has two rooms - one in the front and one in the back. We had the canal room in the front. The room was very large and decorated with antiques and artwork. Being a canal house the stairway to the room was narrow and steep. Fortunately Tony carried the luggage up to the third floor room. The owners Loes and Tony were great, providing lots of helpful information and terrific breakfasts. Breakfasts included a variety of breads, fresh fruit, cheese, bacon, made to order eggs, coffee, tea and juice. It was in a quiet area but close Central Station and the heart of Amsterdam. We are in our early 60's and we walked everywhere from here. It was very reasonably priced and we definately would recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This restored traditional canalhouse offers two excellent and modernly outfitted rooms, one in the back house and one in the front house, overlooking to canals. The house is a traditional 16th century house with relatively steep and narrow staircases but this is all part of the charm. The hospitable couple offers a fantastic breakfast with fresh juice, eggs, delicious farm bread and organic cheese from the market - and with your newspaper from your country! Besides this the service is terrific, beds are great, rooms are spacious and beautifully fitted with arts, antiques and curiousities gathered over the years in Europe.

Fantastic with kids as well - once you agree to the few stairs - the lady of the house has IKEA children chairs and change mats, cots etc upon request. Location is next to perfect; 5 minutes walk from Central Station and in the heart of Amsterdam and the red light district. Although just outside the red lights and within the heart of traditional bakeries, organic markets, delis and great restaurants. Since the couple has lived on this location since they were in their young twenties and they are still huge foodies, they know all the best restaurants and cultural places and events in town.

Musea tickets can be arranged online and all is made easy - I highly recommend this place, its boutique, its beautiful, its quiet, its very romantic and besides this its personal yet private. What more do you want from a Bed & Breakfast?

Room Tip: Backroom is great for families or people traveling together: upstairs its got two single beds as one...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

I stayed in this wonderful and cosy b&b on the last weekend of March, I felt like a princess for 3 nights in the beautiful Canal Room!
The owners, Loes and Tony, are very nice, helpful and so discreet! Loes even took my suitcase upstairs (the staircase is very narrow and a bit challenging if you're not used to it :-)
Breakfast is served in the lovely dining room downstairs, with yummy differents breads, fresh fruit and cheese.
Very close to the train station!
I'm hoping to return one day!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

This B&B is a real treat, the owner Louis is lovely, the breafast is fantastic and the location unbeatable! I would highly reccomend staying here. Louis was very helpful right from the booking, emailing us with details on how to find the hotel and asking if we had any requirements. We went for the room at the front of the of the building overlooking the canal and it was really beautiful.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bottesford
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44 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

A great place to stay in Amsterdam instead of a hotel , the owner Louis was very nice and her house was beautiful .We stayed in the room at the back ,the stairs were a challenge so not for anybody who's not good on their feet .Our room was like a duplex apartment bedroom upstairs in the attic room (a bit snug) , living room below , again very nice furnishings .Louis looked after us well at breakfest and was a great hostess . Location was great , centeral but away from the busy streets . I would probaly stay in the canal view room if I were to visit again .

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for two nights on our first ever trip to Amsterdam. And it was a mere 5 minute walk from the station! Lois greeted us when we walked in front of her home, and said though it was too early to enter our room, she was able to let us leave our bags and said we could come back at 1pm. She gave us a map of central Amsterdam and a couple umbrellas in case it rained (it had rained the night before we arrived). So from there we had lunch and walked all around and came back just after 1pm and she had carried our heavy luggage up to our room for us! The room was very large, with a very large bathroom full of marble. Bathtub AND shower. This used to be the owners suite, so you can imagine it is as good as they could make it for themselves. The bed is super comfortable, as good as any 5 star hotel out there. The shower has one of those huge shower heads directly above you, and it just rains down on you. Didn't try the tub. The view from the canal room is so great, you can see tour boats and other private boats going by. And I saw a swan gliding up the canal the morning we left. Breakfast is delicious, she served a selection of fresh fruit, freshly baked breads including amazing croissants, two different kinds of cheeses, and she offered to cook us eggs, which we accepted, and bacon (though the bacon was just microwave bacon, but still good). The only downside of our stay was the wifi internet reception was pretty much impossible to catch from our room. I had to carry my laptop down to the breakfast room very early on our first morning there so I could write an email to friends and send some photos. But that isn't a big deal as we didn't come there to use the internet! Also there are glass doors between the bathroom and bedroom, with no handles to pull them closed, and the wind blew them open, so we put a shoe there to keep them closed when someone was using the bathroom.

The room has a window that can be opened, which was very nice for fresh air and breezes, and to get the ambience of life on the canal - they advertise air conditioning, but I think they only have that available during the warmer months and not in September. Lois and her husband (he works and said the B&B was his wife's business) were both very friendly, but I wished we could have stayed with them longer so I could talk with them more. The house is huge, they have a two level apartment for rent as well, which we didn't stay in.

We would stay again in a heartbeat! And I highly recommend the canal room to everyone looking for that classic canal view from your room. We slept very well there, it was super quiet at night.

Room Tip: Choose the canal room if you can get it - the view is superb and for 2 people it's huge.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Herengracht 21, Amsterdam 1015 BA, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Jordaan
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