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“THIS WAS A GREAT BASE FOR VISIT TO AMSTERDAM” 5 of 5 stars
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Roetersstraat 18A, 1018WD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)   |  
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Ranked #207 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Trenton, Canada
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“THIS WAS A GREAT BASE FOR VISIT TO AMSTERDAM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My wife and I spent 4 days in Amsterdam on a multi-city European tour. We stayed at B&B Reuben based entirely on Trip Advisor information and were not disappointed. Joyce is a wonderful, helpful host. As well as providing a comfortable, spacious room, she showed us many ways to better experience the city more efficiently.
We were on the second floor. When we walked in the room we were beyond happy to see a room 3 times the size of the bed and breakfast rooms so prevalent across Europe. It has a great little kitchen with table and chairs, a good sized bathroom with shower, a small seating area with 2 comfy chairs and small table and a pull out couch for bed with very comfy mattress ... I slept GREAT on it!!
Joyce dropped off food for us daily for breakfasts the following morning. We had cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit and juice, breads and cheeses and meats. Most enjoyable. In fact, we made ourselves a sandwich each day to take along for lunch and had plenty to eat. The coffee in the room WAS GREAT!! ... very important for we Canadians who are removed from our Tim Hortons
My wife and I are walkers .... this location had us within 30 minutes of pretty much all attractions which was great. We had a nice view of a canal from our window, were in a quiet / safe neighbourhood and, had we chosen, within minutes of buses. There is no AC but a fan is provided. As with most places you'll see in the city, stairs are steep and narrow and is best if 2 can take a suitcase up the stairs. Joyce was there to offer help getting a suitcase up the stairs which was much appreciated. If using taxi service to go back and forth to Central Station it'll be close to 15 euros with tip each way.
I would not hesitate to recommend B & B Reuben for any length of stay. We were very comfortable, and pleased with ,our entire stay there.
Thanks!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Boston, Ma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We decided to book this room because of its location and price. We enjoyed the location and the canal view from the room. We rented bikes to get around Amsterdam which worked well for us from this location.

We stayed in the smaller of the two rooms and found the room to be quite small and the decor very outdated. With a few simple upgrades to the decor including linens and towels, it could be a very nice room. The bathroom was large which was a plus. Also, the breakfast was simple and self-catering. I would probably stay here again, but I would ask to stay in the larger room that is available - we got a glimpse into it and it looked huge and much more comfortable!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My wife, me and our 8year old son stayed here for three nights in June 2013.
The woman who runs it, Joyce, gave us the bigger unit because there was three of us and we were very happy.
Here is what we appreciated about this place.
1- spacious - this place is actually an apartment, not just a bedroom in someone's house
2- clean
3- easily accessible from Central Station by metro when we arrived with our bags
4- easy walking distance to all the city sites including Anne Frank House and Museumplein.
5- ample breakfast which we loved and packed for lunch as well.
6- Joyce provided many maps and brochures on everything!
7- lots of windows looking out over the street to watch life going by
8- grocery store around the corner and an Italian/Turkish restaurant down the street which we went to twice (and my son burned his tongue on a Spanish Pepper Pizza - not their fault, we didn't know what we were ordering)
9- Joyce was available for questions and helped us ordering a taxi because we could not make phone calls
Here's the down side.
1- no down side
I highly recommend this place

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

i stayed here in the studio for 5 nights in Amsterdam and overall, it was a pleasant experience.

with the nearest metro station Weesperplein located really nearby, the b&b was easy to find from Central Station. this is the perfect location for tourists, without having to settle for expensive and crappy hotels in rowdy neighbourhoods.

Positive:
-Clean and spacious (bathroom, open-plan kitchen+dining+ bedroom area)
-Safe, quiet neighbourhood ( "coffee"shop, restaurants, university, supermarket nearby)
-breakfast items provided everyday (bread, fruit bread, yogurt, milk, cheese, cold meats)
-friendly owner Joyce (gave us alot of useful information on arrival)
-affordable prices

Negative:
- steep narrow staircase leading up to the apartment (tourist with large bulky suitcase may face issues carrying it up)
- a few lightbulbs were not working,but that did not really bother us
- there is one double bed, a third person would have to sleep on a folded make-shift bed, which may be a little hard or uncomfy ( this b&b is perfect for two then!)
- some of the bread was moldy, did not realise until i ate half of it, which was quite a traumatic experience ( to be fair, the weather was quite humid in early June, often heavy showers and warm)

nevertheless, i would stay here again if i visit Amsterdam again!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Diamond Bar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

B&B Ruben was an excellent choice in Amsterdam. B&B Ruben was located in a peaceful neighborhood three blocks from the tram and two blocks from the subway station. Joyce and Oliver made sure we had breakfast by leaving the food inside our room the night before. Our room was clean and very hospitable. I would highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast from Joyce and Oliver to anyone who wants to visit Amsterdam.

Room Tip: Lower room is quieter
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

I've been in Amsterdam for 5 days, and I strongly recommend this B&B because it really made my stay very pleasing: basically that's because Joyce and Oliver are really nice persons, very helpful for any need. Everything was really quiet, sited on a peaceful neighborhood, just 3 metro-stops away from the central station. But I didn't have to use any tram or public transport (very expensive!), even because every place of interest in Amsterdam is quite near to the B&B (Van Gogh/Rijksmuseum was just 15 minutes walk, Rembrandtplein 5 minutes, Dam square 5/10 minutes away). My room was small but really comfortable, with a huge bathroom and a nice view outside by the side of a canal. The breakfast was various, from bread with jam, cheese, orange juice, and a boiler for a cup of tea, or cappuccino. I had to take steep and narrow stairs to get to the first floor, but you find this everywhere in Amsterdam, so you can't complain for something like this! I would DEFINITELY come back in case of another stay in Amsterdam!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011 via mobile

I have just returned from a weekend in Amsterdam. There were 2 couples & we hired the studio appt & double room - both accessible by one door. Rooms were very clean with all amenities. Breakfast was left in the room the night before which we found particularly good as more often than not we miss it! Plus was nice not to rush to get to a dining room.

Location wise depends on what you want. If you want the hustle & bustle of Dam Sq then stay closer but we prefer to be a bit quieter. It had metro & tram stops close by but Amsterdam is so accessible you can walk everywhere. Guest house was about 10 mins walk to Rembrandt Sq & similar to De Pijp neighbourhood which is worth a visit. There were plenty of bars & restaurant nearby & supermarket round the corner. We stayed over a weekend so can't comment on noise from students but there is a campus directly opposite.

Communication with owner Joyce was great & we were able to check in immediately on arrival. Check out was 10am & they did offer to keep our bags but we left them at Central Station.

One tip don't bother with airport transfers, train to Central Station is so easy & cheap and then from the Station you can walk or get bus/ tram/ metro to where you need to go. Public transport is excellent.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Roetersstraat 18A, 1018WD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Binnenstad
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Ranked #207 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Number of rooms: 9

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