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Frederik Park House
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Frederiksplein 22, 1017 XM Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Stadsdeel Zuid)   |  
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Ranked #36 of 321 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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“Home from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2006

It's 2 years since we stayed at this hotel, and I'm happy to see that nothing has changed in the way of great service since we were there.
Just four rooms, beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean. Each room has a separate lounge, and a large shower room. The breakfast tray is laden heavy with food each morning.
The place has 5-star quality, but without that impersonal feeling you get from a big place like the Marriott, for example. This is more like a family home than a hotel. Owners Franz and Martin, great guys, are very friendly and helpful.
We look back on our stay with many happy memories and keep planning to return. The hotel is very slightly out of the town centre but it is well served by trams, and you can walk into the centre of things within 30 minutes.
I can't see any reason to stay anywhere else in Amsterdam, but I have to mention that there is no elevator in this hotel. The stairs are VERY STEEP and curving; these may give you a problem if you have a disability. Many small hotels in 'dam have stairs like this - if in doubt ask when booking.

Stayed August 2004
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2006

I have travelled to Amsterdam often and stayed at the Marriott & Pulitzer & Le Meridian hotels all 4star and up hotels, none compare to this place. I was unbelievably pleasantly surprised at what I came across at this place. After the IBC conference took all the rooms in town I was left to find other digs and this hotel came up on Bookings.com. I hit it, due to its location near the DNB.

This was far and away the finest overall experience I have had at any hotel in Europe. While this is a small hotel, the rooms are clean, well decorated and the bed in the loft (where I stayed) is comfy. Franz & Martin are fantastic hosts. The fridge in the lobby can be raided at unheard of prices (everything is one Euro) for water, beer, pop. (Try that at the Marriott.)0 You can't get points at Frederik Park House but you feel as if you live there, a rarity anywhere. An idylic setting in Amsterdam. And when the weather cooperates nothing is better in my opinion.

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  • Stayed September 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2006

We stayed for four nights at the Frederik Park house hotel and as usual were not disappointed by the very high standard and elegance of the rooms.
Martin & Franz [the owners] take their time to make you feel very much at home, nothing seems too much trouble, they always find time to chat thereby offering suggestions regarding restaurants and locations of museums if you need it.
The rooms are designed with simple but understated elegance. We loved the fresh cut roses and the idea of sleeping in cool white linen was very appealing.
Each room [they have 4 only !] has it's own sitting area with ample space to spead out if you desire plus a wonderful shower room that's more than big enough for the average person
All in all we can't fault this very well run hotel it truly is one of Amsterdams' gems.
We'll certainly be returning in the very near future, thank you Franz & Martin, good luck with the garden project

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2006

I chose the Fredrick Park Hotel after reading so many positive reviews at this website. Unfortunately, we found that the owner has quite a temper (and a tendency toward over reaction) when we returned to our room one afternoon to find a cotton throw blanket laid out on the bed with a burn mark in it. Apparently, the burn had been found while the room was being cleaned, although we did not expect anyone to be coming in since we did not leave the room until after the specified 11AM to 12:30 PM cleaning time. The owner was waiting for us, and told us that he was very unhappy with us and would like us to leave. I was shocked since the burn certainly was an accident and in spite of the many rules listed in the guest book, there was no rule about not smoking in the room. In fact, a large ashtray had been provided. He later changed his mind but charged us 125 Euro to replace the blanket. That is clearly enough money to buy a blanket for each of his four guest rooms. Needless to say, I can not recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a customer-friendly environment. Since this is the exception in Amsterdam, I suggest you stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2006

I kept meaning to write a review for this hotel as i stayed there last November with my boyfriend but only getting round to it now. Where do i start?!

The Frederik Park House is without a doubt the most relaxing, peacful, homely and tasteful hotel in Amsterdam. When we arrived i was instantly made feel like i was visiting friends. The proprietors were away the day we arrived, but they had the most delightful girl helping out who was so nice i felt like inviting her for tea straight away! We did however get lucky and met Martin on our sencond day and he gave us some very helpful hints on getting around the 'Dam.

Our room was beautiful, and the attention to detail was highly impressive. Gorgeous old travel trunks as coffee tables, several vases of fresh flowers, THE most comfortable cast iron bed ive ever been in in my life and all the upholstory and linen was fresh, white, and beautiful. The seating and bed were, to be honest, ridiculously comfotable...theres just no moving if you've smoked a famous Amsterdam 'baccy!!

Our breakfast was brought to our door every morning at our chosen time and was quite simply a feast, variety of fresh bread, cheeses, and jams. along with a just cooked (dippy!) egg, choice of dutch meats, freshly squeezed OJ, and a choice of tea or coffee. Simply wonderful. Of all that was great about this hotel, i have to say what made it so brilliant for me was the fact that it didnt FEEL like we were staying in a hotel. It genuinely felt for our whole stay, like we were staying with friends...family even. The decor, the staff, the whole package was so personal. i loved it! And i truly hope it doesnt change, even if i find myself having to book a year in advance i will DEFINATLEY be going back to stay here.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2005

I'm going to start off with the only negative about this place and it wasn't negative to us. If you have a problem with stairs, this may not be a place for you as the Hotel/Inn does not have a lift and the stairs are tradition Dutch townhouse style.

NOW, onto all the wonderful things about this place.

Frans and Martin are wonderful hosts to begin. Greeted with a handshake, a quick overview of the surrounding area, tips on where to grab a drink in the 'hood, places outside the neighbourhood, etc. We got to our room which we later found out from Frans, that it was the smallest room in the Hotel. Mind you, this room was NOT small (especially after popping over to Hotel Arena where a friend was staying to find his room was more expensive and 3/4 smaller than our room!). We had a really nice comfortable bed (what Brits consider a large double and Americans call a Queen size), very clean room, a big TV, a separate shower room from the toilet (which is great), a breakfast table and plenty of room to breathe. As mentioned in an earlier post, there is no phone which is fine for us as our mobile worked fine in Amsterdam. The shower had great water pressure too.

We were asked if we wanted tea or coffee for the morning breakfast and at what time. The next morning we awoke to a slight knock on the door and outside was a big tray full of breads, butter, yogurt, eggs, meats, cheese, two large thermoses of coffee, milk, sugar and a vase full of fresh flowers. And note as we were there for three nights, we had three of these wonderful breakfasts.

The neighborhood is VERY convenient to all of Amsterdam. About a 15 to 20 minute walk back to central station (if you walk fast like we do), great pubs/bars/restaurants/cafes nearby. Very safe and secure.

There is no reception but each guest is given a key to their room and to the front door. It was like being at home but in a hotel.

I hope The Frederik Park House Hotel doesn't become too popular because we would be highly disappointed if we couldn't get a room next time we go.

We paid 110 Euros for our room whilst our friend at the Hotel Arena paid 140 Euros for a room that wasn't even nice or big.

We had room 158. Meant to ask Frans about the numbering of the rooms. We'll have to leave it to our next visit I guess!!!!

Thanks Martin and Frans! Ken and Rob

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2004

My girlfriend and I found this hotel completely by accident when decided to change hotel after being disappointed with our first hotel on our weekend break to Amsterdam (don't ever stay at the Hotel De Paris in Amsterdam if you value your belongings & your sanity).

The Frederik Park House / Hotel, situated a couple of minutes walk from the Rembrandtplein (v.busy central square with lots of nightlife), is a 3-star hotel, but the service and room quality could only be described as 5-star. The 3-star rating is probably due to the lack of facilities the hotel offers. Don't let that put you off - this hotel is simply excellent. The hotel is unusual in that there is no reception or dining area as the building is quite small. Instead you are greeted at the door by one of the two owners with a handshake and personal introduction - all first names. Breakfast is served to your room directly or left outside if you prefer. This is not a problem as our room had a spacious living area through double glass doors off the bedroom. This room contained a dining table, some armchairs and television. Our room also had a beautiful bathroom with connecting doors to both rooms. The room itself is decorated beautifully and no detail has been left out. There being no reception is not a problem either - each guest is furnished with there own key for the front door and their room.

In addition, the price was right at less than 100 euros for each night. Our room could easily have been let at twice that rate. I suggest you book here before the owners realise what a gem they have and raise the price!

The owners are extremely friendly and helpful, and they also prepare your breakfast and clean your room, all with the attention to detail you'd expect from a hotel owner and not a hired hand. They are also both excellent guides to their own city, with helpful advice about shops, restautants, trams, attractions nightlife and more.

The only negative thing I could say is that there was no phone in our room, which may be missed by a business person. It probably wouldn't bother most though, and the more than comfortable room makes up for it.

If you don't believe any of what I've written here, read the testimonials left by the other guests in the notebook left in each room for that purpose. There were more than a hundred such testimonials in our room, full of praise for the owners and full of thank-yous.

Book this hotel if you are looking for outstanding quality and service at superb value. And while you're there, see if you can figure out the hotel's quirky room numbering scheme.

db. ;)

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Address: Frederiksplein 22, 1017 XM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Stadsdeel Zuid
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Ranked #36 of 321 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Frederik Park House 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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