My boyfriend and I celebrated our birthdays with a short break to Amsterdam and we stayed at Jackie O’s B&B.
We had chosen the B&B based on its location, value for money (many others I had looked at were a similar price for a shared bathroom and this has an ensuite) and the homely/boutique style.
Prior to arriving Jackie corresponded via email with us, providing us with detailed directions on how to reach the B&B on our arrival from the airport. I realised the night before we travelled that I had forgotten to print out tickets for a tour I had booked. I emailed these to Jackie with the hope that she could print them – Jackie had the printouts waiting for us when we arrived.
We arrived earlier than check-in and we had planned to leave our bags and to immediately start exploring. However we delayed this by an hour as Jackie kindly offered us a cup of coffee in her apartment (above the B&B). This gave us an opportunity to check our planned itinerary with Jackie and find out a bit more about the B&B and local area. Jackie provided us with a map and helped to mark the key attractions. Jackie was very welcoming and friendly. So too was her adorable dog Ziggy! Jackie kindly gave us keys before we left so that we could access the B&B when we returned later.
The B&B is really lovely. It is much more like an apartment than a B&B. There is a private entrance and an ensuite off the spacious room. The room has an amazing view of the canal. We particularly enjoyed watching the world go by from the comfort of the arm chair and window seat with a fresh cup of coffee.
The bed is huge and super comfy – perfect to rest up after a long day exploring! The shower was nice and hot with plenty of power.
There are lots of little touches that Jackie has added that makes the stay even more comfortable. To name a few there are: magazines and guide books of the city, a list of Jackie’s recommended bars, restaurants, cafes with a brief description and map, CD player and ipod dock, coffee maker, tea, condiments (there are some facilities and equipment to cook a small meal in if you wanted to), luxurious toiletries and helpful essentials such as paracetamols. There was even a plug converter!
The location of the B&B is in the beautiful Jordaan area, overlooking a canal. We easily found it from the station – taking a tram to reach it on arrival and walking to the station in about 15 minutes on the way back. It was a good combination of being quiet enough at night to sleep well but it was still close enough to all the excitement. Dam Square is about a 10 minute walk away. There are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby. We also enjoyed the local market on Saturday – a definite must to stock for goodies for your stay.
We were able to leave our bags at the B&B after check-out and we returned our key when we picked up our luggage.
We had a wonderful stay and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone else. Thank you Jackie.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jackie O's B & B consits of only one room for 2 and is located on the first floor (up one stair)of a listed building on the quiet Bloemgracht, the bustling heart of the Jordaan district. The room with a fantastic view of the canal has a separate entrance, a fully equipped kitchenette and a private bathroom. Upon request, the fridge is stocked with all the ingredients for a hearty breakfast and a morning fresh bread and fresh orange juice to put the door. LCD TV, free WiFi and sound system (including I-Pod and I-phone) are available At 5 minutes walking distance you will find the famous Anne Frank House, Wester, the shopping streets of the 9, tram and bus station and supermarket. ... more less
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