My first visit to Amsterdam was business related and I had little time to plan what to see, what to do and where to stay. My business accomodations were in the Ibis Stopera at Valkenburgerstraat 68, a reasonably priced accomodation in the City Center that I would have been fine remaining at, but they had no room at the Inn for RussellK105 for the weekend portion of my stay. After looking at a multitude of hotel options both in the city center, and outside, I was not comfortable with my available options as there was an imbalance in the (price/value/amenities/location). Eventually, I began to look at B&B options and stumbled upon the positive reviews about Jackie O B&B. It was not far from my business location, still in city center, the price was right, and the Jordaan district offered a lot of possibilities for wandering, beverages, cuisine, and entertainment within reasonable distance. Anyway, the best thing about Jackie O B&B, is Jackie O...she's got personality, is easy to talk to and is so, so very helpful in helping you identify places of interest to go based on what you tell her about yourself. The second best thing about JOBB is the view from the room...beautiful, relaxing, view of the Bloemgracht canal had me inclined to stay in, drink tea, catch up on my reading and snooze on the comfortable bed. The room has a microwave/convexion oven, free, highspeed internet, a selection of quality teas, a capuccino machine and selection of capuccino choices. There's also a small refrigerator with a complimentary bottle of white wine and if you snoop long enough, you will discover a decent quantity of the traditional Dutch waffle biscuits. After working out the logistics related to check-in and arrival, I mentioned to Jackie that I was interested in dining at a good seafood restaurant, a comfortable neighborhood pub and/or coffehouse and making my way to hear some good live music, preferably jazz, latin, or blues. When I arrived, Jackie had gone well beyond the call of duty in researching my interests and finding 1, 2, or 3 options for me to check into. She proceeded to tell me about many other interesting places to watch a movie on the waterfront, or do some waterfront dining, checkout a local weekend market, and where to sample Dutch treats, or other international cuisine. She explained some of the traditions related to celebrating the Queen's (King's ) Birthday and gave me the 411 on then Princess, now Queen Maxima. In my 30-50 minute conversation with Jackie, I learned much more about Amsterdam and life in the Netherlands than I could have reading a complete tourist guide...by the way, she has several tourists guides available in at least 2 or 3 different languages. I could go on, but suffice it to say, that if you do not require someone to cook breakfast, or typical hotel infrastructure and services, you cannot go wrong staying at JOBB. I'm a very satisfied customer and will be back to experience more of Amsterdam. If I had one negative, it's that I must have stayed during one of the coldest spells Jackie could recall...the room is not well insulated, though there are plenty of blankets...I had to keep playing with the thermostat, but Jackie does have a portable heater she will bring to the room in extreme cold temperatures.
- 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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