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“Beautiful, Central, Delicious, and Caring Hospitality--Incredible value” 5 of 5 stars
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Keizersgracht 618, 1017 ER Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)   |  
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Ranked #31 of 345 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Beautiful, Central, Delicious, and Caring Hospitality--Incredible value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

My husband was sent to Amsterdam on business and brought me along for a couple of days of sight-seeing. I am always a bit apprehensive about traveling internationally as I have some health difficulties (including food allergies) and work that requires consistent internet access. In traveling, I often feel that I have to fight every bit of the way to find food that I can eat, places where I can plug in and work for a decent price, and people who are able and willing to help a dumb American tourist find her way around.
Hotel Keizershof has far exceeded my (and my husband's) expectations. We originally chose this hotel due to price, free wifi, and availability. When we arrived, we were surprised by the central, historic location. Located in a charming canal house on the 17th century Keizersgracht canal, the hotel is about a five minute tram ride from Centraal Station and an easy walk to many major museums, shopping areas, and good restaurants.
At check in, we were pleasantly surprised by our hosts' mastery of the English language, delightful ease of manner, and sense of humor. They were immediately drawing out maps of the best places to go see, eat, and do and asking if we had special requests for breakfast.
We awoke to a huge spread of fresh cheeses, fruits, homemade breads, preserves, and hot dutch pancakes. Upon hearing of my food allergies, our host went out and bought a vast array of gluten free breads, etc. for my next morning's breakfast. At check-out, we were sent with a bag of breads and pastries for the road:-)
This was (sadly) our last morning here. At breakfast, we met a man who said he had been coming here for 24 years--I think we might follow suit.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Minden, NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

Hotel Keizershof was exactly the lodging in Amsterdam I was looking for. From a prior visit, I longed to see what one of those lovely old Amsterdam houses was like on the inside. And K. is exactly that. One enters the seven-story building through a fine old door at the ground floor, proceeds through a marble-floored hall (and on to a cozy, modern kitchen and dining area and adjacent living room if you go that far) to the STAIRWAY, a fantastic narrow, wooden spiral stairway that will take you up four flights, if you let it. Just beautiful, but not for the faint of heart. We got off on the 4th floor, found our room from among the four there, engaged key in lock, swung open the door, and were presented with a beautiful room, large, very clean, with a whole wall of windows looking out to the canal and street and all the fascinating architecture across the way. What a breath of fresh air, coming as we were from our “closet” of a room in Paris that day! We even had fresh-cut flowers and little chocolate Easter eggs. The bed was big and comfortable and clean, there was a TV, sitting chairs, table, chest-of-drawers and closet, and coffee in the room. Our room had a bathroom consisting of a sink and shower. We used the toilet facilities in the hall, which was not a problem—we were the only ones to use it. Let me reiterate, every thing is very clean. The room was quiet with no problematic street noise, and the hotel itself was very quiet. The breakfasts prepared by Mary and her son were excellent and abundant in a convivial setting with the other guests. Mary’s gracious nature is evident everywhere; she chats with guests if they want to, offers advice to local spots, and makes her place feel welcoming with may extra touches. K. is very well located and we walked everywhere we wanted to go. Although located in a quiet neighborhood, it is near restaurants, shops, groceries, museums, parks. The only time we took a short bus trip was to and from the train station. I would refer this hotel to anyone. It was a lovely experience and I wish I were there now.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Venice, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

We stayed in the John Wayne room, the room was very large and comfortable. There is wi-fi on the first floor and you are in walking distance of most of the "attractions" about 15 to 20 minutes. Breakfast is included and that was an added plus. As everyone has said, the stairs are a killer! If I would have stayed a few mores days I could have been in Olympic shape. My only con is that there internet is only on the first floor and that the windows don't have mosquito coverings.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

We booked this B & B at the start of our fairly lengthy European trip on the basis of the comments on tripadvisor and weren't disappointed. The room was spacious and very clean, the breakfast spread was wonderful, fresh orange juice, tea or coffee,a great variety of cereals, yoghurts, breads, spreads, fruit, cheeses, cold cuts,cakes and biscuits and to top it off an omelette or any other sort of eggs you liked. The breakfast room is cosy with everyone sitting at the same table so a nice opportunity to chat to other travellers from different parts of the world.
The whole family made everyone feel at home and were helpful with advice and suggestions without being intrusive. We enjoyed it so much we booked again for later in June at the end of our trip and it was like coming home as we were greeted very warmly as returning guests.
As others have mentioned the stairs could be a problem if you are a little infirm or if you travel with a huge suitcase.

Room Tip: We had rooms at the back, no trouble with noise
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

We stayed at the hotel for two nights after three weeks in Eastern Turkey. We were interested in resting and visiting museums. The Hotel Keizershof was an excellent choice for us because we do not use the typical amenities such as pools and hotel restaurants that are common to most large establishments.

The family was helpful and gracious while not intrusive. We had a key to the front door allowing us to schedule our own time. This point was important to us as we were tired from our earlier travels and returned to the hotel each afternoon to rest.

The breakfast was excellent and the room was spacious, had large windows that opened to the canal and was quiet. The hotel was centrally located with easy access from the airport and to museums and restaurants.

The stairs are steep and narrow but we left our medium sized suitcases in a locker at the airport and took only our daypacks and a small duffel bag to the hotel. Because our stay was short this was an excellent option for us.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

We stayed there for 2 nights in June, 2011. THe owner (don't remember his name) was very helpful, and gave us advice as to where to go, what to do, etc.. The room was quite a hike up the steep stairs (i think it was like 4 floors up), and we had the Charlie Chaplin room which was overlooking the canal. The hotel was very close to everything in Amsterdam, yet away from the tourist hustle and bustle. Breakfast was awesome, full spread of breads, cheeses, jams, yogurts with toppings, fruit, cookies, and he also made us yummy pancakes. I would definitely stay here again! :-)

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

Stayed at the Kaizershof for a couple of days and then came back a week later. We found Ernest and Anika to be very friendly and helpful. Great restaurant suggestions. Stayed in the John Wayne room - only one with it's own toilet. Very roomy and comfrotable. Quite a hike up the stairs but that gave us the exercise to have another glass of wine. Amsterdam is quite expensive and we found the accommodations to be reasonably priced. Walking distance to everything but in a quieter area.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Keizersgracht 618, 1017 ER Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Rembrandtplein
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#39 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#43 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#57 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Keizershof Hotel Amsterdam

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