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“Couples retreat in stag city” 5 of 5 stars
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Oudezijds Voorburgwal 10 | Centre, 1012 GD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)   |  
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Ranked #55 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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“Couples retreat in stag city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Amazing location. Perfect for visiting the red lights and all they have to offer along with the popular city centre coffee shops and head shops. But, more importantly, walk in the right direction and you can virtually miss all that. Find yourself the gorgeous canal and bar culture and sample the world of cuisine on offer. Amsterdam has a new place in my heart after this trip (it already had one for the coffee shall we say, but has now reserved another for its beauty). If you stay here DO NOT miss the awesome Brouwerji de Prael pub/cafe and local beer shop that is literally around the corner. Nor the wonderful Brouwerji ij, Gollem and Arendsnest if you like your beer. Anyway, back to Velvet.

Beautiful rooms that are quiet (so long as the restaurant downstairs don't party til the wee hours) and well furnished.
Lovely hosts as with most B+B's to be honest
A good, healthy, and probably typically dutch breakfast
Oh yeah, and did i mention REALLY cheap for the area/quality
LOCATION!

Room Tip: Canalside was lovely due to the view.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    5 of 5 stars
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Austin, Texas
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 69 cities Reviews in 69 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Set amid bars, coffee shops, and sex workers, (which is true of most of the city center) this place was truly an oasis of calm and comfort. We had the canal view but, despite heavy foot traffic, it was quiet. ( it was December, so windows shut) It is above a restaurant, but we never heard or smelled a thing. Great firm mattress, we slept well
Breakfast comes in a basket to your door so you have privacy, yet if you need anything, even advice, David is most helpful. Room has a fridge- handy. My only tiny complaint is- no place to set stuff in the bathroom, but it was a minor inconvenience. Would happily stay again. Beautiful rooms, terrific host.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Perfect location, great room and friendly owner. Such a luxury having breakfast brought to the room and being able to eat overlooking the canal. So happy with our choice of B&B and would definitely recommend this one. Amsterdam did not disappoint, we loved every minute.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shropshire
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36 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

My husband and I recently spent 4 nights at Velvet and what a find! David, our host, sent us directions for the short 5 minute walk from the station to Velvet before our arrival in Amsterdam and they were so easy to follow. As he couldn't be there to meet us he gave us instructions as to where to find the key and popped in to see us later that afternoon when he quickly answered our questions and gave us tips on the best things to visit in Amsterdam and getting about both on foot and by tram. He said that if we needed any help or further information we only needed to ask.

He explained that he would bring us our breakfast each morning and would leave it in a basket outside our door and asked what time we would like it to be delivered. When our basket arrived it was full with bread, croissants, jams, cereal, milk, orange juice, and hard boiled eggs together with cheese which had been left in the fridge in our room. Tea, coffee and a kettle were also supplied in the room.

We had the room at the back of the house which was really quiet and, although the view wasn't the best, for the amount of time we spent in there it really didn't matter. The location of the house was perfect. We were around a 10 minute stroll from Dam Square and near to the red light district with plenty of brilliant bars and restaurants within a 5 minute walk. The bed was extremely comfortable and we both slept very well, which is unusual for us when we are away from home.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and can heartily recommend Velvet. Thank you David for making our stay in Amsterdam perfect and hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We absolutely loved the Velvet Amsterdam! It will be our new go-to when visiting Amsterdam.

David was very friendly and he quickly answered all emails we sent regarding our booking, check-in, etc (there was a problem with the paypal service when we tried to reserve and David was very quick and accommodating to mend the situation). When we arrived, he gave us a quick tour, showed us the various guide books and info packets they have available for guest use, and offered any and all help we might need during our stay.

The breakfast basket was the best breakfast that we had during our trip this year - delicious bread and cheese, cereal, milk, orange juice, hard boiled eggs - basically the full works of a continental breakfast. And it was delivered to our door each morning (he asked upon arrival as to what time we would like breakfast). It was the perfect start to the day.

We had the canal room view and we just loved it. The room is very large and has everything you might need. The bed was very comfortable and afforded us the best night sleep of our trip. When the windows are opened, you can hear the hustle and bustle of the area. When they are closed, it is nicely quiet. And you really can't beat the view.

Location can't get any better - 5 minute walk to train station, the red light district is right on your doorstep, and there is tons of shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs located all around. Anything you need is literally just a couple minutes down the road.

We are very much looking forward to our next trip to Amsterdam and the Velvet Amsterdam will be our first choice - perfectly priced, perfect location, perfect host, perfect stay!

Room Tip: The Canal room is worth the extra $$$ - view is gorgeous If you are a light sleeper and staying on...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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San Luis Potosi, Mexico
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19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

I love to write bad 1 star reviews as well as 5 star reviews and as much of a critic as I am, (naturally being a Virgo!) the Velvet Amsterdam merits a SOLID 5 STAR!

After traveling to 6 countries this past month I would have to rank the Velvet Amsterdam near the very top as far as Accommodations vs Cost. What a great find this place is! Perfect location means easy access when arriving at the train station. (Its only 5 minutes away walking), close to Dam Square (8 minutes), close to the canal boats, and if you wish to go to the museums you can take a tram from the central station. You can practically walk out the door and the Red light district is nearby (no worries, the area is actually safe at night) for strolls through that area.
As far as the room goes, it is excellently decorated and has all the conveniences, including a small fridge for keeping your beer and drinks cold! Nice bathroom with very hot water. David our host provided an ample breakfast basket every morning - there was always enough left over for us to take along and munch on some fruits or pastries during the day. The beds are excellent too. Soft pillows, soft matresses = restfull sleep.
There is a FEEBO fast food place about a minute away - great for trying Bitterballen or Cheese Croquettes. They were actually excellent and very cheap. Also a small supermarket for beer and cheese, sodas etc a couple of alleys away - into the red light area, and also ask David about the Laundromat- its only a block away and to us after 9 days into our trip was so nice to get some clean clothes done!
I completely recommend this place as a top choice for middle level budget travelers when staying in Amsterdam. Compare what you get in London or Paris for €105 a night and you will see what I mean! There are only two rooms so make reservations early. You really do not have to look anywhere else!

THIS IS THE REAL DEAL, THE HIDDEN GEM OF AMSTERDAM!
GREAT PRICE! FANTASTIC LOCATION!

Room Tip: I liked the interior room to ensure no nighttime noise.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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Sunbury Victoria Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

My husband and I recently travelled to Europe then onto Canada and New York. Having read the reviews on trip advisor early in the year decided to book 3 nights at the Velvet Amsterdam in late August this year. We had previously had a bad experience with B & B's but this was the complete opposite. Not only was the room exactly as depicted but meticulously clean and every amenity supplied including an ample breakfast delivered every morning to our room. The location was superb and only a short walk to everything in central Amsterdam. Our host David couldn't have provided anything else and free Wi-if was an added bonus.
We had the back room which was very spacious, a little noisy with construction work going on but eliminated with the windows closed so was not a problem in the least. I would definitely return and highly recommend to anyone travelling to Amsterdam as it is located close to the Central station and David provided clear directions on how to get there by foot. Very close to numerous restaurants and sight seeing spots and Dam Square. Great value for money!!
Noelene & Bryan ( Australia)

Room Tip: Back room is probably quieter but doesn't overlook the canal which is just out the front door!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 10 | Centre, 1012 GD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Red Light District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The accommodation has a private entrance and is on the first floor (without lift) recently renovated canal house, which dates from 1930. I have two room one with canal view and other is on at the back of the house. The room has a private shower and toilet, directly accessable from the room; TV, DVD player, free WI-FI, a double bed, fridge, coffee and tea facilities. Breakfast is served in the room. Weekly and monthly rate available. In this rate breakfast is not included. The B&B is located in the old town centre of Amsterdam, only a 5 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station. Most attractions are at walking distance. Museum Square (Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum) can be reached within 10 minutes by tram number 2 or 5. From Central Station you can take local trams and buses and national and international train services. The owner speaks English, Dutch and some French.If you have any questions, just ask. Hope to welcome you soon in our B&B. ... more   less 

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