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“Microcosm of what makes Amsterdam great” 5 of 5 stars
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Sunhead of 1617
Herengracht 152, 1016 BN Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
New Orleans, Louisiana
2 reviews
“Microcosm of what makes Amsterdam great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

We try to visit Holland once a year. If we do not book soon enough and no rooms are available, we postpone our visit knowing we will be disappointed by all other choices . Not that the other B&Bs are not good, this is simply the best. Yes, it has all the comforts of home in a beautifully restored canal house, but what sets this apart are the fascinating and engaging owners. The invariably delicious breakfasts are always accompanied by interesting, insightful and often hilarious conversations which provide a gateway into all things Dutch. Politics, Art , HIstory , Books, as well as EVERYTHING else, are open for comment. This is a microcosm of what makes Amsterdam great and this place oh so precious.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 Reviewed December 28, 2010

We stayed in this wonderful B&B for 3 nights during the Christmas of 2010 and it is the best decision we made.
It was a slow winter season with many visitors stranded at the airports due to heavy snow. We booked the Red Tulip Room but Carlos the owner offered us the (much bigger ) apartment downstairs with the same price !
This place is minutes to Dam Square and very stragitically located. The room is very clean, well decorated and comfortable, with a fantastic view overlooking the canal. Like all Amsterdam townhouses at the canal, carrying heavy luggages up the narrow winding staircases is a real chellenge.
Breakfast was great-- Cheese, Ham, Yoghurt, Friuts , freshly baked bread with eggs of you choice. Carlos will make sure you have enough dose of vitamine C of the day from his freshly squeezed oranges.

Carlos and Roelf -Jan are fantastic people who are friendly, warm and talented. Carlos, an artist who painted all the walls deco and Roelf -Jan is a film/photographer. They are very well informed of the places you are visiting and tickets are available at their B&B.

At the departure day, Carlos even got us a taxi right at the door steps to the airport at very resonable price during this difficult heavy- snow winter holiday.

The BEST B&B in Amsterdam.

Sunhead1617-We shall return !

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2010

We spent two nights at this charming, well-located B&B, and were very impressed with the service and the amazing breakfasts. Our rooms were quite spacious and oozed charm. Loved the free wifi, the resident cats, the skylights. Disliked the narrow, steep stairs (4 flights!), but Amsterdam is filled with steep steps, so we adjusted. We had a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 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 Reviewed November 12, 2010

Sunhead is a wonderful B&B in an excellent part of Amsterdam. This charming building is 400 years old but is completely modernized and sits right on the Herengracht canal. The location could not be better. The canal district and Jordaan are the best parts of Amsterdam. You can walk to everything easily: restaurants, attractions and tourist destinations are a very short walk away. It is 2 minutes away from the tram station and 5 minutes from Dam Square
We stayed in the Red Tulip Room, which is located on the third floor. It was so comfortable and had a lovely view of the canal. It's spacious and it includes a king size bed, a small refrigerator, a sofa, a round table, a closet and has it's own bathroom; there is a nespresso maker in the room. The room is very clean, well decorated and has plenty of lighting from lamps, pendants, a large window and 2 small skylights. There is also free WIFI available. You have a nice view of the street and the canal from this room, it gives you a real feeling of a typical home in Amsterdam.
Carlos, the host, is fun and a fantastic cook. We were so spoiled with his super delicious breakfast. Fresh, creative and most delicious, the breakfasts were amazing as well yogurt with fresh fruit, cheese, boiled eggs, prosciutto, fresh bread, and homemade preserves.
Carlos is very helpful and a pleasure to chat to over breakfast and makes you feel very welcome. He was very helpful with giving us directions and information on what to do and places to see.
We would highly recommend this B&B to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2010

Friends and I stayed at the Sunhead B&B for 3 nights while staying in Amsterdam. The location of Sunhead was ideal-overlooking the canal. The rooms were accommodating to our needs and Carlos offered great suggestions on restaurants and places to see. I would highly recommed getting up early for his homemade breakfasts-AMAZING! We loved staying at the Sunhead B&B.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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White Plains, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2010

My first time in Amsterdam and everything was great thanks to Carlos and this wonderful Bed & Breakfast. I stayed in the Red Tulip Room, which was so comfortable and had a lovely view of the canal. Very charming. The breakfasts were incredible and Carlos was a terrific host, offering great suggestions of where to go and what to see. I loved it and can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2010

The Sunhead of 1617 certainly warrants all the great reviews. We stayed here for three nights in October 2010. Yes, Carlos certainly raises the bar when it comes to high standards of hosting a B&B. And you won't find better breakfasts!
Carlos recommended an authentic Dutch bistro close by called "Bij Ons" and we had a lovely hearty meal there. He also advised us on a canal trip run by Boathouse, and once again the booking office and starting point is a few blocks away. The boat wasn't too big, and the skipper was good. Treat yourself you great beers and friendly, professional service at Biercafe 't Arendsnest in Herengracht 90. The signboard hanging outside the building reads Puur, a brand of beer.
In summary, the Sunhead is a really good B&B, and well located.
Hugh and Wendy, Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Herengracht 152, 1016 BN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Jordaan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunhead of 1617 is located in the heart of the wonderful 17th century canal district. Built in 1617, it is one of the oldest heritage monument buildings of the Herengracht. The Herengracht is the most beautiful and prestigious canal of lovely Amsterdam. ... more   less 
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