Although the ownership of this highly-rated hotel has recently changed, we can't imagine that the quality of the Van de Kasteelen has gone down. We absolutely loved this hotel and doubt there could be a better one in Amsterdam for the money. From the moment we arrived and were able to check in hours early, until we checked out and were given a royal, early-morning send-off by owner Patricia and her French Bulldog, Lumi, we couldn't have asked for a better experience.
The hotel is spotlessly clean; the bathrooms relatively large (by European standards); the breakfasts quite good (with cooked-to-order eggs and pancakes and the usual breads, cheeses, meats, fruits and yogurts). The location is perfect if you are interested in museums, concerts, dining and shopping.
We especially enjoyed the many good ethnic restaurants and bakeries within walking distance. Recommended are Balti House [Indian], Szechuan Kitchen [Chinese], Sari Citra [Indonesian and very casual], Cafe Loetje [great steaks], and, practically next door to the Concertgebouw, Bodega Keyzer [expensive but worth it]. Excellent bakeries are everywhere; we particularly enjoyed Bakken met Passie at 51-53 Albert Cuypstraat.
A few tips: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gives free concerts at 12:30 pm on most Wednesdays (get in line early). One of the best outdoor markets in Amsterdam is just around the corner and up a few blocks on Albert Cuypstraat. Vondelpark is a great place for a picnic. There is no clock in the room; but you will happily be given a wake-up call.
Give Lumi an extra hug for us. He's a love.
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