I had read so much about Peter's amazing breakfasts that was a bit disappointed when, after sending an enquiry about the B&B, Peter informed me that it was booked out, but that the apartment was available. After much deliberating my friends and I (we were two couples travelling together) decided to book the apartment; at least that way we could be together, but still have the added bonus of having our own room with private ensuite.
After spending the few weeks beforehand shopping at the German Christmas markets we had some serious, heavy luggage, but found that it was a very easy and pleasant walk to the B&B from the train station. It was almost NYE and Amsterdam was a mad house, teeming with people, but as soon as we turned into the street that Boogaards is on it was as though we had entered a little tunnel of tranquility. The location of the apartment is second to none.
Peter's welcome was out of this world. He is a full on, passionate, kind fellow with a big personality and a big heart (and as we found out upon departure, great big bear hugs to boot!). Upon arrival he explained everything about the apartment (which had thoughtful, festive touches in the way of lovely Christmas decorations) and also showed us his living quarters upstairs. He is obviously very proud of the home and so he should be; the restoration of the old building is very impressive.
Peter stressed that he was always available should we ever need him, but he was never intrusive. He encouraged us to join him for coffee downstairs whenever we wanted to, but unfortunately we never got around to it. Nonetheless he managed to share his amazing life story with us, a story that is really worth listening to.
The apartment was spotless and the bed and bedding was so comfortable that I wanted to sleep all day long. Although our room faced the street it was very quiet.
Peter had stocked the fridge with sparkling wine, beer, cheese, meat, eggs and other breakfast goodies so that we could make our own breakfasts (which we did every morning). He also left us some cupcakes and some home made tiramisu (and whipped cream in the fridge!) which was just awesome. The apartment also allowed us to self cater for dinner - it was actually really nice to have the little kitchen available and we certainly made the most of it. Peter suggested some nearby restaurants; we had dinner at "Seasons" which was mind blowingly good (at that stage the best restaurant of our month long trip, only surpassed by L'Ange 20 in Paris a few days later)...
I could wax lyrical about Boogaard's - it is certainly one of the best B&B's I have ever stayed in and I simply cannot recommend it highly enough. The level of service that Peter offers is very rare indeed and he deserves every single one of the accolades on Tripadvisor. Don't even consider staying anywhere else if you're planning a visit to Amsterdam... Boogaard's is the best of the best!
Thank you so much Peter for your incredible hospitality. Wishing you health and every happiness for the future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Boogaard's BnB our luxurious romantic bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and queen size beds are located on first floor with access to a wet and dessert bar. Each roomy bedroom has a large flat screen television, Firer place with seating area, comfortable leather chairs, writing desk complete with a laptop with free wireless internet, beautiful antique armoire and a bookcase filled with guide books and maps. Guest have access to the wet and dessert bar filled with free soft drinks plus tea and coffee service. For the first time we are offering central air-conditioning in our rooms to ensure the perfect sleep during the summer months. The rooms are decorated in a classic and comfortable style which Peter has become know for, and they will have luxurious larger bathrooms, each with a large walk-in shower and a rain shower feature, marble wash basins and heated towel racks. On our roof top terrace, you can enjoy the view of the old city while relaxing in our beautiful deck chairs around our garden and you can enjoy the outside wet bar. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Boogaard`s b&b
- Boogaard`s Hotel Amsterdam