Let me start by saying that all the reviews are true. This is a great place with a lot of little extra touches that make it really memorable. My boyfriend and I planned a two-week trip through Germany and Belgium, ending in Amsterdam. Most of our hotels were in the 60-80 euros range, but those prices seemed downright impossible in Amsterdam. Researching hotels there, it seemed that you couldn’t get anything decent under 100 euros per night, and Boogaard’s was 115. Because Amsterdam would be the last stop on our busy trip, I decided to splurge a little and book this place. I found it through Rick Steves’ book, and I corroborated the recommendation on Trip Advisor. I’m not really a B&B kind of person, but this place provides plenty of privacy while allowing a nice communal breakfast, where you get to know other travelers.
As the other reviews say, Peter is a great host. He showed off his beautiful canal house and his adorable dogs Pepe and Curly, and provided directions and maps to all the good spots and restaurants. He’ll make restaurant reservations for you, and you can use the communal laptop any time to check email and book museum tickets (which Peter will print out for you). One of the best parts was that he did our laundry (free). After doing my own laundry in the sink for two weeks, this was awesome! Peter bakes seemingly every day, as he always had delicious cakes lying around for us to snack on. He also stocks the fridge with two beers and two sodas per day per couple. Another nice touch. You can also help yourself to coffee and tea and snacks in the shared living room/kitchen.
The breakfasts are fantastic. The highlight for us was Peter’s homemade Dutch pancakes with endless choices of fillings, such as Nutella and bananas - yum. Our bedroom was stylish and comfy (with four pillows each!) and probably the most comfy bed we had in our two weeks of traveling. The bathroom shower was nice and big – not the typical glass box in which you can barely move that is so prevalent in European mom-and-pop places.
The location is great. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from Centraal Station but in a quiet, residential neighborhood called the Jordaan. There are several cool local bars within a couple blocks (try The Two Swans for real local flavor), and it’s just a 10-minute walk to the Anne Frank House. This place books up quickly, so plan far in advance to stay here. You will be glad you did!
- 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 Hotel Amsterdam
- Boogaard`s b&b