It was my first time traveling to Europe alone and was really looking forward to staying here. I booked Boogaard's about 10 months ago, so the stay was highly anticipated. My flight arrived early Thursday morning and upon wandering along the streets and with the help of some wonderful Dutch strangers, I stumbled onto Boogaard's B&B. (For the record, his place is not hard to find at all, I had time to kill and wandered the streets like crazy til I got eternally lost). He is situated on the loveliest of streets, eternally quiet and literally just a simple 5 minute walk to the center of it all, a walk that became extremely route and comfortable to me. A left out of Peter's, a right onto the Brouwersgracht and there I was on the Singel, cafe on the corner to the left, Centraal Station beyond that in plain sight, and the entire city was in the palm of my hand in just a matter of minutes. So from a location spot, it's hard to do any better. Yet the coziness and quietness of the Langestraat, where Boogard's is located is, makes you feel so removed. It's really lovely.
So I got to the B&B around 9:40 and could see the current guests having breakfast. Peter welcomed me in after ringing the bell, he let me drop my bags and offered me a cup of coffee and even offered me some food from his incredible breakfast spread across the table, even though I hadn't even checked in yet. I was there waiting for a private tour of the city with Martin Ribbens, a nice Dutch man who has lived in Amsterdam his entire life and is very good friends with Peter. I highly recommend you consider Martin in your travels. I was given the perfect introduction to Amsterdam and Martin's enthusiasm for his city is like none other. Next to my stay at Boogaard's, Martin's tour was the highlight of my trip. Well-worth your time.
So I had the perfect tour and I truly stayed at the perfect place. You read the other reviews here and there's mention of how it feels like staying with family. I wasn't sure people were just gushing or it was the truth, but by the end of my stay (I spent three nights there) I knew exactly what people meant. I did feel like I had spent time with family, like I truly made a great connection. Peter extends himself so graciously and with the most wonderful hospitality you could ever imagine. My room was incredible, I had a nice private sitting area for me and the other guest on the floor - with coffee maker, mini fridge stocked with drinks and whatever Peter felt like baking that day, in my case it was the most heavenly chocolate mousse cake ever. There was a very comfortable leather couch and chairs to sit in and found myself there pretty much every morning, writing in my journal and planning my day ahead, while enjoying a cup of coffee. A laptop was also there for use, I ended up just using the free WiFi through my iPhone, but it was comforting to know the laptop was there to use if I needed it. Hey, it's nice to have options, right? And his dogs, Pepe and Curly, were wonderful company as well in the morning at breakfast time. As I travelled with just a simple backpack, he even offered to do my laundry and as I brought it down in the laundry bag provided within the armoire in my room, I had my nice fresh-smelling clothes ready by the evening and was squared away for the rest of my trip. Sunday morning before checkout, after just another marvelous breakfast (seriously, a breakfast here and you're well set for the rest of the day), Peter and I just spent the whole morning talking. Another lasting memory.
I could go on and on about my stay here. He is simply the best for a reason. You'd be doing yourself quite a disservice of missing out on this gem of a B&B. The location, the ambience and the hospitality you get here - you simply can't find anywhere better in Amsterdam
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