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“Cat lovers welcome!” 4 of 5 stars
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Ruysdaelkade 75-2, 1072AL Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Stadsdeel Zuid)   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“Cat lovers welcome!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

My wife and I spent 7 nights here and had a wonderful time! The B&B is convenient to public transport, the museum quarter, and the cafes and pubs of the Leidseplein. All the rooms look out onto the Rijksmuseum, which is a 5-minute walk away. Our hostess, Irene, took great care of us, always supplying some special breakfast treat for her guests. And Hatrje, Irene's snow-white cat, kept us company during breakfast.

There are three rooms in total. We stayed in the middle room for 6 nights then moved to the smallest room on our last night. (To make room for a larger party). We were given a discount for being accommodating. The middle room is great for an extended stay. The smallest room is good for a couple of nights at most. Breakfast is serve yourself and consisted of a good variety of bread, baked goods, cold cuts, cheeses, yogurt, fruit and coffee. The staircase to the rooms is long and steep but really not that challenging. My wife and I got lots of great tips and advice from Irene about what to do and where to go, including a discount for the canal cruise. If you are looking for civilized accommodation in a very cool part of the city but not in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown, you will find it at Art & Kitsch!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tokyo, Japan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

The place was junky and smoky. The room was clean, but I did not like the interior and atmosphere. The shower room had odor probably from the drain. I was to prepare my own breakfast. I only had a piece of cheese and a glass of oj because other stuff were not really appealing to me. It was like 9:30 am when I tried to check-out... I had to knock on the owner's door for like 15min. I even went outside to ring the door bell... to wake her up... I felt terrible.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

Pros - excellent location, de Pipj is a great area. Flat itself is quirky and unusual and charming. Breakfasts are plentiful.

Cons - no heating all weekend and no real effort to get it fixed, we were given an extra blanket each.

The dining table had a ball of cat fur and a layer of dust. The host cleaned it off with the palm of her hands, hygiene is clearly not a big concern here.

I specifically asked for a twin bedded room and was assured it was fine, but on arrival the host breezily admitted 'I know you asked for a twin room, but as you can see this double bed is large enough for 2'. As it was 10pm, we hardly were in the position to argue. This was incredibly cheeky if you ask me and quite blatantly advertising the room incorrectly.

The shower pressure was non existent, a trickle at best.

The host was eccentric and at times downright rude. She would walk into the room (even when you are in bed) and linger for ages. Whilst cleaning the shower, she mentioned that lots of hair had been shed on 4 occasions - to the point were this was offensive. After all, humans as well as cats shed hair.

Other reviews have mentioned the cat - it's freely allowed into all the rooms and does frequent them often. The stairs - 3 flights and very narrow and steep - a challenge for anyone with luggage.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

Had a fantastic stay at Art and Kitsch. Irene is a great host, she is friendly and informative. The breakfasts were fabulous and a real feast by European standards. The room was spacious and had all we needed. We even got a little bottle of Champagne for our honeymoon. The De Piyp neighbourhood is quiet and in a good location with the market and museums close by. Would recommend it highly as a bed and breakfast.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010 via mobile

Great location, welcoming host, spacious room. Breakfast fare was basic. Challenging stairs, but manageable.

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Miami Beach, Florida, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

This is a great, quiet and comfortable bed & breakfast in Amsterdam. Very nice residential neighborhood. The cafes and nearby hang-outs were all very local....not a lot of tourists in this quiet area, right near all the museums and an easy bike ride or tram ride to the city center. Irene is a great host and was always willing to answer a question or make a recommendation. Comfortable room, bed and accommodations. We will stay here again the next time we are there. Not far from quality coffee houses as well!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

Nice B&B with a distinctive home feel to it. I have very much enjoyed my stay there for two nights. Located in a nice residential area, not far from the city centre. It's only a few stops away by a tram. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Kitchenette is handy and gives you much needed flexibility when and what to eat. Recommended to those who are looking to have a nice and relaxing city break. Would love to come back and write more. Thank you, Irene. Your friends from Moscow.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ruysdaelkade 75-2, 1072AL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Stadsdeel Zuid
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Ranked #77 of 305 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
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