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“Decent but Disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Between Art and Kitsch B&B

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Ruysdaelkade 75-2, 1072AL Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Stadsdeel Zuid)   |  
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Ranked #81 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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“Decent but Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Stayed here in the wintertime. The room we had all the way upstairs was spacious but the bedding was really sub-par for a B&B. The bedding was old and not warm at all (more like staying in someone's iffy old bed in the basement). The bathroom had the shower and toilet all in one little room so everything got wet. I loved the breakfast- you have to make it yourself but there are drinks, eggs, bread, cheeses and spreads so plenty to eat, but nothing fancy. Overall the place was fine since we were out all day, but it was not conducive to romance or great relaxation- just the basics. Also the worst part was that it was very very smoky. All our clothes reaked of cigarette smoke - gross.
Now the neighborhood is really great- two steps from the market and it was great not staying in what may seem like "the center" from the map but actually is NOT the center of the great places to go in the city. There is a place to rent bikes right down the street which we kept for a couple days to bike around (definitely do this- so much fun!) Being along the canal was beautiful and you got to see "real Dutch people" go about their daily business. There was a tram that went directly to our neighborhood from the train station.
So, if you're OK with basics and only care about location, this place is fine. If you expect a little extra comfort and clean, warm bedding, this isn't the place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Me, my sister and my mother stayed at Irene's place around 6 nights and we were extremely pleased with everything. The design of the rooms is adorable and Irene as a host is warm, caring and incredibly friendly. We really liked the fact that we can do our own breakfast from the stuff that she had bought for us; and little things, like the Easter Cake one morning (we stayed there during the Easter), showed us that Irene is a really sweet and thoughtful host. The view from our big room was towards beautiful Rijksmuseum, and all in all the location of the place is just perfect. We really warmly recommend this place to everyone who wants a very pleasant stay in Amsterdam. Thank you so much Irene!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a week recently. Unfortunately it poured with rain for most of the week but that didn't stop us enjoying Amsterdam and enjoying the quirkiness that is Between Art & Kitsch.
Irene greeted us from the top of the 40 stairs required to climb up to her front door. A bit startling at first but nonetheless a healthy start! Once in we went up another flight to get to the rooms. Yes there is the constant smell of cigarette smoke in the halls & landings but the rooms are non-smoking. As I said - old school.
The bed was very comfy - we were in the largest room at the front with a small kitchenette and en suite. It was spacious but cosy with a TV & free (fast) WiFi. Breakfast was essentially a stocked fridge & plenty of bread in the communal kitchenette on the landing that serves all 3 bedrooms. If you want your breakfast cooked for you, this is not for you. Everyone helped themselves each morning to an array of cereals, fruits, yoghurts, juices, ham, eggs (there are two small rings and a microwave) and a variety of cakes, buns & bread. I must admit that by day 7 we were over this novelty and you had to wait for whoever was making their breakfast to finish before you could attempt to make yours but for short stays, I see nothing wrong with this way of working at all.
Irene, followed by her pretty little white cat, came up regularly to check that we had everything we needed in the kitchen and to offer us snippets of where was good to go & visit, etc. She struck me as very straight forward and helpful which is all you need in a B & B owner really! We were offered different food types to our taste for breakfast, clean towels and regularly asked if everything was ok - a very attentive hostess. The rooms were made-up daily and apart from the odd whiff of cigarette smoke through the floorboards, I can't say anything negative about the whole experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We stayed at Between Art and Kitsch over New Year and thought it was great. Irene is such a welcoming host and as it was our first visit to Amsterdam, gave us loads of really useful information about how to get around the city and the various sights. One of the great things about the B&B is that there is a little kitchen for guests to make their own breakfasts; being left to your own devices means you can have breakfast when you like and around your own timetable. The choice of food was excellent too.

The B&B is located in a great part of Amsterdam - there are lots of good bars and restaurants nearby, and the main museums are only a 5 minute walk away. The B&B is great value for the location.

We'd definitely stay here again.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Me and my friend stayed at Irene's b&b over winterbreak 2012 and had the best time ever. She was incredibly welcoming, and made it feel like home. She explained the city and recommended places to go to. I have never had such an amazing experience at a b&b. Breakfast is self served, but you have tons of food to choose from. It is just a wonderful place and I highly recommend it. Also, the location is perfect, RIGHT next to the museum plein, about 15 minutes away walking from Dam Square.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

The owner of this nice b&b, Irene, is very friendly and warm; the room are comfortable and full equipped and clean, also the small common kitchen to cook yourself breakfast.
The location is near city centre, 10 minutes by tram or 25 minutes by foot, very closed to the museum area.
The are is quiet and we had wonderful sleep.
We were completely satisfied about our choice.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Genova, Liguria, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Very nice place, near the city centre, the rooms are comfortable with original decor, Irene is a great host and cat lovers will find a lovely cat to welcome them. Delicious breakfast, good view. Absolutely recommended!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 #81 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
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Number of rooms: 2
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