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“Great place, great host” 5 of 5 stars
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De Lairessestraat 46 hs, 1071PB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Museumplein)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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“Great place, great host”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

We had a wonderful time staying at the Collector. Karel is a great host - he communicated well before the stay and made sure we had everything we needed during the stay.
He stocks the fridge and cupboards in the guest kitchen and we had more than enough to make our own breakfasts at our leisure. If you are lucky you will get eggs from his own chickens.
The rooms are well-presented and a generous size with balconies.
The location is great - just south of the Museumplein, Vondelpark and the Concertgebouw, and lots of shops and restaurants are just around the corner. On a main road so easy to get to with public transport (bus 197 from the airport) but so quiet in the room at night.
We will definitely be staying again the next time we are in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

The Collector was a nice B&B that wrapped up our journey across four countries throughout Europe. This B&B has excellent rooms, with modern amenities and lovely finishes. The collections throughout the B&B add a lot of character. The location is also excellent, right off the tram line and minutes to the major museums.

Karel, your host at The Collector is definitely focused on making sure you have an enjoyable stay. When we were there another family with a young child was there and Karel made a point to ensure that their baby was not bothering us (they were a wonderful family - no bother at all), but Karel was very conscious about ensuring that our experience was pleasant, since apparently they don't normally have many kids staying there.

The only bit of a drawback for me, I'd say, was the cook your own breakfast concept. I 100% knew what I was in for before we arrived, but at the end of a two week trip where I hadn't had to cook breakfast...I really didn't want to!! However, the eggs fresh from the chickens in the backyard were delicious!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

My husband and I stayed for four nights recently. I can confirm that all the previous positive reviews stand true! Upon arrival, we were greated by the our friendly host, Karel. After showing us our room and the amenities, he showed us where everything was located in the kitchen. The kitchen was always well stocked with juice, fruits, breads, cheese, eggs, pancakes, coffee, and more. It was nice to prepare your own breakfast at your own leisure. He also provided us with info and guidance on the sights we wanted to visit. The wireless internet connection was a great amenity too. We loved our room and couldn't have asked for a more comfortable and pleasant stay. The directions from the airport were very easy to follow. The location of the B&B was very convenient to the museums. In fact, we only used the tram returning back to the B&B in the evenings, after a long day of walking around. There is a very convenient supermarket about 5 mins away as well. The Collector is a unique B&B with everything you need for your stay in Amsterdam. Thank you, Karel!

  • Stayed December 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

We stayed here after reading other tripadvisor recommendations and had a wonderful time. Perfectly located away from the main touristy areas of Amsterdam but close to Vondelpark and the museum quarter, the Collector lived up to all expectations. The breakfasts were plentiful and included fresh fruit, excellent fruit toast and other breads, pancakes, meats, cheeses, yoghurts and cereals. The bedroom was enormous with a large and comfortable bed, balcony and very clean bathroom. The collections were very impressive, particularly the clogs lining the stairs. We would happily return again. A special thank you Karel for your generous hospitality.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

Our stay at the Collector couldn't have been better! Karel was the ultimate host , from providing a lovely, homey , comfortable place to call our own to being available to help with surprising needs like needing a doctor! We were welcomed as if we had come home after a long trip instead of being a stopping place in between travel. Karel made himself available without being intrusive and yet seemed to know what we needed before we even did. The kitchen was charming, well stocked with our desires and a perfect place to just hang out in between sightseeing. The location was within walking distance to many museums, convenient to public transportation and near a picturesque canal with boats with a hop on hop off philosophy . We loved Amsterdam and hope to be back some day. We wouldn't think of staying anywhere else but at the Collector with Karel!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

I just got back from this fine place on Monday. I stayed there from Oct. 14th to the 31st. I was in the front room with a comfortable bed. There was a view of the street and I enjoyed seeing the 16 tram going by outside my window. Karel, the informative and friendly owner was available for any questions I needed answered about Amsterdam. We had many nice talks in the well stocked kitchen he provides, over a good cup of coffee. His friendly assistant Fauzan was present much of the time to help keep the rooms spotlessly fresh and clean. The larder was full of wonderful cheeses and ham and everything one needs for a filling breakfast. He even had the American staple--peanut butter--available and fresh eggs from the chickens he keeps in his garden chicken house. It is located in a wonderful area of the city near the Concertgebouw, where I heard 2 brilliant concerts, and Vondalpark and the main museums. I look forward to many times of staying there in the years to com.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

Stayed at The Collector B&B for one night in October. We arrived at about lunchtime and our room was ready which was good. Lovely welcome from Karel and he showed us around the room, breakfast area etc. Asked if we had any requests for breakfast and he said he would get us bacon in for the next morning (which he did!).
The room was lovely, very spacious with a nice big bed, dressing table, balcony with a view of the garden and the chickens and lovely bathroom with shower.
The only downside to this B&B is that we would have liked to be a bit closer to the centre, but the tram stop is right outside so is still easy to get in and out. (It is handy for the Museums etc though). We actually booked it because it was around the corner from where some friends were staying so the location on this trip was ideal, however I might consider staying a bit more central next time. Although if you want somewhere a bit more quiet with easy access to the busy centre this is perfect.
The breakfast room was lovely with a good selection of food. We quite liked having to cook it ourselves as this meant we could get up when we wanted (and after a late night the night before this was ideal!) and we didn’t have to check out until 12 so the lie in was just what we needed!
We loved Amsterdam and the Collector B&B was perfect. We would definitely stay again and recommend to friends. Compared to the prices of more central hotels it was excellent value for money. The only downside was that we only stayed for one night!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: De Lairessestraat 46 hs, 1071PB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Museumplein
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette
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Ranked #19 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Collector Bed and Breakfast, in a large house dating from 1914, has well-appointed rooms, each with its own character in the style of the 20's. Your host Karel Poels is an active collector, who can tell about his different collections with lots of enthusiasm. The decoration of his house, including the guestrooms, has been inspired by his collections: unique dutch wooden skates, branded pins, chinaware, you name it! ... more   less 
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