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De Lairessestraat 46 hs, 1071PB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Museumplein)   |  
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Ranked #23 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
Seattle, Washington
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Awesome accommodation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Excellent location near the museums. Loved the place. It is tastefully decorated. Karol was very easy to reach via email before the trip and very friendly and helpful while we were there. Breakfast is good and plentiful. I like the concept of self serve when you're ready to eat. The place is clean. The bed was big and comfortable. The steps are a bit steep but that wasn't an issue for us. Would definitely stay here again if in Amsterdam and would highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Perth
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed at The Collector during the Christmas period. Even though it is Winter Amsterdam was very busy and there were queues for most/all attractions. The Collector is about a 2 minute walk to the Museum Quarter and the 'I am sterdam' sign. There is a taxi rank on the same street outside the Opera House which was helpful. There is also a tram stop outside the front of The Collector. We had a light, airy room with a comfortable and good size bed. There was a lovely lookout over the gardens and their chickens.The kitchen is on the same level. The basic food provisions are provided and you cook your own. We enjoyed Dutch cheese on offer! Plus or minus, after the initial friendly greeting you come and go as you please without intereaction from the owner. It was kind of nice in the sense it felt like you had your own Amsterdam apartment. The room was very clean and serviced daily. We had a great stay and would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Puchong, Malaysia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Although I knew that the owner of the Collector keeps collections of unique things, I never quite expected to be amazed by what greeted my sight (apart from his ever-smiling helpful assistant!) upon entering his home. The display of Karel's collections blend in beautifully with the decor he has selected for each room. Such creative and artistically displayed decorations are very original and impressive! My family stayed in two spacious, lovely rooms that Karel very kindly provided for us during our 3-night stay. Apart from the decor, I would not hesitate to rate the clean, comfortable and cosy accommodation as excellent. The pretty and cosy kitchen was complete with a well-stocked refrigerator for you to choose between a full English or Continental breakfast or both! We felt so much at home as we could use the kitchen to eat our 'take-away' dinners too! The location is also strategic with the Rijks Museum, Van Gogh Museum and Vondelpark all within walking distance. The tram stops are also nearby. Although the owner was away, his assistant, Fauzan was most helpful, assisting us with useful information to make the last leg of our 3-week Europe holiday in Amsterdam truly memorable! Thank you, Karel and Fauzan!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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Oudenaarde, Belgium
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I stayed here for business purposes and felt right at home for the entire stay. The owner Karel is very friendly, but at the same time keeps a professional distance. The B&B is perfectly located and very cosy. The interior is clean, original and surprising. I will forever be grateful to the friend who recommended this place to me! In addition, an extra thumbs-up for the fresh flowers (tulips of course!) in the room! This B&B is perfect to every detail!

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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West Linn, Oregon
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18 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

How many places would open their door to you at 7:45am in the morning? Our flight was an early arrival and he did just that. Our "clock" bedroom was very comfortable. At one point we slept 12 hrs. Yikes! Sometimes it takes a long sleep to make up for a 9 hr time difference. We sleep with the window/doors open and it is noisy outside. I brought earplugs and it worked like a charm.

We didn't see Karel much over the 3 day stay but that was fine with us. The kitchen is stocked with all sorts of books, maps and other tourist info. This place is a great value with a great location for exploring the big "A".

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Loved everything about this B & B, from the crowing rooster in the chicken shed in the lush, green courtyard to the interesting collections of musical instruments, barbie dolls and souvenir spoons. The red and white themed kitchen was well stocked each day with a good variety of items and we weren't restricted to specific breakfast times. The rooms were spacious, airy and tastefully decorated plus we had a balcony which connected our rooms. The location is excellent, a short walk to restaurants , canals and museums plus the convenience of the bus to and from Schipol Airport. High recommended,

  • Stayed September 2013, 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 September 15, 2013

For us, the Collector was ideally located, just down the block from Het Concertgebouw and the public bus from/to Schipol Airprort. We bought Museumkaarts and were a short walk from the newly renovated Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk and the Van Gogh museums. We also enjoyed walking to more distant neighborhoods.
Our room was spacious and clean, the bed extremely comfortable; bathroom and shower excellent. Our room and small balcony faced the street. We enjoyed seeing children en route to school and Amsterdamers cycling to work. With the windows closed, it was quiet. Other guests told us their rooms faced the garden.
Karel takes care to place beautiful fresh flowers in the common areas and rooms. We particularly enjoyed being able to make our own breakfasts on our own schedule. Karel keeps the kitchen stocked with fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, eggs, cereals among other items and he asks you to tell him if there is something missing that he can provide. One day we met him at the local outdoor green market that sets up in the neighborhood every Saturday. When he learned that Andrew really enjoys cheeses, he bought one he especially wanted us to try and bring home with us.
We really felt comfortable at the Collector; Karel was accommodating but not intrusive.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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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 ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
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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