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“David & Marianne, Sheffield, UK” 5 of 5 stars
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De Lairessestraat 46 hs, 1071PB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Museumplein)   |  
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Ranked #26 of 323 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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sheffield
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“David & Marianne, Sheffield, UK”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2007

Have just returned from a three night stay at The Collector. I cannot speak too highly of our experience at this B&B, everything about it was "right" from our point of view - its location is perfect, right next to the major art museums and yet close enough to either walk into the centre of Amsterdam or to take the tram from just outside. The neighbourhood is quiet with plenty of places to dine close by.
Our host Erik, was very helpful with advice over where to eat, what to do and how to get there etc - having your own "Amsterdamer" giving local informed information as opposed to just tourist information made it seem that bit more special.
The breakfast arrangements being of a help yourself, when you want it basis again make for a very relaxed stay (even the eggs were from the chickens in the back garden!).

It is well equipped and spotlessly clean.

Would most definately choose again.

Stayed March 2007
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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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Wigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2007

We stayed at The Collector for 4 nights from the 13th February and thought it was superb. The location is fantastic, the room and bathroom were spotless and the bed was one of the comfiest and largest we've ever slept in. We thought the diy breakfast arrangment was fantastic, we have a 7 year old son so the fact that there was such a choice of food was excellent and we also like to sleep in whilst we are on holiday. It's great that you can just get up at a decent hour and help yourself and not have to rush around at 08.00 in the morning to get ready for breakfast.

Whilst we were there Karel was on holiday but we were looked after extremely well by Erik. Erik was very helpful with his suggestions of where to visit and where to eat and nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be returning next year.

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2007

We stayed at the Collector last weekend and absolutely loved it; we've already recommended it to several friends and colleagues. Karel was alway, but Erik was a superb host, and pointed us in the direction of some fab places, including the Eleven cafe in the docklands which has the best view...

I really liked the breakfast/food arrangement at the Collector - it is a sort yourself out affair, whereby you have access to a well equipped kitchen and a fridge laden with food (cheese, eggs, fruit, ham/salami, juice, yoghurt, pancakes, chocolate, 5 varieties of breads) and you literally feed yourself breakfast when you fancy it. It suited us particularly well as one of us is vegetarian and the other has a gluten free diet. Plus we were in relaxed mode and not inclined to get up in time for someone else's breakfast deadline.

The place is spotless and beautifully decorated. It wasn't noisy at all when we were there - yes there's an apartment upstairs and you do hear some movement from upstairs but hey - welcome to apartment living, that's how it is! The noise level was not unreasonable at all. The Collector is also situated in a very nice part of town and oh so easily accessible via tram. Perfect!


  • Liked — Hospitality of host and decoration of room
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2007

My partner and I had the opportunity to stay at the-collectors in October for three nights. The moment we arrived Karle was there to greet us and made us very welcome, we knew we have made the right choice with the B & B. Our accommodations were very adequate, clean, comfortable and very central with a tram stop at the front door. The second day it was my partners Michel's 50th birthday, when we returned to our room that evening Karle had placed a large bouquet of red roses on the table, what a wonderful touch. Breakfast more than adequate, whatever you would wish for was available and if not it would be made available. His kitchen was very clean, you prepared your own which we liked, he did not mind if you prepared an evening meal, the refrigerator was available for your favorite beverage. As Innkeepers, we would highly recommend this Bed & Breakfast for your stay, we will return. Thanks Karel.....Gary and Michel, Niagara Falls, Canada www.mcgrailguesthouse.com
Ps. He will sell some of his collectables too.

Stayed October 2006
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12 hotel reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2007

My partner & I stayed at The Collector two weeks ago and have nothing but good things to say about it. I think the last review is a little unfair as the problem was with other guests and not the place itself or it's owner. Karel was on holidays during our visit but Erik could not have been more helpful. He booked a really good Indonesian restaurant and texted me with the confirmation. He also left a nice surprise in the room for my partner's birthday.
The place itself is spotless. Our room at the back overlooking the garden was enormous with a 180cm (6') bed. I believe that many rooms in Amsterdam tend to be on the small side. The breakfast is a DIY affair but that's fine. You can eat at whatever time suits you. So there was no croissants, but what was there were four or five different types of really healthy bread, cereals, fresh fruit, cheese, yoghurts...and fresh eggs from chickens in a coop in the back garden! I'm a fussy eater and I was more than happy with the healthy choice. Croissants probably aren't very dutch and you know what they say, "When in Rome"........ ! Yes, Amsterdam is not the cheapest city in Europe and hotels are often bad value, I've often paid more and got less in many places, but I can't find one single fault with The Collector. If you are looking for somewhere that feels like a home from home then this palce is for you.

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2007

Beautiful house, good quiet location near to the museums and tram line into the centre, free internet, and friendly host. Rooms very nicely decorated and a good size (the front room is much larger than the back room), with very good, clean bathrooms.

However, during our stay we were unfortunate enough to be sharing with some very noisy guests who started crashing around, making breakfast (in the kitchen next to our bedroom, at the front) at 6am. As the rooms are very close, and there are wooden floors throughout, it makes for quite a noisy stay. We had to move to the back room on our second night (which was no problem, thankfully) as the road noise was pretty loud. The back room was much quieter than at the front, however it was next to the staircase which led to the flats upstairs (not part of the B&B)...que lots of stomping up the stairs and banging around from the flat upstairs.

Also, the make-it-yourself breakfast was ok, but we were asked if there was anything in particular that we would like, to which we replied croissants. Two were provided on the first day (for the both of us), but were not replaced the second day. Only a small niggle, but we had paid 105 euros a night for a B&B so were expecting a bit more (though Amsterdam is really expensive).

But if you're not a light sleeper, then the house was beautiful and the host very accommodating, so go for it.

  • Liked — Beautiful rooms, kind host, good location
  • Disliked — Noisy neighbours and road
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2007

My husband and I found the Collector B&B through this website and could not have been more pleased with our choice. I can not say enough about this unique bed and breakfast. First of all, the place itself is just perfect. The B&B is located in a lovely neighborhood about 5 minutes walking from the Van Gogh Museum, Rijks Museum, and Concert Hall. ,My husband and I walked everywhere on our trip and found the location perfect. It is not "close" to the Red Light District, but that being said, it is probably no more than a 15 minute walk.

Karel, the owner, is an absloutely charming man who collects all kinds of things from Dutch shoes, to clocks, to canes. He lives on the first floor of the building and the three rooms are located on the second floor. We stayed in the "Clocks" Room which is the largest and faced the street. Our room was very spacious with tall ceilings, a king size bed covered in crisp white sheets and soft feathery pillows, and decorated with different collections- small ceramic jars in white or black, and clocks. The decor was a great mix of modern minimalist mixed with antique collections of the items mentioned above which made for a very warm yet hip feel. As well, there were fresh tulips on our sitting table and a balcony with plants and flowers. The bathroom was large with a big shower. We had the opportunity to peak in to the other two rooms and they were just as unique and charming so you can not go wrong. There is the "Red Room" and the "Garden Room"-- both are spacious and cozy and even though we loved our room we think we would like to stay in the Garden Room next time because it has a view of his garden and his chickens.

One of the most charming parts of staying at the Collector is that there is an adorable kitchen outfitted in red and white with antique food containers and bred boxes. Karel puts out fresh eggs straight from his chickens, and stocks the refrigerator with the freshest ingredients for a great omlet and you get to make your own breakfast. It also has a bowl full of fresh fruit, coffee pot, tea pot etc. Just like home! You get to make your brekfast whenever you can pull yourself out of your comfortable bed. It is wonderful. The other great part about the kitchen is you can go shopping at the local market and make all your meals in the kitchen if it suits you. Karel sat and chatted with us both mornings while we ate and we found him incredibly charming. He speaks great English and really goes out of his way to make your trip to Amsterdam perfect.

So, as you can imagine we HIGHLY recommend staying at this lovely and charming Amsterdam bed and breakfast!

  • Liked — The owner, the uniqueness, the room, the kitchen
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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 Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 323 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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