A consistent patron of BnBs in the US, and with most hotel rooms in Amsterdam booked due to a Cardiologist Conference, Eric's places looked ideal. He didn't have availability at the Canal House, though did at the Jordaan rooms. I was under the impression that I had the room with an ensuite toilet, as I paid 90 euro per night. Be clear with this question when you check in.
Having learned to read TripAdvisor reviews in advance for other bookings, the reviews were most helpful. There is confusion over the Canal property vs. Jordaan rooms, and the pricing is a clear indicator, so do check out Eric's website. Some commented on small room sizes and the tight winding stairs, though I found them to be consistent with other European cities. Others commented that this isn't a true BnB as breakfast is not made for you. I actually preferred, and was quite pleased with, Eric's generously stocking the fridge in advance with my referred foods, then I could wake and prepare breakfast at my convenience.
It is also common for a double room to have 2 twin beds side by side, and that is how my room was set up. The shower/sink were nicely done as was the toilet just outside my room door.
If this is your first time to Amsterdam, I recommend arriving during daylight. While quite safe, the neighborhood may seem dark and therefore harder to navigate via street signs after sunset. The BnB and neighborhood initially show best during the day, in my view, so let that be your first impression! As you learn the area, you will venture out and find a fairly quiet though vibrant night life just around the corner with small restaurants and pubs with enjoyable food and atmosphere.
Similarly, walking from Centraal station is fine (10-15 minutes depending on luggage), though much easier in daylight if you aren't familiar with the city. It will set you back about 9 euro to take taxi from the station.
Also, Eric provides towels, and consistent with other European BnBs/Hotels, plan to bring a washcloth if you want one. REI sells small microfiber 'towels' that can double as washcloths.
If this is your first trip to Europe, there may be some adjustments due to centuries-old buildings and compact surroundings. Pack light, take advantage of backpacks, bring an open mind, and enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eric's B&B offers accommodation in two locations: on the Prinsengracht, in the heart of the canal area as well as in the Tichelstraat, in the famous area called The Jordaan, near The Anne Frank House, a short walk from the canal area. All accommodations are decorated in style and offer a home away from home for a few days, or for extended stays. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Eric`s Hotel Amsterdam
- Eric`s b&b