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“Far from the Madding Crowd"” 5 of 5 stars
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Old Harbour Apartments
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Prins Hendrikkade 125-1, 1011 AN Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)   |  
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Ranked #215 of 305 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
New England
1 review
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“Far from the Madding Crowd"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2007

We spent the final six nights of our honeymoon tour at the top floor(s) of Olde Harbour, and found everything to be exactly to our liking. While the property is literally within minutes of Centraal RR Station, the apartments are quiet, spacious, and very tastefully appointed. We had three floors to roam around, witha rooftop patio, as well. It's wonderful to have a complete living suite, a modern kitchen, a nice sound system, and comfortable seating areas when you return from exploring the varied sights of the city. If you're reasonably active, and okay with lot's of locks (canal and bike), be sure to rent one of those big Dutch bikes to get around. Amsterdam is very accomodating to bikes, and you can be out of the city within minutes, with the surrounding areas are well worth exploring.

  • Liked — Unique and authentic Old Dutch interior
  • Disliked — Hauling luggage up the stairs
  • Stayed July 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Warwick
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2007

These apartments are absolutely fantastic and were just what we wanted as a family of four staying in Amsterdam for only a few days. Also very convenient as they are only a few minutes walk from central station and the centre of Amsterdam. The owners are genuinely nice and were very happy to answer all of our questions even though we arrived fairly late in the evening. We would happily go back and highly recommend staying here!!

  • Liked — The character
  • Disliked — Steep stairs to bedroom
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2006

This is an unexpected gem, almost within the Red Light district, but just far enough to avoid it but enjoy the benefits of being in such a central location.

We stayed in the Terrace Apartment and accompanying guest room which were furnished in modern style with good use of space. Shower rooms were well equipped with new, modern basins and showers and all rooms were extremely comfortable. The kitchen was extremely well equipped and up to date.

What was surprising was that, although on a busy central Amsterdam street, our rooms faced inwards and were incredibly quiet - you heard simply no noise at all and I have never stayed in such a peaceful spot at the heart of the City.

Our host, Marcus, was very helpful about finding restaurants locally, and all formalities were dealt with politely and clearly.

Highly recommended.

  • Liked — Spacious, central location, architecture
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Stockport, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2006

My husband and I have recently returned from a 2 night stay at the Old Harbour Apartments in Amsterdam. The apartments are 5 mins walk from Central Station and within easy walking distance of all attractions. We stayed in the Patio Apartment which has been beautifully renovated. The owners are really friendly and we can certainly recommend the Old Harbour Apartments. It was like a home from home and we will certainly be returning.

  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2006

I could not rate the Old Harbour Patio Apartment high enough. This was our first trip to Amsterdam and we had such a good time which was made even better by the wonderful accommodation. The Patio apartment was gorgeous, very trendy, modern and spacious.

Myself and 3 friends stayed here for a week in August. The apartment was huge and covered 2 floors (ground floor and a lower level). There was a double (futon) bed in the living room and the other beds downstairs in the basement.

The kitchen had everything we needed to be comfortable (all plates, glasses, bowls). There was a dishwasher, filter coffee maker and full stove. The bathroom was uber-clean and very trendy, everything was so well designed and fitted, it was a pleasure being there.

The location was excellent, a mere 5 minute walk to the Central Station and about 5 min walk to the NewMarket area (and red-light area) which had a supermarket as well as cafes, restaurants and bars. The apartment was excellent value for money and we will definately return on our next trip to Amsterdam.

  • Liked — Very modern
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2006

We stayed at the Patio Apartment in the Old Harbour Apartments in May 2006 and it was fantastic. The first thing that you notice when you arrive are the period details including original flooring from the construction of the property in the 16th and 17th centuries countered with the modern appliances and facilities installed during the renovation.

The location is excellent with all of the main attractions in easy walking distance or tram from Centraal Station.

The owners of the apartments are excellent and, as with a previous reviewer, were able to tell us (first time Amsterdammers) how to reach all the main attractions.

If this apartment is only at number 9 on the list (at the time of review) the others would have to be spectacular to beat it!! If we are in Amsterdam again we will back for the roof terrace this time to complete the set.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2006

We had a great time, as always, on our 8th trip to or through Amsterdam but the Roof Top apartment of the Old Harbor fitted into our trip so well that it could be only described as perfect.

With two active couples the private 3 level layout worked perfectly. Steep stairs will only be a drawback to visitors with mobility issues. As professional travelers with extensive back grounds in the highest end of the hospitality industry my fellow travelers can not recommend it highly enough.

As a property developer, builder, and furniture designer I appreciated all the details of the restoration and furnishing of the apartment by the Architect owner who lives on site but was discretely unobtrusive. From the fresh flowers in our spacious living room to every appliance and plate and dish the attention to detail and design scores 10 out of 10.

The rooms were especially light and airy for Amsterdam and huge by European standards with so much storage that all of our baggage was stored out of sight so as not to ruin the design effect.

Even if you are not a design oriented individual the over all effect will not be lost on you. The queen beds firm and smooth, a great selection of pillows, a powerful shower, DVD, CD player with the cable TV made all of us feel right at home.

The maritime location right on the harbor, 2 blocks to metro, 3 to central station, halfway to the Maritime Museum, across two bridges to the red light district made it very convenient and out of the tourist overflow. We even found parking right on the street in front every time we needed it.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Prins Hendrikkade 125-1, 1011 AN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Binnenstad
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #215 of 305 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Harbour Apartments offers you a choice of a guestroom and two apartments: the Patio Apartment and the Roof Terrace Apartment. The apartments, in fact the whole house is beautifully restored and decorated by one of Amsterdam's architects. Still you can see the traditionally front and rear house which are so typical for houses in the 17th century. ... more   less 

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