I booked the Tea Leaf apartment because it had a balcony.
It didn't disappoint. And I am quite fussy.
Prinsenhuis is right next to a canal, and within walking distance to the main shopping area. It's about 100 yards to the tram stop to take you to Central Station (turn right out of the apartment, right again, and the stop is about 50 yards along in the middle of the road).
There is a beautiful view from the apartment. We enjoyed sitting by the large windows watching all the boats.
The front room is very big, plenty of space. TV (with plenty of channels), handy iPod dock.
The kitchen is well appointed - four gas rings, microwave/grill, large fridge/freezer, Senseo coffee machine, plenty of utensils/pots/pans etc (kitchen scissors would have been handy). All very clean (in fact it all looked new). Complimentary wine, beer, coke, Senseo pods.
The bedroom is a bit on the small side but cleverly designed with lots of storage and a good-sized safe. The double bed is very comfortable, the linen is lovely, pillows good quality. The room is very peaceful - no noise at all. Off the bedroom is a small balcony with two chairs, handy for a quick smoke.
The bathroom is a good size, with toiletries (shampoo/conditioner/shower gel), hairdryer and towels provided.
The whole apartment is beautifully decorated and finished to a very high standard. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again, and I shall recommend it to anyone visiting Amsterdam.
There is a supermarket (turn right out of the apartment, right again and it's on the right) so you can eat in if you like. There are limited restaurants in the immediate area (unless you want to pay EUR20 for a main course) but there's plenty of choice for half that price in the main shopping area.
There are a few wrinkles, but none were serious enough to warrant anything less than 5*. The steps up to the apartment are, as others have said, VERY steep. Choose Mandarin if that might bother you. The bathroom door doesn't close (and even if it did, there would still be quite a wide gap between the wall and the door), and the shower is absolutely dire. It is impossible to control, it squirts water all over the place, and in order to get any water on you at all, you have to perch in the corner of the bath and pray...!
The towels are far too small. Also, the sofa bed was extraordinarily uncomfortable. I suggest the owner should spend a night in this place - sleep on the sofabed and try to take a shower! Given the rest of the place is so impressive, I am surprised that this hasn't been sorted.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prinsenhuis is a newly renovated 18th century monument canal house, and home to some of the most beautiful and exclusive apartments in Amsterdam. The location is the famous Prinsengracht, situated in the heart of the old city centre. Guests can choose from a number of fully equipped 5 star apartments, provided with everything they need to live and work in luxury. Each apartment offers sublime views over the Prinsengracht canal and picturesque traditional Dutch houses. ... more less
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