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“Great location and hosts in Amsterdam” 4 of 5 stars
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Xaviera Hollander's Happy House
2.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   17 Stadionweg, 1077RV Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #104 of 305 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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“Great location and hosts in Amsterdam”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We spent 3 nights here at Xaviera Happy House in late July 2013. The house itself has a lot of character and is a great introduction when arriving in Amsterdam. The breakfasts were very nice and relaxed out in the courtyard area, and the cooks were very friendly and helpful. The location was excellent, in a very nice part of town just outside of the touristic city centre. It was very nice strolling along the quiet local canals early each morning, as opposed to the busy touristic canals in the city centre. The design of the houses and tidy streets all around this area is really nice to stroll around and check out.

Xaviera's husband also hooked us up with the museum pass reduction tickets from the house which was very handy before setting off into town.

The great thing is that the house is still very close to the city centre, 10-15mintues on the tram, which is very handy.

Europe was going through a heat wave while we were there, and we found our room a little bit hot when trying to sleep, but it didn't bother us that much. We would happily stay here again and thoroughly recommend it.

Glenn and Hannah Burrell - New Zealand

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Me and my friend paid 285 euros for 2 nights to stay at this apartment. When we turned up there we were sent to stay with her friend who is about 80 years old. Technically we rented a room from a 3 bedroom apartment. We paid for breakfast and was given 1 slice of ham and 1 slice of cheese and then said hurry up and butter your bread. Me and my friend was so disappointed but thank fully Amsterdam was still the bollocks as usual. I'm so lucky I didnt take my wife there cause I would be divorced by now. Beware be very aware but would be a good prank for Aprils fools day. Rip xavier Hollander u robbing scumbag.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Overall a good experience and great for us since it was close to the RAI Convention Center where we were working an event.

On the good side:
- For us, the location - it is close to the RAI Convention Center. It took us 12 minutes to walk at a good pace from door to door with equipment.
- Very friendly and service oriented folks that were all helpful - I am vegan and they prepared a wonderful breakfast every day. They accommodated our earlier departure each morning for the RAI and basically gave us run of the kitchen as needed. They even gave us a ride to the tram when we checked out!
- Everyone was always checking to see if we had everything we needed and wanted to be sure that we were comfortable. They seemed to go out of their way to make us feel at home.
- Our room was a decent size, had a table and chairs and a balcony and fridge.
- The backyard and garden were very peaceful and beautiful. We had breakfast there one day and sat out for a bit each night.
- We are “pet parents” ourselves so we enjoyed the company of their very cute and friendly dog Suzie and their cats Mini and Maxi. We are more cat people than dog folks but little Suzie was so cute and had such a great personality.

On the not as good side but still okay:
- The reservation we made with Booking.com described our room exactly as it was with one exception - it said that we had an en-suite bathroom and toilet. We are at a point in our lives where we would rather not share a shower and toilet. One morning the shower was busy and I had to go to work at the RAI without taking one. It wasn't a huge deal but we did pay extra for the en-suite and it was disappointing that the website and our printed reservation confirmation were not accurate. We mentioned this but they seemed just as confused.
- It was not a big problem for us, but there was a lot of clutter everywhere. Every closet and drawer in our room was full of sheets and other stuff so we had to empty out a few spots to put our clothes and belongings. Again, not a big deal for us but we could see that others might not be as tolerant. You could view it as having a lot of charm and "wacky" character - as we did - and not be bothered by it :-)
- Philip was always great to be with as was all of the staff. Xaviera could sometimes come on a little strong with her marketing efforts to buy stuff like tours and such. She's just being a good business person, which is understandable and expected, but some might hope for a more toned down approach.
While we loved the pets we were a bit uncomfortable with the access to the kitchen table and counters… especially with outdoor pets and their paws on the same table we were eating on.
The shared shower and toilet was decent sized but as others have mentioned the sink was the tiniest I’ve ever seen.

Again, overall we were very pleased with our stay and the service. The only reason we would stay somewhere else next time around would be for an en-suite bathroom and toilet.

Room Tip: Double check the specs of your room - I believe the only room with en-suite is the chalet outside th...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I went there with two friends of mine and we had such a great time ! The place is full of history and the people here are just so nice that you didn't wanna leave. We'll be back for sure as soon as possible. Xaviera is juste wonderful and interesting just as everyone in this house. Don't trust the [--] comments about the cleaning: everything was clean. An awesome place for an awesome city, I only have one regret : my trip here was too short, next time I'll stay a week or so. thank you Xaviera and Phillip and see you soon.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Hi
I spent the night of 5.7.2013 in their house with my girlfriend
Was a terrible experience:
- we got a room where there was even no space to put a suitcase. So we would take turns on the bed to open and close suitcases while the other one would step out in the corridor.
For Eur 100!
- pics of bathroom shared with 1 other family enclosed. Smallest sink I have ever seen
- room is,quite rundown

And the best.... after me complaining, and after Mrs Xaviera and her husband had tried many times to ask personal questions about our couple which I eluded ( wasnt their business)...
Xaviera told my girlfriend the next morning she should leave me due to my age!!
I know unbelievable but true ( she answered they better mind their business)

Nonono!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

GOOD PLACEMENT..vintage interior...NO COMMENTS....HEAVEN IN AMSTERDAM...staying in this place was very very wonderful...just happy mood...city views from balcon

GOOD PLACEMENT..vintage interior...NO COMMENTS....HEAVEN IN AMSTERDAM...staying in this place was very very wonderful...just happy mood...city views from balcon

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

You will feel at home at The Happy House in Amsterdam. I was so relaxed that I enjoyed breakfast, while still in my PJs. Also, they serve breakfast up to 11 AM, so sleeping late isn't an issue. The garden is a delight and filled with interesting exotic foliage. Every room has a personality and style that has a 70s groovy feel to it. You will be very well-connected to anything in the city, but you won't have to put up with the hoots and hollers of roving stag parties. The hosts are attentive to your every need, without being intrusive. And buy the book and get it signed! The Happy Hooker by Xaviera Hollander is a historic piece of literature that was part of what led the sexual revolution of the 70s.

Room Tip: If you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway, pick the garden shed! The Golaith room was great...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17 Stadionweg, 1077RV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #104 of 305 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Xaviera Hollander's Happy House 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious Bohemian villa of legendary author Xaviera Hollander, in the heart of Amsterdam, with airport pickup provided as well as personal chef on request, ideal for couples, honeymooners, gay friendly, animal friendly, and meet the author herself if she is in town! ... more   less 
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