We just returned from a stay at the Fusion Suites and could not have been more warmly welcomed by our hosts, Alex and Sharmila. We stayed with them for 3 days before a trip to Africa and returned for another 2 days upon our return from Africa before flying back to the US. The beautifully restored guest house is a 5 story typical Dutch townhouse located in the Overtoom neighborhood 1 block from Vondelpark, 2 houses from a major shopping/restaurant street, Const. Huygensstrat/Van Baerlestraat ,and just 2 blocks from Singalgracht one of the large canals ringing the historic/tourist area. A big bonus to this house was an elevator for bags or people. It was small but many other similar properties in Amsterdam do not have one and warn you on their websites as the stairs are steep and winding! Each of the 4 rooms are individually decorated in a very luxurious but comfortable style. The baths were quite large with the same style and standard. There was a mini bar that was stocked with wine, candy, soda and water for our use at no extra charge, although a note would have been appreciated upon our arrival as our jet lagged brains did not quite comprehend that. Also, our hosts delivered to our room a bottle of champagne and glasses with fresh strawberries, which was a very nice touch as this was also at no extra charge. Upon arrival we were shown to our room and given an explanation of where things were,, how to use the computer also free of charge, where the light switches were etc. Breakfast was served in the kitchen on the ground floor at the time we requested with a wide variety of selections. Eggs cooked to order, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, delicious crepe type pancakes, croissants, cheeses and meats etc. were available every morning. Coffee, such as cappuccino, espresso or American style, and freshly brewed tea was made to order. When we asked about the various restaurants in the area we were directed to the close by large street and found one we especially liked within 2 blocks called The Seafood Bar. It is newly opened and serves all types of seafood prepared in various ways. We also ate at several other restaurants where locals were eating on the same street and found that the food was quite good. Prices were competitive with some of the tourist restaurants but we found the food much better than where we ate in the city center/tourist area. Be warned though, Amsterdam is an expensive city. It is not quite as pricey as London, but food, attractions and lodging is costly. The one activity we did find that was very reasonable was a Mozart concert for 51 euros per person for seats in the orchestra section at the Concertgebouw which was about 6 blocks from Fusion Suites. Sharmila and Alex purchased the tickets for us on line and we picked up them up at the box office. They also printed our boarding passes for our various flights which made our check-ins at the airport smooth. We felt that Fusion Suites provided a quiet, relaxing and comfortable get away at competitive prices without any expensive and unexpected add-ons to our bill. We hoping to return soon.
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