It's hard to bring me to say that a place might provide more than necessary, but if any place could do so, it is this place. This is a lovely B&B with clean, spacious rooms in a traditional Amsterdam house on a quiet block in a cool and trendy neighborhood. What more could you want? Well, I don't recall ever being provided with so many free amenities – the full breakfast at this B&B may be €15, but you are provided with such an amply-stocked fridge and pantry in your room that it doesn't seem necessary. We had coffee, tea, eggs, milk, cereal, fresh fruit, nuts and beer waiting for us, along with a complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates. When we polished off the bottle of wine the first night, we received a 2nd the following night. I began to wonder how they would actually make money off of my stay.
In addition, there is free wi-fi, and the common room upstairs even has a computer and printer you can use if you aren't traveling with one (along with DVDs you can grab and play in-room) and ample travel guides and coupons provided.
The room service was impeccable – thought it might be minimal, since it felt so much like renting out your own apartment – but even the dishes we left behind were done, which was completely unexpected.
Jasper was an excellent, amiable host – very friendly and chatty, helpful with directions and suggestions for your stay. We cannot wait to return and hopefully stay at this lovely place again.
Personally thought the neighborhood was perfect – much preferable to staying in the crowded city center – a short walk to the museum area, and a short tram ride away from anywhere (Actually, if there is one suggestion I could provide, it would be that they provide a tram map or more info on the tram. It's an excellent way to get around town quickly. Jasper was more enthusiastic about the bike rental option, but the weather was terrible for most of our stay, and we were a bit intimidated by the speed and aggressiveness of the bike culture there – looked like walking back home in NYC.)
A couple of things FYIs, most covered below: payment in cash only, and yes, as many have noted, the stairs are traditional Dutch (i.e., tiny and narrow). I guess these could be a surprise if not prepared, but based on my research, these don't seem to be uncommon here, so don't pass on such a splendid place for such minor quibbles.
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