This was the first visit to Amsterdam for my wife and me. We wanted a “base” location to stay for about a week that was close to the city core, reasonably priced, and yet far enough away from the downtown din that we felt like we were getting a break from it when we wanted.
Nessie’s Garden View B&B hit everything just right for us. The location was convenient from the airport, in a pleasant residential area adjoining a canal, and had all the basic necessities located within a couple blocks. It was far enough away from downtown that you got a break from the touristy hustle when you so desired, and yet you were never more than a 15 minute tram trip from any museums or city center activities. And Nessie’s offering of the use of museum passes was an unexpected plus. For the two of us it saved significant cost and time (museum pass holders often get to avoid the long general ticket lines) getting into the Anne Frank house, the Rijks, the Hermitage, and the Van Gogh (currently also in the Hermitage).
As other reviewers have commented Nessie does take some time with you when you check in. We found this to be an incredibly helpful experience, and she saved us making lots of very touristy mistakes with her simple advice and questions about what we were looking to experience. For example, her restaurant suggestions fit our specific requests and her advice was invaluable in helping us search out other particular interests we had.
Nessie’s breakfasts provided a tasty and substantial start to the day, and in October the namesake garden view offered a rustic respite as the birds chirped away during our breakfasts.
For us the critical question about lodging is would we go back? The answer in this case is yes, in a heartbeat. ‘Nuff said!
- Also Known As:
- Garden View Hotel Amsterdam
- Garden View b&b
- Garden View Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Garden View bed and breakfast is a private residence accommodation in the British tradition. A peaceful haven in a busy city. Cozy, clean, quiet and conveniently located. Ideal for business or pleasure. Breakfast is served in the guest rooms. Smoking only allowed on guest room balcony. ... more less
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